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.”

Drop In for Short Cuts

If your kids don’t want to commit to a course, try the Museum of the Moving Image’s Drop-in Moving Image Studio, which meets every Saturday – no signup required. As with everything at the museum, the class is very hands on and interactive. With the assistance of museum educators, kids create and direct a mini stop-motion video or use computer software to customize their own video game.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave., Astoria
Phone: 718-777-6888
Hours: Saturday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Ages: 7 and up.
Cost: Free with admission of $12 adults, $6 children. 
Image courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image
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–Alice Perry