Song, Spanish, and Milestones at New York Kids Club–and a Giveaway!

Kids just want to have fun–and sing and dance and cook and draw and paint. New York Kids Club is a great place to let your kids run, play, bake, and even learn Spanish. I was invited to sample three new classes recently at the 22nd Street location in Manhattan. We also sampled a few cupcakes.

My three-year-old twins and I joined a few other lucky kids and their moms in the new Cuentos Musica y Arte class. Native speaking instructors delighted the children with Spanish songs and stories, and even an age-appropriate art project to reinforce the letter and animal of the day. Each class also introduces a number and shape, and encourages continued learning at home.

My kids are happy to dance to songs of any language–actually they dance without music more often than not–but they were really enthralled with hearing a favorite story translated to Spanish.

Infant Milestones is designed to support patterns of development in infants. Music, massage, and tummy time provide stimulation in a nurturing, cozy environment. An instructor leads each class and welcomes moms and babies to be themselves–nurse, change diapers, soothe as needed!

While my children are long past this stage, I had flashbacks to my experiences with my own infants in classes. Take it from me, feeling comfortable and able to attend to a screaming, hungry, non-Zen baby is key to everyone’s successful participation. I appreciate the instructor making a point of explaining how laid-back the flow of class will be.

And Henry and Ellie really loved the Spencer Gifts-era disco light grooviness that is used as a prop in class. (By the way, if you don’t recognize that reference, relax; the problem is not you. It’s me.)

Babies and young children are exposed to classical music, jazz, and nursery rhymes in the upbeat, hand-clapping-encouraged environment of Musical Tots. A singer accompanies the professional guitarist as they lead participation in song and dance activities and introduce musical appreciation. My little ones were way into this. Front and center. Groupies.

We were pretty much asked to leave finally, as Henry and Ellie truly didn’t want to stop playing in the indoor gym–the trampoline was a big favorite, and the coaches were knowledgeable with super stamina for the boundless energy of the kids. Eventually, my jumping beans slowed down long enough for me to drag them out, with the promise of returning soon!

{Contest closed}Giveaway: One Class, One Full Semester–for Free

I am so pleased to be able to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to experience a great class this fall semester (which runs September 10, 2012, through January 20, 2013) at the New York Kids Club of his or her choice for FREE.

That’s right, folks–a $725 value, and a wonderful opportunity for you and your little linguist, Zen baby, or rock star to attend class together.

Just leave a comment below telling me why you like–or would like–to attend one of these classes with your baby or toddler. Contest ends Saturday, August 25, at 11:59 p.m. ET. A winner will be chosen through random.org and announced on Sunday, August 26. 

I was invited through my friends at MamaDrama to sample these classes. I was not compensated for this post; all opinions are my own.

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9 Responses to Song, Spanish, and Milestones at New York Kids Club–and a Giveaway!

  1. Haley Carroll says:

    Thanks, Wendy for this fun review of NY Kids Club! Glad to see M, E & H had such a great time!

    I had totally forgotten there was a location close to us and am so glad to have read your post. Now that I’ve joined the ranks of working moms, it’d be so awesome to attend the fall semester of gym babies with Evie. It seems like each week she’s stronger and more mobile. Given the times and a location literally up the street from my office, I could very easily pop out of work for an hour each week to attend class with her. Talk about perfect!

  2. katie says:

    As a first time mom, I’d love to attend the infant milestones class!

  3. kristrange says:

    Harrison loves NY Kids club and he is really the perfect age for these classes because I am not putting him into preschool this fall. It would be great to win the Cuentos Musica y Arte class because I would like to learn how to say the name of the class and so would H!

  4. Not entering your contest, just chiming in to say these photos are great! Your kids are so cute it’s off the hook. 🙂

  5. Aww… wish Aiden was young enough to enjoy the toddler class.

  6. Shannon says:

    I love love love the idea of classes with kids — I have just never been brave enough to venture into one with my twins. We are signed up for one in the Fall though…wish us luck! Great giveaway btw!

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