Your kid’s done karate and he’s all ballet-ed out. Now what? Sure, the typical children’s classes are fun, and NYC certainly has its share of learning experiences. But if you and the kids are looking for something new—something as unique as them—we’ve got you covered. In these awesomely out-of-the-ordinary NYC classes, the kids can learn how to forage for food in Central Park, weave their own clothes, leap through the city like urban ninjas, and so much more.

Do Pirate Yoga, American Girl Doll Yoga, and More!

While the special events at Karma Kids Yoga aren’t classes that are ongoing, they’re so darn fun we had to include them. The studio frequently hosts the favorite “Glow-in-Dark Pajama Yoga”, and other upcoming one-offs include Star Wars Yoga Jedi Training and Clone Wars Screening; Butterfly Yoga (learning about metamorphosis and making wings); Princess Strong Yoga (with friends Elsa, Ariel, Belle, Moana, etc.), and Pirate Yoga. (Another recent class: American Girl Doll Yoga, and Superhero Yoga, pictured.)

Karma Kids Yoga
25 W. 23rd St.


Hit the Bullseye at Hidden Gems Archery

If your kid has a case of Katniss, check out Hidden Gems Archery. The company was founded by Natasha Green, who wanted to ensure that all individuals who wanted to learn the sport of archery had access to instruction. Lessons are offered in the Bronx, Brooklyn and throughout the city in various locations, but you can always find them at their Harlem location every Saturday. Both private and group lessons are available, and kids as young as seven can pick up a bow! Register online here.  

Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Intro class: $50-55; group lessons: $30-40
Hidden Gems Archery
2 E. 120th St.

Build real structures with Construction Kids

Upgrade from a toy hammer to a real one with the safe guidance of Construction Kids. Over full-day programs (usually held during school holidays) kids receive hands-on instruction on tool use as they design and build their own project. Each program revolves around a theme, and past construction projects include tee-pees, ferris wheels, and city models—and much more. Most classes are recommended for ages 4-9, and no experience is necessary (although strong problem-solving skills and fine motor skills are preferred). Early drop-off and late pickup available at a small additional fee.

Most school holidays
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Main location: Brooklyn Navy Yard
BLDG 92, 2nd Floor
63 Flushing Ave.

Get Centered with Kids Chakra Art Class and Toddler Chakra Art Class

Fruiggie Ancient Organic Crafts has a Chakra Art Class for both toddlers ages two to four, and kids ages five and up. The Chakra Art class was created to allow children to participate in creative art activities while understanding the purpose of each chakra, the color meanings and their own energy within. Students also learn how to balance their energy with foods, crystals, and exercises such as art (using non-toxic and all natural art supplies), and meditation. There’s also a vegan snack with every class. Older kids get actual crystals; younger ones get ones made of felt (safety first!) Seven week class, running from April 4 - May 20 is $161; single drop-ins are also available at $25/class.

Fruiggie Ancient Organic Crafts
1080 Fulton St. Suite 4
Clinton Hill/Bedford-Stuyvesant

Forage in Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill

You could make an entire salad out of roots and leaves found entirely in Central Park. How do you know which plants are edible? Let the expert tell you. "Wildman" Steve Brill leads families on foraging tours of Central Park, pointing out all the yummy edibles we've been missing out on for years, like bay leaves, young onions, fresh mushrooms, and much more. Learn how to look for and what to avoid, and gain a renewed appreciation of the nature that surrounds us, even in the depths of the city. Recommended for ages 7-12.

Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
$10/child, $20/adult
Central Park
Central Park W. & W. 72nd St.

Perform parkour feats with Brooklyn Zoo and Movement Creative

Does your kid climb onto every ledge and generally see the city as a giant playground? Level up their skill while encouraging activity and exercise by taking parkour classes. Parkour involves free-running and performing acrobatic feats using city streets instead of tightropes and balance beams. The Movement Creative gets kids out and into the wild with classes that often involve actual outdoor locations around NYC. Prefer to stay indoors in a more controlled environment? The Brooklyn Zoo hosts classes in its 10,000-foot location, equipped specifically for parkour and fitness. Classes are generally recommended for kids ages 7 and up.

Brooklyn Zoo:

Various times and prices
230 Bogart St.
East Williamsburg

The Movement Creative:

Sat., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. & Sun., 1-2 p.m.
Various locations
Riverside, Alphabet City, TriBeCa

Perform circus acrobatics with The Muse

Join the circus with The Muse, a unique spot to practice acrobatics and develop high-flying aerial skills—all in a safe environment, of course. A large selection of classes teach kids balance, physical fitness, and motor skills in a large playground of mats, silks, blocks, and more. Experienced instructors walk kids as young as 3 years old, and some classes include parents as well. Even younger kids are also welcome in the Family Adventure Play Circus, a time when parents and their young kids can play and tumble together.

Various times and prices
350 Moffat St.

Learn to draw manga with Hi Art!

Art classes typically revolve around traditional styles and materials. Break from tradition with the Manga Madness class at Hi Art, where kids ages 6-16 can learn the popular Japanese drawing style. Classes are held in 8- or 9-week sessions, so keep an eye on the website to register for the next session.

Various times and prices
227 W. 29 St. Studio 4R

Mix it Up at Baby DJ School

“Empowering the super young to mix music that is super dope,” Baby DJ School is now offered in multiple neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn (and available for private bookings). Think of it as an interactive sing-along for kids ages 2 months to 5 years that makes music education a dance party! The class introduces little ones to records, digital DJing and funky beats while developing their fine motor, ocular, language and social skills. Trial drop in classes are available, and admission is rolling so you can join any time.

Multiple locations, times; see schedule here:
8 weeks/$200

photo: Playday NYC

Design a Building with Little Architects

Got a budding Maya Lin on your hands? Tomorrow’s Frank Gehry? (Or just a kid who likes to build?) Check out Little Architects  at Long Island City’s Playday NYC. Offered every Saturday at 10 a.m., the class helps kids ages six and up develop ideas, plans, drawings, and models of their fantasy buildings using Long Island City, with its varied contemporary examples of architecture and landscape, as inspiration. Students learn how to manipulate space, materials, and style through exercises that focus on drawing and thinking, and through demonstrations of the properties of assorted materials. Participants construct a model of their own dream structure, which is displayed in a final exhibition for friends and family. (In general, Playday NYC is a great spot for unusual offerings. Other classes include Emoji Design, Celebrity Embroidery, R2D2 Robot Art and more. Read our feature on Playday NYC here.)

Saturdays, 10 a.m.
$30 drop-in; bulk packs available
Playday NYC
5-37 51st Ave.
Hunters Point

Become a Jedi master with Sword Class NYC

Young Jedi masters won't learn to use the Force, but they will learn to properly wield a lightsaber at this Light Saber Fitness class. This is no gimmick—Sword Class NYC is known for teaching real sword, spear, and even full armor fighting techniques in their classes—so alongside all the inevitable Star Wars references and costumes kids will receive actual instruction on proper sword-wielding, correct stances, and other techniques drawing from longsword and kendo practices. This class is for kids ages 5-12. Lightsabers will be provided for the kids, but participants are welcome to bring their own!

Sat., 9:15-10 a.m.
$10/first class, $30/class thereafter
1944 Madison Ave.

Become scientists with Carmelo the Science Fellow and Kiddie Science

Carmelo the Science Fellow and Kiddie Science are on a mission to remind us all how cool science is. Budding scientists who attend classes at either science hotspot will get hands-on and elbow-deep in science and all the gooey fun that comes with it. Classes lead kids through experiments revolving around a theme, designed to teach kids as young as two key scientific concepts.

Carmelo the Science Fellow:

Various times and prices
300 Atlantic Ave.
Cobble Hill

Kiddie Science:

Various times and prices
509 Rogers Ave.
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Play board games like a pro with Brooklyn Game Lab

If your kid's board game experience doesn't extend beyond Sorry! or Monopoly, the Brooklyn Game Lab has a lot to teach them. Board games are a fun way to learn critical thinking, strategizing, and teamwork. Through four unique after-school programs, kids at the Game Lab will learn to play, analyze, and even design board games, as well as learn history and role-play. The recommended age is 7-14.

School days, 3:30-6 p.m.
Afterschool programs: $250/week, discounted after 1st week
310 7th Ave. and 479 7th Ave.
Park Slope

Weave a tapestry with Loop of the Loom

Why buy scarves when it's so much more fun to make your own? Kids of any skill level can learn to weave, spin, sew, and felt with instruction from Loop of the Loom's skilled weavers. Make it a relaxing family day: kids ages 5 and up are welcome to the SAORI weaving sessions as well. In these classes, kids can make scarves, tapestries, bags, and even clothes while learning new skills and techniques. Proud of your creation? Kid works can be put on display at the Loop of the Loom exhibits and fashion shows.

Various times and prices
227 E 87th St. #E (Lower level)
Upper East Side

What out-of-the-ordinary class does your kid love? Tell us in the comments!

—Yuliya Geikhman