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  • Afterschool activities Staten Island 10 Best Staten Island Afterschool Programs for Kids

    When the school bell rings and kids in Staten Island shift into afterschool mode, they have a lot of pent-up energy to work off. As a parent, you would probably rather your child not waste that energy at home playing mindless video games, but rather on enrichment programs and afterschool activities. Kids can greatly benefit from extracurricular programs mentally, physically, socially and even emotionally. Staten Island parents have some of the best afterschool programs to choose from. Kids in Staten Island can sign up for sports programs, tutoring classes, dance classes, music and art programs, theater programs, gymnastics, skating classes and more. Check out ten of our favorites below! The 10 Best Afterschool Activities and Programs for Kids in Staten Island Center Stage Dance Co. Ltd. Staten Island 10 Akron St. 718-982-9226 Center Stage Dance Company opened in 2013 with the goal of educating and embracing all children into the sacred dance space where young dancers can strengthen their technique and grow as artists. A strong focus is placed on high quality dance instruction as well as an emphasis on inclusivity. Regardless of the age or experience level of your dancer, they will feel strong, accepted, accomplished and talented! A variety of classes are offered in different genres of dance for different age groups, ages 2 to adult. Center Stage is the home of a nationally recognized, award-winning competitive team, along with a plethora of recreational classes. Providing a safe environment for dancers to experience both high-quality dance education and memories to last a lifetime is a priority. Children learn what the value of community in dance truly means, and spirit and good sportsmanship are promoted throughout all programs. Center Stage students have performed in various venues across the country. This summer, the dance company is expanding to two newly renovated, state-of-the-art dance studios, providing even more space and more classes for all dancers, old and new. Interested in trying a class? New dancers receive their first class free.   DEA Music & Art Staten Island 1409 Richmond Ave. | 19 Saint Mary’s Ave. | 57 Page Ave. 718-370-7733 With a welcoming and vibrant community, learning at DEA Music & Art School is an experience like no other. Students not only take home their skill set from music or arts lessons but also memorable experiences that will last them forever! DEA offers many programs including specific instruments and musical theater summer classes for those who want it all rolled into one. There really isn’t anything they do not offer when it comes to music and art. DEA offers opportunities for students of all ages to get involved in creative endeavors that they may be passionate about and might not have access to otherwise. DEA has a strong commitment to the local community and provides outreach programs to schools and organizations that may not have the resources to offer their own arts programming. DEA offers a wide range of programs in music, visual and performing arts all taught by professional musicians and creators. Get started with a free trial class and unlock the world of music and art and your child’s inner potential.   Eye Level Tutoring Staten Island 1409 Richmond Ave. | 1461 Hylan Blvd. 718-494-1232 [email protected] Eye Level NY aims to provide every student with the best possible academic enrichment environment by utilizing an individualized, systematic program that caters to all abilities regardless of age or grade level so that parents can be confident about where their child’s education will lead them. Eye Level’s English program helps students reach their full potential by developing the skills they need to excel in life through a systemized curriculum with targeted lessons that target specific language skills at each grade level, starting from infancy all the way up until high school graduation. Eye Level’s math program is designed to help students develop a deep understanding of the mathematical principles they are learning. The dynamic curriculum engages learners by guiding them step-by-step through each concept, master skill and idea as it becomes foundational knowledge for future math success. Parents can enroll their children this fall for a free assessment to get started.   Holy Child Soccer Club Staten Island Holy Child Soccer Club recognizes the many benefits of playing youth soccer and offers Staten Island’s young athletes a program that is safe, enjoyable and a quality experience for all players. Their dedicated staff is committed to emphasizing the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship in all of their players and an understanding of teamwork and friendship. Every child, regardless of play level or experience, receives an opportunity to develop and achieve their goals. Holy Child Soccer is a member of the Staten Island Youth Soccer League and plays against other parishes and community based organizations on Staten Island. Games are typically played on weekends with practices scheduled by the team’s coach on weekdays after school. Registration includes play in both the fall and spring seasons.   JCC of Staten Island 1466 Manor Road Education meets fun at Explorers! The Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC’s Explorers after school program aims to educate the whole child through various kinds of activities that stimulate the mind, body and spirit. The program includes academic support, homework help, and STEAM activities. Children also play games, exercise, and swim, and enjoy social-emotional learning activities and meditation. The program is open until 7pm on school days and serves children entering grades K-8. Snacks are provided to all children, and additional food is available for purchase. Transportation from schools is based on enrollment. Half-day pickup is included. Explorers offers an Inclusion Program and accepts OPWDD/Self Direction. An interview is required for enrollment.The JCC also offers additional after school programs, including basketball, soccer, aquatics, and music. For more information on all these programs, visit SIJCC.org   Spotlight Studios Staten Island 358 Forest Ave. 718-207-1128 Spotlight Theatre provides an innovative performing arts experience to young actors and artists in the community. Participants enroll in theater productions of Broadway musicals, workshops of original [more…]

  • Staten Island Parent Annual Guide

    Awesome news! The first-ever Staten Island Parent Annual Guide is here, where you’ll find endless ideas for family fun on the Island and throughout New York City! Inside, we’re walking you through Staten Island’s many wonderful communities with our Neighborhood Guide and giving you a head start planning your family days with our 2022-2023 event calendar. We’ve also listed our fave local parks and playgrounds, museums, free things to do and so much more!

  • Try Something New: Extracurricular Activities at Staten Island JCC

    After navigating a pandemic that interrupted so many normal childhood experiences, parents are wondering how they can help their kids thrive and grow. It might just be time to try something new! Parents are turning to community centers like the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC of Staten Island that offer a wide array of extracurricular activities — such as music, sports, swimming, and more — so that kids can try out different hobbies and learn new skills in a fun environment. Sports and recreation programs help build healthy lifestyles from a young age. In the JCC’s basketball, soccer, tennis, Krav Maga, and aquatics programs, kids at all levels of experience can stay active while developing a healthy mentality towards success. From months of schooling over Zoom to online gaming and endless screen entertainment at our fingertips, today’s kids are missing out on that connection more than ever. After school programs give children the opportunity to focus on the activity at hand while cultivating relationships offline with their peers and mentors. Extracurricular activities help kids and teens become a part of a community. In the JCC’s iTeens program, teens from high schools across the island meet up for fun and games in a safe environment and work on community service projects that help them make a difference. The JCC also offers School’s Out programs that bring kids together for special activities outside of the classroom! The newest frontier in childhood education is Social and Emotional Learning. Through practices that improve skills like decision-making, conflict resolution, and mindfulness, SEL helps kids grow as they relate to others and themselves. The JCC’s Explorers After School program builds SEL concepts into its curriculum alongside academic support, sports, and creative projects so that kids can learn and grow together in a supportive community. With a new school year beginning, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your kids involved in something new! For more information about youth programs at the JCC, visit sijcc.org. SPONSORED CONTENT BY STATEN ISLAND JCC

  • Staten Island University Hospital to Open Women and Newborn Center

    Expectant parents can look forward to delivering their babies in a new, nurturing environment at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) in late 2023 thanks to a recent $2 million in federal funding secured by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis. That money comes on top of more than $2.5 million donated by the Vincent Gruppuso Foundation for the center’s construction. The Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center will feature 10 labor, delivery and recovery rooms; three operating rooms; 37 maternity beds in private rooms; and 12 nursery bassinets. It offers a seamless birth experience for mothers, babies and families by locating the maternity unit, labor-and-delivery unit and NICU on a single floor.  Women and newborn services are currently offered in three different locations across two floors, said Dr. Brahim Ardolic, executive director of the hospital. He explained that the new center will provide more efficient care for mothers and infants at the hospital. “Since this hospital opened, maternal child services have not been aligned for efficiency and, just as important today, not aligned in the way families choose to experience this level of care and service,” Ardolic said. “This new building solves the efficiency issue, and frees up existing space to be converted into advanced surgical suites to bring more services to Staten Island – it’s a win-win.” The new center will be a 52,000-square-foot building at 475 Seaview Avenue. It will be connected to the hospital by a bridge. For Michael Caridi, whose late father-in-law’s namesake foundation made the groundbreaking donation for the new addition to the hospital a reality, it’s a long time coming. “Twenty-five years ago my wife was having our first daughter at Staten Island University Hospital. She was in a room with another new mom who had just gone through a difficult labor and delivery and was in a lot of pain,” explained Caridi. “When the hospital began working on a concept for the new center, we saw that there was a need for families to have dignity and privacy during their hospital stay.” To that end, Caridi said the center will honor what Vincent Gruppuso cherished most. “My father-in-law loved children. Everything was about his grandchildren and his family,” said Caridi. “The Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center is all about family and children.” SPONSORED CONTENT BY STATEN ISLAND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

  • Staten Island Academy Staten Island Academy: The Island’s Only Independent School

    The structure of an independent school is an important, yet often underutilized, educational model for students who learn differently. As the only independent school on Staten Island, Staten Island Academy remains uniquely positioned to challenge and support students who are diagnosed with dyslexia with a fully integrated curriculum. With many families on Staten Island dissatisfied with the level of support they are receiving for their children, independent schools that emphasize a comprehensive and collaborative approach are becoming increasingly popular.  The curriculum is designed to challenge high-IQ students and provide them with experiential opportunities to engage and inspire them. Although the academic expectations are rigorous, Staten Island Academy encourages students to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Why deprive students of art or music for additional instruction, when those subjects may in fact be the best part of their day? The school offers a full athletic and fine arts program that complements the giftedness that often students with dyslexia and learning differences possess.  Over the past six years the Patrick Academic Resource Center (PARC) at Staten Island Academy, under the direction of David Gordon, Ph.D. has emerged as one such exemplary program on Staten Island in preparing learners with dyslexia to maximize their potential. Dr. Gordon, and his staff, bring a personal perspective to their thoughtful, informative and reassuring interactions with children and families. The program prides itself on effectively teaching students diagnosed with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities, at an early age and intervening comprehensively from ages 3-17.  This unique and personalized approach provides students with consistent support from subject area teachers and Orton-Gillingham trained learning specialists, both in and outside of the classroom. Our students are guided to know themselves as learners and to become self-advocates in achieving their academic goals. Since the program’s inception, 100% of the PARC students have graduated and attended colleges and universities nationwide—having benefitted from the layered and caring approach available.  The criteria for admissions consist of the following: Written diagnosis of a language-based learning disability; average to superior intellectual potential and no behavioral or emotional problems that would potentially interfere with the instructional program; and finally an in-person interview and observational testing with a member of the PARC team. For more information or to schedule a private tour, please call 718-303-7803. Need-based financial aid is available for students entering Kindergarten through Grade 12. SPONSORED CONTENT BY STATEN ISLAND ACADEMY

  • mother and child shopping for a backpack Top 9 New Jersey & Staten Island Outlet Malls and Shopping Malls

    Whether you need to buy your kids new clothes for the new school year, are checking off items on your holiday shopping list, or just want to treat yourself, there are plenty of Staten Island outlet malls and shopping destinations—including Empire Outlets—and in nearby New Jersey! This list includes malls and outlets that offer lots of online deals and discounts to see in advance of your trip, food courts and restaurants when you need to take a break and refresh, and more. Each destination has stores that sell clothes and accessories for kids of all ages. (But don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself, too!) Staten Island Outlet Malls and Shopping Malls 1. Empire Outlets 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island 929-262-6710 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-8pm As New York City’s only outlet shopping destination, the four-level Empire Outlets are located within walking distance from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. With a picture-perfect view of lower Manhattan, the outlets have a variety of brand-name stores, including Nordstrom Rack and the Nike Factory Store.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Empire Outlets (@empireoutlets) 2. Staten Island Mall 2655 Richmond Ave., Staten Island 718-761-6666 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Individual store hours vary. The mall recommends contacting each store directly for their hours. The Staten Island Mall, which recently underwent a renovation, is a destination for locals, but people come from all over the metro area to shop here. The mall features more than 200 stores, including Carter’s, Primark, and Ultimate Fashions, all of which carry children’s sizes. Visit a variety of sports and fitness stores including Foot Locker and Champs to shop necessary items for kids’ extracurricular activities and sports. Electronics and technology stores include Apple, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. RELATED | Harry Potter Flagship Store Opens in NYC New Jersey Outlet Malls and Shopping Malls 1. Menlo Park Mall 55 Parsonage Road, Edison Approximate drive from Staten Island: 25 minutes 732-494-6255 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 12-6pm New to the Menlo Park Mall is Celine’s Spa and Events, a girls’ spa destination designed to inspire and promote confidence through themed parties and spa services. Visit several children’s clothing and accessory shops, including Claire’s and Kids Foot Locker. The outlets also recognize military discounts at participating shops; see the website for a full list.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Menlo Park Mall (@menloparkmall) 2. The Mills at Jersey Gardens 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth Approximate drive from Staten Island: 25 minutes 908-354-5900 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm With more than 200 stores, these outlets are just a short drive from Staten Island. The outlets also recognize military discounts at participating shops; see the website for a full list.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by The Mills at Jersey Gardens (@millsatjersey) 3. Woodbridge Center 250 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge Approximate drive from Staten Island: 30 minutes 732-636-4777 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Individual shop hours may vary. Call the stores directory for their hours of operation. The mall is home to several department stores and children’s stores, including Carter’s, The Children’s Place, Ultimate Fashions, and more. Save money on back-to-school shopping by checking the website for current sales. 4. Bridgewater Commons 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater Approximate drive from Staten Island: 35 minutes 908-218-1166 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm For parents heading to the conference room and kids heading to the classroom, Bridgewater Commons is packed with stores for everyone in the family. Children’s clothing stores include Abercrombie kids and Journeys Kidz.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Official Bridgewater Commons (@shopbridgewatercommons) 5. Jersey Shore Premium Outlets 1 Premium Outlet Blvd., Tinton Falls Approximate drive from Staten Island: 40 minutes 732-918-1700 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm Fun in the sun! In addition to beautiful beaches and fun boardwalks, the Jersey Shore is home to premium outlets with more than 125 designer and brand-name shops. While the outlets cater to mostly adult fashion, shoppers can also visit Carter’s and Claire’s for children’s clothes and accessories. After a full day of shopping, swing by It’Sugar, a trendy sweets shop, for a well-deserved treat. The outlets also recognize military discounts at participating shops; see the website for a full list. 6. The Mall at Short Hills 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills Approximate drive from Staten Island: 40 minutes 973-376-7350 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Individual shop hours may vary. Call the stores directory for their hours of operation. With more than 150 stores and restaurants, visit Short Hills to shop children’s boutiques such as Janie and Jack for newborns, boys, girls, and popular mall store, Gap Kids. 7. Jackson Premium Outlets 537 Monmouth Road, Jackson Township Approximate drive from Staten Island: 50 minutes 732-833-0503 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm The outlets recently opened an array of new stores, including Polo Ralph Lauren Children’s Factory story, offering accessories, activewear, baby clothing, and children’s clothing. The outlets also recognize military discounts at participating shops; see the website for a full list.


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