Once you become a member of the Downtown Community Center, a wide variety of classes, programs and experiences are instantly available to you and your family. Click on any of the links below to explore and learn more about how we Play, Create, Move, Swim, Explore and Learn! Click here to register for swim lessons.
Led by our Manhattan Youth childcare professionals, youth are invited to join us Friday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30pm for a weekly rotating series of activities and themed events. Activities include but are not limited to: Swimming, Indoor Sports, Sculpting with Clay, Arts & Crafts classes, Digital Media, Counselor-led Games and Activities and Nintendo Wii tournaments. Dinner is included with Registration.
Gaga is coming to the Community Center! This incredibly popular sport is a fast paced, high energy, game played in an octagonal pit with a soft foam ball The gaga game combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. It’s seriously fun and your kids will get a serious work out!
Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work - kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. Sparring begins at yellow belt. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation). Registration required.
In our state-of-the-art Digital Media Lab, students learn by doing, and in Open Studio, they can do whatever they want! From designing video games to writing songs, from making movies to Photoshopping themselves into Minecraft backdrops, participants are limited only by their imagination. Earn points by completing projects and level up along with family and friends!
Our Pool Sports and Games class offers older swimmers 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, and more!
Our Tennis Aces participate in classes held at Spruce Street School. Instructors introduce children to the game of tennis in a fun and supportive way using scaled down courts and equipment. Classes will use a games based approach to tennis instruction while also stressing the continued development of not only tennis skills but also motor and athletic skills. Begins 11/1.
The Downtown Community Center is proud to have its very own swim team! Practices are held multiple times per week, allowing swimmers to gain increased endurance, improve fitness and self-confidence, refine their stroke technique, and learn competitive skills and sportsmanship. Our coaching philosophy emphasizes our belief in self-competition and setting personal goals. The team’s home and competition site is the Downtown Community Center Pool. Please note that swimmers must demonstrate specific skill requirements to enroll.
The Manhattan Youth Swim School offers small group lessons for children starting at 5 years of age. Classes are taught by highly experienced, certified instructors. Children are placed into classes by age and ability and class size is limited to 3-6 children per instructor (depending on the age and skill level of the swimmers). We offer classes for all swimming levels – from the inexperienced to advanced swimmers.