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5 Awesome Programs for Kids’ Winter Classes!

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Doesn’t it seem like we were all just signing up our kids for fall classes? Somehow it’s already December, and we can’t believe the start of the winter semester is less than a month away. If you’re looking for a new program to keep your kids busy during the coming winter months, here are some great options for kids’ winter classes on Kidz Central Station that definitely won’t disappoint.

The Art Farm in the City. One of the only kids’ programs in NYC to focus on nature and animals, The Art Farm in the City is a favorite on the Upper East Side. Kids as young as six months old can drop in for Play Time, and there is a great variety of semester classes for all ages like the Farm Foodies Cooking Class and Laurie Berkner’s The Music in Me. Classes start the week of January 5, so be sure to reserve your seat now!

JCC in Manhattan. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the JCC in Manhattan offers a great variety of kids’ classes in ballet, sports, tumbling, tennis, and more. So no matter what you’re looking for, this program is sure to have it. JCC is even offering winter Little Maestros classes (the popular kids’ music program that started on the Upper East Side), which is now 10% off on Kidz Central Station with code MAESTRO10 until December 11. If you live on the Upper West Side, this one is a no brainer.

Soc Roc. With tons of great reviews on Kidz Central Station, Soc Roc is a fan favorite for soccer classes in NYC. Offering sessions throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Soc Roc’s classes are a great way for little ones to learn soccer skills and teamwork while running around and having fun. Classes start at age 18 months, so kids can learn about this great sport at an early age.

Gymboree. This popular program is known for its Play & Learn enrichment classes, where babies learn developmental skills and are exposed to music, movement, and tons of age-appropriate activities. But beyond this great program, Gymboree also offers a whole lot more: art, music, open play, and even preschool prep classes. There are many locations throughout Manhattan, so no matter where you live, there is sure to be a Gymboree nearby.

Physique Swimming. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean little ones should wait until summer to learn to swim! Physique Swimming offers lessons for kids of all ages in locations throughout Manhattan, including the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Harlem, and FiDi. For the littlest swimmers, Me and My Shadow teaches the basics: splashing, bubbles, and being comfortable in the water; while more experienced students can take beginner and advanced classes to continue learning new strokes and skills. There are tons of class times available (on weekends too!) to fit everyone’s busy schedules.

There are so many programs on Kidz Central Station offering awesome winter classes, we can’t even begin to list them all here! Search the site by age, location, class type, and more to find exactly what you’re looking for!

Where to Find the Best Music Classes in NYC

With fall in full swing, finding the best kids’ classes is on the minds of so many NYC parents. And with so many options, what classes do you choose? At Kidz Central Station, we’ve found that the one class that is universally loved by kids (and parents) is music. Music classes are fun and lighthearted, they help with language and cognitive development, and kids respond to music the way adults do—it makes us feel happy and at ease.

So if you want your little ones to learn about making melodies, playing instruments, and keeping rhythm, Kidz Central Station has the market on music classes—from private flute lessons to classes featuring a real live band! Here are a few great options in NYC:

Little Maestroslittlemaesrtos (Upper East Side, Union Square; Age 4 months–3 years) An award-winning NYC program, Little Maestros takes music to a whole new level. With a full band, puppet shows, musical story time, dance parties, and more, this program makes it easy for kids to learn about music and have fun at the same time. Tip: Little Maestros offers a great after work class at the Upper East Side location, so working parents can enjoy a class with their little ones at the end of the day.

Music for Aardvarks (Most neighborhoods in NYC, Age 6 months–4 years) With tons of locations throughout NYC, Music for Aardvarks was created almost 20 years ago, and is based around the program’s original songs, rhythms, and chants. Classes incorporate singing, dancing, instrument playing, and more, and many songs reflect the city we all live in and love, with songs like “Taxi, Taxi Ridin’ in the Back Seat”. What NYC kid isn’t familiar with that? What’s more, each child receives a free Music for Aardvarks CD, so they can jam to their favorite songs at home.

Music with Jamesbaby playing xylophone (Murray Hill, Upper East Side; Age 4 months–4 years) A great drop-in option, 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 sing, dance, shake maracas, and play along. Classes can be bought one at a time or in packs of ten, so you can sign up and drop-in as you please.

NYC Flute Instruction (Upper West Side; Age 4+) Taught by Laura Thompson, a professional flutist for over 15 years, this program includes group and private flute lessons for kids age four and up. Kids can take introductory classes to get a feel for playing this beautiful instrument, and experienced flutists can join ensemble classes and learn to play with an experienced bunch.

Vienna MusicFlute_Teacher_and_girl_playing (Bayside; Age 3+) This fantastic program focuses on professional music development with top-notch classrooms, upscale instruments, professional and experienced instructors, and student placement based on individual skill level. From private flute lessons to group classes teaching the fundamentals of music (classes include singing and playing musical games and exercises), you can’t go wrong with a music class here.

And that’s just a small selection of the best music classes in NYC on Kidz Central Station. Check out our full listing of programs for fall!