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)

$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)


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


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


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.

Gateway Storytime

Monday 10:15 am–12:00 pm
West 81st Street & Central Park West
Free with museum admission (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.

Chocolate Story Time

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

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.

Yoga Storytime

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

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)

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

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.

Athleta KIDS: Hip Hop Dance Class

Friday 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
126 5th Avenue

The Athleta store hosts a free Hip Hop dance class designed just for active kids ages 7-13.

Sing-along with The Buttons

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

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.

Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday 10:00 am–11:00 am
270 Greenwich Street

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.

Eataly’s Foodiversità

Saturday 10:30 am–11:00 am
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Creative Saturdays

Saturday 10:00 am–12:00 pm
647 Columbus at 91st Street

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

Eataly’s Foodiversità

Sunday 10:30 am–11:00 am
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

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