Classes for kids under $50
Preschoolers and kindergarteners will don aprons for this hands-on cooking class geared toward chefs with short attention spans. In just 90 minutes, kids will learn about kitchen safety, cook or bake three recipes, set the table and practice good manners. And who knows? Maybe little chefs will enjoy the class so much that they’ll want to help mom and dad in the kitchen at home. $45. Ages 4–6.
Dropping some sick beats might not be a typical mom-and-me activity, but it turns out that DJing is especially beneficial for kiddos’ development. Songs, games, dances and colorful disco lights all stimulate the senses, while playing with instruments and equipment helps develop fine motor skills. Parents have to accompany budding DJs to this class, but luckily all age groups can enjoy the school’s original music. $30. Ages 2 months to 5 years.
Aspiring artists will have all the time they need to express themselves in this three-hour afternoon class. Teachers bring out the acrylic paints and let kids’ creativity run free—how they choose to spend the next few hours is up to them. At the end of class, they’ll be able to take home a brand new work of art to hang on the wall. $50. Ages 6–10.
“Judge me by my size, do you?” Yoda’s famous quote applies just as well to young jedis who sign up for this introductory lightsaber class. The expert instructors will teach kids to wield lightsabers in accordance with the principles of longsword and kendo. May the force be with you! $10. Ages 5–12.
Sugar rush alert! New York City’s next great bakers will practice frosting and icing techniques on freshly baked cookies at this confection shop. Kids can take home as many as six sugar cookies at the end of class—though we’d recommend rationing the sweets, for your sake. $30. Ages 6–12.
Even if they don’t have natural acting chops, kids can surely benefit from the number one rule of improv: Always respond to a question with “yes.” Wannabe actors will have plenty of room to express themselves and experiment with improv in this hour-long class on the Upper West Side. Though kids can sign up for one class at a time, those who choose to stick around for the whole trimester will get the chance to show off their skills in an open classroom recital. $29.50. Ages 5 and up.
A bounce house, trampoline, foam pit, zipline and climbing rope are just a few of the fun-filled activities at this over-the-top party. The 92nd Street Y gymnastic coaches will lead kids in relay races, gymnastic games and structured playtime for three hours of nonstop fun. There’s even pizza for dinner! The only question we have is how can adults get in on the fun? $45. Ages 4–13.
Badum-tish! Kiddos will coax metallic claps, deep booms and other good vibrations from the drum set in this 45-minute beginner’s class at a Dumbo studio. The instructor will cover hand and foot techniques, basic fills, exercise methods and play-along songs. $50. Ages 5–9.
Arts and crafts fuses with education in this global cultures class. Instead of the standard finger paintings and popsicle stick sculptures, students will work on art projects from around the world, like Brazilian Carnival masks and Kente cloth weaving. Kids will not only leave with new artwork, but also with an expanded worldview. $28. Ages 4–6.
You can’t just throw toddlers into a full-throttle soccer match and expect them to excel—no, you’ve got to ease them into the sport slowly, with songs, games and lots of positive reinforcement. The coaches at Kids at Work use skill-building activities to build kids’ soccer skills in a non-competitive environment. Worry about winning later: This class is all about having fun! $46. Ages 2–3.