The Gateway Family YMCA works to strengthen their community and foster healthy lifestyles in more than 13 neighborhoods throughout Eastern Union and Middlesex counties. To that end, the staffers at the four area branches lead programs geared toward youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. They motivate folks of all ages to get fit during swimming and fitness classes, and teach kids lifelong skills during day camps.
Babies are grownups in training, meaning they need help eating without slobbering, speaking without babbling, and moving around without getting hurt. Romparoo helps out with the latter, with an indoor play space for kids aged 6 months to 3 years. The entire room, from floor to about child height, is padded, so kids can practice crawling, creeping, and toddling without bruising themselves or getting a ticket for jaywalking. Mommy-and-Me classes use music to transition between activities that help develop motor skills as well as socialization, and parents of toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years drop their brood off for two-hour classes that give them the independence to transition to preschool.
From little Babies, growing Tots and up through the Pre-School age, creativity, fun, imagination and interactive learning is the basis of all MoonSoup programming. Smaller classes, excellent teachers and Ages & Stages approach all mean more attention to each child's unique development. Come celebrate childhood wonder!
It's not surprising that tots become so attached to this modern learn-and-play facility. Here, the dynamic schedule of activities often includes everything from tumbling and ballet to cooking and hands-on science demonstrations. Kids can romp through the jungle gyms, slides, and bouncy surfaces of the center's 1,500 square-foot indoor playground.
Perhaps the most exceptional thing about Citibabes, however, is that it isn't just for kids—while their children are in class (or a supervised childminding session), grown-ups can take advantage of adults-only programs such as parenting seminars and training sessions at the on-site fitness center. In the gym, mommies and daddies get their heart rates pumping on modern cardiovascular machines, reserve personal training sessions, or bench-press strollers filled with dumbbells.
The SoHo club offers a full array of classes, preschool, a tumbling playroom, fitness classes and studio, adult gym, birthday parties, childcare, ongoing family events, workshops, seminars, Junior’s Fresh family friendly café, a juice bar, and more.
A group of more than 50 podiatrists across the world have one thing in common, besides podiatry: they received training from Dr. Dean Spellman, a 25-year veteran who tends to the foot-oriented needs of clients of all ages. In addition to holding positions at several hospitals and surgical centers, Dr. Spellman serves as one of two podiatrists at Family Foot Care—a well-established podiatric center with locations throughout the New York City area. And when he’s not helping patients regain the pep in their step, Spellman takes the time to work with youth soccer teams to ensure all participants can run, kick, and victoriously prance with ease.
The burgeoning singers of the New York Opera Exchange team up with members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra to present “An Evening of Scenes and Arias,” a showcase of excerpts from famous operas penned by artists including Puccini, Mozart, and Donizetti. Supertitles accompany each uvula-rattling performance, ensuring that audiences can follow euphonic gems such as Mimi’s Italian dialogue and emotional aria from La Boheme and the Queen of the Night's menacing, German aria from Die Zauberflöte. The January 28 performance is followed up by a reception where art appreciators can reflect on memorable vocal performances and swap opera trading cards. Peruse the ensemble’s website for a gallery of singing Viking helmets and a full listing of performance pieces.