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    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Entertainment Type: Dance and gym instructorReview: Kidville took care of everything. They did a great job
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 03-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Venue Review: Great but pricey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 03-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 2Venue Review: Exceptionally fun!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 03-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Venue Review: For the cost, it was worth having everything take care of from the favors to the entertainment and the cake. I brought in salad, coffee, juice and a cheese/meat platter for adults. Kidville service was great and they made certain every child had a great time.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 03-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 2Venue Review: I thought they did a wonder job ! The staff was very professional and handles everything. Perfect for lazy working parents!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Apr-2016
    Subject:  Re: Tumbling Group for 18 month old?
    Comment:  When my son was 7 or 8 months and started climbing into my dishwasher, we signed him up for kidville gymnastics classes. It is not cheap - but worth every penny! The classes are fabulous, the teachers exceptional - and even though the facility is smaller than some of the newer places, it's just as nice. Some other pluses about kidville vs some other places: They clean the rooms after every single class You have unlimited makeups Play space passes don't expire at the end of your class You don't have to preregister for open play - nor are the sessions only 45 minutes The staff doesn't change every few months.
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    On 31-Oct-2015
    Subject:  Kidville v NY Kids Club?
    Comment:  I am a huge fan of Kidville! I have never been to NY Kids Club so can’t speak as to their facilities or classes but I have never been anything other than happy with Kidville and the services they offer. My daughters have been going there every semester for the past two years and their unlimited, any time, makeups are not only incredible but a lifesaver when someone gets sick or we are late or the million other things that can happen with kids.And when things do go wrong at all they are more than willing to go the distance to make it better. I once had my daughter in a class that had to be moved to another time due to not having enough participants at that time slot and they were so gracious. Apologized multiple times (called me even!), let me take a pick of any class that would work with my time and upgraded my membership to unlimited playspace for the whole year, which I felt went above and beyond. The only other issue I had with them was this semester when I tried to sign up my daughter for Gymnastics there a week or so before the semester started. I needed her to be in a 3:30 class due to our schedule and the Thursday class was at 3:30 but the Wednesday at 4:30. Thursday, as it turned out, was full so I added her name to the waitlist. They called me to let me know about the Wednesday class and when I explained my situation they added in a Wednesday at 3:30 for us! Considering none of that was actually their fault but mine for signing up late, it was great that they were willing to accommodate us. I am always impressed with John, the owner, and all the staff with how courteous and helpful they are.
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    On 31-Oct-2015
    Subject:  Kidville v NY Kids Club?
    Comment:  We originally picked Kidville only because it seemed slightly less ridiculously expensive and is only three blocks from apt, but our experience with it has been terrific. They sometimes run promotions so we were able to get $50 off a class and 5 free play space passes. The staff is so helpful and flexible. When my son's sleep schedule was off they basically let him come to whatever class time was convenient with only an hour notice, two or three weeks in a row. The play space doesn't have any sign up or anything so you can just decide to go at the last minute. When my mom forgot her cell phone at home, they let her use their phone to call me. We are now doing my son's birthday party there because they make everything so easy!
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    On 31-Oct-2015
    Subject:  Kidville v NY Kids Club?
    Comment:  I too have tried both Kidville and Kids Club and prefer Kidville. In addition to everything Julie said, it's also a much cleaner facility. While kids club brings in a service to clean the rooms at night, Kidville cleans the rooms after every single class or open play. The joke is that they're a cleaning facility that happens to hold kids classes.Regarding the open play passes, another important thing is that the kids club passes expire when your class is over while the Kidville passes are good for a year - or longer.The Kidville classes are expensive but worth the money. They are structured but flexible, the teachers are awesome (and you don't have to call them 'miss _____' or coach (which annoys me for some reason), and having unlimited makeups is key when you're working around crazy nap schedules and gross kid germs.
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    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.Kidville, you just show up. Done. You can even just show up at their Carroll Gardens location if you have a reason to be over there. They are also REALLY, REALLY nice there. They are nice at Kids Club too, but the owners of Kidville go above and beyond.The classes at the 1 year old level are the same. Fine, fun, good teacher to student ratio. Equal par there. BUT, Kidville is SUPER flexible. Unlimited makeups, and they even accommodate entire class changes when needed. Kids Club gives you 2 makeups - period.My suggestion is to check out their standard playspace times and decide whether one versus the other really works with your schedule and to assess what kind of scheduler you are: if you are happy to set a rigid rain or shine playspace schedule, you might benefit from the 20+ playspace passes you can get from early registration at Kids Club. Our last semester, I tried every single week to register for something, anything that fit in our schedule and managed to use a sum total of 3.Finally, if it's really a matter of a number of playspaces, call Kidville and see what they can do. They may throw in more for you to get you on board.
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    On 09-Aug-2015
    Subject:  Re: Toddler classes
    Comment:  I highly recommend kidville. Big messy art or a gym class, you can't go wrong! Plus, they are super flexible with make ups and they clean the rooms after every class - which most places don't do.
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    On 20-Jun-2015
    Subject:  Re: responses: drop-in summer camp
    Comment:  My daughters adore Camp Kidville, located on Union st. between 6th and 7th avenues! I have been so impressed with the teachers, the staff and the facility. The campers' day is comprised by a slew of creative activities including yoga, gym, art, science and live music! My girls always run out with huge smiles to tell me what they've been up to.
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    On 07-Jun-2015
    Subject:  Re: ISO: Feedback on Bonjour NY Summer Camp
    Comment:  We've been doing camp at Kidville for the past couple years and my daughters LOVE it! The days are full of creative activities! They do lots of arts, live music, gym time, science and sensory play, yoga etc! The facilities are always clean, bright and fun! The camp staff is INCREDIBLE! My two girls ( 3 years and 4.5 years) literally can't wait to get started! They have two locations in Brooklyn, one is in Carroll Gardens (Court street between President and Carroll) and one in Park Slope! You can sign up on a weekly basis and it goes through the end of August!
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    On 08-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Indoor 4th Birthday Party Suggestions
    Comment:  We did my daughters 4th birthday party at kidville on union and I can't speak highly enough of the experience - both the planning and the party. They have standard packages of craft + playspace; there is a great range of options for craft, and they happily came up with one that met my "girly but not too girly since there will be boys there too" request. There is plenty of room for the parents to chat and nibble, and it works for big kids and any little siblings in the mix. Also, my daughter hated anything "organized," and they designed a play time that was open but featured special activities. Like a zip line! And they provide an a la carte menu for food and cake. Basically, I feel like I got a custom party with no effort AND worked with friendly helpful people throughout.(Reviewed Jan 2015)
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    On 31-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Re: Music class for 1 year old?
    Comment:  Both my daughters absolutely ADORE Rockin' Railroad at Kidville! The class is upbeat, interactive, educational, funny and the music is really good! The musicians are talented and excellent with children. The puppets always give hugs and high fives! My daughters (now 2 and 4 years old) first took the class when they were respectively 4 months and 2 years. They still love it and look forward to it with the same kind of enthusiasm usually reserved for Frozen!!! We live about twenty blocks away but the trek is always worth it!
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    On 06-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Kidville on Union and 7th Ave
    Comment:  My daughter Amelia, 3 years old, has been dancing around our living room for quite some time, so I thought I would look into local ballet classes. I found out about the Kidville program at a local fair, and was ready to sign her up except I wasn't sure if it was worth it for a 3 year old.John, the owner at the local Kidville was super helpful, offered us a free trial class to check it out. We did, and I liked the program, but give it was summer I didn't want to commit to the full schedule. He again was very helpful in structuring a program that worked with our travel plans and schedule.The classes are fun and engaging, the staff is professional and helpful, and the use of the play space makes the program a great value.
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    On 16-Feb-2014
    Subject:  Re: [PSP] Beth Elohim indoor play space cleanliness?
    Comment:  I actually know that they clean the toys at Kidville after every class!!! Made me feel so much better when my kids were little and playing there in the winter! Never been to Beth Elohim playspace.Mom to kids who no longer put kids in their mouths but feels like yesterday that they did and loved clean play spaces!!!!(review submitted Jan 2014)
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 23-Nov-2013
    Subject:  Shoutout for Kidville
    Comment:  When New York Kids Club opened, there were a lot of posts discussing the differences. Now, having taken classes at both, I would like to weigh in - and express how THRILLED we are with Kidville.The Kidville teachers are just energetic normal people that love kids. You don't feel like they're being fake - they're just awesome.You don't have to preregister for their open play space. You just show up during their designated times (though if you have little kids, I don't recommend going late afternoons because the big kids are too wild).The staff cleans the toys and rooms after every class. I'm not a germaphobe - but I do appreciate that the toys are cleaned after every class.While you don't get passes with your Kidville class, they come with certain membership levels and they don't expire - which is awesome! They end up being really affordable too!At Kidville, you can make up however many classes you miss! Classes are expensive everywhere and it's really nice that I don't have to wake my toddler from a nap or take him to class if he is sick, just to make sure I'm getting m money's worth.While the Kidville space isn't as big or as new as NYKC, you don't don't notice it when you're in the rooms. AND, this is obviously just my opinion - but I think Kidville is a much better use of your money. I'm not affiliated with Kidville in any way - other than being an extremely satisfied customer.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 25-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience
    Comment:  Program: Camp Kidville (3, 4 & 5 years program)Age of Child: 2Likes: I love the facility – it's clean and safe. Their staff is extremely sweet and patient with the little ones and parents alike, the program is well rounded (gym, music, art, reading, dramatic play) focusing on a new theme every week. My daughter came home happy, exhausted and ready for a nap every day. I also love that it's a *3 hour* drop-off – a substantial chunk of time to work or run errands. My daughter loves the staff. Even though camp is over she still talks about them every day! She really got into the weekly themes and found her wanting to learn more about those subjects outside the classroom. What would you change? Because it's Summer, a lot of mini vacations came up and we weren't able to make up those days at a later time. I realize that's a tall order but it's the only thing I can think of that I'd change! :) Would you send your child(ren) again? YesDo you recommend? Highly recommendDo you have any other information to add? My daughter was 2.75 (not turning 3 until after Summer camp was over) I originally signed her up for the 2's program but that was really young! We ended up switching her to the 3, 4 & 5's program. I'd definitely round up if you're kid is over 2.5!
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 28-Sep-2013
    Subject:   dance classes for 2-4 year olds in Park Slope
    Comment:  I signed my almost three year old daughter up for Ballet Tea Party for 2's and 3's at Kidville. The teacher Luisa is supposed to be wonderful. I think it will be the perfect intro class for her. My daughter has loved all her classes at Kidville and that fact that they now have ballet has put her over the moon!! Hope to see you there.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 24-Aug-2013
    Subject:  One more cheer for Kidville
    Comment:  We don't live far from NYKC and we are happy to see more kids centers coming to the neighborhood. I went on a tour last week and it looks nice. However, my daughter has been taking classes at Kidville for the last year and she loves it. The teachers and the classes are amazing and they have a very warm environment there. My child has gotten a lot out of them. My younger daughter is actually starting their preschool in the Fall. We will probably continue with classes at Kidville but happy to see the neighborhood growing!
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: [PSP] Re: Kidville
    Comment:  My three year old daughter has taken music, gym, art and enrichment classes at Kidville. She just completed the preschool alternative program, and is currently enrolled in camp. I am planning to register my 16 month old for some fall classes! I can't gush enough about the teachers. They are energetic, nurturing, experienced, playful and attentive. My daughter talks about her teachers and counselors non stop, and almost the entire preschool class signed up again for camp because all the parents were so impressed and pleased with the instructors. The facility is always clean and the staff is friendly and helpful (I've frequently needed extra help maneuvering a double stroller and two babies).
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: [PSP] Re: Kidville
    Comment:  > My 2 sons did camp at Kidville over the summer and we really liked it. There were different themes every week and the teachers were great. I am registering my (almost) three year old for Kidville University (preschool classes) for the Fall.I also really like the fact that the owner is there every day and is really involved with the everyday workings of the place.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  I just want to jump in here
    Comment:  I just want to jump in here to say that my daughter has taken multiple classes at Kidville (gym, art, enrichment, music) including the preschool program and camp, and I have never found them to be short of exceptional! The musicians are professional instrumentalists, the teachers are very experienced and always go way above the call of duty to connect to both my children, and the staff has always been extraordinarily helpful and friendly!
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  [PSP] Re: New York Kids Club
    Comment:   I don't know much about NY City Kids Club, but the Kidvilles in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens have great teachers and staff. Having read up on both companies it looks like they have very similar hiring standards and not everybody is certified. My kids have enjoyed taking classes and playing in the gym at Kidville for quite awhile now and we'll continue -- the staff is great, they care about the kids and know almost all of them by name (quite a feat I think!).
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  My now 2 3/4 year old has been going to Kidville
    Comment:  My now 2 3/4 year old has been going to Kidville since she was 1 1/2 and in that time has taken most of the classes and even ended the school months in their camp. A real highlight was Rockin Railroad-I have been to many sing and dance kids classes and this one is by far the best. If your kid likes music this class really engages them and what makes it even more exciting is the caretaker will enjoy the class too. The teachers are obviously friendly and great with kids but are also truly talented musicians. In a city with so much creative energy it is nice for our kids to be exposed to it at such a young age!Mom to a 2 and 6 year old(my big one still LOVES the playspace!)P.S. Saw an earlier post about birthday parties at Kidville. I have been to a few and they are always the kids and adults favorite party-the one place people of all ages get to really enjoy themselves (great goody bags too-filled with cool creative stuff not just the usual junk)
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Just wanted to chime in here.
    Comment:  Just wanted to chime in here. I started at Kidville with my 8 month old and we love it! Her mobility has improved, exploring the space and attending Big Muscles for Little Babies. It's also a great place to socialize for babies and parents.Plus, the staff is incredibly friendly. They remember us by name and the owner is always on site and active. The facility is very well equipped and always impeccably clean. I've found all the staff to be pleasant and engaged. While I am glad that there are new alternatives in the neighborhood, I'm sticking with Kidville.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 05-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: Classes/activities good for toddler and baby siblings together?
    Comment:  I would say that a music / dance class is probably your best option Music for Aardvarks Music Together Rockin' Railroad at KidVillethese all have a open theme which will allow your older child to dance and move around the room, even make friends and your younger child can be near you enjoying the music
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 08-Jul-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey
    Comment:  Length of time: 2 mornings a week Child's age: < 1 year2-3 yearsReview: KVU was a great pre-school alternative for our daughter. The teachers and staff were great and there were 4 teachers for a class of 16 or so. My daughter went for 2 hours, 2 mornings a week and it was a great way to get our daughter adjusted to being in a school environment and she thrived.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 21-Jun-2013
    Subject:  Kidville
    Comment:  I highly recommend Kidville University! The space is wonderful - a big classroom and a terrific gym. KVU is a drop off class for kids 2-3 years old. It meets for two hours, two or three times a week. The staff are lovely - energetic and happy. The child to staff ratio is about 4:1. There is a gradual separation, although to be honest my son didn't need it. Each day included free play with table toys, a welcoming song, reading time, art time, music time, snack time, gym, and a goodbye song. At the end of each semester the kids get a kind of "yearbook" with photos of what the class has been doing. My son loves looking at it! He made friends with the other kids and loved his teachers. I always felt confident dropping my son off, knowing that he would have fun and be well taken care of. Open play at the gym is included in the price, which is a nice perk if you live nearby.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 09-Oct-2012
    Comment:  Recommended without full review, September 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 05-Oct-2012
    Comment:  I've been taking my kids to Kidville at Union Street since my oldest (now 5.5) was about 6 months old. My youngest (2) is still going. Overall, the classes have been good to great, the facility clean, and the staff extremely friendly and accommodating. We love it there! Big recommend.As an aside, thanks to the Kidville mini-card attached to my keys and the kindness of strangers, both times I've lost my keys outdoors, they've been returned to Kidville.September 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 27-Feb-2012
    Subject:  2012 Birthday Party Survey
    Comment:  Name of Party: princesses and pirates party Address: 808 union street, brooklyn LIKES: great staff, very involved. terrific activities. loved that pizza, juice, and cake were included. What you'd change: the party was only two hours long. would have loved more time there! Do you recommend (High Rec, Rec, Rec w/ Reservations, Do Not Rec)? Recommend
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Jan-2012
    Comment:  As for tumbling and indoor playground during the week, the closest thing to Appleseeds or Citibabes that I've found in PS is Kidville on Union St. They are not open on weekends, and they only have free play at certain times, usually twice a day. You need to be a member and to be a member you have to sign up for a class.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Oct-2011
    Comment:  AdChoices Kidville is pretty awesome, albeit a wee bit on the pricey side. Our son also really enjoys the Monday puppet sing-along at Beth Elohim. And if your son is a bit older (20 months), we also really liked the Beth Elohim cooking class. (May 2011)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 30-Dec-2010
    Subject:  Review from Birthday Party Survey, 2010
    Comment:  Sizzling Spectacular Science PartyAge of Child 6Reason for Choice: Ease of planning, conveniently locatedLikes: She loved using their gym/play equipment with all her friends. It was also one of the few places that could accommodate her entire class plus extra friends (most places max out at 15 or so). The staff was really nice and made everything incredibly easy -- all we had to do was show up.Changes: I wish the art projects they did were a little more imaginative. Also wish that we could have spent more time in the gym, since that was my daughter's favorite aspect of the party. Wasn't crazy about the cake, wish we could have brought our own.Cost Per Child: $36-$40DO you recommend? (Choices: Highly/Recommend/DoNot) Recommend with reservations
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 30-Dec-2010
    Subject:  Review from Birthday Party Survey, 2010
    Comment:  Wiggle & Giggle for One'sAge of Child: 1Reason for Choice: of special interest to my child, ease of planning.Likes: I loved the fact that they had activities for different age groups. My daughter who is 1 had just as much furn as the oldest child who was 5.Changes: Not a thing, would have liked that is was a little longer, but I understand the attention span of a one year old is limited.Cost Per Child: 51DO you recommend? (Choices: Highly/Recommend/DoNot) RecommendOther Info: This was a great party for a one year old and children as young as 5 years., There was fun activities for all. Besides the great staff during the party, the best was I did not have to clean up at the end of the party!
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 23-Nov-2010
    Comment:  My daughter is enrolled at Kidville University (for toddlers) and LOVES it. That gym space is really terrific, and i've noticed my once tentative 2 year old turn into a brave little kid! Highly recommend it.There are gym classes, aren't there? So if you signed up for a gym class and then paid for a higher "member-level" you'd get more passes for open-play.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 21-Nov-2010
    Comment:  I just had my daughter's 1st birthday party at Kidville on Union. We had 10 children age range from 6mos to 6 years old. They had activities that were fun for all ages. you also have allotted play time in the gym. I would highly recommend. The staff for her party was outstanding, they were friendly and caring.As we all know parking in Park Slope is challenging, but there is a garage right next door.