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.


ABC Do-Re-ME! Musical Playdate

Monday–Friday 9:30 am–5:30 pm
2537 Broadway at 95th Street (Upper West Side)
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.

Kids At Work

Monday–Saturday 9 am–5:30pm
123 West 20th Street, Second floor (Chelsea)
Babies: $36, Packages $24-$34/class
Toddlers: $46, Packages $32-$44/class

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

The Art Farm in the City

Thursday–Sunday 9:30 am–4:30 pm
419 E 91st Street between First Avenue & York (Upper East Side)
$15-$45

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

Music Shakers

Friday 11:15 am
45 Tiemann Place at West 125th Street (Harlem/Upper Manhattan)
$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.

Take Two Talks – Stop Motion Animation

Sunday 10:00 am
805 Columbus Ave at West 100th Street (Upper West Side)
FREE

Take Two Film Academy hosts free live talks and demonstrations to bring young aspiring filmmakers together with professionals in the field. Explore a style of animation called pixilation, a stop-motion animation using real people as subjects shot from a bird’s eye view perspective which allows for some fun and physics-defying shots. Kids will get to storyboard and then animate their own mini adventure.


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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.

Locomotive Lawn Live

Thursday 10:30 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. Unshaded so wear sunscreen.

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.

Saturday Art LEGO Workshops at Scandinavia House

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

Learn through play at workshops inspired by exhibition LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration. After the workshop, participants explore the sculptures and interactive play zone in the Gallery downstairs. Part of a weekly series.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Let’s Dance!

Sunday 6:00 pm
Riverside & West 70th Street (Upper West Side)
FREE

Learn to dance at Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Drop-in Classes by Day



Monday, August 20



9:00 am–4:00 pm
Bartow-Pell Discovery Camp (895 Shore Road )
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)
10:30 am–11:30 am
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (445 Albee Square West)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Creative Play for Kids ( 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Special Events @ the Studio – Outdoor Art Playgroup for Babies (426 Amsterdam at West 81st Street)
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (26-09 Jackson Ave)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)
4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Yogi Tales (126 5th Avenue)
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Taste Buds Kitchen Back-to-School Open House (109 West 27th Street)

Tuesday, August 21



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:00 am–11:00 am
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (238 Bedford Ave)
10:00 am–10:45 am
Live Music With Dan The Music Man (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)
10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library – Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Louie (10 Grand Army Plaza)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Chocolate Story Time (221 West 79th Street)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)
4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Yogi Tales (126 5th Avenue)

Wednesday, August 22



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:00 am–11:00 am
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (Third & 3rd)
10:00 am–10:45 am
Yoga for Kids (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)
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
Baby DJ class (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (Myrtle Ave., De Kalb Ave. bet. Washington Park and St. Edward's St)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)
4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Yogi Tales (126 5th Avenue)

Thursday, August 23



9:00 am–10:00 am
Toddler Play At The J (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
10:00 am–11:00 am
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (Lafayette Ave)
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))
12:30 pm–1:15 pm
Jilly Beans (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)
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–5:00 pm
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (1004 Fulton St)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga for Kids (227 West 13th Street)
4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Yogi Tales (126 5th Avenue)

Friday, August 24



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))
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-Longs (Clinton St)

Saturday, August 25



9:00 am–9:45 am
Parent & Me Yoga (Margaret Corbin Drive & West 196th Street)
10:00 am–11:00 am
Bryant Park Moves with Limon Dance (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)
10:30 am–12:00 pm
Shababa Saturday Mornings (1395 Lexington Avenue)
12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Socrates Sculpture Park – Saturday Sculpture Workshops (32-01 Vernon Boulevard)
1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library – The Art & History of J’Ouvert: Tradition as Resistance (10 Grand Army Plaza)

Sunday, August 26



10:00 am–1:00 pm
Nature Exploration (101 East Drive)
10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y Drop-In Classes (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pop-Up Audubon I: Macy’s Fishing Clinics (Grand Army Plaza entrance at Eastern Parkway)
12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pop-Up Audubon II: Gone Fishin’ Clinics (Grand Army Plaza entrance at Eastern Parkway)
12:00 pm–1:30 pm
West African Dance Class (65 Jumel Terrace)
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Jem Yoga Story Time (240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue)

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