Fun at Kidville FiDi – Wiggle Giggle Review and Giveaway

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I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to sample many of Kidville’s class offerings.  They offer the cutest assortment of enriching classes with some of the most engaging and sweet teachers around!  Wiggle Giggle which is what Juliet has tried out this fall semester for instance offers a really fun environment for Juliet to explore, get creative, sing, and dance.  It’s their mixed age version of the run wiggle paint and giggle which is a pre-nursery program engaging toddlers through stories, ball play, manipulative toys, block exploration, art and sensory play.

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The beginning of the class begins with a welcome song and free play with a different rotation of toys every week.  Being such the expert at sorting boxes that Juliet is, I like to challenge her by asking her to follow a series of specific instructions.  “Can you find and put all the stars in first?”  “Can you count and find all the circles?”  “Now find all the blue shapes and put them in.”  Since she can count, identify all the shapes and listen to directions really well this is my way of keeping her stimulated.

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Next came the nubby balls – who knew they could have so many uses!  The Kidville teachers encouraged rolling, bouncing, tapping on the head, balancing on them and sharing while discussing its texture, color and quantity.  In doing so, the teachers really end up teaching the other grown-ups how to take an ordinary object and get the most educational value out of it!    kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc

Next came puzzles, scarves and painting.  Juliet tried her hand at the puzzles and paints.kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc  I always try to incorporate art into her every day and Kidville helps me do that!  kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc

The blocks are a popular hit amongst all the kids.  And they’re one of those toys that grows with your child as he/she develops.  Juliet shows so much more dexterity when handling these than she did as an infant.  And oddly enough she just loves cleaning these up!kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc

The obstacle course is really where you get to see your child’s physicality develop.  I’m still so in awe when I see my baby jumping and running so well.  Wasn’t it just yesterday when she could barely balance her head on her shoulders? kidville fidi, kidville, indoor playspace nyc, nyc kids, indoor playground nyc

For more pics and video of Juliet enjoying Kidville, check out my Instagram and follow me @fabgabblog as well as @fab_kids! 

Enter below for a chance to win free tickets for you and 1 child to a future Kidville FIDI special event.  They’re having a great one on November 20th!

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Fashion Week: Fusion of Fashion and Dance

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The Style Pointe fashion show invite intrigued me because I’ve danced for 12 years (ballet, tap, jazz, modern) and have always loved fashion.  Style Pointe melded ballet and modern dancers and choreographers with emerging fashion designers and proved to be an innovative and artful end to my New York Fashion Week.

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Just to give you an idea of how the two worlds collided, the dancer/models walked on pointe (tippy toes) all the way up and down the runway with the usual confident blank faced stare.  But at the end of the runway where a model usually poses, the dancer surprised us with her own fantastic flare.  After watching a week’s full of fashion shows, this unique runway strut really caught my attention!  And I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like if all top models were required to do a little dance-off at the end of their walk.  Pretty entertaining, I think!

IMG_8048 This format allowed for you to take in the clothes and appreciate the fluidity and movement so much more so than your standard runway show.  The full production involved having ‘models’ appear on stage far longer than an average runway.  If you think about it, you really only get to see the clothes for a few seconds as it whizzes past you in a fabulous flurry on a normal catwalk.  But here, you got to view it prancing across, flipping above, and leaping to the runway which added a whole other level of excitement and anticipation.

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And it seems the fashion world is starting to embrace this fusion of fashion with dance.  Opening Ceremony, hired the New York City Ballet dancers to strut incognito down their runways this season.  Their choreography centered around the idea of models falling down the runway

I love the element of surprise.  NYFW attendees sometimes need to be jolted out of their jaded attitudes.  The veteran fashionistas think they’ve seen it all.  Then they see a model fall (which elicits a group gasp).  Then they see another model fall in the same location.  Then they’re on the edge of their seats hoping it won’t happen again.  Then the next falling model gracefully transitions her fall into an epic dance move!?!?  Clever.  Very clever.

For those of you NY-ers who appreciate dance and fashion yet didn’t get an invite to these NYFW shows, don’t fret.  You can also view this new mix October 2nd-4th at Brookfield Place in Battery Park!  In a special event called ‘Move!’ Visionaire co-founder Cecilia Dean and noted writer David Colman, pairs artists with noted fashion designers to create one-of-a-kind experiences for the public to enjoy.   I don’t know about you but I’ve already marked my calendar for this one!

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