Every child’s interest run the gamut from wanting to be a Black Belt in karate, to just enjoying creating something from nothing. After school programs offer parents a way to tap into your child’s inner Karate Kid or spark their creative minds or just offers a place to run around after sitting in class all day. Here are some after school programs that are sure to keep your child engaged and active when the school bell rings.
YMCA, Y After School
The New York City YMCA, Y after school program offers after school care, assistance and programs all over Brooklyn from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. daily. Homework assistance, recreation and socialization is offered at either low or no cost to parents thanks to a variety of federal grants and the NYC Department of Education. Y After School programs are offered at more than 140 sites throughout the borough. To learn more visit Y After School
Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bedford & Monroe); Dodge (Atlantic Ave. at Court St.); Flatbush (near Brooklyn College); Greenpoint (Meserole Ave. off Manhattan); North Brooklyn (across from Highland Park);
Prospect Park (9th St., Park Slope)
New York Kids Club, Brooklyn Heights
If you are looking for one place that offers a wide variety of different after school programs to fit your needs, or the needs of more then one child, check out all of the New York Kids Club have to offer. After school class options include everything from Martial Arts, Dance, Cooking Classes and a variety of Physical Fitness options. The club allows two trial classes per child, so you can check out all they have to offer risk free. With a huge class school for fall, see the full schedule at New York Kids Club.
ConstructionKids, Prospect-Lefferts Garden
ConstructionKids gives children the opportunity to learn the art of building and repairing with a broad palate of materials and tools design specifically for small hands. Kids work on both individual and group projects and are encouraged to build and problem solve with the path of their unlimited imaginations. If your kids love to create, build and paint, his is the class for them. This fall, kids ages K-3 can join the fun every Wednesday and Thursday. Visit ConstructionKids to see all Fall Class schedules and stop in for a free trial.
Camp Olympia, Park Slope
If you have a few fished in the family looking to get in some good exercise in the pool, check out Camp Olympia. The Fall session begins on September 12 and they offer a variety of classes for every age group on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To check all all the classes and details visit Camp Olympia.
Urban Martial Arts, Coney Island
At Urban Martial Arts, not only will kids learn the principles of the sport while working towards their black belts, this after school program will also pick up from all of the public schools in the area, provide a nutritious snack and provide an after school counselor who assists with and makes sure that homework is done in time for pick-up — all for only $75.00 a week. To learn more visit Urban Dojo.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Park Slope
Open House, September 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A year-round, performance, rehearsal and educational venue where children study and professional artists create under the same roof. It is well known for its comprehensive youth programs that support young people, in their pursuit of creative skills and experiences in dance and theater. The open house will provide the opportunity to meet the faculty, tour the facility and take a trial classes for the fall semester. Accommodating toddlers to teens, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange offers a variety of classes and schedules including numerous dance classes including Ballet, Creative Movement and Hip-Hop; Theater classes; Dance Act and Sing classes; and Music and Movement. For more information visit Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
Child’s Play NY, Brooklyn Heights (6-9 year olds)
Child’s Play NY, Carroll Gardens (3-4 year olds)
At Child’s Play NY, weekly school-year classes help children learn to love to act! Kids will explore the art of story telling, song and creative movement and re-interpret children’s literature to create their own adventures — all culminating in a fabulous play for family and friends at the end of the year. Visit Child’s Play NY for more information.
Brooklyn Design Lab, Park Slope
Brooklyn Design Lab, dedicated to bringing art and design to children grades K-6 in Brooklyn, offers design and art classes in a studio environment. All of their hands-on classes help children explore a set of materials, a theme, or an area of study in depth. The Fall class schedule, which goes from September 19 – November 21 offers after school classes Monday-Thursday with programs kids and parents are sure to love including “Robots & Aliens”, “It’s Alive” and “Design with Legos. For more information visit Brooklyn Design Lab.
Contributing Brooklyn Mama: Jennifer Rosenberg