Tuesday's pick of the day: Free trial classes at Still Hip
Tue Jan 12
The Clinton Hill, Brooklyn tot spot hosts an afternoon of trial classes for families, including its "Rolie Polie Guacamole" class, in which kids rock out with the eponymous band, and "Triangles, Squares and Circles", which helps babes become familiar with shapes. The sessions begin at 9:30am, so arrive early and stay to play all morning.
Free CPR classes at NYSC locations around the city
Mon Jan 11
When your baby was born, you probably signed up for a pricey infant CPR crash course at the pediatrician's office (I know I did!) But as the years have passed, you very well may have forgotten the basics. Time for a refresher course! Thankfully, due to the efforts of one plucky New Yorker (who, full disclosure, happens to be a friend), you can relearn CPR for free. After witnessing a bystander administer CPR to a stranger last winter , Laura van Straaten decided she should learn CPR herself. Pretty soon that personal goal expanded into a more public one: to launch a series of free and easily accessible CPR classes at gyms around the city. This month, after a year of work, her dream has become a life-saving reality. FDNY's CPR To Go Program —which has been offering free, hour-long, basic bystander CPR classes for a number of years at department facilities—is now also leading sessions at participating New York Sports Club locations. Although the classes are general and...
Park Slope Armory YMCA opens today
Mon Jan 11
Given that the Park Slope Armory opened over a century ago in 1895, it was certainly due for a makeover. Today, after two years of work and $16 million in funding, Brooklyn's newest YMCA has opened its doors in the space. The rec center features a running track, 20,000 square feet of exercise space, 50 cardio machines and plenty of classes for the whole family (baby boot camp, stroller walk, art classes, puppet making and more), just like its sister locations across the city. Although the ribbon cutting ceremony took place today, the center doesn't officially open until Saturday, January 30. However, beginning tomorrow, you can snag charter memberships for cheap: Just $40 per person or $72 per family per month. Not only will registration fees be waived, you'll also receive a snazzy track jacket. Check it out before you commit at one of the center's tours, which run Mon--Sat 8am to 8pm from now through the 30th. Already belong to the neighboring Prospect Park Y ?...
Global Weekends at AMNH
Mon Jan 11
If you have yet to see the American Museum of Natural History 's latest exhibition— an incredible, interactive examination of the Silk Road —this is the weekend to go. The museum has deemed Saturday January 16 and Sunday January 17 its "global weekend" and will be featuring lots of entertaining activities, workshops and performances related to the installation. On Saturday, your brood can watch a paper cutter and a calligrapher demonstrate their crafts, have their faces painted by members of Chinese Theatre Works, listen to Arab folktales, and sit in on talks about Arab calligraphy, Indian textiles, special spices and treasures from Central Asia. In the afternoon, there will also be a slew of classical musical performances. Sunday features music, dance and acrobatic shows, plus more orchestral music. As you traverse the exhibit, get your special passport stamped at each stop along the Silk Road, then bring it back to the museum for additional global weekends on...
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