About Kidz Central Station ®
Founded by a NYC mom of two young kids, Kidz Central Station uses technology to solve the problem so many busy parents face—finding a simple way to find, book, and manage their children's classes, camps, and local family events. We know parents have little time, so instead of spending precious time searching all over the web, they can now find (and enroll in) the best kids' activities all in one place!
Parents can search by the criteria that are most important to them, such as age, location, price, activity type, and day/time. They can also search specifically by weekend classes, after work classes (so working parents can enjoy activities with their kids!), sibling classes, and outdoor classes!
Kidz Central Station offers more than 5,000 classes and camps for every age and interest, representing hundreds of the NY area's top activity providers. With a sophisticated search engine and class reviews from fellow parents, it is easy to find the best classes and activities for your children, sign up for a trial class, and directly enroll.
Founder and CEO
Lauren Pohl is the CEO and founder of Kidz Central Station and a mom to two amazing kids. A (recovering) lawyer, Lauren came up with the idea for Kidz Central Station while on maternity leave with her youngest child. On a quest to find the right music class for her young child, she quickly grew frustrated with having to search dozens of websites in order to find the right class, many of which didn't even have online enrollment! Thus, the idea for Kidz Central Station was born. Lauren enjoys learning about all of the great kids' programs that help busy parents keep their children active and happy.
In her former life, Lauren spent many years as a corporate attorney at Kaye Scholer LLP. She has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Director Digital Insights
Alpa Patel is the Director of Digital Insights and has spent 20+ years in digital marketing research and analytics in tech hubs San Francisco and NYC. She writes for the Kidz Buzz blog, researches the special needs category, and helps out with the day-to-day at Kidz Central Station. She has two young sons and is busy navigating their activities. She was formerly working in digital media at ESPN and Nielsen Online. She has a BA from Brown University and MBA from Columbia Business School.
Local Partnerships Manager
Samantha Shlimbaum is the Local Partnerships Manager at Kidz Central Station and is focused on increasing our reach within the NYC Boroughs. Samantha is our "Jill of all Trades" team member. She has experience in the NYC nonprofit sector and real estate sales at The Corcoran Group. She was previously Program Director of a small financial literacy nonprofit managing numerous volunteers and servicing contracts across New York City. Samantha welcomed her daughter in July 2016. Reach out to Samantha today to learn more about what Kidz Central Station can do for your business!
Jason Lowenhar is the Chief Marketing Officer and works to maximize Kidz Central Station's reach and awareness among New York City parents. As a direct marketer with over 20 years' experience in the digital space, Jason also works closely with each provider on the Kidz Central platform to optimize the effectiveness of their listings and to generate bookings. He was formerly the Director of Marketing at New York's largest provider of children's classes, NY Kids Club, and spent many years at top Madison Avenue agencies. He has a BA from Yale University.
Aaron Michal is the Chief Technology Officer at Kidz Central Station and has been a Software Engineer for 20+ years. He specializes in Ruby and PHP-based web programming.