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    NY Kids Club - Park Slope
    Street:
    125 5th Avenue
    City:
    Brooklyn
    Zip Code:
    (718) 857-0700
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    Description:

     The New York Kids Club, now in its twelfth season, is New York's premier children enrichment center renowned for an exemplary preschool program and creative and innovative kids classes, day camps, birthday celebrations, and special events! Our unique and original curricula provide children the opportunity to build confidence and express their individuality through participation in physically challenging, artistically enriching, and intellectually stimulating programs. Our brand new, totally renovated Park Slope location is located at 125 5th Avenue. This three story NY Kids Club location features eight premier classrooms, two state-of-the-art gyms, a culinary institute, a dance studio, and an outdoor rooftop play space.

    Discount:

    $50 off a NY Kids Club semester class or a birthday party - for new families only

    discount may not be used in conjunction with other offers

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 18-Nov-2017
    Subject:  [PSPStayAtHomeParents] Favorite toddler class?
    Comment:  At the toddler stage, my kids have really enjoyed the following classes:* art classes at Brooklyn Design Lab on 7th Ave. btw 13th/14th St. * Music for Aardvarks - various locations (www.musicforbrooklyn.com ) * tumbling classes (Gym Kids or Gym Juniors) at New York Kids Club on 5th Ave and St. Johns * Tinkergarten nature classes - various locations in Prospect Park(submitted 8/2017)
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Oct-2017
    Subject:  NY Kids Club Park Slope UPK
    Comment:  We had a wonderful experience at NY Kids Club last year!!! The facility is clean, organized and provides way more physical activity than any other program I saw. My son flourished in the program. We adored his teachers who we found intelligent and warm. He also attended after school 5 days a week. EVERY single person from the front desk to the coaches and cleaners always greeted us with a smile and made us feel like we were part of a special community. It made Kindergarten a real wakeup call! We loved that they have an app and sent an email everyday about the activities and provided photos of the kids in action. I would HIGHLY recommend it!The only negatives -which I am just providing for a balanced review, is the food wasn't the best (but I have no basis for comparison and it might have changed). The outdoor space was the roof which was pretty sparse (but again - you have the NY Kids Club Gym which is awesome). The only other thing to note is the classes are downstairs so they don’t get a ton of natural light (this didn’t bother our kid at all).
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 07-Oct-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016-2017 Afterschool and Extracurricular Survey
    Comment:  Specific program name: Gym ClubHeld: After schoolReview: The teachers are very knowledgeable and friendly. The facility is always clean and well-maintained. The instructors give lots of instruction to kids who are at varying skill levels. Skills developed: My daughter learned team building and advanced her skills in balance and flexibility.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? More class time options and pick-up from my daughter's schoolAge of child: 6Based on an experience from the 2016-2017 school year
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 07-Oct-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016-2017 Afterschool and Extracurricular Survey
    Comment:  Type: GymnasticsSpecific program name: GymnasticsHeld: Both after school and at the weekendReview: The gym class is perfectly thought and adapted to kids at every age. The coaches are wonderful and engage a lot with the kids. Lots of movements, music/songs, and fun. Skills developed: Balance, agility, strength, flexibilityAge of child: 2Based on an experience from the 2016-2017 school year
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  They seemed to do a good job of keeping the kids occupied. They have time in their gym every day which my child loves. They also seemed to do art every day. Each week was organized around a different state so there was a minor learning component to it which also gave us something to talk about with our daughter. It is entirely indoors which I actually liked because it meant not having to worry about sunscreen. We only did mornings though so for full day I might have wanted more outdoor activity. For our purposes, we wanted to make sure our child was used to going to a school like environment over the summer so that we didn't have major issues re-transitioning for pre-k and I think it has been quite good for that.Age of child: 3 turning 4Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: We LOVE this program. We really feel like we hit the jackpot for Pre-K. The space is clean, bright and organized, with tons of activities, supplies and centers for the kids. The teachers are warm, caring, patient and intelligent. In addition to the wonderful teachers, the entire staff feels like part of his team, from the director Abbie, the front desk attendants, and the incredible team of coaches. We enthusiastically endorse this program to everyone who asks. Our son is thriving!About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? There is a charge for early drop off and the after school program can get expensive. They also only provide Lunch and afternoon snack so you need to pack one snack.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Rich curriculum from foliage, learn your body, safety, arts, physical activities, a lot of hands on practices.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why?Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Classrooms were on the small side but nicely outfitted with toys and equipment. My child loved her teachers, and loved the special gymnastics/dance classes. I loved that the school uses a smartphone app to communicate with parents about everything from lunch menu to what students did that day. This was wonderful for helping me ask the right questions to Get my child talking about her day.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, PreK kids get to use the gymnastics and dance studios dailyWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? For me, drop off was a pain, sincecit is downstairs and in a narrow, crowded hallway (and I was wrangling another younger child). Kids don't come out of the class dressed and ready to go, so you're in a tight space putting on socks, shoes, and coats, packing backpacks, etc.Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 04-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 6Venue Review: Expensive but wonderful party! My daughter wants a repeat performance for her 7th birthday
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 04-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Venue Review: It was expensive!! The leaders were nice, but a lot of instructions and the kids were separated into groups. Disappointed for what was involved for the cost. Had to pay for the 1 year olds that ended up napping during the party too.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 04-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Venue Review: We had a great experience here! The coaches were kind and warm and went out their way to make things special for our daughter, even making a custom drawing on the trampoline of her favorite stuffed animal. The kids all had a blast playing in the gym and it was great to not have to worry about rain. Also I liked that they were very hands on in the gym space making sure the kids were playing safely, but also gave them time to be silly. It's pricey but if you sign up for their mailing list they sometimes have special offers- we got $150 off the price.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 04-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 5Venue Review: Great venue for a gym party. Well organized, kids love it and parents can relax a bit!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 25-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 4.5Review: He comes home happy and exhausted. He is a shy boy but loves everyone at NY Kids Club. They are fantastic and very flexible.What would you change about the program, if anything? I wish they had longer hours. As working parents, 9-5:45 full day is only an option we can consider as needed and not for entire summer.
    Reviewed by
    On 31-Oct-2015
    Subject:  Kidville v NY Kids Club?
    Comment:  If you are mainly looking for an occasional playspace with a class, I prefer Kidville over Kids Club. We've done both, and while Kids Club will give you a ton of playspace passes, you will be hard pressed to actually get to use any of them..they basically are like cronuts: people apparently feverishly sign up for every possible slot on the allotted Monday at 10 am for the subsequent 2 weeks, meaning that anyone who either doesn't plan two weeks ahead or only wishes to use the playspace time here and there loses out. They give away so many passes when you register early that folks barely ever cancel, so even if you are on the waiting list (which is ridiculous), unless it is sleeting outside, you'd better make other plans.
    Reviewed by
    On 31-Oct-2015
    Subject:  Kidville v NY Kids Club?
    Comment:  just wanted to chime in with a vote for NY Kids Club. I've never taken a class or been to Kidville, mainly because they don't seem to offer classes on the weekends. My kid is in school and then after school every day until 6 so our only option for classes is the weekend, and every time I've checked Kidville's site all the classes are offered during the week. We've taking several gymnastics classes at NY Kids Club and been very happy with them and the instructors. I usually convert a lot of my play passes to "events" which allow you to drop your kid in their PJs on Friday or Saturday night (6-8pm) for open play, pizza, dancing and art projects while the parents can have a grown-ups-only dinner. My son LOVES these parties and would go every week if I let him.
    Reviewed by
    On 26-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  Program: 2's Length of time: 2 days x 2 hours Child’s Age: 2-3 yearsType of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility.REVIEW: The teachers in our 2s class were great--high energy, kind, enthusiastic. Unfortunately there was a period when they were all out regularly and there were a lot of different teachers and faces in the room, which was hard because there was no communication with the parents or students about this prior. I think this happened because it is a big facility and the management could just assign another teacher to cover that shift, without thinking about the development of the relationships and trust in the classroom and the impact these changes would have on 2 year olds already struggling with separation from their parents. After complaining to the manager, there was an effort to let families know whenever there would be an absence which did help. The teacher absences came at a time when several kids who had been struggling with separation were on the verge of being ready for separation and the teachers discouraged separation during this rocky/inconsistent period. This is a problem when your class only meets twice a week for 2 hours--progress comes slowly. The second two months of the class went much smoother than the first two as kids and teachers all seemed to get into a groove. My kid loved the class's routines and songs and she was confident going each day in the final month, hugging me and waving goodbye to run in to the class and play. The cost of this class is quite high when you consider the hourly rate you are paying and I found their bonus open plays just never worked with my family's schedule, or they were booked when they could have.Would you recommend? RecommendWould you send your child again? Maybe
    Reviewed by
    On 20-Jun-2015
    Subject:   responses: drop-in summer camp
    Comment:  New York Kids Club offers a 2, 3, or 5 morning or full day camp that you can sign up for by the week, with a two-week minimum, and you can move the weeks around to whenever. They've been pretty flexible with me when my schedule changed, even letting me move one day to another week if there's room. Definitely not the cheapest, but they make my life easier ;-)
    Reviewed by
    On 18-Jun-2015
    Subject:  August school break - what to do?
    Comment:  I sent this idea to the original poster but it looks like New York Kids Club (5th Ave and St. Johns) goes through Aug 28. My daughter always enjoyed it around ages 4 and 5. Along with time in the gym (which she loved) they have stuff like cooking, dance and art. It is pricey but they allow partial weeks, or at least they did. Also I heard a rooftop playground was opening but not sure of the status. When she went it was all indoors, but the a/c is kind of nice on those sweltering days.
    Reviewed by
    On 18-Jun-2015
    Subject:  August school break - what to do?
    Comment:  New York Kids Club summer camp on 5th Avenue runs through the end of August. My five year old is currently there (for two weeks) and loving it.
    Reviewed by Reviews 2014
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:  Program: 3's Program Length of Time: 3 mornings/week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: -most of the teachers do not have education-related degrees (though lots of musical theater backgrounds) but the common thread is that all have an intuitive sense with the children, are genuinely invested, and have the best combination of fun-and-calm I've ever seen. -very loose "curriculum" centered around play and themes from books, rotating activities. -5 (and some 3) morning options for their 2's, 3's, 4's programs. Lots of other classes to choose from, lots of open play passes included. Also, the facility is beautiful and they keep it amazingly clean every day. -Wonderful about following each child's potty-training trajectory, gentle but consistent with discipline, emphasizing a redirection of behavior, go to the front desk for serious biting or continuing out-of-control actions. -Casual check-ins about progress at drop-offs, periodic phone calls home to discuss progress more thoroughly, and two written progress reports over the year. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 27-Mar-2014
    Subject:  play spaces on Sunday morning
    Comment:  I know NYKids Club has Sunday morning play. But their open play sessions are only for those already taking classes.
    Reviewed by
    On 13-Jan-2014
    Subject:  Gymnastics class for 7 yr old
    Comment:  There is also NY kids club. My 20 month old loves watching the "big kids" do floor routines and work on the uneven bars. We haven't taken classes for that age of course, but i've been impressed with what the kids can do.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: Anyone going to NY kids club ballet I trial class today?
    Comment:  I went to the ballet class today for 3 year olds. No other parents in there, but my daughter didn't want to be left alone. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the teaching, the substance of the class, and the ease with which the instructors managed the children. My daughter didn't want to participate at first, but they did a great job of engaging her and drawing her into the class. Having started the class saying she did not like ballet, she now wants to go again. I've not been to other classes there, but I was very impressed with this one.It's a shame that for these trial classes, they discourage parents from sitting in (I had to get a manager's approval in order to stay).
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: New York Kids Club
    Comment:  We have been going to the NY Kids Club 2's program this summer in Brooklyn Heights, and will continue there for the fall until their new Wiliamsburg location opens this winter.My son has a speech delay and also has a very hard time in group settings (very shy, needs specific prompting), and I have nothing but good things to say about our experiences at the NYKC staff in Brooklyn Heights, which while not a direct translation to PS still says a lot about their philosophy, programming and hiring standards.My son's teachers were well experienced, and have the familiarity and training to work with my son's needs. The director of the location personally called me the 2nd day of class after my son had a rough start to make sure we got him going on the right foot and even modified their standard protocol to develop a plan to transition my son to a "drop off" class at his pace (it took all summer but he's managed several classes on his own now!)The teachers do a great job of personally getting to know and under each child and his or her strengths and weaknesses, and the programming this summer has been great (my fridge and bulletin board at work are testaments to their weekly themed art projects!)While we have only attended in Brooklyn Heights, I have also had great interaction with folks at several other locations as we were working through options for fall when the Williamsburg's location was delayed in construction.Several friends with children older than mine highly recommended NYKC to me based on their experiences in Manhattan locations and so far our experience has been equally good.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: New York Kids Club
    Comment:  My daughter has been taking classes since she was six at the Brooklyn Heights location. She's ten years old now, & I will sign her up for gymnastics at the new Park Slope location, which I understand has full size gymnastics equipment.I have found all of the classes she's taken there to be outstanding (years of gymnastics and also cooking). I also have spent many hours on site observing the goings-on while DD had her classes. The curriculum for each class is very carefully planned, and they put a lot of resources into teacher training. The teachers and coaches that I've met have been uniformly upbeat and enthusiastic, energetic and very positive attitude toward the kids. They definitely benefit from having several locations, and being able to develop and refine their programs. It is true that it is not the cheapest option for classes, but the level of professionalism and the quality of facilities are commensurate.(no affiliation, just very happy to have such a great option in the neighborhood)
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 08-Jul-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey
    Comment:  Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year)Program: 2's Program Length of time: 3 days/week, 9-11 Child's age: 3-4 yearsReview: Coaches are young and energetic. Days are a mix of unstructured free-play and structured activities. Facility is nice, new and gym area is nice with lots of different equipment and activities. Reasonable discipline - gave short "breaks" if kids were fighting or not listening. Feedback on children's progress was very general... at the end of each session, a teacher comes out to say what they did, but not much talk about how a specific child was doing. Coaches are young do their jobs well but don't communicate back to parents all that well.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 10-Mar-2013
    Comment:  Recommended by PSP Member without review