The 10 Best Kids Afterschool Programs and Activities in Long Island
Listings are in alphabetical order
Back to school is near and parents are starting to plan how this year will look for the family. Whether you are looking for care for your kids while you are at work or want the kids to enjoy some extracurricular learning- Long Island has some great choices.
Here are The 10 Best Kids Afterschool Programs and Activities in Long Island!
Multiple Locations: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County
The Boys & Girls Elite Club is an engaging, inspiring, and empowering program for children ages 5 to 18. With a focus on growth, education, mentorship, and character-building, it offers a diverse, fun, and educational experience. The program collaborates closely with local school districts, ensuring that students prioritize their education and maintain passing grades to participate. The Boys & Girls Elite Club provides comprehensive tutoring services for all school subjects, SATs, Regents, and more. Its programs are designed to offer flexibility, allowing children to learn a variety of skills, explore trades, engage with STEM subjects, and develop interests in different career paths. The emphasis on positive youth development involves teaching, building, and strengthening positive character traits and personalities. In addition to academic support, the program organizes frequent field trips throughout the year, providing children with exciting and enriching experiences. The Boys & Girls Elite Club also offers convenient pick-up and drop-off bus transportation for added accessibility.
700 Hicksville Road, Suite 102, Bethpage, NY 11714
For over sixty years, Eglevsky Ballet has been the premier ballet academy on Long Island. With a world-renowned faculty, a nationally recognized graded curriculum, and a state-of-the-art facility, the school is, by far, an embodiment of excellence in dance education. Classes in the Children’s Division begin at three years of age in the First Steps© classes and advance, progressively, through their Lower School and into either the Academy Training Program (for students who enjoy the avocational study of dance) or the Pre-Professional Training Program, which is designed for students seeking a career in dance. Student placement at Eglevsky Ballet is determined solely by ability and not age; therefore, progress is reflective of the aptitude of the student in a non-competitive environment. Under the direction of Executive Artistic Director Maurice Brandon Curry, the faculty is a group of highly skilled educators who execute a curriculum created by Mr. Curry to create a well-rounded dancer. These teachers have performed with noted ballet and modern companies, on Broadway, in television and film.
90 Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY, 11030
Established in 1990, the Music Institute of Long Island (MILI) is a classical music school staffed by exceptional instructors, from the most prestigious conservatories graduating in the United States and Europe. MILI is Long Island’s foremost musical academy & is consistently voted #1. Instrumental programs include: violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone & voice. They teach the Traditional, Suzuki, and the ABRSM methods. MILI graduates attend universities and conservatories such as: Juilliard, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Columbia, Cornell, Yale, Harvard & the University of Pennsylvania. Students participate in All-National, All-Eastern, All-State, youth orchestras, and score highly in NYSSMA and Royal Academy Music Festivals. First prize winners of competitions earn solos at Carnegie Hall and with orchestras. MILI offers Fall/Spring semesters as well as Summer Sessions. Each semester includes 15-17 weeks of private lessons & solo recitals culminating in a GALA Concert featuring chamber music.
Manhasset – 1504 Northern Blvd.
516-447-3660, [email protected]
Port Jefferson – 5070 Nesconset Highway
631-743-7001, [email protected]
Woodbury – 150 Woodbury Rd.
516-268-3566, [email protected]
Founded in 2012, One River School of Art + Design has developed a unique method for teaching art and digital design classes for all ages and skill levels. Today, their innovative program teaches thousands of students in fifteen locations across the U.S. With 40+ innovative weekly class options, students simply have more fun learning to create and produce compelling art through a unique project-based curriculum. From their popular Adult Art Shuffle® classes to their Advanced Teens program to Kids Art Start, there truly is a class for everyone. It is their belief that they are transforming art education®, as well as providing an experience that changes lives in the communities they serve. Classes start this September in their new Manhasset location.
Multiple Locations in Nassau, Suffolk and Little Neck
Jump into a world of fun and safety at Saf-T-Swim Swim School, the experts in swimming lessons for over 35 years. At Saf-T-Swim, they believe that swimming should be both fun and safe for everyone. That’s why they offer lessons for all ages and abilities, including little ones starting at four months old. With their 4:1 ratio group lessons, your children will have a blast making friends while learning lifesaving skills. They also offer other programs like ParentTot, Adult, pool parties and more. Saf-T-Swim understands the juggling act of family life, which is why they offer flexible schedules to accommodate your busy lifestyle. With a goal to equip everyone with the skills necessary to be safe in and around water, they offer a free group trial lesson for those new to Saf-T-Swim.
Forest Hills – Coming Soon
Huntington – 145 East Main Street
Queens – 34-43 Francis Lewis Blvd Ste 2
Rockville Centre – 197 N Long Beach Road
Roslyn, 911 Willis Avenue
Syosset/Oyster Bay – 180 Michael Drive
Traditional music education approaches rarely teach students how to perform with other musicians. They focus instead on teaching music only through one-on-one lessons. The School of Rock Method™ is different. School of Rock combines one-on-one instruction with group rehearsals and live performances. This integrated approach teaches students techniques and theory while also helping them apply those skills when performing with other musicians. Outside of one-on-one lessons, group rehearsals and performances, School of Rock offers many other immersive opportunities for students to further expand their musical knowledge, and interact with like-minded people. School of Rock offers immersive seasonal camps where students can take a deep-dive into specific musical eras or genres. School of Rock conducts artist Q&A’s, with some of the industry’s most influential individuals. But above all, they teach the history behind the music and educate students on those who paved the way for Rock and Roll as we know it today.
Multiple Locations in Nassau and Suffolk.
516-558-2266, [email protected]
Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program, for ages 2 to 8, with a focus on character development. Their caring team positively impacts kids’ lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. Their coaches are the best-trained in the business. Their expert-approved curriculum is age appropriate and aligns with New York State’s early childhood education standards. Parents can feel confident that the person coaching their child has met strict coaching standards and is trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques. During the season, parents receive constant and timely communication about what their child is learning. Curriculum is developed in alignment with state early childhood education standards. Children learn from a curriculum that is designed for their age group. Fall enrollment is open now.
393 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola
516-368-0823, [email protected]
At Sylvan Learning of Mineola, children experience significant skill growth in school. Sylvan has perfected a highly personal approach that delivers results, tailoring lessons to each child’s specific needs. Whether a child needs to master foundational skills or learn advanced concepts, Sylvan provides supplemental support that leads to greater learning – which can have an impact not only on school life, but in all areas of life. Their caring teachers are experts at encouraging and motivating kids to learn, grow and flourish leading to soaring confidence in reading, math, and writing.
Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Huntington, and Patchogue
855-2YMCALI (855-296-2254), childcare@
The YMCA of Long Island’s Before and After School Programs support children in reaching their full potential by providing academic support and enrichment experiences in a safe and structured environment for children in kindergarten through 5th or 6th grade (ages vary by district). Partnering with school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties, the experienced staff designs engaging enrichment activities to help support children’s learning in all areas. The program is designed to offer children daily homework help, STEM activities, arts and crafts, healthy eating and nutrition education, youth movement, conflict resolution strategies and developing social skills. Registration for 2023-2024 is ongoing.
Jones Boardwalk, Wantagh
The summer fun never ends at WildPlay Jones Beach, now extending its season to November 5th. Their new oceanside ziplines and high ropes courses are the perfect outdoor activity for families craving a little adventure on Long Island this summer. The 700-ft Jones Beach Zipline is a must, while four levels of adventure courses will have you climbing, zipping, jumping and swinging along the beach. WildPlay also has a dedicated Kids Course for ages 5-12 with wobbly bridges, rope swings, tightropes and cargo nets. They offer group rates for birthday parties, school groups and team building. Teachers can get free field trips to WildPlay thanks to the NYSP Connect Kids grant; visit wplay.info/ckg to learn more. Save 20% on your booking with the exclusive discount code NYFAMILIES20.