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Fitness centers in NYC: 10 cool classes for kids

Work up a sweat at these awesome fitness centers that make great alternatives to regular-old gym classes.

Families, get pumped! Our favorite fitness centers in NYC are touting way-cool classes for kids this spring that we ourselves are excited to try out. Sporty kids can breakdance, jump on trampolines and even try out a trapeze at these awesome alternatives to regular-old P.E. class, which make heading to your local gym or fitness center that much more interesting. If variety is the spice of life, then the saying holds doubly true when it comes to exercise! Check out our top ten classes for active kiddos—we dare you not to get seriously jazzed up.

RECOMMENDED: Best fitness destinations for active NYC kids

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    Chelsea Piers

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    Everyday Athlete

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    Speed, Agility and Quickness at Asphalt Green

  • Hip, Hop, Stomp at LIC Kids

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    Circus Playground at 92Y

  • Trapeze School of New York

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    Gym Chef at Gymtime

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    JumpKidz at JumpLife

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    Crossfit Virtuosity Williamsburg

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    Streb Lab for Action Mechanics: Circus Camp

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Chelsea Piers

Rock-N-Rolls at Chelsea Piers

The massive riverfront athletic complex keeps kids in motion when school's not in session with its Rock-N-Rolls class. It teaches participants the sports that inspired the program's name rock climbing and gymnastics—for 45 minutes each. Classes are offered most weekends and over school breaks. 

The Field House at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 at 23rd St (212-336-6520, chelseapiers.com). See website for updated class schedule. Single class $30. Ages 5 to 16.

Everyday Ninja at Everyday Athlete

Too small for parkour? Start your kid's career as a stuntman (or woman!) at the Brooklyn alternative sports mecca, where they'll skateboard, wall-climb and tumble to their heart's content. Meanwhile, younger sibs (ages 4 to 6) can practice bouncing through a padded obstacle course in the Little Ninja class. 

Classes available on a rolling basis. One-time class: $35 to ­$50. Ages 7 and up. 

Speed, Agility and Quickness Academy at Asphalt Green

Whether your child's gearing up for spring sports or just wants to add a few new drills to keep things interesting, both Asphalt Green locations (including Battery Park City, which opened last June) offer this comprehensive training program for kids that targets speed, strength, balance and agility so that they'll see results—whether it be on the field, the ice or the court. 

212 North End Ave between Murray and Warren Sts (212-298-2900, asphaltgreenbpc.org). 555 E 90th St between York and East End Aves (212-369-8890, asphaltgreen.org). Winter session through March 6, drop-ins welcome. Spring session begins mid-March. Ten classes $340. Ages 7 to 14.

Hip, Hop, Stomp at LIC Kids

Mini athletes have their pick when it comes to classes at this Queens kid haven, but for those who crave a little more sparkle, we recommend grooving to pop hits while learning how to stomp, shake and even breakdance like hip-hop stars. 5-02 50th Ave at 5th St, Long Island City, Queens (718-392-5437, lickids.com).

Current session runs through June 14, drop-ins and late enrollment welcome, at prorated cost. Summer sessions begin June 15. 18 classes $495, includes 18 open-play sessions. Ages 4 to 6.

Circus Playground at 92Y

Class clowns can get their sillies out at the venerable Upper East Side institution's brand-new penthouse gymnastics studio, where they'll learn big-top basics like juggling, tightrope walking and plate spinning. The center's state-of-the-art tumble track, spring floor, foam pit and zipline provide an environment that lets kids get goofy without disturbing the china cabinet. 

1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5724, 92y.org). Winter session Jan 26–­June 8, one-time classes available upon request, depending on class size. Summer session begins June 15. 18 classes $666. Ages 5 to 7. 

Trapeze School New York

High flyers as young as six will master the knee-hang by the end of their first two-hour lesson. Until April 1, classes take place at an indoor studio in Long Island City. 

Pier 40, West St at Houston St (212-242-8769, newyork.trapezeschool.com). Circus Warehouse, 53-21 Vernon Blvd at Newtown Creek, Long Island City, Queens. Classes available on rolling basis, Mon-­Fri mornings $50, afternoons $60; Sat, Sun $70. One-time registration fee $22. Ages 6 and up.

Gym Chef at Gymtime

Equal parts food and fitness, this two-hour class solves the question every kid asks after she's done working up a sweat: "Can I have a snack?" First, tots settle in for a cooking lesson centered on seasonal, healthy ingredients. Then they'll rotate through a variety of gymnastics skills, including beam, bars, trampoline, vault and floor. The best part: Kids get to bring home their culinary creation. 

1520 York Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-7732, gymtime.net). Next session April 28­–June 7. Six-week session $366. Ages 3 to 4. 

JumpKidz at JumpLife

The one bad thing about being an NYC kid? Not having enough room for a trampoline. Luckily, little ones can hop over to Jump Life, the Tribeca fitness studio where workouts require the bouncy contraptions. Each child gets their own, complete with a front handlebar for support as they practice exercises and noncompetitive games that might involve balls or other fun props. Children are invited to strut their new skills in front of the class alongside the instructor. Parents can join in the excitement for an extra fee. 

404 Broadway between Canal and Walker Sts, second floor (212-966-2604, jump-life.com). Classes available on a rolling basis. First-time class $18, single class $30, 20 classes $510. Ages 5 to 12.

CrossFit Kids

CrossFit Kids may be just an easier version of the grueling fitness program, but mostly it's meant to get kids excited about moving. Activities, which vary from class to class, include everything from climbing and lifting to jumping, running and throwing and are tailored to two age groups (ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 12). The older set may start using light weights or medicine balls as they progress through the course. 

CrossFit Virtuosity, 98 Bayard St between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-720-6551, crossfitvirtuosity.com). Classes available on rolling basis. Four classes per month $140. Ages 3 to 12.

Drop-in classes at Streb Lab for Action Mechanics

We love that kiddos can sample any of Streb's spring classes—from parkour to flying trapeze, trampoline and PopAction technique—for just a one-time fee. Bonus: Adults and toddlers can get in on the action too. 

51 North 1st St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6491, streb.org). Session begins Feb 24. One-time Action class $28, one-time flying trapeze or trampoline class $35. Ages 18 months to 12 years.

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