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Things to do with kids in Harlem: Gymboree Play & Music classes available

Gymboree

Gymboree Play & Music, the global leader in classes for kids, is now available in Harlem at the Red Balloon Day Care Center, 560 Riverside Dr, Harlem, NY 10027. The summer semester runs from July 20 to August 31. $199 gets you unlimited classes for the semester!

Interested? Below is the schedule and email contact!

Contact: manhattan@gymboreeclasses.com

Summer Schedule:
Saturdays:
9:45 AM – Family Play & Learn (for ages mobile – 5 years)
10:45 AM – Family Music (for ages 6 months – 5 years)
11:45 AM – Open Gym (mobile – 5 years)

Sundays:
9:45 AM – Family Play & Learn (for ages mobile – 5 years)
10:45 AM – Family Music (for ages 6 months – 5 years)
11:45 AM – Open Gym (mobile – 5 years)

About The Classes:
Play & Learn – Our most popular class! Encourage development through play and learning with our multi-level program designed to support your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind. Music – Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. With an array of styles, our music classes help children explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills.

About Gymboree Play & Music:
Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. Our classes also help you learn about your child-how to participate in and encourage his or her development-while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together.

Spend the Holidays at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater

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Harlem’s Apollo Theater recently announced their holiday schedule for December and its packed with a variety of fun events for all ages! And some of the events are free. See list of events below:

Saturday, December 15th – 2pm -6pm
Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland
The Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the Holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances free and open to the public. The festivities include picture taking with Santa Claus, giveaways and performances by two of New York City’s best choirs, ARC Gospel Choir and Refining Faith. Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy drive benefiting HELPUSA, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless. Hosted by Billy Mitchell, Apollo Theater historian and tour director. This event is free and open to the public

Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm
Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow and Special Guest Artist: The OMG Girlz, which are a teenage girl singing group whose current members include Bahja “Beauty” Rodriguez, Breaunna “Baby Doll” W. and Zonnique “Star” Pullins. Tickets are $19, $25 and $29. Groups & families (4 or more): $9.50, $12.50, and $14.50. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets on Sale Now!

Thursday, December 20th – 8pm
Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
This internationally renowned all-female a capella ensemble, will star in a one-of-a-kind holiday season concert on the legendary Apollo stage! Tickets are $25, $45, $65 and $75 Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, guest performances by the Songhai Djeli and Flute Visions and Queen GodIs and members of the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature’s Youth Academy. Tickets are $16; Groups (5 or more): $13. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster.

For more information, go to the Apollo’s website.

Attend Morningside Park’s Common Ground Festival in Harlem

Have no plans for Saturday? Head on over to Morningside Park in Central Harlem for the Common Ground Festival, organized by Friends of Morningside Park. The Common Ground Festival takes place on Saturday, September 29 from 2 to 8 pm. Enter at 114th Street and Morningside Avenue.

This year the Common Ground Festival will feature pony rides, lantern making, various dance performances, music and will also align with the “Morningside Lights” Arts Festival installation and puppet parade.

The Common Ground Festival will also have several food vendors, including Snap Food Truck, Yogo Frozen Yogurt and Cuzinz Duzins.

Should be a fun day! See you there!

Let’s go canoeing at Harlem Meer

Not sure what to do today, Sunday (July 15) with your Harlem kid? How about taking them canoeing at Harlem Meer? It’s FREE and it is happening today in Central Park North! NYC Parks and Recreation is offering free canoeing from noon to 3 pm at Harlem Meer, which is located near the entrance of Central Park North, aka 110th Street, and Lenox Ave. If you’re coming from downtown, take the 2/3 subway line to the 110th Street subway stop.

I witnessed this a few years ago and blogged about it. It looked so much fun! Whatever you do today, have a wonderful Sunday, Harlem!

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Take your child to OctoBear-Fest in Harlem


There is October-fest for adults and now there is an OctoBear-fest for children in Harlem. What is OctoBear-fest in Harlem? It is a one hour workshop on how to make your own stuffed bear. On October 21 from 4-5 p.m., children will stuff, wish on a rainbow star during the rainbow star ceremony, snap and zip, and complete a birth certificate for their very own stuffed animal. Children will also be receiving Trick or Treat bags just in time for Halloween. OctoBear-fest will be conducted by a Harlemite, who is party leader from Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop. The cost to attend this event is $20.00 per child and includes the bear, drink and treat. Tickets may be available at the event at higher cost, while supplies last.

If you are interested in attending, below are the details!

Who: Noah’s Ark OctoBear-fest Workshop
When: Friday, October 21st
Where: Taza de Café, 450 W 155th St & St Nicholas Ave, NY, NY 10032
Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Elizabeth@NoahsArkNYC.com or 917-301-6573 to reserve your child’s place