Back to school, back to school … are you excited? Relieved? Sad? All the emotions at once?
We feel you, parents! No matter the age of your kiddo, back-to-school time can be a major shift from summer felt by the whole family. If you’re missing the spontaneity and carefree days of summer and want to add some extracurriculars to your child’s schedule, check out our roundup of some of our favorite afterschool activities below!
Brooklyn Boulders Kids Academy
Long Island City / 5 – 12 years old
Brooklyn Boulders Kids Academy is an afterschool program that teaches children the mental, physical, and social aspects of climbing with a fun and engaging belay staff. Activities include bouldering, roped climbing, stretching, climbing games, slacklining, and most importantly, teamwork and social interaction! Gear included.
Chocolate Works Back to School Fun
Upper West Side / 3 – 15 years old
Bring an apple to the teacher and keep the rest for yourself! Smother Oreos and pretzels in chocolate to make “apples” everyone will gobble up. Make chocolate school supplies. Take a dip in our 4’ fountain. Bring your classmates to start off the school year with some fun!
The Craft Studio
Upper East Side / 3 – 15 years old
If your child is in the mood for something crafty after school, The Craft Studio is the perfect place to let their imaginations run wild. It’s located in a beautifully-decorated, spacious studio with an incredibly fun and creative staff. With Toddler Art, Arts & Craft Walk-in Hour, and Tween Drop-Off Mini Camp, there’s something here for kids of nearly all ages.
The Creative Kitchen
Upper West Side / 2 – 6 years old
Feel like indulging in some afterschool cooking classes? The Creative Kitchen team teaches age-appropriate recipes that focus on kid-friendly themes, colors, numbers, and shapes. Little hands are kept busy creating healthful snacks using fresh, wholesome ingredients while also practicing other age-appropriate developmental skills. Little chefs eat their creations and leave with a happy belly!
Creatively Wild Art Studio
Dumbo / 2 – 17 years old
Unleash their inner artist after school! Whether your child is a complete beginner or a seasoned artist, Creatively Wild is dedicated to empowering them with art ‘tools’ to find the freedom of true creative self-expression. Choose from Toddler Afternoon Adventure, Still Life Drawing and Painting, Learn to Draw, Teens Painting, and more.
NoHo / 2 – 12 years old
This cooking and craft studio is designed to teach your little ones all about healthy, mindful eating through fun and dynamic cooking classes and competitions. Classes are taught in age-appropriate increments—choose from Little Chefs, Young Chefs Cooking Camp, and Junior Chefs classes.
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Midtown West / 5 – 17 years old
If your kid wants some more hands-on learning after school, take them to The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. It’s an educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets, and a guided missile submarine! Fun and educational for adults and kids alike.
Kids Jiu Jitsu
Midtown East / 3 – 14 years old
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art that is an ever-evolving, practical form of self-defense. If your child has some pent-up energy after school and wants to put it to good use, come by and choose from Weekday Play classes for 3- to 7-year-olds, or Kids JV Jiu Jitsu for 4- to 14-year-olds.
Pro Swing Baseball Afterschool Baseball
Port Chester / 6 – 8 years old
Come out and play some baseball! This is a 25,000 square-foot modern indoor training center for softball and baseball boasting space, equipment, and a highly experienced professional staff. Kids will learn the basic skills of pitching, hitting, throwing, sliding, fielding, and the rules of the game. All this done in a safe environment where sportsmanship, fun and success are used to foster a love for the game of baseball.
Pure Yoga West
Upper West Side / Prenatal – 13 years old
Help them calm down after a school day with some yoga! Choose from Mini Bean Yoga for 3- to 6-year-olds, Bean Yoga for 6- to -9-year-olds, or Tween Yoga for 9- to 13-year-olds.
Ready Set Go Children’s Only Fitness
Elmsford / 5 – 13 years old
Another great way to burn off excess energy, Ready Set Go Children Only Fitness provides high-quality afterschool care and activities personalized for your kid’s unique needs. The facility combines resistance circuit training with a world-class nutrition curriculum that is specifically designed for each child.