She has been taking music class since she was a baby, has learned enough baking skills to win Cupcake Wars and can craft with the best of them. What now? Looking for something different to sign your kid up for this winter? From edible art to the flying trapeze, here are seven NYC classes for kids of all ages that are uniquely fun.
Build More Than a Block Tower
An afterschool workshop for Pre-K to grade 4, ConstructionKids gives participants the tools to build their own toys and games, literally. Instructors lead the group in building age-appropriate projects as big as go-carts and doll houses that kids get to take home.
Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave, Unit 130
Learn Cirque du Soleil-Style Moves
Body& Pole‘s 8-week kid’s aerial class for daring types ages 8 to15 combines gymnastics, dance and an aerial hammock, which equals a high-flying good time if you didn’t know. At the end of the season, you’ll get to see a performance of the routine, which students worked on throughout the session. Worried about sending your kid to a pole dancing studio? Don’t be. They won’t have a clue what goes on after kid-friendly hours, and you can take advantage of a 20% discount on an adult conditioning class offered at the same time as the kid’s class when enroll your child in a course.
Body & Pole
115 West 27th St, Chelsea
Play With Your Food
Your kids may not like eating their fruits and vegetables, but they’re sure to love painting with them. At Fruiggie Organic Arts & Crafts Studio, little artists stamp, paint and mold works of art with materials made of things found in nature like a stalk of celery or leaves as well as organic art supplies. Classes allow kids ages 2 and older to develop their creativity while learning about the importance of being environmentally conscious and reducing waste.
Fruiggie Organic Arts & Crafts Studio
Hank & JoJo
218 DeKalb Ave, Fort Greene
1007 Church Ave, Ditmas Park
Draw a Different Kind of Comics
Looking for a creative and cool alternative to your average art class? Manga Madness is designed for 6 to 14 year olds to learn the art of this popular style of Japanese comics. Your little artist will learn the basics of layout and page design, and use their imagination to create their own characters and story lines.
227 West 29th St, Studio 4R, Chelsea
Learn Science, Hands On
Preschoolers are natural scientists, always asking questions and absorbing information from their environment. The Science Playgroup helps kids use their curiosity to learn about their world. Playgroup topics have included the science of weather, ocean ecosystems and how our bodies fight off germs. They even get to make their own mucus!
Carmelo The Science Fellow
300 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill
Join the Circus
What’s more fun than going to the circus? Being in the circus, of course. At Circus Warehouse, kids ages 7 to 11 are introduced to the fundamentals of circus arts such as juggling, aerial arts and trampoline. This class will give your kids a real excuse to clown around.
53-21 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
Take Board Games to the Next Level
Opening this February, Brooklyn Game Lab encourages 8 to 15 year olds to unplug and engage in good old-fashioned board and card games. But we’re not talking Chutes and Ladders here. The participants use their analytical skills to study winning and losing strategy tactics of elaborate games of fantasy and mystery. They even dabble in game design by coming up with their own sets of rules for the games they play.
Brooklyn Game Lab
353 7th Ave, Park Slope
Has your child ever taken a one-of-a-kind class? Tell us all about it in a comment below.