The 7 Best Kids Afterschool Programs and Activities in Queens
Listings are in alphabetical order
It is happening; we are a little over a month away from the kids returning to school. While summer is always a welcome break, starting a new school year feels more structured and organized. And what better way to get it together than checking out what programs and activities are available for your kids? From the arts and sports to enriching classes, there is something for every kid, which is we are thrilled to share the 7 Best The 7 Best Kids Afterschool Programs in Queens for you and your family this school year!
Roosevelt Island Racquet Club
Advantage QuickStart Tennis is customized for age, ability and fun. Kids as young as age 4 who are new to Advantage can enroll now or check it out free on KidsDays in September at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, easy to reach by ferry, subway or bus. Choose Thursday 9/7 from 4 to 6pm or Tuesday 9/12 from 4-6pm. Little players love the kid-sized racquets, smaller play areas and slower-bouncing balls. All Advantage QuickStart pros are specially trained in a PTR and USTA NetGen-based curriculum, so parents can always count on a friendly, positive atmosphere and engaging drills and games. The 2023 QuickStart fall program offers classes after school and on weekends, on a schedule that works for families. Receive 10% off if enrolling in the fall session on KidsDay or 5% off if enrolling within 3 days of attending KidsDay.
108-21 72nd Ave, 4th Floor, Forest Hills
All Star Studios program is designed to encourage and educate students on how to increase flexibility, improve coordination, focus on muscle strengthening, build poise, and have fun. All instructors have experience in teaching and performing to give students the skills needed to pursue a career as a true artist, and to help push them toward their goals, build self-confidence, and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. Their competition team does annual fundraising shows to help fund research and support families with children on the spectrum and are very engaged in community outreach. The dancers learn technique and choreography during the year and get to show off their hard work during the Annual Spring Show at the beginning of June every year. The first class is free to try and tuition is charged on a monthly basis so you are not tied into a semester contract. The studio spans three floors with viewing windows for the parents and is located in the heart of Forest Hills.
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. The Boys & Girls Elite Club also offers convenient pick-up and drop-off bus transportation for added accessibility.
36-32 34th St., 2nd fl., Astoria, NY 11106
Brooklyn Fencing Center is celebrating the opening of their newest location in Astoria, Queens. The Olympic style facility offers year round group and private classes and boasts six competitive fencing strips. The center originated in Brooklyn in 2003 and is now bringing the fencing experience to families in Queens. Group classes start at beginner and go through to intermediate level.The sport allows students to shine on their own merit, enjoy a physical activity and socialize. There is also the bonus that colleges give extra attention to applicants who list fencing as a sport. They offer armory services and coaching support for local, regional, and national fencing tournaments. Private lessons are available for both members and non-members. Summer, and school break camps are offered as well. Keep an eye out for their porcupine patch at fencing events of all levels.
81-10 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Academic development is key in every Afterschool program offered by 82nd Street Academics. It’s hard to be optimistic about success tomorrow if your homework isn’t complete and correct tonight. The tuition-funded afterschool program at 82nd Street Academics includes a promise and guarantee that the homework will be complete and correct if the student stays for the full session. The DYCD-funded programs make time for homework too, but as one of several required activities. Afterschool is a safe space during a time when students are still developing social skills. Afterschool at 82nd Street Academics rejoices in diversity – language, ethnic, gender, religious, or LGBTQI. They have monthly diversity themes which embrace and nurture the individuality of all students within their learning community.
LingoCircle is an online language school providing an innovative approach to language learning. They specialize in connecting bilingual children from around the world. Their classes help children develop appreciation for their heritage language and culture. They offer virtual classes in French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and English. LingoCircle’s bilingual immersion programs follow the traditional curricula of the language’s origin country. For beginners, they also offer classes following the CEFR program from the A1 to C2 level. LingoCircles classes are small – five students max – to give each student ample attention. Their certified, native speaking teachers also ensure each class is engaging and a lot of fun! Classes include songs, games, stories, and more. LingoCircle’s class schedules are also convenient. Each class is 45-minutes. Classes are on weekdays after school and on weekends; the first lesson is free.
70-11 Austin Street, 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Rose Academy of Ballet loves introducing children to the excitement of learning to dance! The pre-ballet and tippy toes classes are designed for children 2- 5, who are eager to learn about dance in a positive environment. Classes develop physical, social, and cognitive skills through the use of an interactive curriculum all while having fun! There are many opportunities for students 6 to 18 to increase proficiency and artistry. Students create lifelong friendships, gain confidence and celebrate their individuality. Participate in energetic and creative camps, workshops and classes year-round. Dedicated, professional staff are poised to allow students of all ages and abilities to learn about dance and perform! The studio offers a variety of classes to train versatile dancers; try ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, or classical modern dance! The studio also has many opportunities to celebrate dance on stage! Dancers, 6 -18 can perform in the studio’s student production of the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” this December. The studio is spacious and bright with a warm and welcoming community of people sharing the same experience and striving for the same goal.