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Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.

145 E Main St
Smithtown,
NY
US

Established: 1988
Reservations/Appointments: Optional
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: Parma, Koford, Proslot & Stupid Fast
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Smart kids race free program
Recommended Age Group: All ages

Q&A with Doug Bauer, Owner

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
We have over 21 national and world champions that race out this raceway. Many race around the country and the world at all the biggest slot-car championships.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Watching kids racing every Thursday night. Seeing them compete and enjoy the hobby I love.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We run some of the best birthday parties and we are able to keep it affordable.

1075 Portion Rd
Farmingville,
NY
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Huntington Bay Music's instructors are rarely seen without a guitar in their hands or glued to their stomach. But while they keep their axes close, the teachers also instruct students a variety of other instruments, from piano to violin. To complement their lessons, the duo outfits budding musicians with guitars, also available as rentals.

288 New York Ave
Huntington,
NY
US

A Fabric workshop where all ages can get their craft on and make anything from a mini pillow or monster doll to a swirly skirt or decorate a pair of flip flops

63 Unquowa Rd
Fairfield,
CT
US

With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).

1076 Post Rd E
Westport,
CT
US

There are few online reviews for Vêvion Institute, but there are testimonials available on its website:

11 Grumman Hill Rd
Wilton,
CT
US