Looking for ways to keep your brood active? NYC's best free programs for kids examine different fields in a fun, relaxing enviornment where youngsters can conquer unchartered territory and meet other little New Yorkers in the process. Added bonus? Parents won't have to shell out the big bucks for an epic experience.
No matter the area of interest—art, sports, tech, the environment—these free classes for kids cover a ride array of subjects that will spice up any day of the week. Visit your local park or library to see some of the offerings. Don't wait too long to snag a spot for your crew!
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Free classes for kids in NYC
Tech-savvy tykes can follow in Steve Jobs' footsteps with free Apple programs at various locations throughout NYC. Coding with Sphero Robots is an opportunity for young students to embark on a three-day course that teaches the fundamentals of coding, which ultimately allow them to bring their robots to life. Learn more here. Ages 8–12.
Budding engineers cannot possibly pass up an offer to create a masterpiece with their favorite toy bricks. Thanks to the monthly building spree at various LEGO locales, kids will be able to bring the blueprints in their minds to life. Even better? Participants will get swag of their own after participating in the event. The Monthly Build requires registration. More info is available here. Ages 6–14.
When your kiddos are done perusing the shelves for their new favorite read, let them join the afternoon Color-Me-Happy program at Sedgwick Library (Tuesdays at 3:30pm). This laid-back offering provides the space for kiddos to get creative and explore new ideas with their artwork. Learn more here. New York Public Library, Sedgwick Branch, Morris Heights (nypl.org/locations/sedgwick). Ages 3–5 and 6–12.
Not only do NYC parks offer a chance to unwind in some greenery, but they also give youngsters a chance to learn a few new things. The Tinker Program, held in the Lewis Latimer House Museum, lets budding techies learn more about robotics, engineering and coding. Learn more here. Ages 7–13. Lewis Latimer House Museum, Flushing (latermiernow.org/tinker-lab/).
Teens aren't left out of the action, so don't sweat it moms and dads. This New York Public Library program (various locations) combines the best of STEM and music to make beats extra jam-worthy. Learn more here. Ages 13–18.
Get a glimpse of Brooklyn Bridge Park like you've never seen it before. When parents enroll little ones in the free drop-in programs at the Educational Center, kiddies will enjoy themed crafts and stories after exploring East Coast underwater creatures in the small aquarium. Learn more here. Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO (brooklynbridgepark.org). All ages.
Time to spruce up on those swings, shoots and throws. People might say think New Yorkers don't have enough outdoor space, but when parks across the five boroughs offer free sports programs year-round—baseball, golf, flag football, cycling, tennis, track and more—they'll get the same backyard feeling as kiddos in the 'burbs. Learn more here. Ages 8 and up.
What better place to unleash your creativity than the gorgeous grounds at Bryant Park? This quaint green space in the heart of Midtown (with the help of Private Picassos) welcomes kiddies to enjoy themed workshops (various times) where they'll construct a craft to take home. Make sure to register online. Learn more here. Ages 1–10. Bryant Park, Midtown (bryantpark.org).