• Classes Guide: Fall 2016

    Our Annual Fall Guide To The Best Classes & Enrichment Programs For All Ages—From Tots To Tweens

    By Mia Weber
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    Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center

    14th Street Y: BananaJam Music and Yoga (for walkers up to age 3) is a fun twist on a music and movement class! Join popular musician Suzanna Bridges for this engaging music/yoga combo. Accompanied by her guitar and accordion, Suzanna uses song, dance, and imaginative play to introduce basic yoga poses and concepts while strengthening young, growing bodies in a fun and musical environment! 14StreetY.org

    92Y: Want to sing, dance, clap, bounce, and shake a tambourine? The 92Y’s new Itsy Bitsy Spider Lounge is the place! This fun-filled hour of movement and music for kids ages 2-4 features puppets, scarves, noise-makers, and plenty of beloved kids’ songs. 92Y.org

    Advantage QuickStart Tennis: With Advantage QuickStart Tennis, girls and boys as young as age 3 can get in the game! Instruction is customized for age and ability. No experience needed—they provide kid-sized equipment and the fun! Choose from seven convenient NYC locations. quickstartny.com

    The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH): The Pre-K Workshops at AMNH introduce children to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits. Programs this fall include AstroDiscoveries, BioDiscoveries, and PaleoDiscoveries. amnh.org

    Applause New York: Applause New York gives students of all ages the chance to explore the performing arts in a warm and supportive environment! In their popular Hip Hop program, more serious dancers can join the Junior and Senior Hip Hop Company, where they will get to perform at venues like Madison Square Garden! applauseny.com

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    Ballet Academy East; photo by Rosalie O’Connor

    apple seeds: The songs for seeds class from apple seeds is an interactive weekly music class for children ages newborn to 6 years. Sing and dance along with a live three-piece band that reinforces shapes, colors, numbers, and animals. Franchise opportunities are available as well. songsforseeds.com

    The Art Farm In The City: Get your child school-ready in Farm Friends—an interactive class filled with music, art, and much more! This 1.5-hour program starts in the classroom and transitions children through circle time, art, and snack, ending with time at their indoor petting zoo. theartfarms.org/afic

    Asphalt Green: As early as 4 months old, your child will learn to love the water at Asphalt Green. Instructors focus on making swimming fun while building confidence and technical skills. Lessons take place in a shallow teaching pool—perfect for beginners—then progress to beautiful 50-meter and 25-yard lap pools (which are rare gems in Manhattan). asphaltgreen.org

    Atlantic Acting School: Atlantic Acting School’s Saturday Youth Theater (Ages 7-10) is a weekend morning workshop that weaves theater games, improv, costume play, and character creation into a workshop of a musical short play. Students form their own “theater company” for the semester, write a short play with their director, learn a song, and are introduced to different styles of theater through engaging games. In the second semester, students will develop an original short musical. atlanticactingschool.org

    Baby Fingers: Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents, educators, and/or children close to your child’s age at Baby Fingers’ Signature Sign and Song Classes. Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. mybabyfingers.com

    Ballet Academy East: Ballet Academy East’s Pre-Ballet Classes instill a love of dance within each child. Students gain coordination, self-confidence, musicality, and focus in a creative and joyful environment. All classes feature live musical accompaniment. balletacademyeast.com

    Ballet Club: The Dance Together Division at Ballet Club now offers classes for ages 18 months to 3 years. Watch your child develop motor control, basic body concepts, verbal and kinesthetic understanding, spatial relationships, inter- and intra-personal relationships, and self-awareness. theballetclub.com

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    apple seeds

    Basketball Stars of New York: BSNY’s TROJANS teams will compete in the Fall/Winter season together. They will be organized in the Fall after an evaluation placement evening. At which point, participants will be assigned to a particular team with 8-10 members. TROJANS players will have the opportunity to train once per week in a 90-minute training session on a weeknight to work on improving their skills. basketballstars.com

    Bija Kids: Bija Playgroup is an introduction to the Bija curriculum for their youngest participants, ages 9-24 months. Each session includes guided free play in a beautiful classroom space with puzzles, blocks, dough, dramatic play, and art materials as well as a teacher-led activity. Bija’s approach is interactive and joyful and they pride themselves on creating an environment conducive to learning in fun and engaging ways. bijakids.com

    Bilingual Birdies: Join Bilingual Birdies on an adventure to learn how to make new friends, eat healthy food, and celebrate the changing color of the leaves in their Mandarin Classes! Bilingual Teaching Musicians will teach basic vocabulary through live music, movement, and puppetry. A very special afterschool program is open to ages 3-5 on the Upper East Side at the Caedmon School on Friday afternoons. bilingualbirdies.com

    Book Nook: Book Nook is a year-round literacy development program for ages 18 months to 7 years. Once a week, children, grouped by age from Lil’ Hoots to Wise Owls, learn and develop skills to reach milestones in areas such as reading and handwriting. booknooknyc.com

    Boys & Girls Harbor: Your young child will sing, dance, play, create, and learn at the Emily N. Carey Harbor Preschool! Certified and nurturing teachers prepare children academically, socially, and developmentally for Kindergarten in this well-equipped East Harlem facility across from Central Park. theharbor.org

    Broadway Dance Center: The Children & Teen Program offers dancers ages 3-18 elite training with today’s leading teachers and choreographers. The program delivers the finest dance experience for your child by offering a wide variety of high-quality class options. broadwaydancecenter.org

    Carousel of Languages: Carousel Academy is a foreign language preschool alternative for toddlers. Carousel of Languages’ multi-sensory methodology is based on verbal, visual, and tactile association. They offer Italian, French, ESL, Spanish, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Russian, Mandarin, and Turkish. carousellanguages.com

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    Cumbe Center; photo by Inna_Penek

    Chelsea Piers: New to the class list at the Field House at Chelsea Piers is Music & Movement. This class provides engaging activities through live music and movement explorations for little ones ages 4-12 months. Parent/Caregiver participation is required. chelseapiers.com/fh

    Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA): At CMA’s Knitting Techniques: Macramé, Crochet, and More class, young artists will explore traditional techniques to create contemporary projects while positively impacting their mind health. Students will learn the basic knots of macramé, crochet stitches, and how to transform old clothes into yarn. cmany.org

    Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM): Tap into your child’s sense of wonder with CMOM’s Preschool Program. Their hands-on exhibits, thoughtful teaching methodology, and teachers who are both expert museum educators and early childhood specialists combine in gentle, curated classes designed to meet your child’s needs. cmom.org

    Citibabes: Your little one’s playlist will go beyond nursery rhymes and pat-a-cake with Citibabes’ CitiRockers. This fun, family-friendly participation class will take you on a rockin’ journey through the ages. They’ll play everything from classic rock to reggae, country and folk to disco, classical to Beyoncé. Get ready to get down and jump up! citibabes.com

    The Coding Space: Looking for a place to expand your student’s independent thinking skills? Look no further than project-based coding classes at The Coding Space. Students will make their own projects using Scratch and their new Javascript platform designed to help students transition to text-based coding. thecodingspace.com

    Colina Italiana: Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup for ages 2-5. Experienced instructors provide multiple opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play while learning important socialization skills. The program offers language learning through activities, songs, dance, theater, and hands-on creativity. collinaitaliana.com

    Columbus Gym: Tiny Tot Fitness at Columbus Gym allows children to explore a new space and new equipment with the comfort of a caregiver by their side. Children will have the chance to use all the gymnastics equipment their 2,500-square-ft studio has to offer (beams, bars, rings, trampoline, and tumbling mats), and will enjoy weekly sports stations, songs, parachute play, bubbles, and stamps! columbusgymnyc.com

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    FIAF; photo by Alex Ayer

    Come Join The BAND!: Come Join the BAND! is an amazing afterschool program where kids ages 4-18 learn instruments in the most fun way possible—by being in a band! This music program emphasizes collaboration, musicianship, and fun, and teaches children how to play an instrument and play as part of a musical group. comejointheband.com

    Construction Kids: Construction Kids brings building with real tools to afterschool. In their Building Every Day class, children ages 4-9 will learn to safely use hammers, nails, handsaws, wrenches, nuts, bolts, drills, and a variety of construction materials to build creative wooden projects each afternoon. They will sketch, discuss design elements, build, and decorate their constructions. constructionkids.com

    The Craft Studio: At Toddler Art class at the Craft Studio, toddlers (ages 16 months to 2.5 years) get their first exploration into art! With songs, mini art lessons, and quick changing activities, it is the perfect way to get your little ones excited to craft! Each class finishes with a dance party to get the wiggles out! craftstudionyc.com

    Creative Play For Kids: Creative Play For Kids’ most popular class for babies ready to explore is Messy Movers, where little ones can move, groove, paint, and play! This upbeat and fun Music and Messy Art class includes dancing and moving to live music, before making a fun and messy art project. creativeplayforkids.com

    Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance: Uhuru with Olatunji Ojore (Free and Creative Movement) is a series of creative movement classes for ages 1-4 that combine song, dance, and play. Uhuru is the Kiswahili word for “freedom” and Olatunji is proud to continue Jamie Philbert’s signature pedagogy and help build a foundation for a life-long creative practice. cumbedance.com

    Diller-Quaile School of Music: Is your little one curious to start an instrument, but you’re not sure which to choose? Play The Instrument, a weekly class for 4s and 5s, offers fun, hands-on exploratory lessons with violin, cello, piano, guitar, harp, and percussion. This fun introduction will help your child find the right fit for future instrument study. diller-quaile.org

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    Discovery Programs: At My First Dance (for ages 19-24 months) you and your little dancer will enjoy movement, music, and social interaction in this sweet new class which introduces children to ballet and creative movement concepts. Using props, explorations, and stories, your child will feel the thrill of movement, become familiar with their body, and enjoy group participation. discoveryprograms.com

    Eastside Westside Music Together: Bond with your baby through the love of music! Your voice is the most important voice to your baby, so now is the time to share it while making music with the moms next door! ESWS Music Together baby classes for infants under 7 months begins its fall semester on October 11. eswsmusictogether.com

    EBL Coaching: EBL Coaching will offer their afterschool reading enrichment program this fall for students in grades pre-K-6. Using the Orton Gillingham multi-sensory approach, students will develop their phonics, reading fluency, and comprehension skills. Sessions are held at EBL Coaching’s Upper East Side location. eblcoaching.com

    Evolution Enrichment: Evolution’s afterschool program for ages 4-5 encompasses STEAM, cooking, theater, music, science, and creative writing. Their teachers not only reinforce what students learn in pre-K, but also amplify children’s creative interests and talents. evolutionenrichment.com

    Fastbreak Kids: Fastbreak Kids’ popular Multi-Sport program teaches children ages 2-5 the basic skills of a variety of sports through creative play, station-based learning, and mini-games. Their UES facility now offers Sports Plus—an extended morning option for ages 2-3 that combines time in the gym with time in their Creative Classroom exploring sensory play and art. Plus, Fastbreak’s new UWS facility will be offering open play passes for little athletes who enroll in any of Fastbreak’s UWS Multi-Sport classes this fall! fastbreakkids.com

    French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF): Ignite your child’s imagination at FIAF with brand-new French workshops! Starting this fall, kids and teens can explore French through theater, art, or new media. New afterschool workshops in cooking, yoga, and more are also available for toddlers. fiaf.org

    Gaga Center: Calling all K-5 gaga fans. Come join the fun this winter in one-hour afterschool gaga sessions on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm. Classes will include one hour of gaga fun with a warm-up, instruction, and loads of time to play. Kids get in on the action while learning gaga and athletic skills. gagacenter.com

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    Super Soccer Stars

    German-American School: At the German-American School, children learn more than the basics of a foreign language. The afterschool German language program starts with the ABCs and coloring, and after eight years, students graduate with a New York State Regents Accredited diploma. Classes meet once a week and the school has four locations throughout the greater NYC area. german-american-school.org

    Gotham Tennis: At Gotham Tennis Academy, they’re passionate about teaching tennis. From beginners to rising stars, Gotham’s PTR certified pros are experienced in teaching the fundamentals while stressing sportsmanship, hard work, and fun. With their prime locations throughout Manhattan and the greater NYC metro area (including Stadium Tennis Center–NYC’s newest and largest indoor/outdoor tennis center), they’re only a short trip away from you. And with their growing number of offerings at local schools, it’s more convenient than ever to get your kids into the game. gothamtennis.com

    Green Ivy Enrichment: Green Ivy Enrichment serves up a variety of children’s programs—from cooking to chess and everything in between! Classes are held in two convenient downtown locations. Offerings are available for newborns through teens and feature NYC’s best programs, including Music Together, NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival, Super Soccer Stars, and more! Classes are scheduled seven days a week, throughout the day and evening, to accommodate every family’s schedule. greenivyenrichment.com

    Gymboree Play & Music: My Global Exploration from Gymboree is a cultural “journey” that explores play, music, dance, customs, and activities from around the world. With a world-class selection of music from Putamayo and a customized craft to record their experience from each destination, families will capture their adventures and create a lasting souvenir. gymboreeclasses.com

    Gymtime: Children will learn the basic elements of CrossFit movements in Gymtime’s Fitness Warriors program. The exercises performed during class are suitable for any child between the ages of 3-7 (and up) with extra energy, athletic potential, and a thirst for fun! A variety of conditioning activities and games will be introduced to children, designed to improve coordination and strength as well as boost social skills and self-esteem. gymtime.net

    HiArt!: HiArt!’s Manga Madness class is your chance to learn not only how to draw manga characters but to develop and write manga. Lean how to make panels, incorporate text, design your page, create fantastic creatures, and more! Kids master proportions, line weight, how to use a nib and a brush, and much more, all while using their brains and imaginations to create their own fantastic characters and stories. hiartkids.com

    ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish: ¡HOLA!’s 18 mo’s- Three’s Program was designed to provide a great introduction or boost your child’s emerging Spanish skills. Classes are taught through the use of visual, auditory, and verbal input, including original and traditional music, games, props, art, play, and literacy, engaging children in a multi-sensory learning process. Plus, ¡HOLA! now has a second location in Forest Hills, Queens. holaplaygroup.com

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    Pins & Neeldes

    HudsonWay Immersion School: Mandarin & Spanish Afterschool classes at HudsonWay Immersion School allow preschool and elementary-aged children to acquire Mandarin or Spanish language skills through fun, engaging themes. Teachers will provide personalized attention and support for children of all language levels. hwis.org

    ibidPREP: The popular fall SHSAT classes at ibidPREP cover every facet of taking the exam—from content to timing and strategy. They have a sunny UWS office and small classes of 8-12 students; there’s plenty of time for personal attention in class and via practice test feedback. Plus, all of their SHSAT tutors are familiar with handling test anxiety and advising students receiving special accommodations from the DOE. There are two configurations of 2016 group SHSAT prep still available for September: One is twice a week after school, and the other is on Sundays. ibidprep.com/courses/SHSAT

    Intellectual Kids Club: Creative dance and story making (for ages 2-5) is a theater and dance class in one. Alice in Wonderland, Peter and the Wolf, “Pinocchio,” Greek myths, and other classics come to life through dance and theater games. Kids, guided by a professional artist, get to move their bodies, learn appropriate dance techniques, and use their creativity to interpret the stories. Relevant theater, dance, imagery games, art projects, and crafts enrich the experience. intellectualkidsclub.com

    Jazz at Lincoln Center: This fall, swing to your favorite nursery rhymes, stomp the blues away, solo like Satchmo, and jam with a live jazz quartet as you and your child explore the ABC’s of Jazz at WeBop, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s early-childhood jazz education program for children ages 8 months to 5 years. jazz.org/webop

    JCC Manhattan: Kodu 1&2 is an engaging and interactive introduction to coding for grades 1-2. Using Kodu, a 3D visual programming language, students will learn fundamental coding concepts. Kids will learn how to give Kodu instructions in order to create a specific video game, such as Pac-Man, and are encouraged to make the game their own. The course is taught in a small class setting in their multi-media center by CodeAdvantage instructors. There’s also a version of the class available for older kids called Kodu Plus: Intro to Coding 8-10 Years. jccmanhattan.org

    Jodi’s Gym: Get fit with the Ninja Challenge from Jodi’s Gym! Children ages 4-9 will navigate challenging obstacle courses of climbing, swinging, balancing, and jumping that will improve their coordination, balance, flexibility, core strength, agility, and overall athleticism. Tumbling skills will also be taught in this high energy class! jodisgym.com

    Joffrey Ballet School: Joffrey Ballet School’s Youth Ballet Program is perfect for those who have always wanted to be ballerinas; even teens who didn’t get an early start. The Beginner Ballet for Teens class provides a foundation for teens who have had limited to no prior ballet training. The focus in this class will be on body alignment, placement, flexibility, strength, grace, poise, and most of all, fun! Students should be 13 years or older by the first day of class. joffreyballetschool.com

    Karma Kids Yoga: CircusYoga at Karma Kids (for ages 7 and up) fosters connection, play, and communication through circus skills, group games and invention, acrobatics, flying partner yoga, tightwire and balance, and creative movement. CircusYoga principles include courage, trust, connection, collaboration, listening, and more. karmakidsyoga.com

    Kids In Sports: This fall, Kids In Sports is excited to add Lacrosse to it’s Rookie- and Junior- level classes. Paired with the other sports (basketball, baseball, football, hockey, soccer, and volleyball) covered in their classes, it’s sure to be a great year. kidsinsports.com

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    Wildlife Conservation Society; photo by Julie Larsen Maher

    Kids at Art: In their children’s art classes, Kids at Art explores the basics of art in their warm, nurturing environment, where everyone is an artist! Children will learn to use various mediums—paint, pencil, cray pas, watercolor, and more. Students will also learn about collage, printmaking, sculpture, plaster, and papier mâché, and will develop their drawing skills and learn to draw and paint from still life or a photograph. Additionally, teens can focus on building creativity and technical skills with advanced art training. kidsatartnyc.com

    Kids at Work: Rock out in downtown parks with Kids at Work’s Sun Sessions program this Fall! Running throughout September and October in Hudson River and Washington Square Parks, drop-in Sun Sessions feature a professional guitarist/singer, child-friendly instruments, and fun mixed-ages (infant to age 4). kidsatworknyc.com

    Kidville: All aboard this Fall! Each week, Kidville’s Rockin’ Railroad band takes you and your child on a journey through tempo, rhythm, word recognition, and sound identification, exploring different instruments and musical genres and meeting special puppet friends along the way. kidville.com

    Kumon: At Kumon, their math and reading programs help children of all ages and levels become eager, independent self-learners. Unlike tutoring sessions, the Kumon Method helps children learn on their own and develop strong academic skills. Kumon students gain a sense of confidence that will help them in the classroom and beyond. Join Kumon this fall to advance your child’s math and reading skills. This fall, they are offering a special Amazon gift card for when you register in their Math or Reading program. kumon.com

    La Scuola D’Italia: The Scuola Materna Preschool program is designed for the pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten years. It focuses on the development of the child from an intellectual, cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical standpoint—all with bilingual Italian/English instruction. lascuoladitalia.org

    LAUNCH Math & Science Centers: As part of its STEM Class series for the pre-K and Kindergarten set, Launch Math & Science Centers is offering I Wanna Be…A Physicist! this fall at the flagship UWS location. Using the scientific method, kids tackle topics like gravity and motion through hands on projects—from “Sink of Float?” experiments to designing mini-catapults! launchmath.com

    The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute: The Young Actors class at Strasberg Kids Program, for students in grades 2-6, is an introduction to the creative art of acting. This program is for both the serious young actor and for those just beginning their training. The schedule consists of Acting, Movement, Voice, Dance, Theory, and On Camera classes. youngactorstrasberg.com

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    Applause New York

    Little Maestros: Little Maestros is an award-winning, early-childhood and educator-approved infant and toddler music program dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience. Little Maestros continues to raise the bar in its specialty: Children’s music classes and parties. Classes are complete with original interactive activities, a language development segment, musical story time, imaginative and pretend play, global awareness segments, puppet shows with a special message, a dance party, and much more. littlemaestros.com

    Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center: Play jazz with your friends! This combo for kids age 11-18 explores blues, jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, and BeBop. Open to trumpet, sax, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. kaufmanmusiccenter.org

    MAGIC Activity Center: Page to Stage at MAGIC Activity Center is an innovative class for children ages 2-5 that provides a fun and engaging way to integrate literacy and drama. Each week, children will read and then act out a story using the “actor’s toolbox” to develop reading comprehension, vocabulary, creative problem solving, and cooperation—all in an artistic and exciting environment. magicactivitycenter.com

    Moosiki Kids: In Moosiki Kids’ new Musical Sit Down Story Time Class, the class gets to read musical books weekly, tell musical stories using a storyboard, and use instruments to play songs related to the story of the week. It’s recommended for kids who enjoy seated stories and activities! moosikikids.com

    MusiBambino: At MusiBambino, kids get to play real musical instruments and imitate their teachers in fun group ensembles with friends. Specially-designed kid-sized violins, cellos, accordions, and more await the touch of curious little hands. musibambino.com

    Music for Aardvarks: Music for Aardvarks is an alternative to the traditional music class, with classes geared toward children ages 6 months-5 years. With locations throughout the city, it makes music lessons a breeze. musicformanhattan.com

    My Gym: My Gym Kids learn more about themselves as they develop independence, self-discipline, social skills, and even a sense of humor, all of which lead to an increased feeling of self-worth. Children who feel good about themselves have a jumpstart on the path to success. Classes are offered to children ages 6 weeks to 10 years at multiple NYC locations! mygymmanhattan.com

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    The Coding Space

    New York Junior Tennis & Learning: New York Junior Tennis & Learning’s (NYJTL) Community Tennis Program (CTP) offers free afterschool tennis lessons for kids ages 5-18 at 30 sites throughout New York City. Players of all abilities are welcome. Racquets and balls are provided for free. Tournaments and events are planned for all ages during the season. nyjtl.org

    NORY: If you’re looking to add a little magic to your child’s week, NORY’s DIY Magic Class will do the trick! Mario the Magician teaches children the art of magic through making, creating, inventing and imagining. The bi-weekly class includes new performances by Mario, followed by his guidance in DIY magic projects. nory.co

    NY Kids Club: Dance at NY Kids Club focuses on a central theme—nurturing a lifelong love of dance. Young dancers will gain confidence, independence, strength and coordination while learning fundamentals. Students will be introduced to techniques in creative and imaginative ways. nykidsclub.com

    Onassis Cultural Center NY: Family Sundays at Onassis returns in October at the Onassis Cultural Center NY as part of the Onassis Festival NY 2016: Antigone Now with Everyday Heroes. Children and families are invited to explore their inner superhero inspired by the Greek myths. Families will be challenged to take on Herculean (but fun) tasks inspired by heroes and heroines, create crafts to take home, and make their own comics. Everyday Heroes programs will feature interactive and family-friendly performances by leading arts educators and more. onassisfestivalny.org/antigonenow

    PandaTree: Give your child the opportunity to love Mandarin or Spanish with PandaTree.com’s new beginner programs called Foreign Languages for Beginners. Online, one-on-one video sessions with a live tutor are convenient for you and fun for your child. PandaTree’s standards-based curriculum allows kids to progress at their own pace. PandaTree.com

    Peridance Capezio Center: Offering dance classes for children ages 6-13, the PeriChild program lets students grow and mature, teaching discipline and the basic vocabulary of various techniques through positive and nurturing teaching methods. The program’s structure allows students, according to their age and level, to choose their favorite style of dance. peridance.com

    Physique Swimming: Fall into swimming this season with Physique Swimming’s Water Exploration (Beginner 1) learn-to-swim classes! Young swimmers ages 3-5 years will go beyond bubbles with this introductory course, with a focus safety and primary skills. Floating, gliding, kicking, and diving are all skills touched on through imaginative game play and exploration of the aquatic environment. physiqueswimming.com

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    Pins & Needles: Does your child like to get creative? Do they want to learn to sew? Sign them up for Pins & Needles Sewing Classes! Not only will they learn the fundamentals of machine and hand sewing, they will explore the fashion design process, choose stylish fabrics, develop their creativity, and of course have tons of fun. Some of the project highlights for fall include a P&N take on the classic bomber jacket, customizable backpack, bedroom poof, and skort! pinsandneedlesnyc.com

    Pixel Academy: Join Pixel Academy’s community of young creators at their new Tribeca location this fall! Kids ages 7-12 learn about coding, game development, Minecraft modding, laser cutting, 3D printing, digital arts, and much more at this weekday afterschool program. pixelacademy.org

    Planet Han: Your child will have tons of fun at Planet Han’s Science Center while learning Mandarin! The innovative Planet Han Science class is designed to foster a love of basic science and to teach children about the world around them, including life, nature, matter, and the Earth, and will include hands-on experiments. planethanchinese.com

    Poppyseed Prenursery: Having fun while prepping for nursery school? It’s as easy as ABC! Poppyseed has amazing art projects, musical collaboration with instruments, story circles, dancing, tumbling, and more! Meeting 2-3 times a week, tots and moms boogie and bond while forging new friendships for life. The perfect bridge between home and nursery school, Poppyseed has classes for babies, toddlers, and 2s accompanied by an adult. poppyseedprenursery.com

    Prenatal Yoga Center: At Music for Babies class, babies and caregivers experience songs, chants, movement activities, and simple instrument play. This will be a fun time for both you and your child, full of stimulating and relaxing musical experiences. You will also be amazed and impressed at how young babies learn through music. prenatalyogacenter.com

    Private Picassos: In Bookmaking for ages 6-9, kids will explore traditional and non-traditional bookmaking techniques in this hands-on class. Projects include accordion books, hand-sewn bookbinding, chimera mix-and-match books, and much more! privatepicassos.com

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    Planet Han

    RoboFun: In Coding & Video Game Design class, students (grades 1-3 and 4-6) learn to program their own video games using MIT Media Lab’s Scratch software in RoboFun’s Coding and Video Game Design afterschool sessions. Kids as young as six design characters and write code to bring their games to life. RoboFun.org

    Rutgers Community Programs: Preschoolers (new and nearly 3s) can join Rutgers’ Ready, Set, Go Jr. play and enrichment program this fall! Young learners can enjoy hands-on activities in science, storytelling, art, and/or gym time. Flexible enrollment options available: Attend one, two, or three afternoons per week. rutgerschurch.org

    SciTech Kids: At SciTech’s 3D Printing class, kids learn to create 3D models using various 3D modeling tools and apps, then bring their creations to life through 3D printing. Using critical thinking skills, they sketch and prototype to produce amazing take-home projects, even 3D-printed treats, using SciTech’s new food extruder! sci-techkids.com

    The School at Steps: The School at Steps’ newest class is For Boys Only (F.B.O), an innovative dance class for boys ages 4-5, designed to channel their natural energy into creative movement. Through the use of props, heroic character themes, and live percussive music, this class builds self-confidence and athletic coordination. StepsNYC.com/school

    Shooting Stars NYC: Girls learn hip-hop, street jazz, and technique in Shooting Stars’ non-competitive dance class, the Lil Stars! This beginning class will build on fundamentals, and dancers ages 6-8 will learn a slamming routine to some of today’s hottest, child-friendly hip-hop songs! shootingstarsnyc.com

    SocRoc: Toddlers learn to kick, dribble, and score goals at SocRoc Soccer! Class (which will take place at Reflections Yoga Center this fall) starts with a song followed by fun fitness and stretching exercises. The bulk of the class involves teaching kids to use their feet with colored soccer balls, cones, and discs. Classes are available for ages 16-30 months and 2.6-4 years. jcsocroc.com

    Super Soccer Stars: Back-to-school officially marks the start of soccer season, so enroll now for fall at Super Soccer Stars! Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through their age-specific curriculum, they use soccer to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. You can find your weekly class in more than 150 locations throughout New York City. supersoccerstars.com

    The Sutton Place Family Center: The Sutton Place Family Center’s 2016 expansion will offer many new classes this fall for families, children, and teens. New offerings include: Prenatal yoga, mommy & me yoga, Little Maestros music, and Teen Hip-Hop with renowned teacher Matt Lopez! spsnyc.org/familycenter

    SwimJim: Did you know that formal swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent? For beginners ages 3-6, SwimJim is proud to offer their SwimKids program. Students work on gaining comfort and vital safety skills in the water. Kids will work on exercising body and breath control, horizontal balance, core strength, and spinal alignment for proper stroke development. swimjim.com

    TADA! Youth Theater: In addition to building skills in the core elements of musical theater, TADA!’s Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! Audition Techniques class will focus on audition techniques for musical theater performance. Students will gain confidence performing in front of an audience, enhance their singing, dancing, and acting skills, and build a repertoire of audition material including monologues and solo pieces. tadatheater.com

    Take Me To The Water: Take Me To The Water Swim School offers swim lessons all year round with over 20 different indoor locations throughout the Tri State area. They offer classes from baby all the way up to adults—it is never too late to learn to swim. takemetothewater.com

    Take Two Film Academy: Take Two Film Academy has Monday’s after school, Saturday Film Production and Acting, and Sunday Screenwriting workshops open for enrollment! Kids learn all aspects of filmmaking from screenwriting, storyboarding, location scouting, acting, directing, and editing. taketwofilmacademy.com

    Taste Buds Kitchen: Cook your way all around the world with Taste Buds Kitchen’s Around the World Cooking Classes. Develop the skills to chop, mix, and swirl your way through exotic food masterpieces in weekly culinary adventures. From decadent desserts from France to nutritious meals from India, this hands-on class will set you up to be a future Top Chef. Your chef will challenge their senses with blind taste tests, exciting kitchen games, and culinary experiments. tastebudskitchen.com

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    Tennis Innovators: TI’s Tennis Academy provides a fast-paced, high energy, totally fun learning experience. All equipment is provided, just bring your junior tennis player! They’re offering indoor and outdoor academies, camps, and lessons throughout NYC for players 3-17 years. tennisinnovators.com

    TLB Music: Meet the orchestra at TLB Music’s Fall music curriculum, Ollie & the Orchestra this fall! TLB’s music enrichment program introduces a new instrument and new kind of music every week while helping children 0-6 reach development milestones through play. Featured artists this fall include Carole King, the Beatles, Mancini, Mendelssohn, and more! tlbmusic.com

    Trevor School: Experience dynamic inquiry-based learning and play alongside your little one at Trevor Tots—a brand new “Grown-Up & Me” series for ages 2.5-4. Interactive classes in science, Spanish, music, and art are taught by talented Trevor Day School teachers on their UWS campus. trevor.org

    Voilà Chocolat: Chocolate Story Time is one of Voilà’s kids’ chocolate workshops that’s packed with a ton of fun. Children learn about the seeds and origins of the cacao tree and practice the essential techniques of molding by making their own unique chocolate bar! voila-chocolat.com

    Wildlife Conservation Society: Check out Toddler Time at the Queens Zoo this fall! Perfect for ages 2-3, this program runs from mid-September or early November. In this nature-inspired six-session series, toddlers and their caregivers will connect together with the natural world through live animal interactions, dramatic play, sensory stations, songs, and art making. Each week will provide wonderful opportunities for exploration around the zoo and help foster your child’s inquisitive nature and independence. queenszoo.com/programs

    Willan Academy: Willan Academy offers in-home music lessons for busy families in NYC! Willan Academy of Music delivers high quality & fun music lessons to the comfort of your home in NYC, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. In-home music lessons are personalized to your child’s individual needs in a warm and nurturing educational environment. Piano, Violin, Guitar, Singing, Saxophone, and Flute lessons are available. They ensure that kids are taught age-appropriately and given enough time to learn and grasp each skill. willanacademy.com

    YMCA: Ballet class at the Vanderbilt YMCA teach ages 3-9 the basics of classic ballet through various fundamental techniques. Children will refine elegance and grace while developing flexibility, balance, coordination, and musicality through the expressive art. ymca.org/vanderbilt

    Yogi Beans: Me & My Bean Yoga is a fun Yogi Beans class for walkers up to age 3 (with their parents or caregivers) that will introduce the most basic yoga postures to toddlers in a playful way. Musical instruments, colorful props, catchy songs, and creative adventures will engage your child’s imagination. Through consistent class structure, your little bean’s yoga practice will begin to bud. yogibeans.com

    Yorkville Youth Athletic Association: The Yorkville Youth Athletic Association is proud to offer the Intro to Travel Basketball program. This new program was created for grades 3-4 to properly develop as young basketball players and to prepare them for the demands of higher-level travel and AAU basketball. All players will have an opportunity for in-game experience, with development, sportsmanship, and teamwork being integral parts of their training. The season starts in mid-September 2016 and runs through March 2017. yyaa.org

    Zaniac Learning: Zane Math, Zaniac’s fun-filled approach to math, keeps kids coming back for more. Using an assessment-based approach, kids who need extra attention in an area get it, and those who are not challenged enough at school can work ahead and engage at a higher level. ZaniacLearning.com

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