Author: Michelle Caines

Let’s Talk Schools: 7th Annual Independent School Admission Panel & School Fair

From Let’s Talk Schools: Just as every student has unique needs, every school has unique strengths. Let’s Talk Schools believes when parents are empowered with information to find the right school for their child, everyone wins. We are interested in helping parents explore their school options. During our event, you will have the opportunity to learn about various schools, including those you may not have considered, and receive guidance through the independent school and Hunter application process during our panel discussion. Admission directors and representatives from kindergarten and middle school programs will be at the school fair to provide...

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Uptown Stories – Year Round Writing for ages 8-14

Uptown Stories is a federally approved non-profit creative writing program in Washington Heights. Classes are structured primarily as workshops, where the students read and discuss each other’s writing, creating a community of young authors. Workshops meet on a ten-week cycle, with nine two-hour-long classes followed by a celebratory reading in the evening for friends and family.  To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, families pay tuition at a self-determined rate, from $500 for full tuition to $1. Visit for more info. There’s still room in the summer writing workshops! Your child can create magical worlds, poetic dreams,...

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Fort Tryon Violin Studio Giveaway for Subscribers

Many people love the violin: its beautiful tone can resemble the human voice one moment and break into death-defying speed and special effects the next. It also has a virtually bottomless and endlessly diverse repertoire. But I teach the violin not just because I love it, but also because I believe music teaches us how to listen. In an environment that is dedicated, supportive, and fun, I hope to explore the meaning of true communication: opening our ears, our minds, and our hearts. – Abigail Karr Abigail teaches out of her home but will come to you! Offer for our...

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UB Launch Party Recap – with Pics!

We’ve hatched! Uptown Birdies had a blast at our website launch party! We hosted our soiree at the beautiful Rio II Gallery space in Hamilton Heights on Saturday, June 10, 2017. There were crafts set up as well as an awesome photo booth complete with props. We got to meet and mingle with other Uptown families while showcasing some of our favorite local businesses. Harlem Yoga was on the scene, leading the birdies in some stretches and meditation. Harlem Yoga offers kids yoga and childbirth education classes, in addition to adult classes. On Saturdays, their kid’s Yoga class runs...

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Private school application experience

If you’ve ever been through the private school application process, you know that it’s not easy. It consumes your life! We applied to eight schools for little 4-year-old Sara. And for almost all of them, that entailed: Play date for Sara School tour Parent interview The purpose of a play date is to gauge her personality and level of interaction with other children. It’s sometimes specific. Some schools sing songs, color and draw, or have the children write their names. Others will simply put them in a room with toys and watch them play. The tours are for parents...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Uptown Ballet Academy: Music Together with City Kids Music (Ages 0-5)

    May 28 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
  2. NYPL: Tuesday Crafternoons

    May 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. NYPL: Little Bookworm Storytime

    May 30 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  4. NYPL: Game Night

    May 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  5. Arts Horizon Storytelling, Music and Art at the New York Public Library

    May 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. NYPL: Early Literacy: Toddler Storytime

    May 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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