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Winter Drop-In Class Round Up!

On a cold and snowy winter day like today, it’s easy to get stir crazy inside if you don’t have any regularly scheduled classes. Luckily, it’s easy to search Kidz Central Station for one-time drop-in classes, where you can pop in with your kids for some fun and excitement without a lot of planning ahead. Here’s a round up of some of the great drop-in class options in NYC:

Valentine's Day Love HeartsKidz Central Station’s Pop-Up Classes! February is a busy month for Kidz Central Station! We’re hosting three awesome one-time pop up classes, including two Valentine’s Day celebrations! The first is on February 4, and is a super fun tumbling party at the JCC. Next we’ll visit The Art Farm on February 11, where kids will celebrate all things love with music, art, and of course, animals! Our final February pop-up is a Gymboree Upper East Side Valentine’s Day party, which will bring love music, and play to kids on February 19! So come for the classes, and stay for open play and amazing treats!

Moosiki Kids. Interactive music and movement classes in Murray Hill and the Upper West Side, Moosiki Kids classes are for adults and children ages four months to three years. Blending traditional musical learning with a more relaxed, rock-and-roll style, kids will have fun playing musical instruments and enjoying some fun with a parachute, puppets, and other various props. You can purchase a full semester at a much lower rate (until today, 1/26!), discounted multi-class packs, or single drop-in classes whenever you need them.

JCC ManhattanBaby Play at the J. For kids ages three and younger, the JCC offers several different drop-in classes to suit every age and skill level! For babies ages six months and younger, there’s Tummy Time, a perfect first music and movement class, where little ones strengthen muscles in a playful and relaxed environment. Then there’s Baby Play at the J, a FREE drop-in for six to 12 month olds to enjoy open play in JCC’s open play space. Finally, kids age one to three years old will love Tumblin’ Time at the J, an hour of open play for big kids to climb, jump, and swing with the help of JCC’s expert instructors.

Scribble Art. A brand new program to Kidz Central Station, Scribble Art offers two different drop-in classes this winter, a Mini Scribblers class, which is an extension of their semester art class of the same name for kids age 18 months to three years, and Open Sensory Play Party, a fun way for toddlers 18 months to four years to touch, explore, and play with different art materials. Both classes give little ones the opportunity to use their creative sides and both are weekend drop-ins offered on January 31 and February 7!

Kids at Work. If you live in the Chelsea area (or are close enough to walk to West 27th Street), Kids at Work should be your go-to spot for one-time kids’ classes. All of their programs are drop-ins, so you can pop in any time for soccer, yoga, dance, music, baby classes, and so much more. Classes can be purchased one at a time or in multi-packs of up to 57 classes, and there are tons of class options so kids can try a new class each week!

And of course, there’s more! Check out Kidz Central Station for drop-in classes in your neighborhood!

5 Open Play Escapes for Kids in NYC

NYC is a fantastic place to raise kids, but small living spaces can often result in little ones climbing the walls and adults getting extreme cabin fever. Kids’ programs that offer open play in addition to classes really get it—sometimes parents need a kid-friendly spot to escape to when the usual toys and games just won’t cut it.

Kidz Central Station has some great options for open play, including play spaces that are open all seven days a week, and programs that offer open play in addition to enrolled classes. So if it’s raining, too cold for the park, or when you feel the walls closing in on your apartment, check out some of these awesome places for kids to run, jump around, and let out some energy.


TLB Music
TLB’s playroom is every kid’s dream: an indoor play space with slides, a play kitchen and market, soft blocks, a rock climbing mountain, ride-on cars, a reading nook, puzzles . . . the list goes on. Open seven days a week, parents can visit this Upper East Side favorite at their convenience, and purchase single visits or five-packs in advance.

A state-of-the-art gym on the Upper East Side, Gymtime is known for a variety of great classes for kids of all ages. While the program doesn’t offer open play all day long or for every child, anyone enrolled in the Tiny Tots program (age 7–18 months) gets unlimited complimentary open play during designated hours of the week. Parents/caregivers and kids can drop in at their leisure for play time in the Tiny Tot mini gym, which includes, slides, mats, mini trampolines, and more.


Creative Dream Parties
Known for creating amazing birthday party celebrations, Creative Dream Parties now hosts open play Monday through Wednesday from 10am–12pm in its 3,000-square-foot space in Murray Hill. Kids can run, dance, laugh and play and use their imagination to create their own fun experiences. Snacks and drinks are included and drop-offs are available to give parents a quick break during the day.

Kids at Work
A Chelsea program known for its flexible schedule of drop-in classes, Kids at Work also offers a Free Baby Playdate each week, where parents and kids (newborn to 12 months) can socialize and play in the program’s cool, sunlit, 1,000-square-foot space. The play area includes age-appropriate toys, manipulatives, balls, and tunnel, and open play is offered every Monday at 1pm.

PLAY GreenpointPlay Greenpoint
For Brooklynites in the Greenpoint area, PLAY Greenpoint is the perfect spot to spend an hour, an afternoon, or even a full day. Kids up to seven years old can explore various play areas, a wide-open tumbling gym, a music and art studio, and more, and for the littlest babies, there is a designated baby area for crawling around or quiet time. Parents and caregivers also have access to a sitting and feeding area, which includes a beverage center stocked with ice coffee, water, and juice, as well as a microwave for any food you want to bring.