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.


Yoga StoryTime

Monday 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.


Gateway Storytime

Monday 10:15 am
West 81st Street & Central Park West (Upper West Side)
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.


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.


MOCAKIDS Storytime

Wednesday 03:30 pm
215 Centre Street (Lower Manhattan)
Free with museum admission ($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.


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.


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.


Children’s Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

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

102 Charlton Street (West & 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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,


Story Time Yoga

Sunday 04:00 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.


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.


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.



Drop-in Classes by Day


Monday



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)
11:00 am–11:45 am
Chocolate Story Time (221 West 79th Street)

Tuesday



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Wednesday



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
11:30 am–12:00 pm
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)

Thursday



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
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))

Friday



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)
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
Tummy Time, Crawlers Club & Wobbly Walkers (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Saturday



10:30 am–12:00 pm
Shababa Saturday Mornings (1395 Lexington Avenue)
11:00 am–12:30 pm
Saturday Art Workshops at Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Sunday



4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Story Time Yoga (240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue)

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