Manhattan parents, celebrate! Two popular Brooklyn businesses serving the junior set have crossed the river and are now offering classes in Manhattan. As you start gearing up for creating your kids’ schedules for fall, consider these two options that have been loved by many a tiny Brooklynite.


photo: Lizard 10979 via Flickr

Brooklyn Robot Foundry
For five years in Brooklyn and three in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Robot Foundry has been empowering kids through building. Now with a new location on the Upper East Side, even more kids (and kids at heart) can enjoy learning, building, and creating while having fun in a community-based environment. From mini-sessions to after school classes, birthday parties to field trips, Brooklyn Robot Foundry’s goal is to make both girls and boys comfortable with creating robots.

What makes it different from LEGO robotics is that their creations can be anything their creator wants them to be. Owner Jenny Young is a trained mechanical engineer and strives to demystify coding for her older students, and show younger ones the joys of taking things apart, and putting them back together. Using everyday materials from pipe cleaners to popsicle sticks, Young feels giving design freedom to students makes it a more creative way to learn (and more fun too).

Brooklyn Robot Foundry

photo: Brooklyn Robot Foundry 

The Offerings
This Fall, the Upper East Side location offers classes for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade, and others for second graders through fifth graders. Similar to its weekend and summer sessions, these classes will teach the basics of engineering through learning with hands-on techniques. The younger the students, the more the classes will be focused on craft and design, to keep learning fun and at a level that the kids can grasp.

What’s New?
And now Brooklyn Robot Foundry is introducing Tiny Builders, for 2-4 year olds, accompanied by a caregiver. There are also Girl’s Clubs at the Brooklyn locations and Family Clubs at the Manhattan locations.

brooklyn robot foundry

photo: via Brooklyn Robot Foundry Facebook page

You mean they’ll get my kid there?
Sure, they’ll understand your kid, but they will also physically get your kid to class. Local pick ups only — depending on where your child goes to school, if at least 4 kids from that neighborhood school are signed up, the staff members from Brooklyn Robot Foundry will pick up your child from school and bring them to their class. (While there are many after school options out there for your little one, not many include supervised pick up from school and snack.) You just have to come get your little charge after class.

Prices vary depending on how many sessions your child is signed up for. A one time class is $65, for a session they come out to about $34 a class plus $16 for materials totaling about $50 a class. Most sessions are 11 or 13 weeks long, but some are 5 weeks long, so check out the options on their website, to see what’s best for your child and your respective schedules.

Brooklyn Robot Foundry Locations:

72 Warren Street (near W. Broadway)

303 3rd Avenue (Between 1st Street and Carroll)

1595 2nd Ave (at 83rd St.)
Upper East Side


treasure trunk theatre

photo: Treasure Trunk Theatre

Treasure Trunk Theatre
Another great class option that recently crossed the river from Brooklyn to Manhattan is for young thespians. With so many offerings out there in the music, art and gym categories, Elisa Pupko saw an opening in the market for kids 2-6 that want an acting class, and created Treasure Trunk Theatre. Already established in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights and Prospect Heights, it’s now in Soho at Freshmade NYC and through Apple Seeds in Chelsea and on the Upper West Side.

“Exploring drama through imagination” is the motto at Treasure Trunk Theatre. With teachers that are all theater professionals that also have previous experience with children, they inspire and work with the students in a nurturing environment to foster a love of the arts.
The most popular classes are for kids ages 3-6, but Treasure Trunk offers classes for kids 2 and a half to six years of age. Starting this fall, there will be a new class called Musical Adventure for 18 month olds, and that is the one class that is not drop off.

tressure trunk theater

photo: via Treasure Trunk Theater Facebook page

Your kid can do Improv
Classes called “Imagination Adventure” are creative from the start, when, as you’d assume, a treasure trunk opens, and the props and costumes inside inspire the class to create a story. This class teaches the kids to work together and use the fundamentals of improv. Think your four year old is too young for improv? Founder and Executive Director Elisa Pupko says think again. “I’m amazed at what these kids come up with. The possibilities are endless, and sometimes I think, ‘Wow they are better than adults!” Get your little one out there and who knows? You might just have a thespian in the making.

Prices vary depending on which location you choose, the classes in Manhattan are $35 or $45 for a drop in class, and the classes come down to $30-$42 a class if you sign up for the whole semester. In Brooklyn, the drop in fee is $30, and the classes go down to $25 pre class if you sign up for the whole session. With a teacher student ratio of 1:6 and most classes with just 6-8 kids, your children will get the most out of their time in class.

Coming soon…
Coming this fall, Treasure Trunk will also open locations in Jersey City, Nj and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (And possibly Gramercy, too; specifics TBD).

Treasure Trunk Theatre Locations:
Freshmade NYC
636 Broadway Suite 516

10 West 25th Street

200 West End Ave. (69th & 70th)
Upper West Side

Xtend Barre Studios
147 Remsen St. 2nd fl.
Brooklyn Heights

Plymouth Church School
75 Hicks St.
Brooklyn Heights

Court Tree Collective
371 Court Street, 2nd Floor
Between Carroll St. & 1st Pl.

Brooklyn Brainery
190 Underhill Avenue at Sterling Pl.
Prospect Heights


What new kids biz just moved into your ‘hood? Tell us in the comments below!

—Kim Sunshine