Abacus Mom just got the following exciting news from The Off Broadway Alliance announcing the next 20at20 discount ticket promotion:
Off Broadway Alliance has announced that its hugely popular semiannual ticket promotion 20at20 will return from February 22nd to March 13th, 2016. 20at20 makes $20 tickets available to most Off Broadway shows 20 minutes prior to curtain time. Now in its 10th year, 20at20 has become one of New York’s most eagerly anticipated promotions for people who want to see exciting shows at steeply discounted prices, making live, up close and personal, up to the minute,and classical theater accessible to everyone for about the price of a pizza.
Peter Breger, President of the Off Broadway Alliance, said: “The great thing about being in New York is that the magical experience of great live theatre is always available and the great thing about 20at20 is that it makes that experience available to everyone. Why not go see a show or two or three or four – when you can pick up a ticket for just 20 bucks?”
20at20 has options for everyone: Parents who want to watch their little ones’ faces light up can chose between a number of charming and adorable shows like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Berenstain Bears ,
and Gazillion Bubble Show are the shows for you.
For people interested in exciting new dramas, there’s Body of an American , Boy, Straight, and Dot, or, if you’ve missed them, some long-running favorites like Sistas, Newsical the Musical, and STOMP. There’s the exciting new musical Daddy Long Legs and the wonderful perennials, The Fantasticks and Avenue Q . And you won’t want to miss the chance to see theatre legend Len Cariou in Broadway & the Bard.
20at20 is presented by The Off Broadway Alliance (OBA), a nonprofit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.
Best Westchester day camp for your child?
In my sixteen years counseling Manhattan and Brooklyn families, I’ve been struck again and again by how much preschool-aged children mature after a summer at Westchester day camp. At day camp, kids learn critical skills that enable them to be ready to succeed in the competitive fall NYC private school kindergarten admissions process.
Specifically, at Westchester day camp NYC nursery school children play sports and climb all summer, improving their physical and gross motor skills. They have room to roam, unlike in their usual tight Manhattan quarters.
At Westchester day camp, NYC children learn to socialize with a new group of kids outside of nursery school, and adapt to following the directions of a new group of teachers and counselors. By the end of their four, six or eight week day camp session, campers have stronger skills and have gained great confidence in themselves and their abilities. This can translate to an easier time separating from parents at private school interviews and ERB testing.
While many Manhattan families send their preschoolers to city day camps, some run by their own nursery school, I believe that pre-kindergarteners in particular are better off riding the bus to a suburban Westchester camp. Some parents worry that this is too big a step for a small child, but in my experience four-year-olds adapt easily, especially if they have a friend on the bus. Learning separation from parents, and being able to ride the bus gives four years olds a big boost in confidence.
Over the years, I have looked at a number of day camps and discussed them with many of my kindergarten educational consulting clients. For the summer of 2016 I am delighted to have partnered with the one that impresses me most.
This Westchester day camp
is close to Manhattan
offers a special mini-day option, allowing nursery schoolers to go home at 2:30pm rather than the more typical 4pm
has a long history and puts safety first
has many trained teachers as counselors
stretches kids physically, intellectually, and creatively
offers ice skating (!) as well as many other incredible activities
To learn more, email me, and I will connect you to the camp’s lovely director for more information and if you’d like, a special tour of camp. Note nursery school grades at this Westchester day camp fill quickly, so act ASAP.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn, a preschool through grade 12 Brooklyn private school that is generating much positive buzz, has a special event next week, on Wednesday, July 29. The school writes:
High School Information Session
Join the Head of School of BASIS Independent Brooklyn to discover the art and science behind our acclaimed liberal arts, STEM-focused high school program. Learn more about our curriculum, our culture of learning, and why our students excel in high school and at top colleges and universities.
Meet the Head of School
Before arriving in Brooklyn, Ms. Hadley Ruggles was Head of School at the #2 ranked high school in the nation and last year served as founding Head of School at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.
It's summer. I hope your children are happy and having an enriching and broadening season. How wonderful that we have summers to give our children experiences beyond what they have at school!
As an educational consultant and a parent, I think quite a bit about summers. Many people, planning for private school or college admission, hire me to make recommendations for programs or objectives.
When advising families and making decisions for my own children, these are some of the questions I consider:
What are my goals for my child? Of course you want her to have fun, but do you also want her to gain confidence, social skills, knowledge of a subject she doesn't learn in school, preparation for future learning or career, exposure to a new community or place, etc.? Every year, as your children grow, you can revisit this question for each.
What are my child's goals for himself? Summer is the time that students are liberated from schoolwork and many adult expectations. Giving them the power to spend the summer doing what they enjoy helps them know themselves better and perhaps learn best.
Where will I learn about suitable programs or camps? Besides Internet research, from which you can glean much highly useful information, you can consult with free consultants such as The Camp Lady or EverythingSummer. Note that consultants receive referral fees, so they have an incentive to enroll your child.
How well is the program or camp I have chosen run? I have noticed that many traditional, established camps have more robust camper and parent welcome/support programs than do some academic programs. It's important to research the counselors' qualifications, counselor:camper ratios, food service, accommodations and other issues that matter to you. Before enrolling your child, interview administrators extensively and ask to speak to current parents. Think about what your child needs to be happy and successful.
Have I left enough time for relaxation and family time? Unfortunately, many students have sports practices and other academic and extracurricular obligations that start as early as mid-August. You may want to enroll your child in fewer organized programs to have more time for informal summer adventures.
Blue School is expanding to middle school. Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal reports that Blue School, the downtown Manhattan elementary school founded by members of the Blue Man Group theater company, is adding a middle school: The Blue Man Group Tries Out Middle School
Hollander explains in detail Blue School's new middle school offerings, which include a fresh approach to academia, social activism, and STEM.
Hollander asked me my view of what New York City parents seek from a private middle school. I said:
New York City parents prefer middle schools that continue through high school, to spare their families the stress of running another admissions gauntlet, said private-schools consultant Emily Glickman, who founded Abacus Guide Educational Consulting.
Perhaps more worrisome is feedback she has heard from clients—including enrolled families—who “are concerned about the Blue School because they think that creativity is foremost and rigor is less important,” she said.
By middle school, academic standards become even more critical, she said, and parents look for a school that will prepare their children to excel in high school and succeed in the competitive college admissions process. For older children with more at stake, those concerns are “going to be even more magnified,” she said.
Blue School maintains that they will well prepare their middle school students, stating “We don’t see play or project-based learning and standardized testing as mutually exclusive.”
It is always exciting when private schools expand or open, adding to the pool of available seats for New York City students.