This Weekend at the Center

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank You for Coming to the MY Family Festival!FamilyFest1
We had a blast at the Manhattan Youth Family Festival this weekend! New and prospective members enjoyed a evening of activities including designing video game levels in Open Studio, Making Jewelry, making pots on the pottery wheel in Ceramics, exploring in Lego Building, rocking out in MY Jam Session, hanging out with our bearded dragons and turtle in Animal Hour, playing Gaga Dodgeball, jumping in the pool for Family Swim & eating some popcorn during Movie Night in the Great Hall. We filled up all four of the floors of our Downtown Community Center and were happy to host and spend time with everyone that came out. It was so much fun that we might just be doing it again in the near future.

Did you know you can earn $50 by referring a friend for a new membership. If you love being a member of the Downtown Community Center, let your friends know why–and when they sign up to become members, make sure they list your name in the referral field in our online registration form to receive a $50 credit to your account.

Holiday Closures
Please note that the Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on the following dates & times:

Wednesday, November 26 – CLOSING EARLY at 6:30pm. We will have After-School and Swim Lessons, but no swim team practice.
Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, 11/30 – CLOSED

Enjoy your holiday!

And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the full weekend schedule:

MY Jam Session — Come rock out with us!

MY Jam Session
More than anything, music should be about having fun. MY Jam Session is your chance to let loose on the drums, rock out on guitar, and turn it up to 11 like you can’t do at home! For 2 hours every Saturday, we will open up our underground music studio to our members and let kids feel what it’s like to jam out on drums, guitar, bass, or keyboard. Our Songs for Seeds Band leader and veteran NYC musician Corey will be there to guide any newcomers, and to help with proper technique for our more advanced players.

Come explore our music studio. MY Jam Session runs Saturday from 12:00 – 2:00 pm for kid, 4th grade and up. Whether you are picking up an instrument for the first time, or coming by to rock with friends, the MY 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.
MY Jam Session

Manhattan Youth Teams are City Soccer Champs!

Two of our soccer teams are 2014 NYC Middle School Soccer Champions! How can there be two champions, you ask? Our teams won both the girls and boys divisions. The I.S. 276 girls team and the I.S. 289 boys team both came away victorious last Sunday, November 16 after two great games at Icahn Stadium.

SoccerChamps2Losing last year in the Downtown Semi-Finals to their sibling-school, I.S. 289, the I.S. 276 Chargers Girls Soccer Team came out this year wanting to prove themselves. And that’s exactly what they did– through determination, focus, and team work.

The Chargers Girls Soccer Team capped off an amazing undefeated season on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Hunter Middle School.  Led by a group of standout 8th graders and fantastic 7th graders, the Chargers were almost impossible to score against all season long. They dominated the possession game, keeping the ball away from their own goal and scoring when they had the opportunity. Mavi Celebi (7th grade) capitalized twice, putting the ball into the back of the net and giving the Chargers an early 2 goal lead in the first half. During the second half Hunter came out strong and hungry, giving the Chargers a hard-fought battle until the final whistle. In the end the Chargers were able to hold their own, bringing home the first place title.
Top Row (L to R): Cynthia De Leon (Coach), Ella Curtis, Katie-Jo Fenton, Charlotte Mim Dow, Lena D’ Amico, Amy Glendening, Ava Aldrich, Amelia Negrete, Samantha Qureshi (Coach) Bottom Row (L to R): Marie Sullivan, Tiffany Lin, Monica Sullivan, Nicole Kovach, Mavi Celebi, Amy Lischin, Maya Arnott

SoccerChamps3In the boys match, the I.S. 89 Cougars won their 3rd NYC championship, 1 – 0 over Computer School in a rematch of last year’s final.  In the first half, IS89 Cougars had some great chances, but couldn’t get the ball in the net. Goalkeeper Luke Chavez had a great save at the end of the first half to keep it 0-0.  With some changes in strategy by Coach James Herlihy in the second half, the Cougars came out on fire. With a quick flick on from Will Tibbals, Julian Reiss scored the game-winning goal.
Pictured above: (in no particular order) Will Tibbals, Spenser McCoy, Julian Reiss, Ethan Cheung, Dylan Minnick, Malcolm Heathcote, Luke Chavez, Quincy Ciosek, Edon Mirzo, Kai Carse, Daniel Guild, Andreas Muller

The middle school leagues consist of over 40 teams that play each other during after school and on weekends.  Manhattan Youth sports teams at these schools, and at six other middle schools in Manhattan – Ella Baker, Eastside Middle School, Salk, Clinton, PPAS and Quest – are part of the SONYC program supported by DYCD.

TEDYouth at the Center this Weekend

You all know what TED Talks are. This weekend, TEDYouth is coming to Manhattan Youth. We will begin streaming this awesome conference this Saturday at 11am at the Downtown Community Center.

TEDYouth is a free, day-long event for 400 middle and high school students that will feature live speakers, student activities and great conversation. Experts from all different fields from science to design, technology, art, education, and popular culture will present brief talks about their ideas and interests for students around the world. For students who are not intending to attend the event in person, TED is offering the opportunity to stream the conference online. Some activities will be specifically targeted to online participants.

– is the link to access the live stream of the conference at 11 am.
– is the link to watch a tour of the conference given by the Programs Coordinator specifically to the streaming audiences at 1:30 pm. is the email address people should reach out to if they are having technical issues with the stream.
– During the breaks there will be speakers from the previous session who will answer questions from the live stream audience. If students have a question they want to ask, they can either a) tweet it to @TEDYouth or b) email it to before the breaks begin.

Weekend Sports
Tennis has been super fun and successful. And we now have tennis classes for 3 and 4 year olds at the Center! Here are some Weekend Sports programs we wanted to highlight.

MY Tumble Tots
Zumba Kids Jr.
Pool Sports & Games

Tennis Tikes
Tennis Aces @ Spruce Street
Gym Sports @ Spruce Street
Intro to Ballet

And our full weekend schedule:

Manhattan Youth Family Festival

We’re throwing a party for you. Yes, YOU!

The event is free and is geared toward families with children in elementary school (K-5th grade).

All four levels of our Community Center will turn into activity spaces including:

Family Movie Night
Family Swim in the Pool
MY Clubhouse
Gaga Dodgeball
MY Jam Session
Open Studio in the Digital Media Lab
Jewelry Making
Animal Hour
Xbox Tournament
Pizza and Pretzel Station in the Kitchen

When? This Saturday, November 15th from 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Where? The Downtown Community Center

For your free ticket, click here and enter the promotional code “myfamfest.”

This Weekend at the Center

Winter is not yet officially here, but the Community Center’s Winter Schedule is! Here are a few highlights that we wouldn’t want you to miss!

It’s getting cold outside, but our pool is kept at a warm 86-88 degrees throughout the school year! We are adding new swim classes and opening up more spots in lessons both during the week and weekends for children of all ages.
Class fees will be prorated for the session with the option of rolling your child’s registration over to the Spring Semester starting February 1st. Please contact us at to discuss class recommendations and openings for your child based on his/her age and swim ability.
We look forward to seeing you at the pool!

Gym Sports and Games 
Each week, our instructors have a different sport or activity for families, from basketball, to soccer, to an awesome tricycle obstacle course!
Sundays at Spruce St. School at 9:40am for 2-4 year olds; at 10:30am for 2-6 year olds

MY Tennis Clinics
Tennis is back, and we’re excited to announce that we are an official USTA Kid’s Tennis Club!
Wednesday at the Center at 1:45pm for 3 year olds; 2:30pm for 4 year olds
Sunday at the Center at 9:30am for 3 year olds; 10:15am for 4 year olds;
Sunday at Spruce St. School at 11:30am for 5-6 year olds; 12:30pm for 7-8 year olds; 1:30pm for 9-10 year olds

MY Gymnastics
Now open to 2, 3, and 4 year olds, this new program introduces little ones to the exciting world of gymnastics. In this non-competitive environment, instructors will focus on safety and technique while encouraging independence and confidence. Registration required.
Thursday at 1:45pm for 2-3 year olds; 2:30pm for 3-4 year olds

MY Soccer
Also non-competitive and open to 2, 3 and 4 year olds, MY Soccer promotes fun above all else! Children will engage in a variety of games that complement their soccer skills and promote physical activity and overall athleticism. The class is designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, team work, and self confidence in your child. Registration required.
Tuesday 1:45pm for 2-3 year olds; 2:30pm for 3-4 year olds

Thursday Night Adult Zumba
Included with membership, Zumba is all about having fun, burning calories, and making new friends on the dance floor! The instructor is super-fun and energetic, and the music selection will have you dancing your heart out for the entirety of class.
Thursday at 6:45pm

Art and Animals
Art All Day
Families can come and create an art project together! Themed and seasonal, they always make great gifts! It’s only $10 a day, and you can stay as long as you’d like. In fact, stay all day!

MY Ballet 
Children learn the basics of ballet posture and musicality as they develop strength, coordination, and grace, culminating with a performance in December. Registration required.
Monday at 1:45p, for 2-3 year olds; 2:30pm for 3-4 year olds

Intro to Ballet
If you’re between 2 – 6 years old and have never tried ballet, this class is for you. We’ll cover all the basics and have a lot of fun while we’re at it.
Sunday at 11:30am for 2-3 year olds; 12:14pm for 4-6 year olds

Animal Hour
Meet the Manhattan Youth family pets: our bearded dragons Spot, Dot, and Rocky, and August the Turtle. Learn more about how animals like them survive in the wild and how we take care of them here at the Center.
Mondays and Fridays at 11:00am

And here’s the weekend schedule:


This Halloween at the Center

Here’s some awesome Halloween stuff we’re doing this weekend.

First, our Haunted Hall. October 31 from 3-7pm. Free and open to the public! Click here for even more info.

And for a fun, creative, AND productive family activity, come paint some pottery with us!
Holiday Pottery Painting

And finally, as always, our full weekend schedule:
Weekend Schedule (with Movie Night)

Trick or Treat in the Haunted Hall

Manhattan Youth invites all Trick-or-Treaters to stop by our Great Hall on Halloween between 3-7pm.

Families with younger children will enjoy visiting our Silly Spooks, a short stroll featuring a Friendly Ghost peek-a-booing in our graveyard, a Scared-Cat Scarecrow in a balloon pumpkin patch, and a Wiggly Witch with a super-size bubble cauldron brewing up potions galore.

Families with older children can choose to brave the Tunnel of Terror, an interactive walk through a Haunted Graveyard, a Vampire Castle, Zombie Alley, the Mad Science Lab, an Insane Asylum, and the Black Widow’s Web. Each installation will be staffed by professional actors and our Manhattan Youth child-care professionals. The Manhattan Youth players of the after-school program at IS 289 will also perform in the Haunted Hall from 4-5pm, doubling the size of the cast for that hour.

At the end of both paths, children can Trick-or-Treat for candy from our staff and take turns in our Phantom Photo Booth, a green-screen photo attraction where kids can pose in their costumes in front of awesome images that will be emailed to parents for a great memento of Halloween Night.

This event should take about 5-10 minutes to walk through and is free to the public.

Manhattan Youth Phantom Photo Booth Contest!

This past Sunday, we sent our fantastic photo team down to Washington Market Park for the Halloween Parade and Party. Our Phantom Photo booth was a hit, and we thank everyone who stopped by!

A note to photo contest participants: Click below to stop by our Facebook page and check out your photo. The photo with the most likes by October 31st wins a Free 3 Month Family Membership to the Downtown Community Center! So find your photo, like it, share it, tag it, and re-share it! Best of luck to everyone!

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)