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January is National Hobby Month, so be sure to celebrate this year by making a New Year’s resolution to find a new hobby for you and your family to enjoy!
From music classes to sports classes, Gymboree has something for all your little ones to get involved in, helping them make new friends and spend some quality time with their parents in the process. Visit the website to check out the calendar of events at the location closest to you.
Whether your child is pre-school age or age 5-13, Gymnastics City has a multitude of options for kids to exercise and gain positive learning skills (not to mention a few new friends!). Visit the website to see which class is right for your child. Not close enough to Gymnastics City to take advantage? Research gyms throughout the area and see which offer similar programs to fit your family’s needs.
John C. Hart Memorial Library
Check the Kid Space and Teen Space pages for lists of the multitude of upcoming programs. Teen Space has book lists and volunteer opportunities for teenagers, and Kid Space provides information about a multitude activities for children of all ages. Consider Music and Movement for children ages 2.5 to 5 with an adult, which takes place Tuesdays, Jan 15 through 29 at 1:30 and Wednesdays, Jan 16 through 30 at 11:00. This program is open to residents of Yorktown and Cortlandt Manor with a current Hart library card. For children in grades 4-6, come to the library on Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 AM to learn how to be responsible and safe in this lively workshop led by a Volunteer Ambulance Corps member. John C. Hart offers a variety of ways to get kids excited about reading and providing a sense of community through these various programs. Not close enough to John C. Hart to take advantage? Check the website of the library closest to you to see what they have to offer; many libraries offer similar programs for kids and families.
Michaels Craft Stores
In honor of National Hobby Month, Michaels offers even more in-store classes and demonstrations to get people of all ages excited about crafting. Visit the website to download the calendar of the store nearest you, and look forward to events and classes pertaining to crafts and hobbies such as crocheting, bead stringing, custom frame designing, cake decorating, and scrapbooking.
Is someone in your family into animals? Visit the Bronx Zoo to encounter a multitude of animals from all around the world. Consider a year long zoo membership for multiple return visits to the zoo throughout the year. Check out the zoo programs that give budding zoologist a glimpse into what it would be like to work at the zoo. Or, consider a family program; spend a day or night at the Zoo with your children and enjoy private exhibit viewings, up-close animal encounters, themed activities, even and special celebrations of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other family holidays.
Host Your Own Family Game Night
An easy way to get National Hobby Month started in your house is to get the family together once a week to play classic board games such as Monopoly, Clue, and Trouble. Hasbro (http://www.hasbro.com/games/en_us/) and Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers (http://www.boardgames.com/mibrpabo.html) offer countless game options for people of all ages to come together for a night of fun and laughter together. Consider also looking for more “modern” versions of any board games for the Wii, Xbox, or PlayStation.