This Weekend at the Center–

We’ve got some awesome highlights and upcoming events to bring to your attention. For the full weekend schedule, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Elementary & Middle School Member Activities
We’ve got a lot of fun new stuff. And it’s all included with Community Center Membership. Karate! GaGa Dodgeball! H2mOve: Water Performance! MY Jam Session! Friday Nights at the Center! Pool Sports and Games! Tennis! And Open Studio in the Digital Media lab!
Been a while since you’ve visited us for these programs? Stop on by!
Don’t know what we do in these programs? Check out the info-graphic below! And click on it for a larger version.Community-Center-Flyer-01

We’ve got a bunch of great plans for Halloween.
Tomorrow, October 24th, is our Friday Nights at the Center Halloween Party. Dress up, join in, rock out with all of the regular activities plus a Costume Contest, Photo Booth, Face Painting, Create-Your-Own-Haunted-House, a Skeleton Scavenger Hunt and more!
Next Friday, on Halloween Night, our Great Hall turns into the HAUNTED HALL. From 3-7pm, brave the Tunnel of Terror,  giggle with Silly Spooks, and come have fun with us! Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and we can’t wait to see all of your creative costumes!
More info here:

And finally, our weekend schedule!
Weekend Schedule (NO Movie Night)

Great Press for Songs For Seeds

Well, THIS is a glowing article about one of our favorite programs!SongsForSeedsLogo

We’ve always known Songs for Seeds is a special music class. We’re glad the writers of enjoyed it so much! They wrote the following:

“The class activities and songs stick. More importantly your toddler will run to do this class every week.”

“It’s a joy to watch babies as young as 4 months old jigging their little bodies along to the beat.”

“Oh did I mention the talent? I think so but it’s worth mentioning again. The musicians are really – really good.”

Read the whole article here, and find out more about Songs for Seeds at Manhattan youth here.

Songs For Seeds

This Seasonal Weekend at the Center

It’s starting to feel like Halloween. And we’ve got some great seasonal events coming up. More on that below. Here’s the weekend schedule.

Fun Friday Nights, Coming Right Up!
Friday Nights at the Center is one of our favorite programs–mostly because it is a time where many students come together and can participate in so many of our favorite activities all in one place! Friday Nights are included with membership, so we encourage you to give it a shot if you’ve never been. We have dinner, swimming, art, sports, digital mediaceramics, music and games all in one night!

And if that’s not enough, we wanted to let you know about some special Halloween-y events and activities happening this week and next week during Friday Nights at the Center.

Tomorrow the Junior Division will be creating seasonal wreaths in Art, and the Senior Division will be making Halloween-themed projects in Ceramics. Next Friday Night (October 24th) our art projects will be showcased in a Halloween Art Show. Also on October 24th, the Junior Division will be busy making candied apples and haunted house projects in art before playing monster freeze dance and musical pumpkins. The Senior Division will design scarecrows, participate in a costume contest, show their pearly whites in our new photo booth, enjoy a skeleton scavenger hunt and mini spider doughnut treats.

(Honestly, we’re all a little jealous that these awesome activities are just for the kids.)

And all of the fun of Friday Nights can be found at the center on the weekend! We’ve got Open Studio in the Digital Media Lab. We’ve got MY Jam Session. We’ve got Saturday Family Clay Day and Family Swim. We’ve got way too much stuff to list at the moment. Find more on ourweekend schedule.

Weekend Schedule (with Movie Night)

This Weekend at the Center

Who doesn’t love a long weekend? We sure do! We’re open, and we’d love to see you at the Center. We’d also love to inform you of a few schedule changes for this weekend.

There will be no registration classes held on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. And we’ve added an extra long Family Swim time on Monday from 2:00 – 8:30 pm. All the schedule changes can be seen below.

As the weather gets colder, we invite you inside to join us for some of our favorite early childhood programming:

Preschool Prep
2 and 3 year oldsPreschool Prep
Early childhood programs provide your child with educational stimulation in a safe environment. This daily drop off educational playgroup gives children the opportunity to gain self-confidence and independence while developing the skills needed for preschool readiness. This class focuses on lessening separation anxiety, friendship-building, socializing, and the routine of a classroom. Registration Required.

MY Baby/Mini/Mighty/Mega GymMuscle Class
This program is designed for a small group to reach milestones and progress together! Geared toward the development of each individualized age group, your child will be encouraged by our experienced early childhood leadership to focus on strengthening different muscles groups. The class curriculum will guarantee children will receive the attention they need and have the space to grow with friends! Children will be able to “move up” to the next age group each semester in order to maintain their muscle momentum. Ages 12 months to 3 years. Registration Required.

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Record Breaking Swimmers

We are so proud of our Tritons Swim Team! They’re breaking records left and right.
Tritons Swim TeamAt the first swim meet of the year, we had 94 Personal Best Times (out of 103 swims), 12 new team records, and 12 swimmers who dropped ten or more seconds off their best time!

We’d like to recognize those swimmers who joined our “Ten off the Top” club!
Azalea – 17 second drop (50 Butterfly)
Cameron – 10 second drop (50 Freestyle)
Claire – 17 second drop (50 Backstroke)
Grace – 13 second drop (50 Backstroke)
Isha – 11 second drop (50 Backstroke)
Jake – 28 second drop (50 Butterfly)
John – 12 second drop (50 Breaststroke) and 13 second drop (50 Backstroke)
Louise – 11 second drop (50 Freestyle)
Olivia – 15 second drop (50 Butterfly)
Sadie – 15 second drop (50 Backstroke)
Vadim – 16 second drop (50 Freestyle)
Weston – 11 second drop (50 Backstroke)

As well as our swimmers who set new team records!
8 & Under Records:Tritons Swim Team Paige – 50 Freestyle
Paige – 50 Breaststroke
John – 50 Backstroke
Mia – 25 Butterfly
Jake – 50 Butterfly

9 & Over Records:
Kimi – 25 Freestyle
Claire – 25 Breaststroke
Max – 25 Backstroke
Gillian – 50 Backstroke
Gabi – 25 Butterfly
Gillian – 100 I.M.

200 Freestyle Relay Record:
Ana, Adam, Otis, and Vadim

Congratulations, everyone! See you next meet!

This (busy) Weekend at the Center

Lots going on this weekend. If you’re a member, stop by to take advantage. If you’re not yet a member, email Katie to schedule a tour of the Center.

Prenatal Yoga 
Join other pregnant mamas every week in a safe environment as you prepare your body, mind and spirit for childbirth. Through yoga postures and breathing techniques, strengthen your body and mind while relieving discomforts and reducing stress. Explore postures that strengthen pelvic muscles and the reproductive system. Experience greater relaxation and calm with guided meditation. With regular practice, enjoy improved sleep, circulation and digestion. Also explore tools and strategies as you prepare to labor and birth with confidence and ease. Move mindfully and have fun while learning to trust your inner wisdom.  Leave feeling well supported and relaxed. Registration required.

Tummy Time
This time with your child will help strengthen specific muscle groups infants need to roll over, sit and crawl. Provided baby friendly toys will establish the perfect encouragement for crawling, reaching and grabbing. Mats provide a soft and sanitary surface for your child to practice crawling. Ages 4-12 Months.

Aqua Pilates
Our new Aqua Pilates class is a low-impact workout option for adults looking to increase their flexibility while challenging themselves to improve their core strength, balance, body alignment, and posture. This class incorporates elements of traditional Pilates classes, as well as yoga, calisthenics, and resistance training. Aqua Pilates is designed to use the water’s natural resistance to increase your body’s full range of motion, while stabilizing the core muscles. Over the course of the program, expect to develop strength and flexibility with fluidity and grace.

Bubble Babies
This drop-in class helps new swimmers become comfortable in and around the water. Songs and games introduce beginner swim skills (such as kicking, splashing, and blowing bubbles) and create a fun, positive experience for young children in the pool. This class is included with Family Membership to the Downtown Community Center.

Parent Survival School
The Downtown Community Center is hosting a series of workshops led by TEDx speaker Dr. Alan Schlechter. In this series, parents will learn to help their children navigate the first decade of life…and add years to their own in the process! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
We’ve gotten some great feedback about the series so far: “Perfect format for this type of information, and Dr. Alan is a great speaker.” “I was avidly jotting down  his points.

Submerge! NYC Marine Science Festival at Pier 26
This Sunday, October 5th, noted marine scientists from across the country will be making science fun for the entire family with robots, experiments, and entertainment from 11am – 3pm. The event is free! Click here for more info.

Friday Nights at the CenterFriday Nights at the Center
This drop-off program is designed to give our youth a great place to socialize and play on Friday nights, while their parents enjoy an evening out. Every Friday from 6 – 9pm, we’ve got swimming, sports, ceramics, video game design, animation, themed parties, and (my personal favorite) dinner. It’s great place for kids to socialize and play games after a week of school, and our talented counselors and teachers offer a little something for everyone.

Weekend Schedule (with Movie Night)

15% Off at Modell’s Sporting Goods

Fall is here and so is our Fall Team Weeks program sponsored by Modell’s!

Need new cleats, shinguards, knee pads, warm clothes? Modell’s is happy to offer all Manhattan Youth Members a 15% Team Weeks discount on regular AND sales priced merchandise beginning October 3rd through October 30th throughout all New York based stores. Modell’s will also donate 5% of all Manhattan Youth Team Weeks sales directly back to our organization! Please feel free to use and re-use the coupon for all your sporting needs!

Show this coupon to any Modell’s Sporting Goods location in New York and receive 15% off!

Click on the coupon below for a printable version.


BPC Block Party This Weekend!

Join us this weekend for the
Battery Park City Block Party
The BPC Block Party is back and better than ever. It’s the perfect place to see old friends, make new ones, schmooze, play, mingle, eat, and enjoy. Click here for some photos of past Block Party festivities. Come check it out if you’ve never been. Hope to see you there!

And don’t forget our regularly scheduled programming:

Weekend Schedule (NO Movie Night)

Music, Fitness, and Adult Ceramics This Weekend at the Center

There’s so much going on this weekend at the Center. Music, Zumba, Pool Sports, and Adult Ceramics. More info, plus the full schedule below.


Movie Night 9/20- This week we’re showing Monsters Inc.

MY Jam Session:
Every Saturday, the Downtown Community Center will hold an “Open Jam Session” from 12:00 – 2:00pm where kids 4th grade and up can come explore our music studio. Whether you are picking up an instrument for the first time, or coming by to rock with friends, the Open Jam Session is a great outlet for experimenting with a guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums in a comfortable environment with the help of a knowledgeable instructor.

Zumba Kids Jr.
Zumba® Kids Jr. classes are a dance ‘n’ play party for lil’ feet where pint-sized party animals get silly, dream big and begin their journey to a healthy future. This program is where 4- to 6-year-olds just let loose and can be themselves–little bundles of natural energy that are endlessly curious about new sounds and experiences! Here they can socialize, move to age-appropriate music and play games with other kids.

Aqua Zumba - This week, Center Members can bring a friend for free!
This Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness party is makin’ a splash at the Center Pool! Aqua Zumba® is perfect for those looking to add a low-impact, high-energy, aquatic exercise to their fitness routine, blending the Zumba® philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you won’t want to miss! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class, so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.

Pottery Painting
Dads can come watch the game in our lounge, while the kids paint some beautiful pottery pieces! Choose from an extensive collection of bisque ware such as mugs, plates, piggy banks and boxes to paint. We will glaze and fire your pottery so you can take the piece home for the family to enjoy!

Pool Sports
Our NEW Pool Sports and Games Club offers swimmers grades 2-5 the opportunity to learn and play aquatic games. Come join our enthusiastic, certified swim instructors during these fun drop-in sessions featuring water polo, aqua-tag, sharks and minnows, treasure hunts, raft-building contests, and more! These sessions are offered on Saturdays at 2pm and are FREE to DCC Members!

Adult Ceramics

Adult Ceramics Classes
8 week class sessions:
Section 1: Mondays 6:30- 9:00pm
Section 2: Wednesday 6:30- 9:00pm
Section 3: Thursday  6:30- 9:00pm
Students enrolled in our 8 Week Sessions enjoy Open Studio Time on Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30pm and Saturdays 11:00am – 3pm (more hours TBA).
Cost: $280 + material fee ($45 for all clay, glazes and firings used during that session).
10% Discount for Center Members (discount does not apply to material fee).

Introductory Handbuilding Class
If you’ve always wanted to roll up your sleeves to have some fun working with clay, this is your opportunity. You will learn many of the hand-building skills that are needed to make all kinds of functional and sculptural works of art. At the end of the class you can take a spin on the pottery wheel. Just be prepared to get dirty!
Section 1:  Tuesday 6:30-9pm
Section 2: Sunday 12-2:30pm
Members: $25
Non-members $50
If you sign up for our regular 8 week session, this fee will be put towards the cost of the tuition.
For More information on Adult Ceramics, email Susan.

Here’s everything that’s going on this weekend. See you soon!
Weekend Schedule (with Movie Night)

Manhattan Youth In The News–Plus a Visit from the Mayor!

Mayor de Blasio Beat-Boxing

Click here for NY1′s story about the mayor’s beat-boxing skill. Time Warner Cable customers can login to view their video.

Last Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by to beat-box with our Music Video Production class. He then gave a press conference in the courtyard of Salk School of Science (M.S. 255), one of Manhattan Youth’s new After-School sites. After discussing SONYC (“School’s Out New York City“), the mayor’s vast expansion of middle school after-school programs, de Blasio hung out with our students to sign autographs for all of them. He even took a few selfies.  Mayor de Blasio takes selfie with Manhattan Youth student

The students were smiling because they’d just met the mayor. We were smiling because we had just seen firsthand what the SONYC program will mean for New York City’s youth.

Last week was the first week of after-school under Mayor De Blasio’s initiative, which provides free after-school programs for all middle school students throughout New York City. The city will spend $145 million dollars this year, expanding city-wide after-school programs to include 71,000 seats (up from 44,000 last year). The funding comes from the Department of Youth and Community Development.

Mayor de Blasio giving press conference at MY After-School

Manhattan Youth After-School now serves 8 middle schools and well over 1,000 middle school students. In his press conference, the mayor praised Manhattan Youth by saying, “Manhattan Youth is an example of the kind of non-profit providers we turn to who are great partners, who really know how to reach middle school kids effectively.” Click here to watch the video.

But that’s not all the recognition we’ve received for our Middle School After-School programs.

In a July news segment (as previously mentioned in our blog), NY1 said “As the city expands after-school to serve every middle school student,” the Manhattan Youth After-School formula is one “officials hope to replicate city-wide.”Manhattan Youth on NY1

SONYC’s promotional video features many photos from Manhattan Youth’s middle school programs.SONYC video screenshot

The Downtown Express ran a great feature about our Middle School Summer Program and the new After-School sites to which we’ve expanded.MY in the Downtown Express


Click here to register for After-School!