We may not want to face it, but it’s happening either way: summer is coming to an end. Get your kids pumped for the fall by signing them up at any of our local arts and activities organizations, which are offering exciting classes in music, theatre, baseball, robots, and more. Check it out:
Spoke the Hub Dancing
Where: Two locations– 748 Union Street & 295 Douglass Street
When: Weekly classes, September 9 – February 2
What: The community arts center offers workshops in Dance (including Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Jazz) and Theatre (through the Freestyle Repertory Theatre), for kids ages 5 and up. There is also a “Sing, Dance, and Make Believe” class available for toddlers ages 2-3, with caregiver.
Additional Info: STH is offering partial scholarships and work/study internships to young dancers, ages 8-16. Find out more information here.
Contact: Call (718) 408-3234 for more information; class schedule and registration available here.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Where: 421 5th Avenue
When: September 15 – February 1
What: The non-profit arts organization teaches performance classes to children aged 18 months to 18 years. Classes at BAX are wide-ranging, including Dance (Ballet, Modern, and Hip-Hop), Tumbling, Acting, and Singing, as well as movement and activity sessions for toddlers. Early childhood classes (ages 18 months – 5 years) run on the trimester schedule, rather than the semester, from September 16 – December 14. Full schedule is available here.
Cost: $228-360, financial aid information here.
Additional Info: BAX will hold an open house on Saturday September 7 to Wednesday September 11, offering sample free dance, theater, and tumbling classes for ages 18 months to 18 years (schedule here). Join the families of the BAX community. Meet the BAX faculty and administrative staff, enjoy refreshments, tour the facilities, and register for the Fall classes.
Contact: Call (718) 832-0018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Download a registration form here.
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Where: 58 7th Avenue
When: September 15 – January 27
What: Classes are divided into Early Childhood (music playgroups and introductions to instruments), Youth (featuring Intro to Piano, Intro to Guitar, Chamber Music, Jazz & Blues, Garage Band, Broadway Chorus, and Wanna Rock), and Teen (featuring Chamber Music, Big Band, Jazz Ensemble, Songwriting, Theory & Ear-training). Download the full fall program here.
Additional Info: BCM also offers private 15-week lessons, ranging from $755 (weekly 30 minute classes) to $1295 (weekly hour-long classes)
Contact: Call (718) 622-3300 or email email@example.com for more information. Register here.
The Young Players Theater
Where: 1012 8th Avenue
When: September 23 – December 10
What: The YPT believes in teaching creative skill through play, and their performance arts classes draw on games and improvisation. This semester they are offering Storybook Theater, Stage Tech, PLAYing Shakespeare, Magical Musical, Theater Ensemble, Hip Hop Theater Project, and Theâtre Français. Full schedule here.
Additional Info: Classes are also held at Brooklyn Free Space (298 6th Avenue) and Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture (53 Prospect Park West)
Contact: Call (718) 238-8383 for more information. Register here.
SPORTS & NATURE
Homerun Baseball Camp
Where: Prospect Park Parade Grounds, Field #3
When: 7 Sundays, September 15 through November 10 (no class on Sep. 22 or Oct. 6), 2-4:30pm
What: Coaches Brian Friedman and Kevin Salguero lead a high energy class featuring plenty of batting practice, ball skills, ground balls, throwing drills and game time for kids age 4-12. All campers can expect 100 swings per class. Campers ages 7-12 can also expect 100 ground balls and fly balls per practice. This is a fair-weather class and will hold November 17th as a make-up date.
Cost: Single child — $285; child and sibling — $435
Additional Info: The program has gotten a lot of press for their dedication to instilling good values and attitudes on and off the field. See the Today Show talk about the Washington, DC group here.
Contact: Email program director Coach Mac here; register here.
Where: Prospect Park, 3 locations (Nethermead, Long Meadow, Grand Army Plaza)
When: September 3 – December 17
What: A Waldorf-inspired outdoor class for young kids (ages 6 months to 4 years) and parents, in which families travel across the park, spotting forest animals and engaging in play-based learning, physical work (think a lot of digging for worms and building huts), sing-alongs, and the fostering of a connection to nature and wildlife.
Cost: $465, contact Jane Yoo at firstname.lastname@example.org for sibling discount information
Contact: Call (347) 915-5679 for more information. Register here.
The Play Champs
Where: Prospect Park (Harmony Playground)
When: September 3 – October 28
What: The Play Champs teaches children ages 4 months to 7 years based on a technique called “play-velopment” in weekly classes varying in age range and skill focus. Each class offers children and parents a chance to bond while singing songs, exploring instruments, trying new movements, and engaging with nature. Find a full schedule and course description here.
Cost: $280 ($30 off if you enroll by August 31)
Additional Info: Play Champs also offers a drop-in option at $14 per session, inviting children of all ages to come to the park to play in an environment less structured than their classes, but still with a play leader. No enrollment is required, but any child who is enrolled in a class can also attend one Drop By session each week.
Contact: Call (866) 229-8967 or email email@example.com for more information. Register here.
Juguemos a Cantar
Where: 47 Sterling Place
When: September 16 – November 28
What: Juguemos a Cantar teaches Spanish by immersion to children ages 6 months to 12 years through play, socialization, music, and academics. Classes include Music & Movement, Fun With Food, Fun With Pottery, Body In Motion, and Soccer Class (which begins November 13 and runs for 8 weeks). Full schedule here. More classes are offered at the South Slope location (463 6th Avenue), which can be seen here.
Additional Info: Missed the beginning of the session? Mid-session registration is available.
Contact: Call (917) 453-1187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Register here.
Where: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
When: Ten Fridays, starting September 20
What: The team-based course will use Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits to solve a series of challenges. Each two-hour class will begin with a brief critical thinking exercise, and then an introduction of the day’s challenge and a lesson to guide the students’ problem-solving approach. Check out the syllabus here, which goes through robot building and programming.
Cost: $399 ($50 discount for referrals)
Contact: Email email@example.com for more information. Register here.
Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Where: 303 3rd Avenue
When: September 16 – December 9
What: The Brooklyn Robot Foundry teaches children the fundamentals of engineering through hands-on learning and creation. Their after-school classes are aimed at kids from kindergarten through 5th grade, with classes divided by age group. These classes include Robot Crafting, Robot Building, and Robot Programming (Intro and Advanced), and Robot Soldering.
Cost: $445, plus material fees ($75-110)
Addition Info: The Foundry also offers a walking pick-up for students at PS 321, PS 133, and the Children’s School.
Contact: Call (347) 762-6840 for more information. Register here.
Photo via Brooklyn Robot Foundry