Our Fall 2015 Guide To The Best Classes For Kids

Students doing science experiment in class
Mad Science of NYC and Westchester

14th Street Y: The Bigger Bookworms class, for ages 3.5-5, will explore a different book each week using art, creative movement, and drama to deepen children’s understanding of narrative while building vocabulary, pre-writing, and literacy skills. 14streety.org

92Y: Inspired by the vibrant play and connections made at the playground, 92Y’s Parkbench lets toddlers from 13-24 months have fun with art, music, play, and circle time while adults participate and connect with their peers. Classes are available weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays, so you can find one that fits your schedule. 92y.org

ABC Do-Re-ME!: ABC’s Musical Playdate program, for ages 0-5 and their caregivers, provides a balance between laughing and learning. From nursery rhymes to pop hits, their eclectic mix of music keeps kids hopping and smiling as their instructors dish out a big helping of fun laced with teaching moments. Instruments, dance, and singing add to the party as children gain a musical education without realizing it. abcdoremeNYC.com

ACT Programs: At the Cathedral of St John the Divine in Manhattan, ACT Early Years offers affordable, nonsectarian classes for toddlers up to 4 years that introduce them to structure, learning, music, art, and cooperation. Specialized Nursery classes include Spanish, Music & Movement, Science, and Games. actprograms.org

Advantage QuickStart Tennis: This fall, kids ages 4 and up will find tennis fun! Advantage QuickStart Tennis uses kid-sized racquets and courts, and slower-bouncing balls. Plus, engaging drills and games and a non-competitive atmosphere make things enjoyable for all levels. The first class is free for new players. quickstartny.com

Atlantic Acting: In Atlantic’s new musical theater performance workshop, students ages 14-18 will develop their skills by learning to apply the Atlantic acting technique to the interpretation of a musical performance. This workshop will utilize the unique tools of Practical Aesthetics in tandem with vocal coaching to develop the actor’s understanding of song selection, lyric interpretation, stage presence, acting skill, and the staging of a musical number. atlanticactingschool.org

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH): This iconic museum offers classes for kids ages 2 through high school, including special workshops, camps, and institutes. The Hayden Planetarium offers programs for all ages that give interactive tours and lectures on cosmic lights and the changing night sky. amnh.org

Applause: The On-Camera class introduces students to the fun and creativity of film and TV. With classes available for grades K-8, students will learn to give the intimate performances required for on-camera work. The semester ends with a premiere of their work in a professional screening room! applauseny.com

apple seeds: songs for seeds is a rockin’ music program for ages 0-6 that has already engaged thousands of kids through its completely unique and interactive curriculum. Led by a three-piece live band, songs for seeds is the most fun you can have in 45 minutes with your kids! appleseedsplay.com

Arc En Ciel: Arc En Ciel is a bilingual French/English preschool. Their inquiry-based curriculum, inspired by the French “maternelle,” focuses on learning in a creative, nurturing, and innovative environment. They offer classes in art, music, math, and science. French-speaking and English-speaking teachers help children thrive in a bilingual setting. arcencielny.com

Art Farm in the City
Art Farm in the City

Art Farm in the City: Join the Art Farm on an animal adventure as they jump with the frogs, hop with the bunnies, and learn about a new animal every week in their Rock, Smocks and Animals class for kids ages 14 months to 3 years and their caregivers. Start out groovin’ to the guitar, bouncing with the balls, and dancing and singing as you wait to meet the star of the show: “The Animal of The Week.” Plus, every other week, the class creates an animal craft. theartfarms.org

ArtMuse: ArtMuse is offering a Private Art Series for Kids and Private Family Tours this fall. The private series can be booked on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Private Family Tours can be set for specific days and times at various museums or galleries. Tours are customizable and great for ages 3 and up! artmuseny.com

Asphalt Green: Asphalt Green is launching an afterschool PE class for pre-K students called “Preschool PE” at their Battery Park City location. All semester, kids ages 3-4 will participate in gymnastics, swimming, soccer, baseball, yoga, and more. The goal is get kids to fall in love with sports and prepare them (if they choose) for organized teams when they turn 5. asphaltgreen.org

Baby Fingers: At Baby Fingers this fall, babies and toddlers will be empowered to communicate through sign language and song. Musical play and stories will further support language acquisition. With familiar songs and repetition, new vocabulary added each week, and exceptional teachers, you and your child will look forward to each class. mybabyfingers.com

Ballet Academy East: Kids ages 3-6 are introduced to the world of dance in Ballet Academy East’s Pre-Ballet Program. Children learn the fundamentals of ballet in a positive and creative environment. Students develop a strong foundation for future traditional ballet training. balletacademyeast.com

The Ballet Club: The new Dance Together Classes for ages 18-24 months are for very young children and their caregivers, and weave together elements of movement, dance, and imaginary play in a child-centered environment. Storytelling, songs, movement games, nursery rhymes, and music shape children’s dance and creative movement experiences. Through guided exploration, children also have the opportunity to relate to others and to begin to learn the skills of participating in a dance class. theballetclub.com

Ballet Hispanico: In Ballet Hispanico’s Los Explorers class (for ages 4-5), Latin dance forms develop children’s social skills in a fun learning environment. Dancing their way through Latin America’s most popular songs, students will learn basic partnering skills as they merengue, and acquire rhythmic awareness as they listen to salsa and tango music! ballethispanico.org

Barrow Group Acting School: The Barrow Group Acting School offers teen and tween acting classes in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including afterschool, weekend, and on-camera film/TV kids’ acting classes. Teens and tweens learn how to break down a script and be more natural in their performances. barrowgroup.org

Beam Center Design & Fabrication: This fall, join the Beam Center in thinking small in their Miniatures with David Golann class for grades 2-5. This workshop will explore different techniques for making miniature people, animals, vehicles, furniture, buildings, and landscapes. The class will use a wide array of materials—from clay, wood, cardboard, various types of paper, plants, and basic electronics. Each student will produce a detailed diorama incorporating their work. beamcenter.org

Bija Kids: Bija Kids’ Camp, for ages 2-6, weaves together activities, books, songs, trips, and play. Your kids will learn through visual art and movement as well as hands-on science experiments and social studies explorations. bijakids.com

Bilingual Birdies: Bring your little ones (newborn through age 5) to the NYPL for a free celebration of Spanish, Mandarin, Hebrew, or French language during 45 minutes of fun-filled music, dance, and puppetry! Learn new words from a bilingual teaching musician by singing along to original music and your favorite folk songs. bilingualbirdies.com

Book Nook: Book Nook is a year-round literacy development program for toddlers, preschoolers, and grade-school children. This year they are introducing their newest level: Wise Owls. Wise Owls follows a comparable curriculum, using level readers to help children become proficient in reading and writing. Book Nook’s children successfully reach milestones above their expectations. booknooknyc.com

Bounce & Flip: Bounce & Flip’s preschool classes will introduce basic gymnastics skills to assist in developing self-confidence and technique. The preschool series will offer classes taught with parent participation for ages 18-36 months, and without for ages 3-5 years. bounceandflip.com

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

Broadway Dance Center: The 32-week Children & Teen Program offers dancers ages 3-18 elite training with today’s leading teachers and choreographers. The program delivers the finest dance experience for your child by offering a wide variety of high-quality class options. broadwaydancecenter.org

Carousel of Languages: This children’s foreign language program now offers one-hour morning enrichment classes. Choose from nine languages, including Spanish, French, Mandarin, Russian, and Italian. Music and movement, dramatic play, and culture-specific projects are all involved. carousellanguages.com

Chabad Preschool at Beekman Place: In the Baby Loves Shabbat program, tots ages 6-24 months can experience Jewish songs, traditions, and music! Accompanied by a guitarist, kids and their caregivers enjoy Shabbat songs, parachute play, candle lighting, and Challah baking. beekmanjewishpreschool.com

Chelsea Piers: Chelsea Piers’ Flip-N-Kick class combines the flexibility of gymnastics with the agility of soccer. Devoting 45 minutes to each sport, this class allows students ages 3-5 to learn the basics of both while engaging in total body development. chelseapiers.com

Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers

Chess at Three: Chess at Three makes chess fun and simple. Their tutors are trained to provide a unique experience to students that encourages teamwork, responsibility, and careful planning. Lessons usually consist of a story, gameplay, and Chessercises (chess + exercise). chessat3.com

Child’s Play NY: In Child’s Play NY’s Mini Musical class, children ages 4-6 explore story-telling, song, and creative movement. Using their bodies, voices, and minds, students re-interpret classic and contemporary children’s literature and are inspired to create their own adventures. childsplayny.com

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA): This fall in CMA’s Investigating Techniques: Architecture class, young artists (ages 7-9) will explore building structures and engineering through hands-on art making as they brainstorm, draw plans, and create structural forms! Think tree-house models, egg drop crates, cardboard chairs, and more! cmany.org

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM): Join CMOM in their new introductory music class: Rock N Roll Around the World! Grown-ups and children (ages 6-24 months) rock out to bands from around the world as they play with instruments, sing, and dance with CMOM’s professional musicians. Move to the beat using your whole body as an instrument in this fun, hands-on exploration of music! Classes will take place in CMOM’s new exhibition, Frolic!, an interactive rock ‘n’ roll play space for kids. cmom.org

Church Street School for Music and Art: During Church Street School’s 40-minute Music & Movement classes, toddlers use their natural physical and rhythmic senses to learn the foundations of music while having fun! These classes are the perfect first step for introducing your child to music and building a foundation for learning to play and improvise instrumental music as they grow. churchstreetschool.org

Citibabes: Citibabes’ coolest class series for the 12-month and under age group focuses on the earliest stages of learning. CitiBitty centers on a baby’s physical, cognitive, and social development through age-appropriate play to help babies reach important physical milestones while caregivers gain developmental knowledge. citibabes.com

Colina Italiana: Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup for ages 2-5. Experienced instructors provide multiple opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play while learning important socialization skills. The program offers language learning through activities, songs, dance, theater, and hands-on creativity. collinaitaliana.com

Columbus Gym: Columbus Gym just opened up their Mini Gym classes to 2.5-year-olds this session! During this independent participation class, children will learn basic fundamental gymnastics skills using all of the gym’s equipment. They’ll learn to follow directions, take turns, and to cheer on friends as they try new skills. columbusgymnyc.com

Construction Kids: During Construction Kids’ afterschool program at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, children will learn to safely use hammers, nails, and a variety of construction materials to build creative wooden projects each session. Students will discuss design elements, build, and decorate their constructions. The program is designed to supplement classroom learning in a fun and creative way. Hands-on learning is a needed vacation from the overload of screen-based experiences that children increasingly encounter each day. constructionkids.com

The Craft Studio: Come make the most fun, multi-step projects at the Craft Studio’s Saturday Morning Art class for ages 4 and up. In this drop-off class, teachers cater the curriculum to the interests of registered students with seasonal projects that are above and beyond the typical. craftstudionyc.com

Creative Play for Kids: Move, groove, paint, and play in Creative Play for Kids’ Messy Movers classes! The Music and Messy Art class has singing, dancing, and moving; then tots come together for a fun themed art project. creativeplayforkids.com

Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance: Uhuru (Kiswahili for “freedom”) is a series of creative movement classes featuring Jamie Philbert’s signature pedagogy—a combination of song, dance, and play that ignites children’s creative voices and nurtures freedom of expression. cumbedance.com

Diller-Quaile School of Music:
A child’s imagination comes alive in each Music in Make-Believe class! Children discover new stories and folktales through singing, movement, and improvisation. Percussion instruments and props enhance the child-led dramatizations. Children have a chance to create characters, settings, and moods—all in an active, musical environment. diller-quaile.org

Discovery Programs: Discovery’s popular Parkour for Kids classes (for ages 7-11) are expanding this fall to Pre-Parkour (for ages 5-6) and Teen Parkour (ages 12-15). Through energetic games, challenges, and playful movement, children overcome obstacles using their bodies and minds. Children also gain confidence, problem solving, and teamwork skills. discoveryprograms.com

East Side Tae Kwon Do: Martial arts classes from East Side Tae Kwon Do are a great way to help your child build self-esteem. Through these classes, they will excel and learn skills that will help them in everyday life. eastsidetaekwondo.com

Eastside Westside Music Together
Eastside Westside Music Together

Eastside Westside Music Together: Are you looking for your baby’s very first music class? Baby Classes at Eastside Westside Music Together are tailored especially for you and your baby (ages 0-6 months). Experience the joy of making music, singing, dancing, drumming, egg-shaking, and playing peek-a-boo with colorful scarves while meeting new parents and caregivers in your neighborhood! You will learn what is happening developmentally in your child’s first year, why all children are musical, and make some new friends. ESWSMusicTogether.com

EBL Coaching: EBL Coaching is offering their afterschool programs again this fall for students in grades pre-K-12. Students work in small groups and learn research-based techniques for building their reading, writing, math, and organizational skills. Sessions are held at their Upper East Side location. Specialized programs for students with learning disabilities and ADD are also available using the Orton Gillingham method and other multi-sensory techniques. eblcoaching.com

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

Fastbreak Sports: Gear up for fall with the Fastbreak Kids Multi-Sport Program for children ages 2-5. Every 2-3 weeks, children are introduced to a new sport including basketball, baseball, soccer, football, tennis, and floor hockey. fastbreakkids.com

French Institute Alliance Francais (FIAF): Enrich your child’s imagination in French with FIAF’s hands-on French Workshops for Children! Children ages 2-10 explore the language while baking French treats, playing songs, or creating art. All-new movement workshops for toddlers and theater workshops for kids start this fall. fiaf.org

Freshmade: Cooking with your kiddo (ages 2-4) is sure to be super-fun at Freshmade’s Little Chefs class! Kids and their caregivers will get to chop, taste, and explore the tools of the kitchen in this culinary adventure. This class will focus on cooperation and sharing. freshmadenyc.com

Fukasa Kai Martial Arts: Introduce your “Karate Kid” to the fun and excitement of Cary Nemeroff’s martial arts program for ages 3-6, which includes rolling, kicking, and tumbling in a child-friendly, structured environment that builds and reinforces focus and self-esteem. uwskarate.com

Gaga Center: Calling all gaga fans in grades K-6 ! Come join the fun this fall in the Gaga Center’s one-hour afterschool gaga sessions on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm. Classes will include one hour of gaga fun with a warm-up, instruction, and loads of time to play. Kids get in on the action while learning gaga and athletic skills. gagacenter.com

German-American School: At the German-American School, children learn more than the basics of a foreign language. The afterschool German language program starts with the ABCs and coloring, and after eight years, students graduate with a New York State Regents Accredited diploma. Classes meet once a week and the school has four locations through-out the greater NYC area.

Green Ivy Enrichment: Red Carpet Kids is excited to bring their experiential film-making program to the Pine Street School this fall! Students will get the opportunity to star in their own live-action films with special effects, green screens, costumes, and more. In this fully immersive experience led by professional actors and filmmakers, students ages 7-12 will learn the importance of improvisation on a film set as they create characters, develop a script, and shoot their own film! They will also have the opportunity to shadow the director, cinematographer, and editor of the film. greenivyenrichment.com

Gymboree Play & Music: Gymboree School Skills is a preschool program that fosters both scientific thinking and artistic creativity. Children (ages 2-4) use innovative learning tools to master handwriting and phonics, all while turning social studies into a worldwide adventure! gymboreeclasses.com

Gymtime: Go on a culinary adventure this fall at Gymtime’s Kitchen Little Cooking School. Your budding chef (ages 2-5 and up) will learn a variety of cooking techniques as they cook their way through recipes designed exclusively for Kitchen Little. Every class contains a dash of nutrition, a pinch of action, and a heaping spoonful of fun—all the while highlighting healthful habits and making good food happy food. gymtime.net

Hands On!: Using a special instrument-based curriculum, this music studio introduces infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to popular folk tunes, nursery rhymes, and lullabies. Hands On! Musical Experience classes feature stories with puppets, music, instrument exploration, and movement. handsonformusic.com

Harlem School of the Arts: The Dorothy Maynor Singers (named after the Harlem School of the Arts’ founder), for intermediate and advanced vocal students ages 12-17, explores a wide range of choral music including: Classical, gospel, spiritual folk, and contemporary. Rehearsals for special events, touring, and outside performances are required, as is an assessment prior to participation. hsanyc.org

HiArt: Learn Animation from a star! Team Umizoomi’s former lead CG animator, the amazing Jene Wallace, teaches kids the real deal at HiArt! this fall. Kids ages 7 and up will learn animation from a top-of-the-line pro! hiartkids.com

¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish: ¡HOLA!’s Two’s-Three’s Program is a unique immersion, grass-roots program in which babies and kids ages 1-5 (and beyond!) enter the fun and exciting world of the Spanish language, both in group class settings and private lessons. holaplaygroup.com

HudsonWay Immersion School
HudsonWay Immersion School

HudsonWay Immersion School: This fall, preschool and elementary age children will have a blast acquiring Mandarin or Spanish language skills during HudsonWay Immersion School’s After School Language program. Classes are project-based and hands-on while providing the structure for engaging and effective language and cultural immersion. hwis.org

ibidPREP: Considering Hunter High School or private high school? Let ibidPREP’s late-fall intensive classes help your student to the next level. Our Hunter High School course helps students to amazing success. Their new Upper Level ISEE course will do the same! ibidprep.com

I’m Bilingual!: I’m Bilingual! is offering Private Spanish Classes at Home this fall. The classes are taught in groups for children and their friends, tailored to their needs and in the comfort of their home. “Spanish en casa” meets weekly at a host family’s home for 45-minute classes. imbilingual.com

Intellectual Kids Club: Shakespeare and Mythology (ages 5 and up) is a multidisciplinary class that pairs Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” with selected Greek myths from the Odyssey and transports kids into enchanted islands where wizards, fairies and monsters live. Amazing characters will come to life first through exciting dramatizations and through theater and improvisation games that kids will get to play. Art projects, props, masks, dance, music and song and poem making among other multi-disciplinary activities that include learning original lines and themes, history, geography and social sciences create a very entertaining, creative, and educational class. intellectualkidsclub.com

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center: WeBop at Jazz at Lincoln Center offers interactive, educational programs for children ranging from 8 months to 5 years. The “ABC’s of Jazz” class kicks off on September 22 with an eight-week session. Parents and caretakers are given the opportunity to take time out for jiving and swinging with their children. The program seeks to connect childhood development to the spirit of journey and self-expression, taking on the improvisational trails within the jazz idiom. academy.jazz.org/webop

JCC Manhattan: In the exciting new JCC Flight Club: Aviation program from HobbyQuest (for ages 5-6) kids will learn to build their own aircrafts. Aviators build high-flying balsa wood motorized airplanes that can climb to altitudes four stories high. Each model is built from scratch and is your child’s to keep! jccmanhattan.org

Joffrey Ballet School: Joffrey Ballet School’s Youth Ballet Program is perfect for those who have always wanted to be ballerinas; even teens who didn’t get an early start. The Beginner Ballet for Teens class provides a foundation for teens who have had limited to no prior ballet training. The focus in this class will be on body alignment, placement, flexibility, strength, grace, poise, and most of all, fun! Students should be 13 years or older by the first day of class. joffreyballetschool.com

Jodi’s Gym: Get fit ninja-style at Jodi’s Gym’s Ninja Challenge class! Children (ages 4-8) will navigate challenging obstacle courses of climbing, swinging, balancing, and jumping that will improve their coordination, balance, flexibility, core strength, agility, and overall athleticism. Tumbling skills such as rolls, handstands, and cartwheels will be taught in this high-energy class. jodisgym.com

Karma Kids Yoga: CircusYoga at Karma Kids (for ages 7 and up) fosters connection, play, and communication through circus skills, group games and invention, acrobatics, flying partner yoga, tightwire and balance, and creative movement. CircusYoga principles include courage, trust, connection, collaboration, listening, and more. karmakidsyoga.com

Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy (KTUBA): Learn and play golf in KTUGA’s Early Birdies classes this fall! This beginner-level class allows students ages 3 and up to discover and explore while learning the game of golf in an environment that is dynamic and child-centered. Early Birdies cultivates their excitement for the game while developing the necessary physical and golf-specific skills that enhance their enjoyment of the sport. ktuga.com

Kids at Art: At Kids at Art, the focus is on the basics of visual arts, with age-appropriate projects for each group from ages 2 and up—including painting, drawing, collage, and more. All kids are encouraged to be inventive and to challenge and develop their imaginations while expressing themselves in a nurturing, non-competitive, and fun environment. Personal hands-on instruction is always given by a professional artist. kidsatartnyc.com

Kids at Work: Drop-in Jam Sessions at Kids at Work, located in Chelsea, are intimate, child-driven music classes for ages newborn to 4 years. Babies, toddlers, and mixed-age classes are all available! Jam Sessions include story-songs, world music, and songs that are “off the beaten path.” Classes are never amplified, and teachers make unique and deep musical connections with grown-ups and children alike.

Kids In Sports: Kids In Sports is a specialized sports program for children ages 12 months to 12 years. At Kids In Sports, children learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and communication, as well as the fundamentals of multiple sports. Children participate in multi-sport and sports-specific classes focusing on baseball, basketball, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. Kids In Sports also offers Pre-School Alternative classes and After-School programs. kidsinsports.com

Kidville: All aboard this Fall! Each week, Kidville’s Rockin’ Railroad band takes you and your child on a journey through tempo, rhythm, word recognition, and sound identification, exploring different instruments and musical genres and meeting special puppet friends along the way. kidville.com

Kumon: 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. kumon.com

La Scuola Di’Italia: The Scuola Materna Preschool program is designed for the pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten years. It focuses on the development of the child from an intellectual, cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical standpoint—all with bilingual Italian/English instruction. lascuoladitalia.org

Language Workshop for Children: In developmentally appropriate language classes, children ages 0-9 absorb their chosen language’s unique sounds, native pronunciation, word meanings, and sentence forms. Classes are offered in French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and English. Learning is inspired through language immersion activities, teacher-child interaction, tactile props and visual aids, and original vocabulary-building songs! languageworkshopforchildren.com

Launch Math & Science Centers: In Launch Math & Science Centers’ Launch Learning Toddler program, tots (ages 18-42 months) begin to foster a love of math set to the tune of a live guitar! Small class sizes allow for individual attention from experienced instructors. Fall 2015 classes are offered at the UWS Center and at the new Tribeca Center! launchmath.com

Lil Yogis NYC: This fall, Lil Yogis is offering Lil Lotus yoga class at the JCC Manhattan on Wednesdays. Stimulate your imagination while joining in on a yoga adventure complete with fun yoga games. Come see how combining flexibility, strength, balance, and fun can lead to mental, spiritual, and physical benefits. Students will also build confidence, practice patience, and perfect their postures this fall with Lil Yogi’s NYC! lilyogisnyc.com

The Little Gym: The Little Gym’s gymnastics program for preschoolers and Kindergarteners has been designed to help children reach developmental milestones. Independent from parents, kids learn gymnastics fundamentals and have plenty of fun. Try the Funny Bugs class for children ages 3-4. thelittlegym.com

Little Maestros
Little Maestros

Little Maestros: An award-winning, early-childhood educator-approved infant and toddler music program dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience, Little Maestros continues to raise the bar in its specialty: Children’s music classes, parties, and customized playgroups. littlemaestros.com

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

Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center: Learn about instruments by trying them out at Instrument Discovery class! Explore the violin, cello, piano, recorder, drums, and xylophone while learning about the basic elements of music. This is a great way for kids ages 4-5 to choose an instrument to study. kaufmanmusiccenter.org

Mad Science of New York City & Westchester: Mad Science is a leading provider of fun kids’ science for grades pre-K-5. Their hands-on activities include weekly afterschool clubs, in-class field trips, vacation camps, shows, and birthdays that are both educational and entertaining. The best part of all is that they come right to you with all the supplies, fun and madness that science has to offer. newyorkcity.madscience.org

MAGIC Activity Center: Dress for Mess Art is a process, not product, program designed to encourage children ages 14 months to 3.5 years to use their imaginations. Kids work together on large-scale projects to develop cooperation skills as well as individually creating something related to the group piece to foster creativity and decision making. magicactivitycenter.com

Manhattan Mandarin: Manhattan Mandarin’s Mommy and Me classes have been designed to get NYC kids and moms singing and dancing all in Mandarin. Children will be greeted each day with our familiar welcome song and leave singing about cleaning up, brushing their teeth, waking up, and more! All of their songs and dances have been written and choreographed by their very own Valerie Evering. Join them as they create a foundation for your children to love learning Mandarin for years to come. nycmandarin.com

Manhattan Tennis Academy: MTA’s Quick Start Program for ages 4-8 is all about keeping it fun and exciting, while establishing a foundation for motor skill development. Basic movement and coordination skills will be introduced as kids learn to send the ball with their hands and scaled- down racquets. manhattantennisacademy.com

Mathnasium of Manhattan: Mathnasium offers year-round programs for students from elementary school to high school. The programs teach using the “Mathnasium Method” and allow for eight scheduled instruction hours per month. Each instructor works with 1-3 students every hour in a semi-private setting, combining individualized instruction with independent work! mathnasium.com

MusiBambino: At MusiBambino, kids get to play real musical instruments and imitate their teachers in fun group ensembles with friends. Specially-designed kid-sized violins, cellos, accordions, and more await the touch of curious little hands. musibambino.com

Music for Aardvarks: Music for Aardvarks is an alternative to the traditional music class, with classes geared toward children ages 4 months to 4 years. With locations throughout the city, it makes music lessons a breeze. musicformanhattan.com

My Gym: My Gym Kids learn more about themselves as they develop independence, self-discipline, social skills, and even a sense of humor, all of which lead to an increased feeling of self-worth. A child who feels good about him/herself has a jumpstart on the path to success. Classes are offered to children ages 6 weeks to 10 years at multiple NYC locations! mygymmanhattan.com

New York Code + Design Academy: Designed for teens 13-18 without any prior experience in web design or development, the Web Development for Teens weekly course provides instruction in the core skills and technologies of web development including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with some Ruby. nycda.com

New York Jazz Academy: The dynamic Jelly Jamz curriculum draws upon classic and modern jazz, original songs, and folk music to encourage musical development. Through song, dance, rhythm, and movement, toddlers ages 6 months to 4 years experience an exciting musical repertoire. nyjazzacademy.com

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

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB): NYTB’s Ballet School NY offers pre-ballet classes for ages 3-7, which teach creative learning in a professional atmosphere with individual attention paid to each student. Students may be invited to perform in NYTB’s professional productions like “The Nutcracker!” nytb.org

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

Peridance Capezio Center: Come play and dance with your child at the School at Peridance’s new drop-in play group: Dance & Play with Me! For ages 6-18 months, this interactive play time is a great way to socialize and groove with friends from the neighborhood!  Come twirl and leap your way into the fall! peridance.com

Physique Swimming: Fall into swimming this season with Physique Swimming’s Water Exploration classes! Young swimmers will go beyond bubbles with this introductory course, with a focus on safety and primary skills. Floating, gliding, kicking, and diving are all skills touched on through imaginative game play and exploration of the aquatic environment! physiqueswimming.com

Pins & Needles: Does your child love candy and fashion design? Join Pins & Needles for Make Your Own Fashion Candy Couture Dress Form—a new, exciting workshop where students will design an outfit for a mini dress formed solely out of candy wrappers. They will even use some real candy to embellish and accessorize with. pinsandneedlesnyc.com

Pixel Academy: The Pixel Academy is offering single-day mini-camps during all public-school holidays this fall! Participants complete personal projects in tech topics ranging from coding to comic books and music to Minecraft. Campers focus on one topic and dedicate each day to completing an accompanying project. Each day offers its own unique experience and no prior knowledge is required for any topic on any day. Fall mini-camp is best for ages 7-12. pixelacademy.org

Planet Han: In Han Explorers class, your child will become a scientist, an adventurer, a traveler, a historian, an architect, an artist, and a chef! Each class will stimulate your child’s curiosity by teaching them about a particular country or city incorporating science, architecture, social studies, history, cooking, art, and/or music. They will explore different cultures through a wide variety of hands-on activities and crafts—all in Mandarin! planethanchinese.com

Playgarden: Little ballerinas twirl, leap, and plié in ballet classes set to live piano. Funky hip hop classes teach moves, rhythm, and beat (18 months to 5 years). Dance classes culminate in a costume recital! playgardennyc.com

Poppyseed Pre-Nursery
Poppyseed Pre-Nursery

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

Prenatal Yoga Center:  Join the Prenatal Yoga Center for Music for Babies—an exciting music class for family and baby! The focus of this unique class is to nurture the bond between parent and child through music and sound exploration. Activities include singing, movement to music, musical play, puppetry, books, and stories, all which aid the baby’s visual and auditory tracking, gross motor skills, and language development. prenatalyogacenter.com

Private Picassos: In Private Picassos’ In-Home Group Art Classes, an instructor will come directly to your home and lead your children through customized projects designed specifically for your group, considering their age, skill level, interests, and goals. Pick the schedule that works for you! privatepicassos.com

RoboFun: Kids in grades 3-6 will work together to design, construct, and program their own interactive, autonomous robots using LEGO EV3 Mindstorms software, motors, sensors, and microprocessors at RoboFun’s Upper West Side studio. Fall afterschool classes begin September 16. robofun.org

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

Rutgers Community Programs: Get your fitness groove on through dance and yoga at Rutgers this fall! In their Yoga Groove class, children ages 4-5 can be creative, improve balance and coordination, and have lots of fun. Certified dance and yoga instructors spark your child’s imagination while encouraging them to be fit and active. rutgerschurch.org

School at Steps: Steps’ Young Dancers Fall Semester program returns September 15. Inspired by the Isadora Duncan technique, this 45-minute class promotes imagination, social skills, and cognitive development through music and movement. Morning and afternoon classes are both available! StepsNYC.com/school

SciTech Kids:
Beneath the world of Minecraft is a fascinating world of computer programming. Using Blockly or Java, avid Minecraft players learn a range of coding concepts like loops, functions, and conditionals to “mod” (modify) Minecraft. Even if they’ve never coded before, kids learn to mod and bring their ideas to life with code. Enhance your child’s Minecraft experience with programming as they also learn about architecture, ancient ruins, trebuchet, the weather, aquatic biomes, and Minecraft circuits. sci-techkids.com

Shooting Stars NYC
Shooting Stars NYC. Photo by Michael Jurick

Shooting Stars NYC:
Advanced dancers do more than compete with Shooting Stars Juniors and Express Dance Teams! They are geared to take the floor at the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden for Nets, Knicks, and Harlem Globe Trotter games. These dancers train hard all year, bond with their teammates, and then win at regional competitions, and at New York’s biggest and most elite venues. shootingstarsnyc.com

Soccer by Coach Fher: Soccer by Coach Fher is offering soccer skills classes for little ones, starting at age 2. With classes on both the Upper East and the Upper West Sides, these classes are must-dos for the winter/spring season! coachfher.com

socialsklz:-): Presentation sklz is a new workshop for ages 8-12 that teaches children the learnable skill of giving an engaging, informative, and interesting presentation. Students will learn everything from preparation, to delivery, to conquering stage fright in this fun, informative program. socialsklz.com

SocRoc: Toddlers learn to kick, dribble, and score goals at SocRoc Soccer! Class (which will take place at Reflections Yoga Center this fall) starts with a song followed by fun fitness and stretching exercises. The bulk of the class involves teaching kids to use their feet with colored soccer balls, cones, and discs. Classes are available for ages 16-30 months and 2.6-4 years. jcsocroc.com

SPORTTIME Randall’s Island: Junior Tennis Kinetics is SPORTIME’s junior development program dedicated to meeting the needs of their Junior Tennis and Sports Members. JTK offers a tennis program for juniors in a safe and enriching environment. sportimeny.com

StageCoach Theatre Arts: The Early Stages class is perfect for youngsters ages 4-6 who have big imaginations. The 90-minute sessions introduce kids to singing, dancing, and acting in a fun environment. stagecoachschools.com

Super Soccer Stars: Back-to-school officially marks the start of soccer season, so enroll now for Fall at Super Soccer Stars! 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. You can find your weekly class in more than 150 locations throughout New York City. supersoccerstars.com & kickandplay.com 


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

TADA! Youth Theater: Explore the world of musical theater with Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! fall classes at TADA! Classes meet weekly and are team-taught by two seasoned theater artists. TADA! works to build self-confidence and challenges each child (ages 2-14) to be the very best they can be! Each class culminates in a final show for friends and family. tadatheater.com

Take Me To The Water: Baby and Me is a water introductory group class for infants and toddlers age 6 months to 2.5 years. Children are accompanied into the water with a parent or guardian, and the class offers a great opportunity for bonding with your child in a fun and stimulating environment. Creative games are used to teach infants breath control, big arm movements, and leg kicks. Using songs, floating mats, and toys, the classes are structured to help engage your child and most importantly, encourage fun! takemetothewater.com

Take Two Film Academy: Take Two is offering Monday Afterschool Filmmaking and Acting Workshops, Saturday Workshops, and February and March Break Workshops this winter for ages 8-14. taketwofilmacademy.com

Taste Buds Kitchen: Taste Buds Kitchen’s SuperFoodie class is a dynamic and active class that is based on empowering your kids to be Super Strong, Super Fast, Super Healthy, and Super Happy, using creative and delicious ingredients and recipes in this hands-on after school cooking club. For ages 2-13 with classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. tastebudskitchen.com/nyc

Tennis Innovators: TI’s Tennis Academy provides a fast-paced, high energy, totally fun learning experience. All equipment is provided, just bring your junior tennis player! They’re offering indoor and outdoor academies, camps, and lessons throughout NYC for players 3-17 years. tennisinnovators.com

TwoTerrific: TwoTerrific is a new preschool alternative program for September. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side, children who are 2 by September 1 will engage in weekly French, Spanish, and Chinese instruction as well as yoga, music, and art. Families can choose from two-, three-, and five-day per week options. twoterrific.com

TLB Music: Meet the music of NYC with TLB’s Fall curriculum: Noisy New York! Jazz at the Apollo, Classical at Carnegie, Broadway, Hip Hop, and more—kids will explore the sounds of the city while meeting the instruments of the orchestra and targeting development goals through creative play! tlbmusic.com

Voilà Chocolat: Voilà Chocolat introduces two fun, educational, drop-in chocolate-making classes just for children. Kids learn the science and art of chocolatiering by painting and molding Chocolate Plaques, or, piping and decorating five chocolate Voilàllipops, and take all their delicious creativity home. Classes (and beverages) are available for adults too! voila-chocolat.com

YMCA NYC: Kids ages 6-12 can participate in the Vanderbilt YMCA’s Youth Swim Program. Participants are taught not only swimming skills, but also how to enjoy aquatic activities throughout their lives. Skills include personal safety, survival and rescue skills, water sports, and games. Program content is designed to develop a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The purpose of the program is to develop competency in swimming, along with confidence and endurance. ymcanyc.org

Yogi Beans: Me & My Bean Yoga (for walkers up to 3 years) is a developmental class that will introduce the most basic yoga postures to toddlers in a fun, playful way. Musical instruments, colorful props, catchy songs, and creative adventures will engage your child’s imagination. Through consistent class structure, your little bean’s yoga practice will begin to bud. Parent and/or caregiver participation is required. yogibeans.com

Yorkville Youth Athletic Association (YYAA): The YYAA seeks to encourage positive attitudes and growth through teamwork and sportsmanship, attendance, fair play, respect for all, hard work, integrity, and fun in sports, music, and drama programs, leagues, and camps.​ Their Fall Basketball League is for children in grades pre-K-12. The program starts September 12 on Saturdays, and all gyms are on the Upper East Side. yyaa.org