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  • 2014 Guide To Children’s Classes In NYC

    From New & Cool Offerings To Classic Favorites, Our Guide To The City’s Best Classes Is Sure To Delight Kids Of All Ages

    By Mia Weber

    Students enjoy shapes at Citibabes

    Editor’s Note: For more on classes in New York City, see our article “Hot Trends: Cool Classes” — and be sure to check our upcoming September 2014 issue for a guide to specific fall classes and programs from the venues you see here!

    14th Street Y
    This community center located on the East Side in Gramercy offers a number of programs for families with kids of all ages. For babies and toddlers, classes are offered in movement, art, and music. Ages 3-12 can sign up for sports like baseball and soccer or for dance like ballet and capoeira. There are also children’s swim, tumbling, and gymnastics classes, as well as courses for children with special needs.

    74th St. MAGIC
    74th St. MAGIC offers one of NYC’s most comprehensive enrichment programs, with a wide array of classes in its Mini MAP program (early preschool enrichment), MAP pro- gram (preschool alternative classes), and MAGIC program (music, art, gymnastics, and cooking classes). Sharing a building with Epiphany Community Nursery School, children will find state-of-the-art classrooms, a baby- and a fully-equipped gym as well as an outdoor rooftop playground.

    This special gem on the Upper East Side offers so much for families and kids of all ages, including a nursery school, Wonderplay early childhood programs, and a parenting center. Afterschool classes in dance, art, music, aquatics, and sports are offered for all ages. There’s also a variety of family performances and holiday celebrations throughout the year, as well as a rooftop playground and an indoor GymMaze.

    ABC Do-Re-ME!
    Music and movement classes for infants and children ages 6 and up are offered at several locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Astoria, Queens. Programs include: the drop-in Musical Playdate with guitar playing and children’s singing teachers; Musical Stories that feature animal songs, children’s stories, and funny instruments like nose flutes; and Classical Playdate introducing kids to classical music.

    Advantage Tennis Club
    Offering a quick start program, children and 4 and older can learn the game of tennis in a calmer environment. Your children will start on smaller courts with smaller rackets. All equipment is provided as your child takes part in this program taught by experts.

    American Museum of Natural History
    This iconic museum on the Upper West Side offers classes for kids ages 2 through high school, including special workshops, camps, and institutes. A Science and Nature Program offers weekday morning and afterschool classes that let kids explore artifacts and specimens, live animal habitats, and more. The Early Adventures program, for preschoolers beginning at age 2, offers classes on observing and handling live animals and taking part in science-based art projects.

    Applause NYC
    The home of Rock ‘n’ Roll Babies, Broadway Babies, and Broadway SuperStars, Applause Theatrical Workshops are designed for kids who love to perform, whether they’re newborns or in grade 12. Theater games, improvisation, musical theater performance, acting, and dancing are offered. Workshops are located on the Upper East Side.

    apple seeds
    apple seeds is an all-in-one play space for families with children ages newborn to 5. Their flagship location is in the Chelsea/Flatiron neighborhood, and a second location on the Upper West Side opened in 2012. Both locations feature a state-of-the-art indoor playground with museum-quality exhibits, 100 different children’s classes per week, unique birthday parties, and an award-winning day camp.

    The Art Farm in the City

    The Art Farm in the City

    The Art Farm In The City
    Come enjoy the award-winning petting zoo and a variety of classes and programs, including Rocks, Smocks & Animals (for kids and caregivers), Animal Care, Farm Foodies Cooking; Monday-Friday drop-in activities, and birthday party options in a variety of themes.

    Art Muse
    Kids ages 3.5-12 can sign up for live tours of more than 25 museums and art galleries in NYC with ArtXplorers at Art Muse, located on the Upper East Side. Special themes offered include Egyptian art, African masks, storytelling, Greek gods, shapes and colors, and more. Each tour includes an art project, props, and objects for kids to touch. little ones under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Asphalt Green
    Active kids can head to this sports center on the Upper East Side for all their swimming, fitness, and sports needs. All ages can sign up for gymnastics, flag football, martial arts, soccer, baseball, and more. There’s also a Sports Performance School (SPS) for ages 7-14 for improving fitness and core strengthening.

    Atlantic Acting School
    Home to famous alumni like Felicity Huffman and Jessica Alba, this acting school gets kids and teens started with a variety of afterschool and summer programs. Kids get an introduction to writing, acting, storytelling, and improvisation. Ages pre-K to age 6 create stories through play and improvisational exercises, while older students learn the Practical Aesthetics technique created by David Mamet and William H. Macy. All classes culminate with a performance.

    Baby Fingers
    Based on extensive research, Baby Fingers offers a combination of American Sign language (ASl) instruction, music, games, stories, and dramatic play to promote family communication. ASl is offered to babies and toddlers, while kids 2-6 can take Creative Play and Sign to improve speech and language and further develop literacy skills. For all ages, Sign and Stretch combines sign language with yoga. Available at multiple locations throughout Manhattan.

    Ballet Academy East
    The Upper East Side’s Ballet Academy East offers classes for children and adults of all ages. The programs offered include the Petite Dancer classes for 18 months to 2 years as well as Pre-Ballet, Tap and Modern for ages 3-6. The primary ballet class for 6-7 year olds leads into the Pre-Professional Division for ages 7-19 and the less intensive Enrichment program for ages 7-12. Adults and teens of all levels can join the many ballet, tap, jazz, modern, Zumba, yoga and Pilates classes, which are offered 7 days a week.

    The Ballet Club

    The Ballet Club. Photo by Daniel S. Burnstein

    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. It includes the Children’s Creative Dance Club Division for ages 3-8, and the Performing Arts Pre-Professional Division for more intensive study for students ages 7 and older. Classes incorporate classical technique with a modern approach and emphasize technique, creativity, choreography, and performance.

    Ballet Hispanico
    This ballet studio on the Upper West Side adds Hispanic culture and dance styles to traditional ballet. A special Adventures in Dance is offered for the 2-5 crowd; the general program for ages 6-18 offers over 25 classes a week in ballet, flamenco, hip hop, and salsa, as well as training in varied Latin American dance traditions.

    Bija Kids
    Through their yoga classes in Brooklyn, Bija Kids teaches children the basics of physical postures, breathing practices, and age-appropriate meditation techniques. In an energetic and creative setting, groups of children (crawling through tweens) and families can work on improving strength, coordination, and flexibility, while focusing on relaxation through meditation.

    Bilingual Birdies
    The foreign language and live music curriculum at Bilingual Birdies features interactive songs, movement, dance, puppetry, and theater-based games. The program is designed to teach children of all ages French, Mandarin, Hebrew, Spanish, and English (ESl) vocabulary alongside respective cultures. Find Bilingual Birdies at community centers, preschools, and indoor playgrounds throughout the city.

    Bilingual Buds
    Programs are offered in Mandarin and Spanish at this immersion school located on the Upper West Side. Classes after school feature science, technology, the arts, and culture, as well as a mommy-and-me bonding for ages 1-3. Another supplemental program for enrolled preschoolers and summer camps are also available.

    Book Nook
    Children ages 2-5 can experience Book Nook’s warm and welcoming environment—which promises to create a place to learn that little ones will love. located on the Upper West Side, this program teaches your children responsibility and developmental skills, starting at a young age.

    Bounce & Flip
    Learn the art of gymnastics and tumbling with trained instructors in Midtown West. Children ages 2-17 can experience all that they gym has to offer using trampolines, tumble track, foam pit, and a rock wall. Private lessons offered along with customized birthday parties.

    Bricks 4 Kidz
    If you have a little inventor at home, enroll them in a class at Bricks 4 Kidz to introduce them to engineering and architecture principles, math and science concepts, and more—using LEGO Bricks! Kids will be able to socialize in a non-competitive atmosphere while having educational fun building specially designed models and project kits. Activities for children over 3 include after-school enrichment classes, summer camps, and preschool classes.

    Bridge for Dance
    Bridge for Dance offers classes on a variety of dance styles for children ages 2-8 in their Young Dancers Program (YPD), including ballet, tap, modern/jazz, hip hop, and more. There are multiple levels of experience for each class, so children can continue learning as they grow. For parents with little ones as young as ages 2-3, enroll in the Mommy and Me class for special bonding time using song and dance.

    Bright Kids NYC
    The Bright Kids NYC Gifted and Talented Bootcamp is a budget-friendly package of tutoring and books to prepare your child for the NYC gifted exam, offering savings of up to 30 percent off retail price. Last year, 90 percent of clients qualified for G & T programs.

    Broadway Dance Center
    Young dancers receive elite training from leading dance teachers and choreographers in state-of-the-art studios located in the Theater District. The Children’s and Teen Program (ages 3-18) offers 32 weeks of instruction in creative movement, pre-dance, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Triple Threat, Latin, jazz, modern, African, contemporary, jumps and turns, and lyrical dancing. Shorter workshops in a variety of levels are also offered.

    Brooklyn Boulders
    For the adventurous kid in your family, Brooklyn Boulders offers its daily Kids Academy program. Ages 5 through 12 will learn the basics of bouldering, top-rope rock climbing, and slackening in a safe and encouraging environment. Plus, parents will love the fact that climbing can increase concentration, strengthen problem-solving skills, and improve hand-eye coordination.

    Carlos Oliveira Soccer Academy (COSA)
    Founded in 1999, the Carlos Oliveira Soccer Academy began as a summer camp in Riverside Park and has since expanded to include year-round classes on the Upper West and Lower East side. Using the Brazilian soccer system, kids will learn soccer skills such as passing, dribbling, and trapping during mini-games and matches.

    Carousel of Languages
    Kids ages 6 months to 12 years can learn one of many foreign languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Hebrew, and Russian at The Carousel of Languages, located on both the Upper East and West Sides. An afterschool program for kids to continue their linguistic studies, as well as a summer program that incorporates games, music, and art, is also offered.

    The Chabad Preschool at Beekman Place
    This preschool offers afterschool enrichment classes as well as a weekly Baby loves Shabbat! class for babies 6-18 months and caregivers. The gentle mommy-and-me introduction to Jewish songs is centered around a Shabbat party of music, parachute play, candle lighting, and Challah baking—bringing the joy of Jewish traditions alive while focusing on children’s development. 

    Golf Lessons at Chelsea Piers. Photo by Scott McDermott.

    Golf Lessons at Chelsea Piers. Photo by Scott McDermott.

    Chelsea Piers
    Sports enthusiasts of all ages love this Chelsea complex, which features classes in every sport imaginable, including golf, baseball, basketball, bowling, boxing, dance, and gymnastics. Also on the menu: ice hockey and ice skating at the Sky Rink, fitness classes, running, soccer, sailing, rock climbing, yoga, swimming, and volleyball.

    Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
    Professional teaching artists leads age-appropriate classes in fine art and media making at CMA in SoHo. Multi-sensory WeeArt classes for babies up to age 5 develop fine and gross motor skills. Kids ages 5-12 can sign up for afterschool classes like drawing, sculpting, art history, animation, and filmmaking. A more intensive teen program helps students build portfolios.

    Children's Museum of the Arts

    Children’s Museum of the Arts

    Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
    CMOM’s popular enrollment classes are offered all year long. Intimate classes, expertly trained teachers, and unique classroom spaces make a combination offered nowhere else in NYC. CMOM’s enrollment classes are designed to support the many ways children learn and to help parents understand and guide their child’s development.

    Child’s Play NY
    Budding thespians learn the craft of acting by reinterpreting classic and contemporary children’s literature at Child’s Play NY in Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights. Afterschool classes for ages 3-5 and 4-6 are offered alongside summer intensives and in-school residencies for both 3-5 and 6-9, in which kids explore storytelling, song, creative movement, theater games, and improvisation.

    Children’s Tumbling
    Starting at 16 months, children can learn the gymnastics behind tumbling at Children’s Tumbling. With a non-competitive approach, music, storytelling, and imagination are incorporated into active classes for kids in lower Manhattan. For kids 6.5 years and older, stilt-walking, trapeze, and circus silk classes are available.

    Church Street School for Music and Art
    This non-profit school for the arts in lower Manhattan focuses on music and art classes for ages 16 months to teens and adults. An Afterschool Arts Academy features classes in comics and illustration, art foundations, hip hop dance, digital photography, CSS choristers, digital animation/sound effects, drawing, painting, sculpture, wellness, and yoga.

    Located in SoHo, this family membership club offers age-appropriate classes for little ones 2 months to 10 years. Besides its renowned preschool program, CitiSchool, kids can also enroll in enriching classes focusing on science, art, cooking, music, ballet and creative movement, foreign languages (like French and Spanish), American Sign language, and family yoga. Combination classes for babies and toddlers are also offered.

    Claire’s Creative Adventures
    Perfect for the family who wants to learn more about art or drama, Claire’s Creative Adventures offers classes for all ages and skill levels. Art workshops offer a comprehensive overview of both classic and modern art while acting studios teach both staged and improvisational skills. Parents can even attend classes with their children or take one by themselves.

    Collina Italiana
    Italian language and culture programs are offered at this Upper East Side location as well as off-site. Children’s programming, developed for toddlers through teens (2 and up), includes singing, dancing, theater, storytelling, games, and Disney films in Italian. Kids ages 5-12 will even create a play and perform it all in Italian on stage.

    Columbus Gym
    Active tots and school-aged children can sign up for classes at Columbus Gym, the largest gym on the Upper West Side. Classes feature age-appropriate activities for ages 10-12 months up to 12 years. The 3,000-square-ft gymnasium features tumbling mats, a soft jungle gym, a trampoline, beams, rings, and bars, where kids can test their gymnastics, movement, motor skills, balance, and coordination.

    ConstructionKids afterschool classes are for both experienced and new builders, grades pre-K-4. Children learn basic tool safety and how to assemble materials in this active, creative class. Children work with drawings (blueprints), learn the history and context of building traditions, and work with a variety of materials. Vacation camps and home-school options also offered.

    Cook With Class
    Chef Rob Endelman teaches cooking classes for ages 5 and up. All classes use organic, local, and seasonal ingredients. Kids learn how to make over their favorite junk foods using various cooking techniques. Classes are offered throughout New York City.

    The Craft Studio

    The Craft Studio

    The Craft Studio
    In the Craft Studio’s crafting classes, let your kids create uninhibitedly with the most fun, creative, and trendy art supplies. Supportive and caring instructors, not to mention fun philosophies, help kids ages 3 and up make neon wrap bracelets, wallets and pocketbooks, multimedia self portraits, and so much more. There’s something for everyone, available in studio, your school, or other spaces.

    Creative Play for Kids
    This music, movement, and play program for ages 3 months to 3 years is offered at several locations throughout Manhattan. Little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, open play, stories, and instrument playing. Drop-in classes and music-and-art combo classes are also available.

    Creatively Wild Art Studio
    Brooklyn-based Creatively Wild offers children ages 5-9 two classes: Kids Beginner Art Adventure, where they are introduced to all kinds of art fundamentals, and Kids Self-Expression in Art, where they can explore their own creativity using mixed media. Teenagers ages 10-17 can develop their own techniques and styles in Teens Self-Expression Art Adventure. Private art classes both one-on-one and for family sessions are also available.

    Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance
    During the summer, this Brooklyn-based venue offers a day camp for children ages 3-9. Kids will learn about the African culture, and be able to express themselves by telling a story through dance. Children ages 1-14 can be enrolled in classes during the school year.

    Located on West 34th Street, the largest ballroom and Latin dance studio in New York offers a Made4Kids music and dance education program. little learners, for ages 3-5, encourages individual expression and communication, free style and partner dance, and sign language fundamentals. Preschool alternative music and dance classes are also offered. Children 6-12 learn dances from different cultures, including salsa, merengue, swing, ballroom, and hip hop.

    Dean Street
    This Brooklyn restaurant’s weekly children’s events include everything from arts and crafts to story time to sing- alongs with kid-favorite musicians and bands. All programs begin at 10:30am—so stick around after for a family lunch!

    The Diller-Quaile School of Music
    Since 1920, Diller-Quaile has been developing the innate musicality in each individual, inspiring participation for a lifetime. The School is comprised of early childhood, instrumental and vocal, adult, teacher training, and outreach departments. Rug Concerts, master classes, and faculty concerts occur throughout the year.

    Discovery Programs
    This early childhood institution on the Upper West Side hosts year-round special events, classes, camps, and programs for ages 6 months to 14 years. At each age, kids have a variety of activities to choose from. Classes include Art for Tots, ballet and jazz, gymnastics (including Baby Gym and Gym for Tots), Sumo Samurai, soccer, a Musical Theater Club, and more. There’s also an open gym and art studio.

    East Side Tae Kwon Do
    At this Upper East Side gym, kids ages 2-14 learn martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do and yoga. Cardio kickboxing, warrior yoga classes, parent/child Tae Kwon Do, and bully self- defense workshops (for ages 5-7 and 8-14) are also offered.

    East Side Yoga
    Designed to build body awareness in a non-competitive environment, this kids’ yoga school on the Upper East Side offers age-appropriate classes that teach proper form, poses, and even meditation. Classes are available for kids 3-12. 

    Eastside Westside Music Together
    This internationally recognized music program for babies, toddlers and children up to age seven is located on both the Upper East and West Sides. Baby and mixed age groups encourage each child to move, chant, sing, and explore musical instruments with lots of parent participation. Older kids ages 5-7 will learn basic music literacy combined with play, laying the foundation for school or private instruction.

    EBl Coaching
    EBL Coaching offers afterschool and weekend courses for students in grades pre-K-12 in reading, writing, math, and study skills. They use research-based, multi-sensory methods that are individualized according to the needs of each student. Specialized programs for students with learning disabilities and ADHD are also available.

    Education Light: School of Chess
    After years of teaching chess at schools like Princeton Day and Mandell, Light Buggiani has opened a chess school at two locations on the Upper East Side. Classes are based on age and experience, with only ten students per class. Plus, each student gets a free hour of private lessons to ensure mastery.

    Fastbreak Kids
    Fastbreak opened a brand new facility last fall, offering a variety of sports developmental programming for all levels from ages 1.5-18. The 7,000-square-ft indoor facility on the Upper East Side will include a state-of-the-art basketball court, private training area, parent viewing area, and party room. With basketball, baseball, flag football, soccer, and more, there’s something for every active city kid.

    French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
    FIAF, located on the Upper East Side, offers education and arts classes for exploring French culture. Classes are designed for toddlers, kids, and teens to learn the French language. Kids and family events and story hours are held in the library, and other performing arts events are held during the year.

    Freshmade NYC
    This cooking school for kids 2-9 emphasizes math, science, literacy skills, and fine motor development while teaching fun, age-appropriate ways to make tasty and healthy dishes. Located in Greenwich Village, it also offers birthday parties, catering, and courses for parents like What to Eat When You’re Expecting and Navigating the Grocery Store with a Toddler.

    Fukasa Kai

    Fukasa Kai

    Fukasa Kai
    Through martial arts, your child can build confidence, self- control, and inner peace. Students will receive different belts based on their level of skill and learning. Classes offered after school on weekdays and held at several locations around the city.

    The Gaga Center
    This is the first space in Manhattan dedicated to the kid-favorite game of gaga. Played in an octagonal pit with a soft foam ball, gaga combines the skills of running, striking, dodging, and jumping. Grades K-6 get a serious workout in the fun and easy game. One-hour classes begin with a warm-up, followed by a quick strategy lesson.

    German-American School
    Since 1892, teachers have been educating children of all races and cultures in German at the German-American School. Meeting once weekly, classes prepare students for a variety of tests up to college level.

    Gymboree Play & Music
    At several locations throughout Manhattan, kids can sign up for music, art, sports, family fun, and school skills classes for up to age 5. Gymboree Play & learn, one of the most popular classes, encourages development through play, from sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling. The class is offered in a variety of age groups.

    Gymtime Rhythm & Glues

    Gymtime Rhythm & Glues

    Gymtime Rhythm & Glues
    There’s so much for kids to get involved in at this Upper East Side facility, from early enrichment and preschool alternative classes to creative art and cooking to gymnastics and sports. Classes are broken up into age groups for ages 6 months to 12 years. While babies and toddlers learn to play, move, and explore using gross motor and early language skills, older kids can create crafts or learn about nutrition in a class like Fabulous Foodies.

    Hands On!
    Using a special instrument-based curriculum, this music studio (in two Manhattan locations) introduces infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to popular folk tunes, nursery rhymes, and lullabies in the Hands On Musical Experience. Classes feature stories narrated by hand puppets, music, instrument exploration, and movement. An introductory keyboard class is also offered for budding pianists.

    This art studio in Chelsea features a variety of classes that inspire kids. Ages 2-12 can sign up for Opera ‘N Art, which incorporates visits to New York City museums, art galleries, and operas with mixed media art projects. Other classes for older kids include writing, painting, and collage making. Holiday camps and mini-camps are also offered.

    ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish
    Available in multiple locations throughout Manhattan, kids are taught Spanish using original and traditional music, movement, art, games, and props. Classes are offered for ages 12 months to 9 years. Besides reinforcing vocabulary in the language classes, kids can also take culture and movement classes in yoga, ballet, and flamenco classes taught entirely in Spanish. 

    Home Cooking New York
    For intimate hands-on cooking lessons, take a class with Home Cooking New York in either their Manhattan or Hudson Valley schools. Students will receive a complete recipe packet each class, learn from chef-instructors, and enjoy a full sit-down dinner at the end of the 2.5 hour-long lesson. For an even more intimate class setting and the chance to choose your own menu and guest list, private classes at home are available.

    I’m Bilingual
    Interested in teaching your child another language? Musical Kids International on the Upper East Side teaches kids Spanish through interactive activities that incorporate music, dance, art, and movement. Professional educators who are native speakers work with imported materials and with their own award-winning products, including reading rugs and play areas.

    Jazz at Lincoln Center
    Kids and families can participate in the family concert series, Jazz for Young People, in which they go behind the scenes and learn about famous jazz performers and jazz styles at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. WeBop, an early childhood jazz education program for ages 8 months to 5 years and their parents, teaches improvisation and lets kids jam with a live quartet, swing to nursery rhymes, and more.

    The JCC in Manhattan
    This 14-story community center on the Upper West Side serves families with a variety of classes and programs for members of all ages and abilities. The health club offers swimming lessons as well as sports and wellness classes. Other classes cover art, science, cooking, gymnastics, Russian language, dance, music, acting, and performing arts. Programming is also available for children with special needs.

    Jodi's Gym

    Jodi’s Gym

    Jodi’s Gym
    Jodi’s Gym has been providing NYC kids ages 9 months to 12 years with the highest level of fun and fitness for over 30 years. Their step-by-step, positive approach ensures that every child feels a sense of accomplishment, improves his or her skills, and has tons of fun! For the tiniest tumblers to the more advanced gymnasts, class offerings include gymnastics (mommy and me, preschool, and grades K-6), gym and music combos, dance, fitness, science, holiday camps, open play, private lessons, and the best birthdays ever.

    Joffrey Ballet School
    Kids who sign up for ballet at Joffrey Ballet School in the West Village are trained in classical and contemporary ballet as well as other forms of dance, including modern, jazz, hip hop, and character dance. A Children’s Program (ages 2-9) also offers Dance with Me (where parents or caregivers are the dance partner). A Young Dancer’s Program is offered for ages 10 and up.

    Karma Kids Yoga
    Karma Kids Yoga offers a fun and creative approach for infants through teenagers. Magical yoga adventures with puppets, songs, stories, and games keep young kids engaged; classes for older kids include simple and challenging poses for increasing strength, coordination, balance, focus, and confidence. Included are kid-friendly music, fun yoga games, and relaxation time with foot rubs. Glow-in-the-dark, pajama, and circus yoga are also available alongside birthday parties.

    Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy (KTUGA)
    Founded by Kate Tempesta—deemed a Top Young Instructor by Golf Digest—KTUGA helps kids ages 4 and up learn proper technique, etiquette, and skill in both indoor and outdoor settings. The curriculum uses imagination, play, and age-appropriate methods in combining a mixture of putting, driving, pitching, and chipping to help children learn four basic shots.

    Kick & Play
    Introduce your toddler, ages 12-24 months, to the basics of soccer and fun-filled movement. From the creators of Super Soccer Stars, this pre-soccer program engages toddlers’ natural development with the help of puppet friends. Parents and children stretch to a song, enjoy a soccer warm-up and upper body activity, learn soccer skills, and play educational games.

    Kids At Art
    Kids at Art is the premiere Art Studio for Children in NYC. They focus on the basics of visual arts, with age-appropriate projects for each group from 2-12 years of age in painting, drawing, collage, and much more, all in a nurturing environment.

    Kids At Work
    A variety of drop-off classes are offered for babies and tots up to age 4 at this center in Chelsea, focusing on educational policies from Bank Street and Montessori systems. Try a sensory music or art class, learn how to play soccer with Super Soccer Stars, whip up some goodies while Cooking with Julie, or toddle around a toddler ballet class. Sun Sessions at a local park incorporates music, movement, stories, and songs.

    Kids In Sports
    Kids can sign up for this specialized sports program located throughout Manhattan for ages 12 months through 12 years. Learn the fundamentals of baseball, basketball, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball through multi- sport or sport-specific classes. Kids In Sports offers camps for two different age groups, both indoors, for ages 2.5-3 and 4-6.

    Child development specialists design a variety of creative classes to stimulate, engage, and entertain babies up to age 6 at this favorite kid center, located throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Choose from cooking, gym, art, enrichment, and music and dance classes like Rockin’ Railroad. Not sure if your child is ready for preschool? The Kidville University program offers an alternative.

    Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading program. The Kumon Method has helped millions of children achieve more than they ever thought they could. At Kumon, your child will build skills that lead to success inside and outside the classroom.

    Launch Math & Science Centers

    Launch Math & Science Centers

    La Scuola Di’Italia
    La Scuola, located on the Upper East Side is the only English/Italian bilingual school in North America, making it very unique. Here, your children will learn about the American culture along with European culture. The curriculum is full of mathematics, science, and liberal arts. Schooling offered for middle school and high school students as well.

    Language Workshop for Children
    Stimulating language lessons are offered for babies, toddlers, and elementary school children. Original music, action games, visual aids, and vocabulary-building songs help students learn Spanish, French, Chinese, and Italian. The program is internationally recognized, using the Thibaut Technique, a whole language approach using both sides of the brain. This fall, they will also be offering Kids MusicRound classes. Located on the Upper East Side and in Manhasset.

    Launch Math & Science Centers
    This center on the Upper West Side teaches basic math concepts to young children, using objects and themes they encounter every day. Through small group activities, little ones ages 3-5 will learn counting, geometric designs, math vocabulary, measuring, estimation, patterns, time, and more. Kids in grades K-8 learn using fun computer-based instruction, hands-on tools, and problem-solving.

    Let's Gogh Art. Photo by Heidi Green Photography

    Let’s Gogh Art. Photo by Heidi Green Photography

    Let’s Gogh Art
    Let your children express their creativity through art. Children ages 2-12 can engage in art in multiple ways at Let’s Gogh Art. Whether your children are painting, dancing, or creating stories, the fun never seems to end. Let’s Gogh Art is offered at several locations throughout New York City and also hosts birthday parties with an abundance of themes.

    Lil Yogi’s NYC
    The fundamentals of yoga are introduced to kids ages 12 months through the teen years in this playful, non-competitive program. Held at studios throughout the Upper West Side and in Central Park in late spring and summer, classes are designed to help kids feel stronger and more relaxed, engaging their imaginations with pictures, music, stories, interactive games, and traditional poses.

    The Little Gym
    The Little Gym’s gymnastics program for preschoolers and kindergarteners has been specially designed to help children reach developmental milestones in a structured environment that combines gymnastics with fun. Five co-ed classes are offered: Funny Bugs (3-4 years), Giggle Worms (4-5), Good Friends, (5-6), Mini Flips (3-4, advanced), and Mini Jets (5-6, advanced).

    Little Maestros
    This award-winning infant and toddler music program, available in several Manhattan locations, offers little ones an introduction to music with instruments, age-appropriate movement exercises, pretend play and interactive activities, original music performances, bubbles, musical storytime, puppet shows, and more.

    Little Picasso NYC
    This art studio in Midtown has various programs to help your child express their creativity. Including drawing and sculpting, there is also three dimensional painting and even a special movement class taught by The Ballet Club. Either choose to sign up for the 4 week summer camp or go to an individual workshop.

    Loop of the Loom

    Loop of the Loom

    Loop of the Loom
    This hand-weaving studio on the Upper East Side offers afterschool classes for ages 8-14. Using the award-winning SAORI weaving program from Japan, kids of different levels produce their own projects with semi-private instruction. They’ll learn spinning and felting from natural fiber, dyeing, sewing, knitting, and crochet to create belts, hats, ponchos, bags, dresses and more.

    Lucy Moses School
    This Hebrew arts school located at the Kaufman Center on the Upper West Side offers dance, music, and theater classes for preschoolers through teens. Preschoolers develop dance techniques through ballet, creative dance, rhythmic games, songs, and stories, while older kids learn modern dance and jazz combinations, Broadway music, and children’s theater. Music classes range from instrument instruction to composition to advanced music theory.

    Mad Science
    Mad Science sparks imaginative learning for ages 3-8 with STEM-focused topics like Color Lab, Wacky Waves, Digging for Dinosaurs, Magnificient Magnets, and more. Offerings include preschool, elementary, and afterschool workshops as well as vacation camps, private home classes, birthday parties, and special events.

    Make Meaning
    Make Meaning is a first-of-its-kind destination for kids and adults to have fun with creativity. They offer more than 50 activities like cake decorating, jewelry making, and more, featuring mediums like candles, soap, glass, ceramics, paper, and jewelry. You can also get creative with your crew in one of our stunningly designed private party spaces for all ages. Located on the Upper East and West Sides.

    Making Melodies NYC
    Children will learn about the importance of music with Making Melodies NYC, which hosts the Kindermusik curriculum. In the Kindermusik classroom, children of all ages benefit from improved brain development, and parents can learn about music with their children. They offer a Cuddle & Bounce class for little ones ages 0-1, FamilyTime class for ages 0-3, and a Wiggle & Grow class for ages 2-3.

    Manhattan Tennis Academy
    As your child’s skills grow in tennis, their equipment will change along with their instruction. As they become more familiar with the sport, they will start to learn more fundamentals. Manhattan Tennis is located in Midtown and offers indoor classes for children ages 4-16.

    Located on the Upper East and West Sides and in Brooklyn, this learning center helps increase your child’s math skills, understanding of concepts, and overall school performance. Kids attend two or three times a week for about an hour.

    The Modern School of Soccer
    The Modern School of Soccer offers both indoor and outdoor soccer classes in all five New York boroughs. Professional coaches, former soccer players, and experts in gymnastics and martial arts will teach your child how to play the sport all while having fun. They also offer special soccer lessons for “soccer moms” who want to play alongside their kids.

    Moey’s Music Party
    This award-winning Off-Broadway songwriter/mom-rocker and her band perform children’s concerts throughout NYC playgrounds and birthday parties in the New York Metro area. Summer classes are offered in Central Park, featuring songs, dances, instruments, musical fairy tales, weekly themes, and lessons in counting and phonics for infants through preschoolers.

    MusiBambino Music & Dance Program
    Starting at a young age, children can immerse themselves with in music and dance at MusiBambino. Music classes are offered for children ages 4 months to 5 years. Starting out with sing-alongs and eventually learning to play instruments. Dance classes are offered for children ages 2.5-5.

    Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals
    Children 6 months to 5 years will enjoy singing, dancing, musical story telling, instrument jam sessions, and puppet play at this music class featuring original music that reflects growing up in an urban environment. Classes are held at multiple locations.

    Music Beans
    Focused on taking a well-rounded and fun approach to music and movement, Music Beans teaches lessons in numerous genres. From jazz to classical to modern, children are taught using developmentally appropriate practice, sequential learning and critical thinking to turn them into the best musicians they can be. Besides instrumental lessons and a creative movement class, Music Beans also teaches Mandarin language lessons as well.

    My Gym
    My Gym, which has five franchise locations throughout NYC, has a history of building children’s self-esteem and nurturing a love of fitness and activity through fun. Gym, yoga, and martial arts classes are offered in a clean, safe, and fun environment for children 6 weeks to 6 years. Member benefits include unlimited summer classes and free plays as well as exclusive savings on parents’ night out, summer camp, and birthday parties.

    National Academy Museum & School
    The Academy’s art classes for young students incorporate drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media in a learning environment that encourages creativity and self-expression. With classes taught indoors and out, young students explore Museum Mile and Central Park as well as the newly redesigned Academy.

    New York Jazz Academy
    This fast-growing music school offers an introduction to jazz curriculum in locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Ages 9-13 can audition for a Junior Jazz Workshop, which introduces improvisation and styles while teaching note reading, music theory, instrument technique, ensemble performance, and more. Even infants and preschoolers get an introduction to jazz with Jelly Jamz in Jackson Heights.

    New York Theatre Ballet
    Ballet School NY, the official training academy of New York Theatre Ballet, offers graded classes for ages three and up at its new location in the East Village.  The school teaches dance as a total art form, developing strong technical skill and discipline.  Classes are kept small, with teaching assistants in every class to guarantee highly individualized instruction.  For advanced students, classes in modern, theater dance, pointe, variations and repertory round out the training curriculum.  For qualified students, the School’s relationship with NYTB provides unique performing opportunities throughout the year in ballets featuring roles for children.

    NY City Explorers
    This team of educators and artists offers enrichment classes, preschool programs, and adventure camps for kids of all ages. Five-hour walking adventures to each of the five boroughs are available for ages 2-16 to explore parks, museums, and attractions through the Backpacks and Binoculars Camps.

    NY Kids Club
    Sign your child up for classes at one of these six children’s enrichment centers, located throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. There are baby fitness and music classes for infants 2-5 months old, plus a variety of classes for preschoolers and school-age children. Choose from art, music, dance, gymnastics, fitness, cooking, preschool learning, or combo classes.

    Peridance Capezio Center
    The renowned School at Peridance has been recognized as a pioneer in dance education. The PeriChild Program for students 18 months to 18 years features a progressive interdisciplinary approach to dance training, emphasizing a thorough understanding of various dance techniques while promoting self-expression and creativity. Classes include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, salsa, and African.

    Physique Swim School
    Physique Swimming offers classes year-round at all skill levels, starting at 6 months. In addition to swim lessons, Physique Swimming offers a summer camp in Battery Park City with swim instructions, an educational art program, and exciting sports activities every day.

    Planet Han
    At Planet Han, it’s Mandarin for all with learning, fun, and confidence! Kids and adults can learn Mandarin through group classes, afterschool programs, and private tutoring. They’ll send you MP3 files after each class to recap what the children have learned.

    Offering classes in ballet, hip hop, sports, karate, music, and more, Playgarden enriches growing minds and bodies in the early years. This indoor playground and activity center located in Tribeca is geared toward children ages 0-5.

    Poppyseed Pre-Nursery
    Meeting two or three times a week, tots and 2s with adults enjoy frequent contact and a daily routine of singing and dancing, playing with toys, arts and crafts, mini-gym, and snack and story time. Poppyseed is the perfect bridge between home and nursery school.

    Prenatal Yoga Center
    The first yoga center of its kind in NYC, the Prenatal Yoga Center’s schedule includes Pre- and Postnatal Yoga, New Mother’s Support Groups, Childbirth Education and a Breastfeeding Support Circle, all conducted in a calm, peaceful environment. Now offered in a new Park Slope, Brooklyn location as well as in Manhattan.

    Private Picassos
    Kids ages 18 months and up can learn all about fine art with this group of weekly classes at a variety of locations around New York City. Customized, in-home art lessons or arranged museum and gallery tours also let kids explore legendary artists. Kids get involved with interactive projects that increase fine motor skills such as crafting their own jewelry or making their own books.

    Reebok Sports Club/NY & Sports Club/LA
    Programs here are created with a developmental approach to learning. Offerings include a 2s separation program, classes in which 2s and 3s can explore project play, plus other programs focused on tennis, Zumba, and other sports. Both camps and afterschool options are available. &

    Riverside Piano Studios
    Musically inclined kids can get jazzed over individual classes at Riverside Piano, which moved into a new Columbus Circle location last fall. Six teachers instruct in classical, jazz, and pop piano lessons and songwriting. The new location offers afterschool, evening, and weekend openings to new students.

    Riverside Music Studios
    One of the Upper West Side’s most beloved piano teachers has opened a small school in Columbus Circle where little musicians will find rooms and varied lessons in individual violin, cello, guitar, flute, voice instruction, and more. Traditional piano instruction will remain a focus while The Piano Games program, suitable for 3 and up, includes activities to inspire piano-technique building.

    Children ages 3-12 will love building robots using LEGOs. Parents of preschoolers can join in on the fun and create a battery-powered robot together. Using creativity, children can build their own robots using motors and sensors. Children ages 4-6 can create their own animations using their own script and designs.

    Royal Swim
    Royal Swim is a competitive swim club for kids ages 5-18 and older. The mission of the team is to provide a safe, competitive program that is perfect for the whole family and swimmers of every age.

    Rutgers Community Programs
    Focusing on social and emotional and cognitive development, children will enjoy all that this program has to offer. Classes are offered for parents as well, helping them through the stages of parenthood. Additionally, On My Own Playgroup helps toddlers adjust to being on their own with hands-on activities and allowing children to work at their own pace.

    The School at Steps. Photo by E. Patino

    The School at Steps. Photo by E. Patino

    The School at Steps
    The School at Steps cultivates young dancers, ages 3 months. – 18 years., from their first step in a dance studio through their pre-professional training. Students discover their individual artistic voices in a creative environment with the guidance of an internationally recognized faculty. The personal attention the school provides encourages students to mature as dancers, grow as individuals, and enrich their passion for the art form. School at Steps graduates go on to dance with professional companies, study at top college dance programs, and perform on Broadway.

    SciTech Kids
    Working alongside real scientists, children ages 3-15 engage in experiments and building projects that teach them to think and problem solve like the pros. The program offers age-based classes with a curriculum integrating numerous branches of science and invention-based activities like robot building and CSI forensic studies. Summer camp, preschool and afterschool programs, and special events are also available.

    Sew New York
    If your child wants to be a future fashion designer or would simply like to make their own clothes as a hobby, Sew New York’s Upper East Side locations can help get them started. Offering a beginning class for ages 8-10 and a slightly more advanced class for ages 11-13, kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, hand sew, and cut and baste fabric so that they can create their own projects. Each class makes a couple items ranging from mittens and bags to pajama pants and skirts.

    Simply Sports
    This athletic program in Manhattan for ages 3-13 offers a range of age-appropriate sports that are scheduled after school, on weekends, and on school holidays at various locations. Kids can choose baseball, basketball, flag football, or soccer in clinics, leagues, and competitions. Fun sports events like capture the flag and miniature golf are also organized throughout the year.

    SkateYogi currently offers two fantastic children’s skateboarding classes at Skate Brooklyn. During the Groms class, beginners ages 4 through 15 can learn basic skateboarding essentials such as stance, turning, pushing, and stopping. Kids who are comfortable on a skateboard should check out SkateYogi’s Shredders class, which teaches basic tricks and more advanced moves. Both classes have a six student-per-class limit to ensure that children are given lots of personal training.

    Soccer by Coach Fher
    The well-known and much-respected Coach Fher offers a specialized development program to bring out the best soccer skills in kids ages 2.5-10. Classes are offered year-round throughout New York’s boroughs in both indoor and outdoor settings with a low coach to child ratio.

    Fun, interactive workshops teach children more than basic manners; this organization on the Upper West Side also teaches fundamental social skills and etiquette. Lessons include making good first impressions, introducing one’s self, starting conversations, dining and phone skills, making a toast at a party, and safe internet use. Classes are divided into age groups (4-7, 8-12, 13-17).

    A former soccer professional and certified strength and conditioning specialist teaches soccer and fitness classes year-round throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Kids ages 2-14 will develop core, upper body, and lower body strength, as well as learn soccer basics and enhance flexibility and endurance.

    SPORTIME Randall’s Island
    This impressive facility includes 20 indoor/outdoor hard courts, a 20,000-square-ft clubhouse, and a fitness and training center. SPORTIME’s Junior Tennis program and John McEnroe Tennis Academy for Elite Players are designed to excite kids about the world of tennis and nurture young players into world class athletes. Summer camp sessions are also offered.

    StageCoach Theatre Arts
    Singing, drama/acting and dance classes are offered for budding thespians (ages 4-18) at this Upper East Side part-time performing arts school. Kids learn vocal articulation and modulation, acting techniques, characterization, and advanced choreography.

    Super Soccer Stars & Super Soccer Stars Premier
    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. Kick & Play, the parent/child pre-soccer program, is perfect for tots ages 12-24 months. Advanced young soccer stars can check out Super Soccer Stars Premier development classes and the NY Stars Premier competitive travel teams. &

    SwimJim classes are a fun way to learn swimming and water safety year-round. They believe children learn best in a friendly, loving environment where they feel safe and at ease, which enables young swimmers to learn basic and advanced skills while helping parents feel reassured. With five NYC locations and classes ranging from infants to adult, SwimJim has a class for everyone.

    Sword Class NY
    The only school in the United States that offers classes on both eastern and western sword styles side-by-side, Sword Class NY teaches not only swordsmanship, but the values of strength, discipline, grace, and respect. They offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, but young ones ages 10-15 can enroll in their Youth Class, which teaches Kendo, a type of Japanese fencing.

    TADA! Youth Theater
    Sing, dance, and act! TADA! Youth Theater runs weekly musical theater classes—and whenever school is out, TADA! is in with one-day and week-long camps. Toddlers through 8th graders build performing skills with original TADA! music.

    Take Two Film Academy
    Aspiring movie makers ages 8-15 will love this filmmaking and film-acting program, available afterschool, on weekends, and over the summer. The Upper West Side facility invites students to write, act, shoot, and edit their own film and submit to the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Cameras, audio and editing software and other equipment are provided.

    Tennis Innovators
    Starting at a young age children can learn the basics of tennis and become interested in the sport. Lessons are taught by trained instructors creating a positive energy towards the sport. There are seven different Tennis Innovators locations throughout New York City.

    TLB Music
    TLB Music is a music studio and playspace located on the Upper East Side. Group classes for ages 4 months to 6 years are designed to enhance development while introducing children to all genres of music and classical and folk instruments. Its eco-friendly playroom for children ages 6 months to 6 years is perfect for playdates and birthday parties.

    Wee Prep
    Kids ages 2.5-5 will learn to love learning at Wee Prep, taught by experienced teachers in a 1:3 teacher-student ratio. With a maximum of six students per class, the classroom environment is great for individualized attention. Wee Prep offers three levels of Literacy classes, two levels of Math classes, two levels of Writing & Fine Motor classes, and a Mandarin language class.

    West Side Taekwondo
    This martial arts center on the Upper West Side offers Tae Kwon Do training for kids of all ages. Age-appropriate classes include Pee Pods (ages 3-4), Pee Wee (ages 4-5), children’s program for beginners, intermediate and advanced (ages 6-11), teens and adults.

    Yogi Beans

    Yogi Beans

    Located throughout New York City, local branches of the Y offer a variety of programs for kids of all ages, from pre-K through teen. There are traditional sport clinics, parent/child and group swimming lessons, fitness, art, music, dance, performing arts and visual art classes, and, for older kids, martial arts training and academic enrichment classes.

    Yogi Beans
    This Upper East Side yoga studio for kids offers flexible drop-in classes for babies, toddlers, children and teens year-round. Age-appropriate classes help kids with breathing exercises and proper poses, while props like storybooks, songs, and games will keep them entertained.

    Young Chefs Academy
    Cook up something delicious! Young Chefs Academy classes are designed to teach children the basics of food preparation, proper knife skills, kitchen safety, various cooking techniques and more. Located in Queens, the academy offers three classes: KinderCooks for budding chefs ages 3 to 5, Jr. Chefs for ages 6 to 13, and Sr. Chefs for teens who want to refine their basic culinary skills.

    At ZGT on the Upper East Side, mommy & me classes are offered for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers. Here they will be taught the difficult language through songs with their moms. Children ages 4-5 can take classes that focus on the vocabulary of the Chinese language in a fun and educational manner.

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