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7 Ways to Move and Play on the Upper West Side

This uptown neighborhood is all about families, so it comes as no surprise that there are TONS of ways to get your kiddies moving on the Upper West Side!

From shooting hoops to stretching and bending with baby to tumbling in gymnastics, we’ve got all the best ways to get your little ones moving and shaking in your hood all summer long. Read on for our full list of UWS active fun below.

Amazing Athletes
Upper West Side / 2 – 3 years old

Their unique programs help to develop key motor skills and instill the values and advantages of structured active play for healthy habits and benefits that can last a lifetime. Little athletes are each taught at their own pace, helping them to meet, master, and exceed their motor development milestones and personal goals.


Pure Yoga 
Upper West Side / Prenatal – 6 months

Whether you’re an expectant mama or ready to stretch and bend with baby, this yoga studio offers classes to nurture moms—and dads—out there. Baby Yoga & Me features fun poses and songs for little yogis while prenatal classes focus on strengthening the abdominals.

Four Corners Creative
Upper West Side / 2 – 6 years old 

This boutique arts and fitness company focuses on each student’s unique journey to develop confidence, character, and leadership skills. They offer classes in acting, music, dance, and fitness.


Valor Mixed Martial Arts NYC
Upper West Side / 3 – 12 years old 

If you’re looking to get your kids into martial arts, try out one of these fast-paced, high energy, and encouraging classes created for all ages, skill levels, shapes, and sizes. The instructors challenge each student to work their hardest.

Elliot’s Classes
Upper West Side, West 86th / Upper West Side, West 79th / 6 weeks  – 14 years old

This gym/preschool alternative, founded by the infamous Elliot, offers up classes that focus on movement and development. Your little explorers can climb and jump in open play, tumble and roll in gymnastics, leap through a ballet class, and more.


Hands on Hoops 
Upper West Side / 3 – 5 years old 

At their Little Dunkers class, kids will learn about team, sharing the basketball, building up a positive attitude, being resilient, and learning through having fun. And of course, little athletes will learn correct basketball skills on adjustable baskets, including passing, catching, shooting, dribbling, playing on the toes, and bending the knees.

Ballet with Meagan
Upper West Side / 2 – 5 years old 

Dancers explore circle stretches, story dances, rhythm exercises, traveling steps, and some free-form improvisation. Children practice moving as a group, cooperating, and following directions. This class is also a great introduction to basic ballet vocabulary, posture, and alignment.

Want to discover and book more new activities in NYC? Check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro for more Big Apple fun! 

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