New York City has produced top film directors like Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee, so why shouldn’t your kid be next? With toddlers already filming with your cell phone, it’s never too early to learn the nuts and bolts of real filmmaking. From animation classes to documentary film courses, here are seven film classes that may pave the way to that day when your kid utters the words, “I’d like to thank the Academy.”

Filling in the Media Blanks

Children’s Museum of the Arts. Kids may be media savvy, but they’ll only truly understand it if they do it. The Children’s Museum of the Arts’ after-school program helps to fill in all the media blanks that your kids may be missing from their regular school curriculum. Exploring Media introduces kids to the world of animation and filmmaking, while Animated Shorts focuses specifically on stop-motion animation like that used in Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. For kids age 8 and older, Live Action Film allows them to take on the role of director, from story development to post-production.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St., West Village
Phone: 212-274-0986
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $450 to $500
Image courtesy of Children's Museum of the Arts
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–Alice Perry