Plenty For Children To Do Indoors

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Staff Writer

The last couple of months have been tough on adults and their children. With snow storms nearly every week and the weather frequently falling below freezing, options are severely limited for kids to find fun activities to do.

Do not let the winter of never-ending snow get you down, though. While kids could stay at home on the computer or playing video games, many businesses are offering entertaining options that should keep your child amused and out of the house.

Whether it is going to The Crayon Box preschool (above), designing treats at Chocolate Works below) or joining Soccer Friends USA (above), there are many activities for kids to do in the winter.

Whether it is going to The Crayon Box preschool (above), designing treats at Chocolate Works (below) or joining Soccer Friends USA (above), there are many activities for kids to do in the winter.

Although soccer is a summer pastime, Soccer Friends offers classes all year-around for children looking to play the world’s most popular sport. With different levels of play offered for infants and toddlers through preteens, the classes will include warm-up techniques, skill clinics, games and lessons on sportsmanship. The organization’s winter season is three months, from January to March, and it uses three locations in central Queens, specifically Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, for its training.

“We pride ourselves on small groups, small classes for all age groups. That guarantees individual attention,” Sean Peckett, president of Soccer Friends USA, said. “We’re trying to create a program that introduces kids to the sport. Our main objective is for them to enjoy it.”

The organization just started its own Soccer Afternoons Club as well, for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Besides including all the sports education found in their usual classes, the program will offer free pick-up service for any child who attends PS 101 or Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.

Children who want to get involved with competitive soccer can be guided to Soccer Friends’ partner, Manhattan Soccer Club.

For more on the soccer programs, call (347) 756-2988.

Does your child love chocolate? Then Chocolate Works would make for an ideal indoor destination. Besides the swathes of delicious truffles and treats that he or she will get to enjoy, the store also offers parties and workshops for future chocolatiers. 17 Kids - ChocolateWorks1

Chocolate Works regularly holds workshops where they can use the substance as their creative medium. The class will show them how to mold and design different shapes and patterns in a way that lets their imagination and tastes come together. If the kid has a winter birthday, then Chocolate Works would be a great spot for their party. Its main party package includes a slice of pizza, drinks, a private factory/store tour, one chocolate-molded, decorated item and one chocolate-covered Oreo, pretzel or graham cracker that each child can make themselves.

“We have a chocolate car wash. Kids love it,” Stacy, an employee at Chocolate Works Manhasset, said. “We have birthday parties where children can make their own chocolate mold. They get to taste the chocolate. They get to learn about chocolate. It’s a learning experience as well.”

While Chocolate Works has multiple branches, the Manhasset location can be found at 346 Plandom Road. Call (516) 627-2340 or email for more information.

Besides places that are just pure fun, there are many educational choices out there for your children as well. Whether it is a full daycare experience or offering help on a specific subject, these facilities should catch the eye of anyone looking for new ways to improve their child’s learning experience.

For younger children, The Crayon Box Preschool is there to provide education, exercise and a chance to make new friends. A daily schedule contains opportunities for reading, writing, napping, puzzles, table games, outdoor activities and time in the gymnasium. The center provides both breakfast and snack during the day, though parents have to provide lunch.

The Crayon Box, located at 44-10 192nd St., Flushing, is for children between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years old. To take a tour, call Ms. Virginia at (718) 888-9341.

Another educational center that would be ideal for young people looking to improve their arithmetic is The Mathnasium of Forest Hills. This facility is dedicated to increasing your child’s skills by clearing up math concepts and building a positive attitude and confidence towards the subject.

The center breaks its programming into four levels: early education, elementary school, middle school and high school. Besides covering all of the topics a child would learn in school at that age, the program also prepares them for what they will encounter when they reach the next level.

The Forest Hills Mathnasium is located at 108-14 72nd Ave. For more information, call (718) 544-6284 or email

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.