Small Business Spotlight: 21st Century Kids NY - Bergen Moms Network

We were recently introduced to 21st Century Kids NY, located at 7 East Central Avenue in Pearl River NY – an amazing childhood enrichment and creative play space for kids! We connected with Tina Duncan, the Owner and Director (and a retired NYS Educator) to learn more about what makes this new space so special!

Hi Tina, tell us about 21st Century Kids!

21st Century Kids is a childhood enrichment and creative play space where parents pre purchase ¨class spots¨ to use for any of our course offerings. Courses include the arts, music, physical fitness, library and STEM. Classes will run for 2 hours each, with multiple offerings throughout the day. Parents take advantage of open spots and are only charged once the spot is taken.

What inspired you to start your business?

Since beginning my career as a public-school teacher 20 years ago, I have had the opportunity to engage with students starting at age 10 up to seniors in high school. This experience has been extremely rewarding. I have had the opportunity to get to know so many great families. Since having grandchildren however, I have realized how much I enjoy spending time with young children. My grandchildren have inspired me to open a space where young children can explore the world around them, make new friends while building confidence for future success.

How is your business different from the rest? And why is it so important?

21st Century Kids is a new and unique concept. Many types of children’s activities require parents to commit to a strict schedule and lengthy package. At 21st Century Kids, parents purchase “Play packs” that can be redeemed at times of convenience.
Once a child is registered, the parent will have access to the calendar in order to book available spots on a given day. This type of schedule allows parents flexibility and the ability to make last minute plans.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

So far, the biggest challenge I have faced would be in finding the right location. It took quite some time and many property tours to find one that felt like “home”. This location is central, full of great shops and restaurants and the community is extremely family oriented.

What are you looking forward to for the future of your business?

My hope for now and the future is that many young children will have the opportunity to experience time at 21st Century Kids. I am looking forward to getting to know the families in the area and creating a fun and dynamic environment for their children.

What’s your best piece of advice for moms reading this?

My best advice would be to take some time for yourselves! As a mom, I remember it and now as a grandmother, I see it with my daughters. Sometimes a mom just needs a break and some time to herself. With our 2-hour classes, you can go get your nails done, go food shopping alone, go out to lunch with a friend! You can take a little while to be you and be relaxed knowing that your child is socializing, exploring new concepts, learning new skills and having fun while they do it!

To learn more about 21st Century Kids NY, follow them on Instagram or visit the website.

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