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Add These 6 Fall Drop-In Activities to Your List

While it’s great to enroll your kids in a handful of semester activities, it’s also nice to have a free day (or two) for play dates, relaxing at home, and drop-in activities. Our lives are so scheduled these days, it’s nice to not always have to plan so far ahead!

If you’re looking for an activity or two that doesn’t require scheduling months in advance, here are a few of our picks for drop-in classes—from unique activities that are new to the site this season to favorites we’ve had on Kidz Central Station for some time now.

The Brand New:

Krav Maga Experts
If you’ve never heard of it before, Krav Maga is a self-defense style based on Israeli military principles—and Krav Maga experts, located in the East Village and Upper West Side, offers classes for kids! Sessions here help children improve balance, self-esteem, discipline, and focus, and sharpen insight and intuition when avoiding and escaping potentially-harmful predicaments. This class is great for kids age four and up!

Manhattan Fencing Center
Let your child take a “stab” at fencing this fall! Manhattan Fencing Center is home to the Olympic Silver Medal Saber Team (Beijing), three top eight finishers in the London Olympics, and many members of the U.S. National Men’s and Women’s Saber Team—so the instructiors here really know what they’re doing. With an intro package here, kids age seven and up will learn the basics through two private lessons and two group lessons—plus equipment! Classes take place in Manhattan Fencing Center’s Midtown West location and can be scheduled when it’s convenient for your child.

This Long Island City program offers an array of unique drop-in classes in the Japanese arts. Kids as young as five can pop in to learn awesome skills such as Manga Drawing and Animation, Crocheting and Amigurumi Making, and Japanese Classical Dance—classes you can’t find just anywhere! The program also offers traditional Japanese Karate classes taught by an expert instructor, for those interested in martial arts. Most classes are scheduled for after school, so they will fit perfectly into any child’s school schedule.

The Good Old:

standard_silviya_12_10_classEvolution Enrichment Center
If you’re looking for a drop-in class and live downtown, this place truly has it all. Located on the Lower East Side, Evolution Enrichment Center offers some great and interesting classes for kids age two and up. From a music class focused on songs around the world to Rhythmic Gymnastics—their signature class—there is so many different activities for kids to try. This fall, they are also offering a Gifted and Talented test prep class that uses SMART Boards, touch screen technology, and hands-on manipulatives to prepare little ones for entrance into the G&T program.

Music with James
Music with James is just what the name implies—small, intimate music classes with James Humphrey, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, who for the past ten years has been performing at children’s events and leading music classes throughout Manhattan. At each class he plays a variety of different musical styles and instruments, while children age four months to four years sing, dance, shake maracas, and play along. Classes take place in Murray Hill and can be bought one at a time or in packs of ten—so you can sign up and drop-in as you please.

The Art Farm in the City
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While The Art Farm is known for it’s awesome semester classes, luckily for all of us, they also offer two different drop-in sessions at their Upper East Side location—Open Play Time and Fun Fridays on the Farm! Open Play Time is offered Monday through Thursday afternoons and includes animal time, arts and crafts, and creative play in the playroom, and, as the name implies, Fun Fridays on the Farm is on Friday mornings, and kids can enjoy baking, arts/crafts, music, singing, and plenty of cuddling with animals. If you live in Midtown there’s a class for you as well—The Art Farm has teamed up with Creative Dream Parties for a drop-in Play Time with Animals class on Thursdays!

Piccolo Picassos, 74th St Magic, NYC drop-in class

3 Great NYC Drop-In Class Options This Week!

We are excited to have 74 St. MAGIC join us at Kidz Central Station!  74th St. MAGIC is one of the NYC’s most comprehensive enrichment programs with a wide array of classes in their Mini MAP program (early preschool enrichment), MAP program (preschool alternative classes), and MAGIC program (music, art, gymnastics and cooking classes). This week, we wanted to share with you some fun drop-in class options that you may want to try and it’s easy to register!

Tumblin’ Kids: Age-appropriate gymnastic skills for ages 3.5-4 years old, are taught through a progression on all apparatus and tumbling circuits in MAGIC’s spacious, modern gym. Olympic equipment includes bars, balance beams, vaulting horse, rings and in-ground trampoline. Low student-to-instructor ratio ensures personalized instruction and safety. This popular drop-in class is offered Mondays at 1:30 PM and Wednesdays at 4:45 PM.

Music, Art & Storytime: For ages 2-3 years old, this favorite encompasses hands-on art projects and interactive musical activities. For every child under 3 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Each class begins with a story, which is imaginatively and dramatically told, and then progresses to a themed art project, which may include painting, collage, easel work or drawing. The class wraps up with musical activities such as singing, finger plays, rhythm instruments and other forms of self-expression.
This drop-in class is available on Tuesdays at 10:15 AM and Thursdays at 9:30 AM.

Piccolo Picassos: For ages 2-5 years old, children explore various art mediums and materials through creative hands-on projects. For every child under 3 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and visual/spatial processing are addressed alongside creative exploration. Children are encouraged to express themselves without worrying about making a mess! This drop-in class is available on Fridays at 9:30 AM.

To learn more on 74th St. MAGIC & see even more of their drop-in classes offered throughout the week, visit them on Kidz Central Station!  If these classes don’t fit your schedule use KCS to search by date, time, age, location or class type to find the perfect class.