• Class Of 2016: Best Winter & Spring Classes

    Start the New Year off right with our guide to NYC’s top kids’ classes for all ages

    By Lauren Vespoli
    apple seeds

    apple seeds

    14th Street Y: Join children’s singer, songwriter, and educator Brett Rothenhaus on his guitar to experience the joy of music with your infant or toddler at the Boogie with Brett Class, for ages 2 months-3.5 years. You’ll sing, dance, and play various age-appropriate instruments together. You’ll also enjoy musical story-time each week in this very interactive, high-energy, and fun-filled class. Brett sings a mix of popular children’s songs, and upbeat rock ‘n’ roll classics, as well as some original kids songs from his “Parent’s Choice Award”-winning album “Brett Band for Kids.” 14streety.org

    92Y: Be part of your city’s rich art heritage with 92Y’s new New York Art Scene class. Students ages 8-10 draw, paint, and create collages using the techniques of such New York City artists as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. 92y.org

    ABC Do-Re-ME!: ABC’s Musical Playdate program provides a perfect balance of laughing and learning. From nursery rhymes to pop hits, their eclectic mix of music keeps the kids hopping and the smiles coming as the guitar-playing instructors dish out a big helping of fun laced with teaching moments. Instruments, dance grooves, and boisterous singing add to the party as the children gain a musical education without realizing it. This 45-minute drop-in class is designed for children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers. abcdoremeNYC.com

    ACT Programs: Take a free trial class of ACT One-to-One Toddlers, a social and educational experience for children 9-36 months old and their caregivers provided by ACT Programs at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. Children prepare snacks, make music, engage in stimulating projects, and climb, slide, tumble, and jump in ACT’s spacious, matted gymnasium. actprograms.org

    Advantage QuickStart Tennis: Now even the youngest players can learn, laugh, and love tennis with Advantage QuickStart this winter. Their Racquetiers classes, for ages 2-4, get everybody off to a great start! quickstartny.com

    American Museum of Natural History: How do scientists gather information about planets and moons millions of miles away? Children in grades 4-5 can find out at “AstroExplorers: A Mission Beyond February Break Camp” at AMNH! They’ll build and launch a rocket, collect and analyze space data, and try their hands at programming and operating their own robot. amnh.org

    Applause NY: Lace up your kicks as your child transforms into a Hip-Hop Superstar at an Applause NY Hip-Hop class! With cutting-edge choreography, as seen in today’s hottest music videos, it won’t be long until your child is dancing to the latest moves on a stage in front of 500 people. This class, for ages 4 and up, not only develops teamwork, but also increases strength, coordination, agility, rhythm, and stamina, and promotes fitness. Most importantly it also gives students a strong sense of self-confidence! applauseny.com

    apple seeds–songs for seeds: songs for seeds is a rockin’ music program for children ages newborn-6 years that has already engaged thousands of kids through its completely unique and interactive curriculum. Led by a three-piece live band, songs for seeds has been widely recognized as one of the best kids’ music programs in the city. It is the most fun you can have in 45 minutes with your kids! songsforseeds.com

    The Art Farm

    The Art Farm

    Art Farm in the City: At the Art Farm’s Open Play Time, children ages 6 months and up can come and play all afternoon, or just for an hour. Drop in for animal time, arts and crafts, and creative play in the Art Farm’s playroom. You can pay by the day or buy a 10 Play Date pass and save. All children must be accompanied by an adult. You can drop in during the times that are listed “no reservation.” theartfarms.org

    ArtMuse: ArtMuse is offering Private Art Series for Kids and Private Family Tours for ages 3 and up. Private series can be booked for a monthly or bimonthly basis. Private Family Tours can be organized at set days and times at the museum or gallery of your choice. Tours are customizable and great for any age. Introduce your child to the exciting world of New York’s Art scene with ArtMuse! artmuseny.com 

    Asphalt Green: Parents can enjoy the night off while Asphalt Green entertains your little ones with an evening of fun and games at Kids’ Night Out! Kids ages 5-12 are welcome to spend the evening playing sports and making arts and crafts at Asphalt Green’s Yorkville campus. The evening will also include a movie screening in Mazur Hall, plus dinner and dessert. Registrants will be divided into age-appropriate groups. asphaltgreen.org

    Atlantic Acting School

    Atlantic Acting School

    Atlantic Acting School: At the Atlantic Acting School’s Musical Theater Performance Workshop (for ages 14-18), students develop musical theater skills by learning to apply the Atlantic acting technique to a musical performance. This workshop utilizes the tools of Practical Aesthetics and vocal coaching to develop the actor’s understanding of song selection, lyric interpretation, and more. atlanticactingschool.org

    Baby Fingers: At Baby Fingers, learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents, educators, and/or children close to your child’s age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child! 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

    Ballet Academy East: Ballet Academy East’s Winter-Spring Semester begins February 1 for ages 18 months and up. Along with the new semester of classes comes the annual Studio Showing Winter Performances, held February 18-20, featuring levels 4-9 of the Ballet Academy East Pre-Professional Division. The school’s younger students are encouraged to attend the performances, which are held at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and see the exciting and inspiring opportunities that lie ahead as they move up through the BAE programs. balletacademyeast.com

    The Ballet Club: The Ballet Club is a unique program that offers professional training in a nurturing environment, as well as a foundation of life skills and intellectual stimulation. Programs include Dance Together classes for ages 18 months-3 years, the Children’s Creative Dance Club Division for ages 3-9, and the Performing Arts Pre-Professional Division for ages 7-teen. The Ballet Club strives to provide the very best quality ballet training, instilling in students a love of learning. theballetclub.com

    Ballet Hispanico: Ballet Hispanico’s Los Pasitos Early Childhood Program (ages 2-5) merges creative movement and Latino culture to form a fun atmosphere in which spatial awareness and self-expression can flourish. ballethispanico.org

    Ballet School NY

    Ballet School NY; photo by Min Benjamin Hong.

    Ballet School NY: For kids who need to MOVE! Ballet School NY’s pre-ballet classes for ages 3-7 offer creative learning in a professional atmosphere with individual attention paid to each student. Students may be invited to perform in New York Theatre Ballet’s professional productions like “The Nutcracker!” nytb.org 

    Bilingual Birdies: Rock out while learning Mandarin with Bilingual Birdies at the first live music Mandarin program in NYC! Native Mandarin speakers enchant families with live music and puppetry while concluding each class with a bubble dance party extravaganza! An original music CD download of 10 songs in Mandarin is included for each family. The best part: These classes, offered at the Andrew Heiskell Library in Chelsea, are free with no need to sign up! bilingualbirdies.com

    Book Nook: Book Nook is a year-round literacy development program for ages 18 months-7 years. Once a week, children grouped by age—from the youngest (Lil’ Hoots) up to Kindergarten/first grade (Wise Owls)—acquire skills to reach developmental milestones, and older children learn to read, write, and spell. booknooknyc.com

    Boys & Girls Harbor: The music, dance, and theater programs at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts serve hundreds of children and teens annually. The Conservatory combines classical arts training with the vital cultural roots of Harlem to create a rich curriculum and a powerful training experience. theharbor.org 

    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

    The Children's Museum of the Arts

    The Children’s Museum of the Arts

    Children’s Museum of the Arts: Have you ever wondered how films were brought to life before the digital age? At CMA’s Super 8 Films Teen Class, students ages 12-15 will learn how to use Super 8 cameras, write and direct their own films, animate by scratching on filmstrips, and even develop their own film! 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

    Church Street School For Music & Art: Church Street School for Music & Art’s Piano Discovery class is a fun intro to piano for children 4-6. Through whole-body movement and games, children learn about rhythm, sight-singing, and musical notation, and participate in technical exercises and instrument play. churchstreetschool.org

    Citibabes: CitiBitty, Citibabes’ newest class series for the 12-months-and-under age group, focuses on the earliest stages of learning. CitiBitty centers on a baby’s physical, cognitive, and social development through age-appropriate play. In addition, CitiBitty classes nurture the needs of baby’s grown-up by connecting you with local child development experts and guest speakers on an array of topics for new parents. citibabes.com

    CodeAdvantage: Minecraft play meets programming at CodeAdvantage, which teaches kids to code their own modifications and create exciting elements, special powers, and more within the game. Kids “hack” the game and write their own rules, all while learning Java programming and having a blast. codeadvantage.org

    The Coding Space

    The Coding Space

    The Coding Space: After a successful semester working with students who coded hundreds of projects, the Coding Space is excited to expand their program and offer classes every day, Monday through Saturday, at Regis High School. Classes include both Scratch and Javascript coding for students ages 8-17. thecodingspace.com

    Collina Italiana: Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup at CI for kids ages 2-5. Children may join in on the fun on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9-12. Children gather around to share learned words and expressions through playful, skill-building activities such as games, songs, dances and stories. 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, tumbling mats), and will enjoy weekly sports stations, songs, parachute play, bubbles, and stamps! columbusgymnyc.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. All materials and tools are included, and new projects are available for winter and spring 2016. constructionkids.com

    The Craft Studio: The Craft Studio’s Mini Camps are the perfect option for a day off of school! Often described as mini-parties, artists will eat lunch, craft, and play games in the Craft Studio’s inspiring environment with their amazing staff. The Mini Camps all engage in multi-step and multimedia projects that wow kids and parents, and are not typically offered for walk-in crafting. The camps are available on almost all days off of school, and you can inquire about scheduling and putting together your own mini camp and receive special pricing for your group. craftstudionyc.com

    Creative Play for Kids: Creative Play for Kids’ most popular class, Messy Movers, is for babies ready to explore! The upbeat and fun Music and Messy Art class includes grooving and moving to live music, and then babes make fun messy art project. creativeplayforkids.com

    Diller-Quaile School of Music: Infants as young as 3 months begin their lifelong musical journey in Music Infants classes at the Diller-Quaile School of Music. Adults and children explore through singing, instruments, and movement, all within a supportive group environment, led by accomplished singer-educators and exquisite live piano accompaniment. diller-quaile.org

    Discovery Programs: Channel your inner rock star with singer/guitarist Nick Moran in the interactive and fun-filled Discovery Rockers class. You and your child will sing and dance to weekly themes featuring legendary artists like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and more! This class will give your little ones the opportunity to explore basic musical concepts through age-appropriate instruments. discoveryprograms.com 

    Eastside Westside Music Together: Bond with your child through the love of music with ESWS Music Together, an early childhood music and movement program for children ages 0-5 and the grown-ups who love them! As an educationally-minded program, everything they do is for the musical development of your child—but they sneak it in under the silly! eswsmusictogether.com

    EBL Coaching: EBL Coaching is offering its new Flags and Stars Multi-Sensory Reading and Math Winter Saturday Program. Students in grades K-6 will learn research-based, multi-sensory techniques, including the Orton Gillingham method, for developing their fundamental reading, spelling, writing, and math skills. With practice and repetition, your child will feel self-confident and motivated to excel in school. Sessions will be held at EBL’s Upper East Side location. eblcoaching.com

    EPIC Sports: Planting the seeds for your child’s basketball future, EPIC Sports’ Entry Level is an introductory class for players who are new to the game of basketball. This class focuses on the five fundamentals of basketball: Footwork, shooting, dribbling, passing, and catching. epicsports.org

    Evolution Enrichment: LEGO Pre-Robotics Classes by Bricks 4 Kids at Evolution Enrichment Center provide children ages 4-7 years with a fun, hands-on learning experience focused on STEM Concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) along with Architecture.  The program aims to stimulate the imagination and cultivate engineering habits of the mind.  Young children are little engineers.  The provided activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. evolutionenrichment.com

    Fastbreak Kids: Give your little athletes the chance to exercise both their bodies and minds this winter with Fastbreak Kids’ Multi-Sport classes for ages 2-5. Children are exposed to a multitude of sports in a fun, age-appropriate manner. While the smallest athletes are introduced to basic skills through creative play and station-based learning, older athletes implement these skills through mini-games and competition style activities. fastbreakkids.com

    French Institute Alliance Francais (FIAF): The new à petits pas Plus Program for Toddlers: French Class + Creative Workshop at FIAF combines French with creative enrichment for ages 2-3! Each week, toddlers participate in one French class plus a creative workshop in art, music, yoga and dance, or science, allowing your child to absorb French while stimulating their imagination and having fun. fiaf.org

    Freshmade NYC: Watch out, Master Chef Junior! Freshmade NYC’s Junior Chefs will focus on new skills and techniques each week while learning kitchen safety, how to read/write a recipe, how to decipher nutritional labels, the art of plating, and more. Children ages 7-10 will learn delicious, seasonal recipes in this hands-on class. Each class ends with a meal shared together. Field trips to local markets, specialty shops, restaurants, and more are often incorporated into the semester. freshmadenyc.com

    Gaga Center: Calling all K-6 gaga fans! Come join the fun this winter and spring in the Gaga Center’s 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

    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 through-out the greater NYC area. german-american-school.org

    Green Ivy Enrichment: This winter, Private Picassos will be showcasing their new class, Art Lab! at the Pine Street School. This class is a spectacular blend of art and science for ages 3-6. Budding Picassos and young Einsteins unite! Over the course of this 12-week class, kids will go on an adventure through the intersecting worlds of science and art in this new class! You’ll get messy with homemade chalk, Gyotaku printmaking, fossil creation, and much more! greenivyenrichment.com 

    Gymboree Play & Music: At Preschool Steps at Gymboree, students ages 18 months-4 years experience science, technology, engineering, art, math, Leapfrog Phonics, Handwriting Without Tears, Putumayo Kids, and Gymboree for a holistic preschool experience. gymboreeclasses.com

    Gymtime: Children will learn the basic elements of CrossFit movements in Gymtime’s newest program, Fitness Warriors. The exercises performed during class are suitable for any child between the ages of 3-4.11 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. The program’s balanced approach ensures proper form and technique, while serving as the foundation of your child’s future fitness routines. gymtime.net

    HiArt!: Cinderella obsessed? Get ready for the Ball! HiArt!’s signature Opera ’N Art, now in its 19th sparkling year, waltzes children and their parents through Massenet’s magical opera—an opulent party of hands-on studio art combined with scintillating gallery hops. hiartkids.com

    Hudsonway Immersion School: At Mommy & Me–in Mandarin, you can bond with your child as you have fun though story time, songs, movement, games, and art exploration–all in Mandarin! Hudsonway Immersion School’s classes introduce your child (ages 1-3) to the sounds and tones of a second language at a great age for learning. hwis.org

    ibidPrep: ibidPREP’s UWS classes will keep your kids’ brains warm this winter, with afterschool and weekend courses for 4th and 7th grade ELA/Math, ACT, and SAT. Spring/fall and summer intensive SHSAT classes are enrolling now—groups fill quickly! One-to-one tutoring for all tests and subjects is offered in-office or in-home. ibidprep.com 

    Jazz at Lincoln Center: WeBop at Jazz at Lincoln Center offers interactive, educational programs for children ages 8 months-5 years. For the winter 2016 WeBop term, participants at Harlem School of the Arts (February 9-April 7) and Jazz at Lincoln Center (January 5-February 28) will explore the “Jazz Family” including the lively personalities and swingin’ music of jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more. academy.jazz.org/webop

    JCC Manhattan: Children ages 6-10 can spend four fun-filled vacation days exploring the best of NYC with the JCC Manhattan’s JCC NYC Adventurers program! Each day has a different trip, plus exciting activities at the JCC. Join the JCC for one day, or all four, February 16-19! Trips include: Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park, a treasure hunt at the Met, and swimming and playing basketball during Slam Dunk Day at the JCC. jccmanhattan.org 

    Jodi’s Gym: Get fit Ninja-style at Jodi’s Gym! Children 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 such as rolls, handstands, and cartwheels will be taught in this high-energy class. jodisgym.com

    Karma Kids Yoga: Bring your Jedi to Karma Kids for a Star Wars adventure at Star Wars Yoga—Jedi Training and Clone Wars Screening class. They’ll use their Jedi mind force to get through the obstacle courses on Naboo, balance work over the swamps of Dagobah, and locate challenges left by Obi Wan, all leading up to the final test: A face-off against Darth Vader. karmakidsyoga.com

    Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy (KTUGA): Join KTUGA to play golf this spring! Players learn and practice the four basic shots and golf fundamentals in their group classes in Central Park and Riverside Park. Custom classes are also available. ktuga.com 

    Kids at Art: At Kids at Art, the focus is on the basics of visual arts, with age-appropriate projects for each group from ages 2 and up—including painting, drawing, collage, and more. All kids are encouraged to be inventive and to challenge and develop their imaginations while expressing themselves in a nurturing, non-competitive, and fun environment. Personal hands-on instruction is always given by a professional artist. This winter, check out Kids at Art’s new, later class for ages 4-6 starting at 3:15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. kidsatartnyc.com

    Kids at Work: More than just an art class for toddlers, Mess it Up at Kids at Work in Chelsea develops decision-making skills and sensory play in an open-ended format. Rich, messy materials and age-appropriate, child-driven projects are provided by KAW founder and mom, Julie, who has more than 10 years of experience in working with young children. kidsatworknyc.com

    Kids in Sports: At Kids In Sports, children ages 1-12 learn the basics of multiple sports while also developing good sportsmanship, teamwork, and communication skills. This specialized sports program offers Pre-School Alternative classes year-round for children ages 2.5-4. kidsinsports.com

    Kumon: Kumon, an afterschool math and reading program, helps accelerate your child’s learning—from as young as age 3 all the way through high school. Their Reading program offers academic advancement for all ages, including an extensive reading list featuring many American classics. kumon.com

    Language Workshop for Children: Language Nannies, the Language Workshop for Children’s new division, can not only help you find the perfect native speaking nanny; they also offer an Introduction to Language Development training and coaching for parents! languagenannies.com 

    Launch Math & Science Centers: New for 2016, Launch Math & Science Centers are offering STEM Workshops for the Pre-K/K set at their UWS and Tribeca centers. In “I Wanna Be…A Physicist!” kids use the scientific method for hands-on experiments, and in “I Wanna Be…A Coder!” kids learn the building blocks of programming. launchmath.com

    Let’s Dress Up: Let’s Dress Up, the beloved UES princess party venue, re-opened this past December after an electrical fire destroyed the space last fall. Along with a slightly more modern look, the re-opened Let’s Dress Up now offers Princess Mini Camps on days off from school, 90-minute blocks of structured Princess Play, and weekly classes, which will begin this spring, in addition to its classic birthday party offerings. letsdressupnyc.com

    Lil Yogi’s NYC: Lil Yogi’s Nursery Yoga Class, offered at the JCC Manhattan on Wednesdays, incorporates fun and creative ways for the children to exercise and explore their mind, body, and spirit. Breathing and visualization techniques will help teach the children to focus and develop self-control. The children will express themselves using music, storytelling, and imaginary adventures to play and dance yoga! lilyogisnyc.com 

    Little Maestros

    Little Maestros

    Little Maestros: An award-winning, early-childhood 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, parties, and customized playgroups. littlemaestros.com

    Loop of the Loom: Let little ones spin a yarn of pure fun with Loop of the Loom’s regular kids’ classes. Creative and fun weaving classes will be offered weekly this season. loopoftheloom.com

    Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center: Hip hop dance is the newest dance style based on popular street dance. This class for ages 8-11 incorporates body isolations and teaches rhythm, musicality, and coordination. This exciting and high-energy dance class is taught to fun and upbeat age-appropriate music. kaufmanmusiccenter.org

    Mad Science: Join the Mad Science Secret Agent Lab at Green Ivy Schools this winter! Step into the shoes of a detective and uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. You can probe the science of tracking as you explore stamps, schematics, and outrageous scenarios. Some of the weekly topics in this session include: Cracking the Case, Agent Undercover, and Funky Forensics. Green Ivy has two locations offering Mad Science clubs this semester on Mondays (FiDi) and Thursdays (Battery Park). newyorkcity.madscience.org

    MAGIC Activity Center: Baby classes for ages 2-6 months include baby massage, music, stretching, and physical stimuli, all to help your baby become alert and aware, encourage early brain development, and support the developing child/caregiver bond. Each class features a tummy time component to build core strength and a parent share section that offers judgment-free support for new parents.
    magicactivitycenter.com 

    Manhattan Mathnasium

    Manhattan Mathnasium

    Mathnasium of Manhattan: The Mathnasium Enrichment Program is offered year-round for qualifying students in grade 2 through Algebra 1. This program allows for eight scheduled instruction hours per month. Each instructor works with 1-3 students every hour in a semi-private setting, combining individualized instruction with independent work in a fun environment! mathnasium.com 

    Moosiki Kids: Come bop it like a tot and make some “moo-sic” with Moosiki Kids this winter! This class for infants through threes incorporates baby sign, movement songs, children’s songs, and kid-friendly rock, and exposure to new instruments every week. Plus, there’s a new musical terms class for students ages 2-4! 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 breezemusicformanhattan.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

    New York Junior Tennis & Learning: New York Junior Tennis & Learning’s (NYJTL) Spring 2016 Community Tennis Program (CTP) offers free afterschool tennis lessons for kids ages 5-18 on weekdays from 3-6pm 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 

    New York Kids Club: Science at NY Kids Club features hands-on experiments that instill a sense of excitement. Each class highlights a specific branch of science and introduces scientists in the field. Children work individually, with lab partners, and as a team, applying the lessons to real-world problems. nykidsclub.com 

    NORY: NORY’s Botanical Printing on Silk Scarves workshop lets your child create a beautiful silk scarf with a unique harmony of natural colors. Children get to soak, pound, wrap, squish, and tie dried flowers, onion skins, and frozen berries into long silk scarves. The handmade scarf can be a great gift or treasured keepsake. nory.co 

    PandaTree: Kids ages 5-8 who are interested in trying Mandarin Chinese will enjoy PandaTree.com’s Mandarin for Beginners series. Through one-on-one video tutoring sessions with friendly, carefully selected tutors, kids learn to say and understand more than 100 key words and phrases! PandaTree.com

    Peridance Capezio Center: Come read, dance, and play in Read-Dance-Play, a dynamic and exciting play adventure class for ages 1-4! Students will have the chance to play and explore in their obstacle course, dance, and read along to their favorite stories and work on their best moves in free dance activities! This class is a great add-on for currently enrolled Toddler and Creative Movement students who want to keep dancing in a new and exciting class. peridance.com 

    Physique Swimming: Beat the winter blues in 2016 with Physique Swimming. With heated indoor pools and dynamic instruction, their comprehensive aquatics program is a great way for the whole family to stay active and healthy all year round! They offer a range of classes for toddlers to adults and everyone in between. With 10 conveniently located Manhattan facilities, there is sure to be a class that fits your schedule. physiqueswimming.com  

    Pixel Academy: This upcoming summer, join the highly anticipated Camp Pixel 2016! Topics will include everything from 3D printing to video game design to Minecraft Modding, and many more! Pixel Academy will be offering one- and two-week day-camp sessions for ages 7-14. pixelacademy.org 

    Planet Han: This spring, in Planet Han’s Explorers class, your child will become a scientist, an adventurer, a traveler, an historian, an architect, an artist, and a chef! In each class, Planet Han will stimulate your child’s curiosity by learning about a particular country or city all in Mandarin! planethanchinese.com

    Playgarden: Ballerinas are introduced to classical movements, music and beginning barre at Playgarden. Ballet classes are set to live piano using custom songs with singing instructors! playgardennyc.com

    Poppyseed Prenursery

    Poppyseed Pre-Nursery

    Poppyseed Pre-Nursery: Having fun while prepping for nursery school? It’s easy as ABC. Poppyseed Pre-Nursery’s “Poppin’ Tots” has it all—amazing art, musical extravaganzas with instruments, story circles, dancing, tumbling, and more! Tots and moms boogie and bond—forging new friendships for life. Classes for are available for babies, toddlers, and two’s—grouped by age, accompanied by adults. poppyseedprenursery.com

    Prenatal Yoga Center: Babies and caregivers experience songs, chants, movement activities, and simple instrument play at the PYC’s Music for Babies class. 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: This winter, Private Picassos is proud to offer Zip, Zap, Zoom: Comics for Kids ages 8-12. Budding comic artists and enthusiasts will learn the basics to create their own comic book through hands-on activities and explorations of contemporary comic artists. privatepicassos.com

    RoboFun: Students will build and program LEGO robotics, code video games, and design and make Stop Motion animations this winter during RoboFun’s afterschool programs. RoboFun ignites kids’ desire to explore, solve problems, and learn. Participants invent, build, and have fun with cool technologies. robofun.org

    Royal Athletic Swimming: Royal Athletic Swimming offers a variety of class levels from Beginner to Swim Team. Their program, which has locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, is designed for swimmers to move smoothly from one level to the next as they progress in their swimming capabilities. royalswim.com

    Rutgers Community Programs: Rutgers Community Programs’ Ready, Set, Go program nurtures creativity and curiosity in a warm environment where children 2.9-3.2 years learn through play. Children explore themes through hands-on activities: Block building, art, science, storytelling, and more. rutgerschurch.org

    The School at Steps: Registration at the School at Steps is open and classes are filling up! The Young Dancers Program (18 months-5 years) welcomes its newest boys’ class (for ages 4 -5) this semester. Join the exciting world of dance filled with creativity imagination, and live music. Semester II runs January 31-May 29. stepsnyc.com

    SciTech Kids: In this 3D-printing class, young Makers learn how to design their own robots, toys, or gadgets using age-appropriate 3D modeling software. Children experience how 3D printing brings their creativity and imagination to life. Once their design is complete, they 3D print their project at SciTech Kids, and the play continues at home. sci-techkids.com

    Shooting Stars: “The Lil Stars” are back for an amazing winter and spring! Shooting Stars’ new semester of the Lil Stars Hip-Hop and jazz class will run through May. Dancers ages 6-8 will learn Hip-Hop, street jazz, and the dance technique to back it up. Parents will love to see their star shine at the semester recital. This class is all about rhythm, counts, attitude, style, and jazz fundamentals! Dancers will learn all the skills needed to advance onto Shooting Stars more advanced, award-winning, competitive dance teams. shootingstarsnyc.com 

    socialsklz:-): Join socialsklz:-) for a 10-week interactive and fun afterschool program this coming January! CLUB socialsklz:-) will equip students with a social and emotional toolkit for life success. Topics covered include greetings, first impressions, conversational skills, thoughtfulness and empathy, dining skills, Internet safety (for older kids), and many more. socialsklz.com

    SocRoc: SocRoc Soccer classes will have a new Class Location in Central Park this April on the Upper West Side for ages 18 months-4 years. Come watch your little ones dribble, pass, and shoot the soccer ball for a goal! Classes will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays mornings starting April 4. jcsocroc.com

    Super Soccer Stars: Kick the chill away with Super Soccer Stars’ indoor winter season! They teach 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. supersoccerstars.com 

    Sutton Place Synagogue: Sutton Place Synagogue is thrilled to announce that the Sutton Place Family Center is opening in January 2016! Registration is currently open for the following partner programs for children ages 1-5: Super Soccer Stars, Manhattan Tennis Company, and Taste Buds Kitchen. spsnyc.org

    Swim Jim

    SwimJim

    SwimJim: Swimming is a fun, healthy life-saving skill all children should learn. SwimJim’s SwimKid program teaches confidence in the water, breath control, buoyancy, and diving. It’s perfect for beginners ages 3 and up. swimjim.com

    TADA! Youth Theater: Have a play date with your little one and friends at TADA!’s Creative Musical Play class for ages 1-2. Be part of the action while they learn rhythmic coordination, languageand storytelling skills through song on Saturday mornings starting January 23. tadatheater.com

    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

    TLB Music

    TLB Music: Travel from the 1890s to the 1990s with TLB Music’s winter/spring music class series: “Talia and the Time Machine.” Meet the instruments of the orchestra, learn through creative play, and explore a century of music: Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, the Beatles, Madonna, and more. This 16-week music class series runs from January 19- May 16th and is designed for children 4 months-6 years. tlbmusic.com 

    TwoTerrific: TwoTerrific is a preschool alternative program for children between the ages of two and three years old. In a convenient Upper East Side location in bright and sunny classrooms, children enjoy languages, music, center time, snack, art and movement. Parents choose from 2-, 3-, and 5-day a week options. twoterrific.com

    Voila Chocolat: Discover amazing new insights into the world of chocolate knowledge through these interactive and fun chocolate classes held every Wednesday at Voilà Chocolat on the UWS of Manhattan. Along with the DIY chocolate-making space, Voilà Chocolat is offering educational classes that allow students to learn and taste their way through the history and process of chocolate making. voila-chocolat.com

    Yogi Beans

    Yogi Beans

    Yogi Beans: Through adventures, games, and mindful activities, Bean Yoga classes build self-confidence, physical strength, and concentration for children ages 4-8 and 6-10. Basic yoga poses, breathing exercises, and kid-friendly meditations are explored all while maintaining a playful atmosphere. Svasana and foot rubs are included! Classes are offered at Pure Yoga East, Pure Yoga West, and the 92Y. yogibeans.com

    YMCA NYC: The Park Slope Armory and Prospect Park YMCA branches in Brooklyn offer the progressive Tiny Toes Ballet program for ages 3-4, 5-7, and 8-12. The class is a wonderful way to introduce children to movement. Children can twirl and leap with friends, finding poise, coordination, and body awareness while having fun. ymcanyc.org 

    Yorkville Youth Athletic Association (YYAA): The YYAA is proud to announce the addition of new opportunities for the young athletes of NYC. In 2016, YYAA is introducing competitive soccer and lacrosse programs to play against teams from other organizations. yyaa.org

    Zaniac Learning: In Game-Based Learning: Architectural Design, Zaniac’s engaging instructors guide students through Minecraft challenges designed to teach the basics of urban planning and building design. GBL courses teach 21st Century skills and ignite every child’s imagination. zaniaclearning.com

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