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8 Ways To Keep the Olympic Spirit Alive

Sad the Olympics are nearly over? Here’s how to keep your little Olympian’s sporty spirit alive through the rest of the winter (and on into spring!)

Ice Skating at The Rink at Brookfield Place With Gregory & Petukhov
Downtown Manhattan / 2 years and up

Where else can your child learn an Olympic sport in a place founded by two actual Olympians? Here you can choose from introductory classes and lessons to customized individual athletic programs for figure skaters and hockey players. This venue has convenient daytime, evening, and weekend appointments for everyone who enjoys or wants to try ice sports. 


Open Ice Skating at Le Frak Center in Lakeside

Prospect Park, Brooklyn / 2 years and up

If you’re looking for a more informal ice skating experience, head over to the LeFrak Center’s two public ice skating rinks, one of which is covered, providing season-round skating no matter the weather. Skate with your child to his or her heart’s content, then warm up afterwards over a hot chocolate at the Bluestone Lakeside Cafe.

Park City Gymnastics
Flushing, Queens / all ages

Is your child more future gymnast than future skater? The goal of Park City Gymnastics is to provide your child with a safe, nurturing, and challenging environment that will enable them to make a smooth transition to independent learning. The program grows and changes with your child.


Forest Hills Rhythmic Gymnastics and Dance
Forest Hills, Queens / 4 years and up

For something different from classic gymnastics, come check out this Queens provider of rhythmic gymnastics. In rhythmic gymnastics, complex strength exercises are combined with apparatus handling and various forms of dance. The staff is filled with highly skilled coaches with a small instructor-to-student ratio, so your child will receive significant personal attention.

Physique Swimming
Upper East Side, Downtown Manhattan, Lower East Side, Midtown East, Midtown West, and Harlem / 6 months and up

Think you’ve got the next Michael Phelps on your hands? Physique Swimming is a comprehensive aquatics program with classes ranging from babies to adults, catering to all levels and abilities.  Using their unique and dynamic teaching methods, Physique Swimming’s experienced staff will take your child from beginner to master-swimmer.


Swimtastic NYC at New York Sports Club
Upper East Side / all ages

Or you can check out this private swim lesson provider on the Upper East Side. Swimtastic NYC teaches children the basic and essential swimming skills to make them more comfortable and confident swimmers. For students of ages and levels.

Upper 90 Soccer Center
Astoria / 2 ½ – 16 years old

If you’re raising the next soccer star who’s missing the field during these long winter months, bring them to Upper 90 Soccer Center, the premier soccer space in Queens with a 3,200 square foot indoor soccer turf field. Hours of high-energy fun for kids age 18 months and up!

Elite Skills Basketball Training
Bayside, Queens / 5 years and up

Or maybe you have a future basketball star in your home. Elite Skills is a skills development training camp which not only trains children in the fundamentals of basketball, but also teaches them responsibility, accountability, and teamwork. Their mission is to equip members with the necessary tools to compete at any level of organized basketball.

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