Author: Shaneeka Wilson

Holidays in the Big Apple…Uptown Style!

Living in the Big Apple, there’s always so much to do in the city especially during the holidays. Uptown has no shortage of events and festivities to get you into the Holiday Spirit! See our guide below for Theatre, Tree Lightings and Holiday shops! Experience: HSA Theatre Alliance Presents: “Harlem Holiday Live!” Celebrate the holiday season with a multi-disciplinary performance by the HSA Theatre Alliance, Dorothy Maynor Singers, HSA Dance Ensemble and HSA Dance Junior Ensemble. DECEMBER 8, 9*, 10, 15, 16, 17 Fridays, 7PM | Saturdays, 3PM & 7PM | Sundays, 3PM *December 9 will only have a...

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Sol La Ti Music Together – Now at Harlem School of The Arts! Open House & Demo Class

Sol La Ti Music invites you to celebrate with us the opening of our new location at the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Sol La Ti’s Music Together invites you to our upcoming free demo classes We are offering: Music Together® (mixed age and baby classes) Pre Rhythm Kids™ (for children ages 3-5 years) Canta y Baila Conmigo® (spanish immersion music program) Musikalische Mäuse™ (German immersion music program)   Music making is one of only 4 activities that stimulates “neuroplasticity”, the brain’s ability to form new pathways and make novel connections between pre-existing skill sets. The Music Together® experience is multi-modal, exercising several areas of the brain simultaneously. Thus, it has a positive effect on ALL learning. The early years are a crucial time to give your child a head start on his/her future life. During this period, the brain develops at its fastest rate.Music improves language development, the development of fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness and social learning. MusicTogether® is a research based, award winning program that will enhance not only your child’s development but also give caregivers new insights on education and music learning. Sol La Ti’s Music Together is the winner of the Golden Daisy Award by Macaroni Kids as best enrichment program in Morningside Heights and Harlem.   Open House at HSA Saturday, Sept 16 – 10:30am (mixed ages) (room 208) Opening...

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Excitement, Skill Building & Fun! Afterschool Programs

While many of us prep for “Back to School” – one overlooked aspect of the back to school planning, is afterschool. We’ve talked to parents whose children attend a school where the afterschool offerings are too costly, have a limited amount of seating, or do not exist at all. And there are occasions where the afterschool program is not as fulfilling as we’d like it to be. There are plenty of options for parents who wish to provide their children with some enrichment, a different atmosphere, or both. Below you will find some of our favorite afterschool choices, complete with links to their websites. Have a fantastic Afterschool program open to the public? Is it Uptown? If we did not list it below, please comment and let us know about it. We’d love to include it and provide parents with all they need for a successful school year!   Figure Skating in Harlem: Obviously a favorite of UptownBirdies as both of our daughters are enrolled. See more about the program here. Girls must live Uptown and commit to 4 to 5 days of this year round program. There’s tutoring, and enrichment classes (STEAM, Financial literacy and more) and the best part! the girls participate in a grand show in March – showing off what their hard work and dedication can achieve.   JCC Harlem: The Jewish Community Center is...

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Mini Survival Experts

Move over Bear Grylls! Our Young Explorers are ready for the outdoors! On Friday July 7, Uptown Birdies hosted an Outdoor Adventure walk with Earth Living Skills. We headed into Inwood Hills Park and our guide, Nancye Good taught us how to survive and connect with nature. We completed several fun exercises; under Nancye’s tutelage, we listened to the outdoors and learned how what you hear can affect your livelihood. We learned how to “foxwalk” – a method of waking almost silently in order to hunt for food (or escape being prey). We also learned a little about foraging, how the vines of certain plants have water in them. How to spot and prevent poison ivy: “Leaves of 3, let them be” – but luckily, if you must pass through the itchy stuff to get to shelter or safety – Nancye taught us a great survival tip: Jewelweed, a plant which almost always grows near poison ivy – can be used to protect against or lessen the sting of a rash. And of course, the coup de gras – FIRE!!! Fire serves many purposes in nature, and Nancye spoke to us about being safe with fire, respecting the area that we create the fire in, making sure we put our fire out completely so it does not spread. Using a paracord bow drill, friction and dry leaves, we created...

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We had a blast at “Doctor Kid President” Children’s Art show

Uptown Birdies was invited to celebrate the closing reception of “Doctor Kid President” Art exhibition by Brian Belott; a collection of children’s art. Housed in the Gavin Brown Enterprise Art Gallery, the majority of the art was from the Rhoda Kellogg International Children’s Art Collection. Rhoda Kellogg was a school teacher and psychologist who collected numerous pieces of art from children between the ages of two and eight. Brian Belott, the curator/artist also re-created works from various children. Alongside these works of art, were art pieces from our own local neighborhood children. Various schools were invited to visit the exhibit this past Spring to create their own artwork, and it was on display for everyone to enjoy! Uptown Birdies was honored to be a part of their July 1st art closing. The closing reception was complete with an interactive puppet show by Poncili Creacion, storytelling by our friends from The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and of course Arts & Crafts! We made paper bag birdie puppets, bookmarks, and colored! We danced and laughed and met lots of new friends! Scroll through for pictures of this fantastic event! There’s so much going on...

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