Drop-in Classes

Need some music, art, gym or animal time, but afraid of committing to long-term and usually expensive semesters? Some of our favorite drop-in classes:
* The kid’s spaces at MoMA, the Met, Natural History Museum and other museums also offer excellent drop-in fun. Tax-deductible memberships allow frequent creative play all year long starting at less than $100.
* Some semester-only classes offer free or discounted trial classes.
* Many spaces & classes offer occasional introductory deals. Subscribe to our email list or like us on Facebook and we’ll let you know when they come up.
* See our list of indoor playspaces and weekly storytimes for more inexpensive, flexible options. Also search classes & other events by neighborhood and check out our weekly events listing for tons of fun ideas.


Take Two Talks – Foley and Sound Effects

Sunday 10:30 am
150 West 28th Street (Chelsea/Meatpacking)
FREE

Take Two Film Academy hosts free live talks and demonstrations to bring young aspiring filmmakers together with professionals in the field. Explore the world of the foley artist, who creates sounds that match perfectly with the actions on screen from huge explosions to simply walking in the snow. Includes a hands-on opportunity to record a variety of sound effects live in conjunction with classic films.

Author Reading & Kids’ Yoga Class

Sunday 11:00 am
11 Christopher Street (West Village/East Village)
FREE

Hear a reading of Downward Mule about a secret yogi on a farm by the author and enjoy free kids’ yoga.


Jem Yoga Story Time

Sunday 4:00 pm
240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue ()
$30

Explore the mind and body practice of yoga in this fun caregiver/child class. Each week read two stories (one active and one calming) to inspire a yoga journey and breathing exercises, yoga poses and creative ways to find calm. Expect music, props and fun.

Kids Karma Yoga StoryTime

Wednesday 11:30 am
25 West 23rd Street (Gramercy & Flatiron)
FREE

Read stories and learn age-appropriate yoga poses at these free action-packed storytimes for yogis up to six years old. My 2-year-old loved trying handstands against the wall.

MOCAKIDS Storytime

Every other Thursday 3:30pm
215 Centre Street (Lower Manhattan)
$10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under

Interactive songs, finger-plays, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts accompany a bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. Everyone from native speakers to those seeking their first exposure to a new language are invited.

Family Cooking Class: Look Who’s Cooking

Saturday 10:30 am
91 South Street (Lower Manhattan)
FREE

During these lively hands-on cooking classes, families learn nutrition fundamentals that are easy to understand, basic cooking skills and tools, and multicultural vegetarian recipes. Plus enjoy a delicious, seasonal meal featuring locally grown ingredients from the Fulton Stall Market’s farmers and producers.

Saturday Art Workshops at Scandinavia House

Saturday 11:00 am
58 Park Avenue at 38th Street (Midtown East)
$10

Each Saturday morning, Scandinavia House presents arts and storytelling for children. Work with Nordic themes in the lovely Halldór Laxness Library.

Saturday Art Workshops at Scandinavia House

Saturday 11:00 am
58 Park Avenue at 38th Street (Midtown East)
$10

Each Saturday morning, Scandinavia House presents arts and storytelling for children. Work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library, including exhibition-related workshops for The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography in January.

Family Art Workshops: Working with Wire

Saturday 10:30 am
4 West 53rd Street (Midtown West)
FREE

Explore three-dimensional artwork by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) in the galleries, then experiment with wire to make your own abstract sculptures. For ages 8-10. Free but advance sign-up required.

Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday 10:00 am
270 Greenwich Street (Soho, Tribeca & LES)
FREE

Sing along with Hopalong Andrew, an award-winning musician and former NYC Urban Park Ranger who adapts classic cowboy songs to reflect life as an urban cowpoke. His 1-man band (guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit) performances encourages participation and interaction, creating a fun and positive space for play, music and rhythm training, and vibrant social interaction.

Little Guggs: Saturday

Thursday 11:00 am
1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street (Upper East Side)
$30 (includes museum admission, materials and snacks)

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio.

Shababa Saturday Mornings

Saturday 10:30 am
1395 Lexington Avenue (Upper East Side)
FREE

Sing, dance and celebrate Shabbat as a community. Families with babies, toddlers and older children enjoy traditional and non-traditional music, creative prayer, art, movement and more in a relaxed and playful environment. No prior experience celebrating Shabbat necessary.

Little Guggs

Wednesday 11:00 am
1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street (Upper East Side)
$30 (includes museum admission, materials and snacks)

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio.

Creative Play for Kids

Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm
263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue (Upper West Side)
$25

These classes are unique blends of fun developmentally-based activities including music, storytime and dance held in the preschool area of a church. Monday classes feature a different live instrument each week – a typical class might have singing, stretching, playing with a parachute and reading about trains accompanied by a trombone player. Thursday classes include more age-specific developmental activities.

Creative Saturdays

Third Saturday of the month at 10:00 am
647 Columbus at 91st Street (Upper West Side)
FREE

Sing, dance, and act at monthly art and theater workshops led by Kids Creative teaching artists.

Chocolate Story Time

Monday 11–11:45 am & Thursday 4-4:45 pm
221 West 79th Street (Upper West Side)
$24

Chocolatiers read about chocolate, how it is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, the people who grow this wonderful tree and the countries that play an important role in growing cacao and producing chocolate, then kids one unique chocolate lollipop.

Gateway Storytime

Monday 10:15 am
West 81st Street & Central Park West (Upper West Side)
suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.

Toddler Play At The J

Monday–Friday 9–10 am
334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) (Upper West Side)
$15

Swing, balance, jump, and climb around a fully padded tumbling play space. JCC tumbling instructors will be on hand to assist toddlers and parents/caregivers with the equipment.

Tummy Time, Crawlers Club & Wobbly Walkers

Tummy Time: Wednesday 1 pm, Thursday 11 am, Friday 12:30 pm & last Sunday of the month 1:30 pm
Crawlers Club: Monday 12:30 pm, Wednesday 12 pm  & Friday 11 pm & last Sunday of the month 12:30 pm
Wobbly Walkers Monday 11:15 am & Thursday 10 am

334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) (Upper West Side)
$18

In Tummy Time, newborns to crawlers work on milestones through songs, nursery rhymes, and exercises designed to strengthen muscles and provide mental stimulation. In Crawlers Club, Tummy Time “graduates” continue to reach new developmental milestones in a community of first friends. Wobbly Walkerse explore movement in an environment that supports early socialization through songs, exercises and play.

Discovery Program Baby Social

Monday 12:15 pm
251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End) (Upper West Side)
FREE

Babies 6 weeks to 8 months old and their caregivers are invited to Discovery Programs’ spacious gymnasium for unstructured play accompanied by a live guitarist,

Integral Yoga for Kids

Baby and Me Monday 1:30–2:30 pm
1-3 year olds Wednesday 10–10:45 am & Thursday 4–4:45 pm
3-6 year olds Tuesday 4–4:45 pm T
7-11 year olds Wednesday 4–5 pm

227 West 13th Street (West Village/East Village)
$18

Fun yoga are filled with singing and chanting, asana appropriate to each age group, and the introduction of anatomy, breath work, deep relaxation, and meditation.

Children’s Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Monday - Friday 10:45 am-12 pm
Wednesday, 1:45-3 pm

102 Charlton Street (West Village/East Village)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the museum after for $6 more.

14th Street Y Drop-In Classes

Sunday-Friday 11 am–5 pm
344 East 14th Street at First Avenue (West Village/East Village)
$20-$35, discount packages available

A varied menu of drop-in classes for kids ages two months to five years includes Music & Movement, Indoor Playground, Messy Play, Sing Alongs and Mommy & Me fitness classes.


Drop-in Classes by Day



Monday, April 23



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:15 am–12:00 pm
Gateway Storytime (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
11:00 am–11:45 am
Chocolate Story Time (221 West 79th Street)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Creative Play for Kids ( 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)

Tuesday, April 24



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)

Wednesday, April 25



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
11:30 am–12:00 pm
Kids Karma Yoga StoryTime (25 West 23rd Street)
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
Tummy Time, Crawlers Club & Wobbly Walkers (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
1:45 pm–3:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts WEE Arts (102 Charlton Street)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)

Thursday, April 26



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
12:15 pm–1:00 pm
Discovery Program Baby Social ( 251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End))
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
Tummy Time, Crawlers Club & Wobbly Walkers (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
MOCAKIDS Storytime (215 Centre Street)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)

Friday, April 27



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:00 am–11:00 am
Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca (270 Greenwich Street)
10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
Tummy Time, Crawlers Club & Wobbly Walkers (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Saturday, April 28



10:30 am–12:00 pm
Shababa Saturday Mornings (1395 Lexington Avenue)

Sunday, April 29



10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
10:30 am–11:30 am
Take Two Talks – Foley and Sound Effects (150 West 28th Street)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Author Reading & Kids’ Yoga Class (11 Christopher Street)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Jem Yoga Story Time (240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue)

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