Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

The Upper West and Upper East sides have something that makes them the premier destinations for the wee set in New York City: a Kidville.


Metro moms with children under the age of 7 should invest in this one-stop wonderland for families. There are three tiers of memberships, more than 100 classes for babies, toddlers, and kids, an indoor and rooftop playground, a completely adorable “Kiddie salon,” a café, a boutique, and a very respectable schedule of events.The Kiddie salon offers great cuts and professional hair styling for kids. Children kick back and relax during their haircut, watching their favorite DVDs, playing with gadgets, or enthralled with toys. Moms can take this time to freshen a manicure or indulge in a mini-massage (much-needed, naturally). Glamour parties, hairdo parties and dress up parties fit for numerous princesses are a specialty here. As are concerts.

Kids run, climb, scamper, frolic and roll in a safe, supervised, fun space. What more could parents want? Coffee and food! Kidville’s founders knew this, so the café offers everything from fresh salads to hardy burgers, and food is delivered directly to parents, so they won’t have to juggle trays along with baby.

The boutique carries brands such as Juicy and Paper Denim, unique toys, and enchanting books. The many classes offered include cooking, music, dance, art, gym, enrichment, parenting, new moms, French and Spanish. Enroll your tots in in Kidville U and watch their talents flourish – it’s well worth it.

The founders of Kidville are genuinely determined to create good memories for both parents and children, which is why Kidville is the hottest spot in town for the under-7 set and their folks. As their slogan goes, it’s a “fun place for little big city people” – and also for big people with little people.

Visit www.kidvilleny.com for a plethora of interesting information and class schedules, or visit these locations: upper east side, 163 E. 84th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington, 212-772-8435; or upper west side, 466 Columbus Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets, 212-362-7792.

Originally published October 2006
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