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Mini Max Toys and Cuts

152 Atlantic Avenue
www.minimaxnyc.com

Mini Max Toys and Cuts is a local toy store and children’s hair salon run by your Brooklyn neighbors. We specialize in an eclectic variety of eco-friendly toys, educational games and wacky novelties. We pride ourself in employing a friendly and professional staff that can help find that perfect gift for any occasion. Our hair stylists love kids, know all the styles and will make sure that both you and your children walk out looking good, smiling, and with lollipops in their mouths. We also offer free weekly events such as storytime, music jam session and bracelet making as part of our on-going mission to give back to the community.

BROOKLYN DESIGN LAB

413 7th Avenue
www.brooklyndesignlab.org

Brooklyn Design Lab offers design and art classes in a studio environment for early childhood (ages 18m-4) and grade school (grades K-6) students as well as teens and adults. All of our classes are hands-on, process-driven and focused. Students of all ages explore a set of materials, a theme, or an area of study in depth. Class sizes are strictly limited so that students can get the most out of each course, the time spent with their teachers, and their fellow students. BDL values process over product and the fun of creating over all.

Carmelo the Science Fellow

300 Atlantic Ave
http://www.carmelothesciencefellow.com/

Winning two awards as Best Daycamp Party Entertainer in Brooklyn last year, Carmelo has earned itself as a great resource for kids to learn and have a great time. Carmelo offers daytime classes for 2-3 year olds, after-school classes, and summer camp programs that encourage students to pursue their investigative nature and explore the world around them, and provides hands on resources for children to learn about science in a fun way that promotes critical thinking and team-work skills.

Cobble Hill Ballet

“The happiest ballet school in Brooklyn”
cobblehillballet.com

Cobble Hill Ballet aims to make each class unique and fun, while at the same time strives to teach correct classical technique appropriate for every age. Offering classes for children of all ages. Colette Linton-Meyer is the founder and primary instructor at Cobble Hill Ballet. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, Colette is a licentiate of the Royal Academy, which is recognized worldwide. She has been teaching this method of training for the past ten years in New York and has trained dancers of all ages, some of whom have been accepted to prestigious ballet programs around America.
With a primary residence at Christ Church in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and two additional locations in Red Hook and Brooklyn Heights. Cobble Hill Ballet teaches Ballet to children, teens and adults.

NY City Explorers

www.nycityexplorers.com
http://nycityexplorers.blogspot.com

NY City Explorers is your family resource for babysitting, enrichment classes, celebrations, nurturing preschool programs, indoor play, and awesome adventure camp programs. Created and run by by a team of artists, educators, and advisers, NY City Explorers is a growing company dedicated to being the best choice for your family’s expanding needs.

YP Theater

Kirsten Lynch (Founder/Director)
718-238-8383
www.yptheater.org

YP theater believes that through play and improvisation, young people can make exciting discoveries about themselves and the world around them. Our workshops are designed to help them experience the power of change and transformation, and realize their boundless potential.

Brooklyn Museum

Education: Meet the Museum
718-638-5000
www.brooklynmuseum.org/education/youth-and-families/meet_museum.php

Meet the Museum, a program for the Museum’s youngest visitors and those who care for them, provides toddlers ages two through three years old with opportunities to experiment with and explore art and culture through song, gallery activities, and art making. Adult companions work closely with their tots and discover creative and fun ways to interact with their children.

Child’s Play NY

Acting Program
Jocelyn@childsplayny.com
http://childsplayny.com/

Child’s Play NY is a unique acting program for children ages 3-10. In our classes, August camps, and birthday parties, young people are empowered to use dramatic play as means to express their individuality and explore their creativity. All programs are led by professional performers who encourage artistry, confidence and collaboration in children. Classes are small with a 4:1 student to teacher ratio. Faculty has B’way credits, MFAs in Theater and years of experience bringing their passion to young people.

Barking Cat Studio

Make It & Take It Arts & Crafts
barkingcatstudio@earthlink.net
http://www.barkingcatstudio.net/”
create • discover • think • imagine
Barking Cat Studio is a uniquely equipped art studio dedicated to promoting creativity, discovery and independent thinking. Our studio provides the perfect environment for nurturing and encouraging young artists to explore their imaginations and inspirations by creating fun, age-appropriate projects that focus on the basics of the visual arts while using a variety of materials.

A Child’s Space – designs for life, learning, and creativity

Sarah J Carlson
A Child’s Space focuses on creating environments designed to meet the needs of individual children and their families in a home setting, integrating content, organization, and layout. The approach is from an educational standpoint, honed from years of working with and observing kids, setting up classrooms and playrooms, and noting how great the impact environment can have on children’s confidence, mood, and productivity. The goal is to develop a space in which children feel at ease, and are surrounded by materials which inspire them to explore, investigate, and create. Equally important is the security in knowing where items can be found and returned, which provides a certain sense of pride, ownership, and independence within the space.

In regards to a child’s behavior, a clearly designed environment can greatly impact the success of outlined expectations, as well as support daily routines and work towards goals. Often times, children can become overstimulated by too much “stuff,” aggravated by sharing space with others, and lack the motivation to create and engage. The approach of A Child’s Space integrates organization, and a “sorting through” of what items are important to keep, rotate in and out, or give away. Also provided is the recommendation and implementation of books, materials, and toys, which can inspire the child and enhance or support a particular skill or interest. Larger pieces, including furniture, are also considered when needed to serve a greater function.

Every consultation, plan, and session of “hand on” work is all done with the utmost sensitivity towards and a respect for each child’s individuality and development. An optimized space for a child can have a positive, long term affect, not only on the child, but the whole family.
Contact: sjcarlson@achildsspacedesign.com (917) 714-7114

My Baby Fingers

http://www.mybabyfingers.com/
Baby/Toddler American Sign Language (a.k.a. “Mommy & Me”; Daddies, babysitters, & grandparents welcome!!) Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents and babies or toddlers close to your child’s age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child! Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your baby or toddler discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the
development of language and literacy. Our wonderful teachers are available
to come to your home, to teach you and your family along with friends and neighbors.

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Cynthia King Dance Studio

1256 Prospect Avenue
www.cynthiakingdance.com

Offers classes to students of all ages and abilities. Toddler Dance, Pre-K Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap,B-Boy / Break Dance and Modern Dance are taught by experienced and accomplished professional dancers. Dancers perform throughout the year at community arts festivals and civic events. Our season culminates with an original student concert at Kumble Theater LIU Brooklyn Campus. Our spacious and lively studio has also grown to include a working Junior and Senior Dance Company.

El Pequeño Artista Preschool

249 20th St., Brooklyn, near 5th Ave. T: 718-965-1406 www.elpequenoartista.com

El Pequeño Artista is the first Montessori-based, Spanish-immersion Preschool in NYC! Our program is designed for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 and includes part-time and full-time options. We utilize all Montessori techniques and materials, promotes independence and supports individual and group learning. Following a mixed-aged model, young children learn from older ones, and older children reinforce their learning by helping the younger group. Our modern, vibrant and sun-drenched studio is the ideal space for your children to soak up a new language and use hands-on, stimulating techniques as they learn.


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