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Best Stuff For Young Kids (5-8)

July 28, 2010 10:29 AM

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It can be challenging to figure out what to do with young kids, because they tend to have such a wide range of interests. CBS New York has taken the initiative and provides some top picks below.

cupcakekids Best Stuff For Young Kids (5 8)

Cupcake Kids

109 W. 27th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY
(212) 242-2248
www.cupcakekids.com

What better way to introduce new foods and to have your kids become involved in the cooking process than by having your child take a cooking class? Cupcake Kids, started by ex-Wall Street banker Jessi Walter, is a wonderful place that provides kids with a hands-on experience in learning about nutritious food. They offer numerous classes including after-school, and weekend cooking classes. (My daughter took a class there and loved it!)

soccerstars Best Stuff For Young Kids (5 8)

Super Soccer Stars

Multiple locations
(212) 877-7171 or (877) 771-KICK (5425)
www.supersoccerstars.com

Around this age range, many families begin to introduce their children to organized sports. Soccer is a great starter sport. Super Soccer Stars is one of the most respected children’s soccer development programs in NYC. Boasting numerous classes in each borough, this is an ideal place for kids to learn basic soccer drills and participate in games.

poethouse Best Stuff For Young Kids (5 8)

Poets House

10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
(212) 431-7920
www.poetshouse.org/librarychild.htm

This is a wonderful time to introduce children to poetry. Poets House, a free poetry library and meeting place, is a great place to make the introduction. Their Constance Laibe Hays Children’s Room holds many great children’s poetry books. It is also designed in a manner (large stuffed animals, etc.) that will appeal to the young and young at heart.

New York Public Library

New York Public Library (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Children’s Center at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018-2788
(212) 621-0208
www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/childrens-center-42nd-street

Last, but not least, we must recommend public libraries. As kids get more confident in their reading skills, it is so important to introduce them to a wide range of books. Libraries hold such a range of options for this age group. You will be able to find activities that spark the interests of both avid young readers and crafty kids. The Children’s Center at 42nd Street in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building has an especially useful children’s collection.

Linda Grant is a blogger with Mom in the City.

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