The Best Kid-Friendly Winter Activities in New York


Burrr…it’s cold outside! While we all would love to stay at home during this chilly season, fun awaits in the city. Break out of the house and hit up these fun winter activities in New York that the whole family will enjoy this upcoming season! What are you waiting for? Dive into dance, tennis, theater, learning Mandarin, and more!

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Ballet Academy East – Upper East Side
1651 Third Ave., 212-410-9140

Promoting creativity and learning within children ages 18 months through 6 years. Ballet Academy East’s Young Dancer Division instills a love of dance in an environment focused on developing individual potential. Students ages 18 months to 6 years benefit from increased coordination, self-confidence, musicality, strength, focus, and creativity through age-appropriate, structured classes. The Young Dancer Division curriculum equips students with the skills necessary for advancement into the Pre-Professional Division. Each class also has a co-teacher and live musical accompaniment. Petit Dancer, Pre-Ballet and Tap classes are accompanied by pianist.

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Collina Italiana – Upper East Side
1566 Third Ave., Suite 602-603, 212-427-7770

Italian language programs allow children to learn la bella lingua Italiana in a fun, nurturing and refurbished atmosphere! Collina will be ringing in 2020 with new classrooms, special workshops, and class offerings. Along with their usual children’s classes, Girotondo, a year-round after-school program, and Giardino dei Bambino, a morning drop-off program, they are adding Ciao YOGA, Ciao TEATRO, Ciao MUSICA and several more new classes. Through playful skill-building activities such as singing, reading and writing, and story-telling, students at Collina Italiana are truly given a taste of Italy! Visit them for their grand re-opening at the end of January.

Galli Theater – Tribeca
74 Warren St., 212-731-0668

Offering Musical Acting Camps and  Workshops during the winter holidays. The Galli Theater uses the wisdom and multifaceted aspects of traditional fairytales and myths as the basis for their creative work. Their workshops, camps and after-school classes include contemporary theater games, music, movement, singing and of course fun! The children build on skills, which help them prepare to present a show at the end of the session. The students learn stage presence, playing a character and incorporating music and movement to their work. During the process the children learn to trust themselves and the power of their voice. The most important element is putting a show together.

Kids at Art – Upper East Side
1412 Second Ave., 212-410-9780

For 20 years, Kids at Art in the upper East Side has been providing the ideal environment for nurturing, non-competitive art programs where children can learn and create freely. Their age-appropriate art classes for kids ages 2 to 12 focus on the basics of visual arts and are a challenge to a child’s inventiveness, helping to develop his or her imagination. A varied arts program is offered, including creative arts classes, drawing from the model, and more. Class size is limited so everyone receives individual attention. They also offer portfolio classes for teens and art classes and life drawing sessions for “kids of all ages.”

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Launch Science + Math Centers Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Tribeca

Launch Math + Science Centers provide toddlers to tweens with inspiring math instruction and STEM-based camps and classes, plus private in-home instruction. Children in Launch’s exciting specialty programs learn to code, design bridges, build solar powered robots – and that’s just the beginning. Kids get to keep many projects so that the fun continues at home! Launch provides flexibility with multiple STEM classes per session, math for all levels, and free after school pick-up at select UWS schools, plus SAVINGS of $150 OFF multi-class registration. School-year programs offered Monday-Saturday. Launch can help you motivate your child to love and learn math and science.

Planet Han Mandarin Upper West Side, Upper East Side
401 West End Ave., 1556 Third Ave., 212-724-2421

Having fun is a must and learning Mandarin is a Plus! Planet Han aims to teach kids ages 1 to 12 Mandarin regardless of ethnicity through group classes, afterschool programs and summer programs. All classes are conducted in 100% Mandarin. They use the novel Model.Action.Talk. or M.A.T. method for teaching language. They send parents MP3 files that recap what the children have learned. Attend a  free trial to experience first-hand learning Mandarin can be fun!

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Steps on Broadway Youth Programs – Upper West Side
2121 Broadway at 74th St., 212-874-3678

Live music fills the studios, as interpretive movement and creative games introduce children to dance in First Steps (ages 18 months-6 years). Students mature into the Classes & Workshops for Kids and Teens and Pre-Professional programs (ages 6-18 years) where they develop a strong foundation in various dance styles – ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, theater dance, and modern.  In-studio observations, performances, and receptions present parents with opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of their young performers throughout the year. Steps Youth Programs offers classes year round for dancers 18 months to 18 years.

TADA! Youth Theater – Nomad
15 W. 28th St., 212-252-1619, ext. 4

WHERE YOU’RE BOUND TO MAKE IT BIG! All TADA! classes and camps are focused on original work and are team-taught by two professional teaching artists with extensive experience in musical theater and arts education. Ensemble methods are taught to encourage active listening, empathy and working with others. All students focus on daily musical theater training, expressing themselves through storytelling and developing characters. Winter session classes culminate in a quality performance where students perform their very own mini-musical for a live audience! Classes range from ages 4 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12.


Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts Midwood
2900 Bedford Ave., 718-951-4111

Almost 40 years of music, theater, and dance instruction for children ages 3 to 18. MUSIC: beginner to advanced instrument and voice lessons, group classes, Suzuki study in violin, cello, and flute.  DANCE: classes for ages 3 and up, from ballet to tap and hip hop and beyond THEATER: audition prep, acting and musical theater classes. Additional classes in live-action film-making, puppetry and beat making! Their professional teachers, well-known experts with extensive performance experience, encourage students’ growth at all levels in a nurturing and supportive college environment. Registration is currently underway.

Gotham Gymnastics Gowanus
315 Douglass St., 718-722-7122

A seasoned group of coaches, trainers and parents, who all know the good that gymnastics has to offer. Presenting a variety of classes for children beginning with toddlers and then ranging from beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for older kids. Team registration is also available. Their mission is to instill the passion, skill and art of gymnastics in all their participants. The spring semester begins in February and registration is ongoing.


Kimmy Ma ARTStudio – Fresh Meadows
190-19 Union Tpke., 646-209-9352

The spring session begins in February and the Studio is open seven days a week. Sunday and Monday offers beginner-friendly classes and Tuesday through Thursday is ideal for serious beginners. For skill assertive learners, Friday and Saturday’s 2.5-hour classes are designed to further artistic development. Fine Arts curriculum is designed by Mrs. Ma, Master of Art, School of Education, NYU 1996. Learners explore five units in a 16-week semester: comic, pastel, charcoal, watercolor and painting, using medium based and ability level instructions. Enroll now before sessions begin. Make an appointment to visit — no walk-ins. See website for student gallery and bio of teaching artists.


New Settlement Community Center – Mount Eden
1501 Jerome Ave., 718-758-5902

The New Settlement Community Center is excited about the variety of activities they are offering families during the 2019-2020 school year. There is a host of healthy, fun and exciting programs for children 6 months old and older, including: ballet and hip-hop with Alvin Ailey, group as well as private swimming classes, mixed martial arts, youth technology, and piano, guitar and violin. The Mixed Martial Arts, Youth Technology, and Group Swim programs consist of eight weeks of classes once a week. Alvin Ailey Dance is divided into two 14-week sessions with classes offered once a week.


Advantage QuickStart Tennis Manhattan and Roosevelt Island

Kids ages 3 and up can get on the courts this winter – learning, playing, growing and enjoying tennis customized for age and ability. Specially-trained coaches make it accessible, engaging and fun. It all happens at seven convenient NYC locations on the East Side, West Side, midtown, uptown and Roosevelt Island. Kids even get free unlimited Play More sessions, to make practice something to look forward to, and free unlimited Athletic Zone sessions to build all-around athletic skills. Winter enrollment is now open!

The Huntington Learning Center Westchester County, Rockland County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan

Huntington is the leader in K-12 tutoring and test prep. Their certified tutors provide children with individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, algebra through calculus, chemistry, and other sciences. They also help prep students for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington’s proven programs help children develop the skills, confidence, and motivation needed for academic success.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. 

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Adventuring Portal

<p><a name="m_-1473885667065203258__Hlk72147528"></a>Adventuring Portal runs Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) games for kids.   We have created a safe online space for tweens and teens to learn and play D&D.</p> <p>Our D&D Summer Camp session are a one-week experience.  Monday – Friday.  Each day will be 3 hours of gaming (with 2 breaks build in).  15 total gaming hours for $180.  If you have played with us before, you are entitled to 10% off.   </p> <p>Need your kids, nieces or nephews, grand kids or neighbor’s kids to be occupied for a bit so you can get work done & take care of your to-do list? Maybe your tween or teen is still a bit isolated and craves connection with their peers? Whether your teen/tween has played D&D before or is brand-new to the experience, this safe space brings players together to have fun and solve problems as a team in ways few other online opportunities do.</p> <p>All our games focus on experiential learning.   Our players leave knowing all the basic game play as well as experiencing: teamwork, bravery, compassion, generosity, negotiation, improvisation, gamer etiquette, strategy, critical thinking, problem solving, cartography and probability - all through online D&D adventuring!</p> <p>We are an inclusive organization and welcome gamers who are LGBTQIA+ and those on any spectrum. </p> <p>All girls’ groups available. </p> <p>I am a parent, a certified elementary school and middle school math teacher and last summer in the midst of the mess started Adventuring Portal, an online Dungeons & Dragons business for kids. There are so many benefits to playing D&D and I hope you will consider us as a great way for your child to safely socialize, grow as people and have a great time.</p>

Dedimus Potestatem

<p>Dedimus Potestatem provides fun, engaging, academically challenging programs to students in primary, middle, and high school. Programs include Leadership, Debate, Model United Nations, Computer Programming, Financial Literacy, Filmmaking, Philosophy, Model Congress, Mock Trial, Etiquette, Bioethics, Stem and Bioethics, and more. We currently offer both virtual and in-person private, semi-private, and group sessions and after-school programs. Contact us to bring us to your school today!</p> <p>Sessions</p> <p>We currently offer both virtual and in-person private, semi-private, and group sessions as well as after-school programs. To register, visit <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> </a>or email us at <a href="mailto:[email protected]?subject=REGISTER" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Leadership: Middle School ages 10-13, High School ages 14-18</a></p> <p>This is a unique leadership course that gives students the skills they need to succeed in life. Using an activity-based syllabus centered around character traits most sought and admired in leaders (initiative, honesty, self-control, adaptability, empathy, persuasiveness, resourcefulness, diligence, tolerance, determination, generosity, punctuality, courage, reliability, endurance, deference, creativity and integrity) students learn how to deal with situations they encounter in life. These building blocks will ensure they grow to become the leaders so sought after by our burgeoning society. Our grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Little Leaders: Primary School Ages 6-9</a></p> <p>Developed by former pre-school and elementary teachers, this ethics-centered program utilizes a play-based method to encourage students to explore and apply soft skills in their daily lives. While cultivating the skills they will need to build strong, successful relationships, they will learn how to find their voice and showcase themselves in the best way. Students will learn to communicate and negotiate so they can be better team leaders and team players. Students will learn how to deal with situations they encounter in life, such as bullying, cheating, conflicts between two or more parties, and more. The inculcation of these values in our children's formative years will ensure they grow to become the leaders so sought after by our burgeoning society.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Speech & Debate</a> (competitive and non-competitive programs available)</p> <p>This online after-school program prepares students for formal and informal presentations. Participants learn to craft and present arguments and inform, persuade, and motivate an audience in a variety of ways. According to the English Speaking Union, debate is a natural fit for students and compliments common core standards. Debate builds literacy and multi-media research skills, fosters critical thinking and expanded perspectives, enhances public speaking skills, increases confidence, trains students to listen effectively, supports diverse learners and strengthens civil engagement and discourse. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Model United Nations (Ages 11-18)</a></p> <p>Model UN simulates the six major organs of the United Nations. Students role play as delegates from a country of their choosing and learn to write and present resolutions based on topics they are passionate about-just as if they were representing member states of the United Nations. We utilize materials from National Model UN and video tutorials to teach students how to write and present position papers, working papers, and draft resolutions. Students use debate and negotiation to enlist the support of other delegates for their resolution. Model UN is a great way to teach students leadership skills like communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and delegation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Self Defense and Empowerment</a></p> <p>Developed by a veteran Krav Maga specialist, this self-defense program will focus on the principle of healthy minds in healthy bodies. Students will focus on de-escalation techniques as well as safe and active means of self-defense. Through active games and fun drills, students will learn the disciplined focus, critical thinking, adaptability, and resilience necessary to achieve goals, as well as gain valuable social insights into leadership and teamwork. Students will expend energy and reduce stress while learning to stand and present confidently.</p> <p>Mock Trial (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fairy Tale Mock Trial for ages 7-9</a>, regular <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mock Trial Ages 10-18</a>)</p> <p>Mock trial is a hands-on simulation of the American judicial system. The goal is to help participants acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, display leadership in a court of law, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Materials for this course are provided by The American Bar Association.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Model Congress: Ages 10-18</a></p> <p>This civics course simulates the legislative process. Students will learn about the electoral process, lobby for issues they are passionate about, draft and deliver bills, amend legislation, debate international policy, and learn how to effectively represent a constituent body of their choosing. We utilize materials from The Constitutional Rights Foundation, ICivics (founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) and the National Model U.S. Congress. These resources have been proven to improve students’ civic knowledge, presentation, and core literacy skills. New research has also shown that the use of the aforementioned materials has also led to increased participation in the democratic process. Our objective in this course is to educate the next generation, nurture and inculcate a passion for civics and history and encourage young people to advocate for themselves.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Philosophy</a></p> <p>The focus of the Philosophy class is to examine and understand the ideas behind the most popular philosophies embraced throughout the world. To do this, students examine ethical situations through the lens of these philosophies and engage in a Socratic style debate. Students are presented with an ethical question and they must identify stakeholders and players within the dilemma, discuss the key moral issues and present opposing viewpoints. This class was built for students who wish to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">compete in the middle or high school Ethics Bowl</a>. </p> <p><a href="">Money Matters: Financial Literacy for Students</a></p> <p>The Money Matters course is built to help students manage their personal finances, from building credit and loan applications to interest rates and investing strategies. This class will cover the basics of financial health, savings, spending habits, and budgeting. After learning how to store, track, and spend responsibly, students will learn about risk management, APRs, and tax preparation. This class will use real-life examples and teach students how to set and achieve financial goals. This course is ideal for middle and high school students.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">STEM and Bioethics: (Ages 10-18)</a></p> <p>Our STEM program will give kids the opportunity to think critically about science and society, and to practice communicating scientific topics in ways everyone can understand. To be a successful scientist in our modern world, one must not only have a broad understanding of scientific material learned at school, but also the ability to communicate effectively and share that knowledge with others. Each week of this program will build on the previous while also introducing new scientific topics for discussion.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Etiquette (Ages 5 and up)</a></p> <p>Due to increasing popular demand from groups and individuals, we have decided to offer our etiquette course as an eight week after-school class. Students will not only learn how to introduce themselves and their friends, they will explore appropriate language for quotidian and special occasions, how to enter and leave conversations, proper table behavior for different scenarios, effective strategies for conflict resolution and negotiation, the importance of tone, expression, and body language in every social interaction and why manners and soft skills are essential to a successful life.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Speech and Essay Writing: Ages 10-18</a></p> <p>This group class includes eight one-hour online sessions focused on the creation, development, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. This program is tailored to the needs of the individual(s) in question and can include essay writing, use of stylistic devices, and persuasive rhetoric and/or instructions on how to craft and deliver a persuasive or informative multidimensional presentation with compelling slides, audio, and videos.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Visual Storytelling</a></p> <p>Multimedia platforms have increasingly become more popular for educators, artists and businesses. Young people all over the world have begun using media to amplify initiatives, educate, share science, poetry, art, movement, culture and more. In this class students will learn to capture brief videos that share their voice and vision with the world.</p> <p>College application course </p> <p>Discover the fundamentals of style, narrative, and theme for the ideal college application essays! In these sessions, you will begin by examining outstanding Personal Statements and by brainstorming your own. Then, move on to draft and edit the specialized supplemental essays for each college on your list. Space is limited to ensure personalized attention.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Academic writing</a> </p> <p>These are sessions focused on academic writing. Our tutors have years of experience in drafting, editing, and teaching essay writing. Each package will include a consultation with our tutors to assess individual needs. </p> <p><a href="">Test Prep: SAT, SHSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ASVAB, TACHS + more</a></p> <p>These classes are focused on identifying the quickest and most efficient path toward improving students' standardized test scores. Starting with a diagnostic practice exam, this program will target the key subject matter your students need to master while integrating timing, triage, and practice strategies. We aim to regularly emulate the real-life conditions of tests until students are comfortable working quickly, accurately, and efficiently. Sessions can be one hour or two hours in length, as needed.</p> <p>Computer Programming: Coding for Kids</p> <p>In these sessions, we start by discussing the basics of computer programming, what it is, what it can do, and what it was built on. Then we will begin experimenting with block-based programming languages. Students will learn the basics of computer architecture, binary code, compilers, and algorithms. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce small programs of their own. The cost of materials is not included. This class is available to younger students (Ages K-1) and middle and high school students. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

New Settlement Community Center

<p>Offering a host of healthy, fun and exciting programs for children ages 6 months and up, including ballet and hi-hop dance with Alvin Ailey, group and private swimm classes, mixed martial arts, youth technology, piano, violin and guitar lessons, and more.</p>