Manhattan is overflowing with classes for babies and toddlers. Check out free samples of these usually pricey experiences with these free trial classes.
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Creative Play for Kids

263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue (Upper West Side)

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.

Kids At Work

123 West 20th Street, Second floor (Chelsea)

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


240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue ()

Music, art, gym, school skills classes for ages 0-5 in bright cheerful environment.


48 West 68th Street (Upper West Side)

Talented music teachers and pianists introduce music to ages children ages 4 months to 5 years old via sing-alongs, movement, musical games, and specially-designed kid-sized music instruments in one of our favorite early-childhood music programs.

Hands On! A Musical Experience

529 Columbus Avenue between 85th & 86th Street (Upper West Side)

Kids play miniature instruments, learn basic music concepts, and explore stories and movement.

Hands On! A Musical Experience

19 Warren Street (Tribeca/Soho)

Kids play miniature instruments, learn basic music concepts, and explore stories and movement. Art classes and music classes that incorporate foreign languages and cultures also offered.

Music for Aardvarks

103 West 73th Street (Upper West Side)

Fun, laid-back music class with witty original NYC-centric songs including the beloved ‘Taxi!.’

Rutgers Community Programs Children’s Classes

236 West 73rd Street (Upper West Side)

Try demo classes of art and soccer for ages 1 to 7 in a welcoming church community. Email Jennifer at [email protected] or call 212-877-8227, x212 to sign up.

Free Tinkergarten Class in Central Park

Fifth Avenue & East 70th Street (Central Park)

Kids 18 months – 5 years old and their caregivers can learn outside together in a demo of expert-­designed classes featuring fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces. Register in advance online.