Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
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.


Drop-in Classes


ABC Do-Re-ME! Musical Playdate

Monday–Friday 9:30 am–5:30 pm
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
2067 Broadway at 72nd street
244 W 54th Street
127 East 82nd Street between Park & Lexington
360 East 55th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue
Central Park (in summer)

$28
$130 for 5 Class Pack ($26/class)
$250 for 10 class pass ($25/class)
$450 for 20 class pass ($22.50/class)


Musicians play piano or guitar and sing favorite kids songs. Some teachers are more engaging and entertaining than others, so ask around and try different class times. Kids up to five-years-old sing along, play instruments, dance with scarves and other sometimes-silly activities in a dance studio in the basement. Advanced registration required, though cancellations are allowed up to 1 hour before the class with no penalty.


JCC Tummy Time & Crawlers Club

Toddlers: Wednesday 1-1:45 pm & Friday 11:15 am-12 pm
Babies: Wednesday 11:30 am-2:15 pm & Friday 1-1:45 pm

334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street)

$15


Through songs, nursery rhymes, and exercises designed to strengthen muscles and provide mental stimulation, babies & toddlers reach important milestones in a playful and relaxed environment.


Kids At Work

Monday–Saturday 9 am–5:30pm
123 West 20th Street, Second floor

Babies: $34, Packages $22-$32/class
Toddlers: $44, Packages $30-$42/class *Free trials available


Drop-in art, music, and movement classes incorporate educational best practices (and are also lots of fun). Outdoor classes offered in the summer.


Moosiki Kids Music Class

Sunday 10:30 am–11:15 am
1161 1st Avenue between 63rd & 64th Street
East 76th Street & First Avenue

$26-$29/class *Free trials available


Interactive “grownup-and-me” style music classes for adults and children ages 4 months to 3 years blend traditional musical learning with a more relaxed, rock-and-roll style. Features parachute, puppets, and other various props.


Music Shakers

Friday 9:30-10:15 am (UWS), 1:30-2:15 pm (Morningside Heights)
218 W 72nd Street
45 Tiemann Place at West 125th Street

$25


Children 8 months to 3 years combine rhythm instrument play and exploration to live music and seasonal songs, musical movement, story and active listening.


Nory Classes

Monday–Saturday 9 am–4:30 pm

$12-$35


Talented educators provide creative and inspiring experiences in this easy-to-navigate community marketplace for kids’ classes. Diverse class options include music, dance, fencing, beat boxing, Capoeira, cooking and Jedi Lightsaber Training and venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.


The Art Farm in the City

Thursday–Sunday 9:30 am–4:30 pm
419 E 91st Street between First Avenue and York

$15-$45 *Free trials available


A variety of classes for ages 1-8 include cooking, arts/crafts, music, singing and cuddling time with live animals.



Chocolate Story Time

Monday 11–11:45 am & Thursday 4-4:45 pm
221 West 79th Street
$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.


The Crafty Kids: The Crafting Hour

Tuesday & Thursday 11 am–12 pm & 1 pm–2 pm
165 William Street, 8th Floor
$10

Children 18 months to 5 years (with parents or caregivers) learn art techniques through fun and simple craft projects. Advanced registration required; register online, call 212.732.5182, or email info@thecraftykids.com.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday 11:30 am–12:00 pm
25 West 23rd Street
FREE

Yogis up to five years old can enjoy free yoga-themed story-times with puppets and thematic poses.


Discovery Program Baby Social

Wednesday 12:15 pm–1:00 pm
251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End)
FREE

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


Children’s Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

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

102 Charlton Street
$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.


Summer in the Square: Josh & the Jamtones

Thursday 9:00 am–3:30 pm
14th Street & Fourth Avenue
FREE

Union Square hosts a full days of kids programming featuring an 11 am concert or play by rotating guest artists. At 9 am, meet animals friends from Art Farm in the City, at 10 am, a surprise princess leads singing, dancing and games, at 10:30 am, “play” yoga with Karma Kids, at 2:30 pm, hear stories from PJ Library and at 3 pm, work out with Pop Fit Kids. All day, enjoy books, crafts, games, and other activities in a shady tent.


Locomotive Lawn Live

Thursday 10:30 am–11:15 am
Riverside Boulevard & West 61st Street
FREE

Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories on a comfy turf lawn.


Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday 3:15 pm–4:00 pm
163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan & Thompson Streets
$25/family

Through a mixture of classic children’s songs, favorite oldies and their own original songs, Brooklyn-based duo The Buttons create a high energy, joyful singalong that inspires participants to move their bodies, use their imaginations, observe the world around them, and learn new things.


Parent & Me Yoga

Saturday 9:00 am–9:45 am
Margaret Corbin Drive & West 196th Street
FREE

Children of all ages and their parents/caregivers are invited to practice outdoor yoga with a certified children’s instructor. Meet on Abby’s Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, just north of the David Rockefeller Linden Terrace. Bring a towel or yoga mat.



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