Author: Shaneeka Wilson

Summer Opportunities for Teens and Young Adults

Although it may not feel like Spring yet, Summer is just around the corner. There are many opportunities for teenagers and young adults to work, and to learn. See programs below: Love Art? Love Children? Wave Hill is hiring interns to assist with the Family Art Project, a long-running and well-attended weekend drop-in program. The Family Art Project is now hiring a new team to serve as year-long Family Art Project Interns to assist with the widely attended weekend nature and art program. Looking for outgoing, committed high school sophomores through college juniors who have an interest in working with children and families and who have regular weekend availability. You can Apply HERE. Pied Piper’s Childrens Theater Summer Intensive is a four-week program for adolescents (ages 11 to 17) who have a special interest in the Music/Theater Arts or are planning to pursue this area of study in college as a major or minor. In this unique program, participants receive numerous sessions of individual instruction in several subjects as well as group workshops. The program aims to further the students’ abilities in theater as well as helping them with life skills and community building. Learn More and Apply HERE. Columbia University provides Outreach to Disconnected Youth. In collaboration with community partners, provides resources to out of school and out of work youth ages 16 – 24 in the local community to help...

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Easter Egg Hunting! Fun Events Around the Neighborhood

Looking for fun activities to enjoy with the family this Easter weekend? Check out some of these local activities below. And as always, check our Events page for Uptown happenings everyday! Start your day off at Wave Hill. They will host a family workshop where you’ll get to view different eggs in all their exotic natural pastel colors, and then create your own artwork using those same shades Riverbank State Park will host an art workshop for children. When you’re finished creating your masterpiece the park boosts two separate playgrounds as well as pools and a skating rink. Plenty to make your visit satisfying. This year the Hope Community Garden, (where we celebrated Halloween last year!) is celebrating the Spring opening of their garden by hosting an Easter Egg Hunt. Head over to The Church of the Intercession for more family fun. This Church hosts annual family gatherings every Easter: Arts & Crafts, Easter egg hunts, and more After all of that come hang out with us at Carmensville Playground! Friends of Carmensville Park is celebrating their newly re-designed playground by having a little Easter Fun! And Uptown Birdies is invited! We will have a scavenger hunt, make paper baskets and of course in Easter tradition, have chocolate! Check our Events page for more Easter fun and non-Easter fun, like Anime in the Afternoon at the Bronx Library Center...

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Walk Together

The weather is getting warmer. The ground beneath is beginning to thaw. GET OUTSIDE! Take your kids for a walk! Not only does exercise and fresh air improve everyone’s moods and sleep, walking is a great way to spend quality family time together. “Unstructured” outdoor time can also be a great stress reliever and conversation starter. Children may feel stress and social anxiety surrounding school and tests and we adults are often balancing so many responsibilities, it’s important to take a moment to unwind. With the city and its varied landscape as our backyard, there are several trails and...

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Celebrating an American KING Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist Minister and prominent Civil Rights Activist. He was assassinated in 1968, however, we will always recognize him for his work in ending segregation and promoting unity and equality among all Americans. Want to continue the discussion at home and in our communities? We’ve highlighted some ways for families to honor this great American and continue his legacy. Did you know? Did you know that Dr. King’s birthday is actually January 15 (the day the holiday falls on this year!) Martin was born Michael King Jr. His father, also...

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Happy Healthy families with CookedKlean mealplans!

“When diet is incorrect, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” Ancient Ayurvedic proverb Welcome to 2018! The best is yet to come! The New Year feels like a clean slate to begin anew. It’s the reason so many of us feel compelled to make resolutions for the new year. And we want to help! We’ve partnered with CookedKlean to bring you a New Years special! During the month of January ONLY, buy 4 meals, get the 5th meal FREE. Plans are created and prepared by Harlem Chef Kevin Lewis. His menu of over 20 items are grouped by goal: Skinny, Clean, Bulk or Vegan! View the menu here. And check out his Instagram for mouth-watering photos! These meals are family friendly, I share with my 9 year old daughter often! All orders and inquiries must be emailed to cookdbykl@gmail.com. Pickup is in the Central Harlem area. Payment must be made when placing the order and is accepted via Chase Quickpay, Paypal, or Cash app. Allow time for your meals to be prepared and communicate your questions or particulars to the chef. And to get your 5th meal complimentary – mention UPTOWN BIRDIES!   For additional information, check out Chef Kevin’s Bio...

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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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