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.
Explore the natural world with art projects that teach your child about their environment and the animals in them! From tigers and lions, to squirrels and raccoons, let you children learn about the wild side of animals. Take a peek at our bearded dragons, turtle, and fish as well!
Students will create fun and creative crafts and art pieces while learning about different techniques in paint, collage, clay and mixed media. Children will take inspiration from famous pieces of artwork and the world around them.
These beginner swim lessons offer more personal instruction and a progressive curriculum for children who are ready to take the plunge! Along with increased comfort in the water, children learn basic breath control and arm and leg movements. Through a more structured class setting, swimmers are introduced to swim vocabulary used throughout all levels of our Learn-to-Swim program and learn to independently follow the lead of the instructor. After completion of the Begin2Swim program, swimmers may be ready to move up to the first level of our Youth Swim Lessons.
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 in Family Membership to the Downtown Community Center.
This class is designed with the adult beginner in mind while also appropriate for the more experienced. You learn to work with clay using hand building and wheel throwing techniques. With lots of personal attention from your instructor, you will have fun making unique handmade pots, vessels and sculpture. Studio time is also available on a separate day to build experience and work on projects. Registration Required.
You and your family can come to our ceramic studio between the hours of 11 AM - 2 PM for a 1-hour clay session. A Clayworks instructor will show you some fun projects with wet clay. You will then glaze your work and all pieces will remain in the studio to be fired and picked up in 10-14 days. Drop in for an hour of fun when it is convenient for you - just arrive between 11 AM and 1:30 PM. All materials are non-toxic and safe.
Join us every other Saturday for Family Movie Night at the Center. There will be family-friendly movies shown in our Great Hall with general floor seating for the kids and table seating for those who want to enjoy dinner while watching a flick! Bring a blanket or a picnic basket and enjoy our silver screen with your family, friends and neighbors.
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.
The Senior Division Friday Night Program runs from 6:00 - 9:00pm and is held on our new Arts, Culture, Science & Technology Level. After a family-style meal together, participants choose from activities and projects ranging from Ceramics to Sports, Music Production to Web and Game Design, Open Art Studio, Swimming, Dodge Ball, Ping Pong Tournaments, Xbox Kinect Tournaments and more. They also have plenty of time to socialize and play games after a week of school. Dinner is included with Registration.
Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept conceived and designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. Giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates overflow with creative potential for children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities.
This workshop is designed to teach adults the basic skills of hand building with clay. With those skills you will be able to make a bowl, plate or anything of your choice. You will have the chance to glaze your piece of art so it can be fired in our kiln for later pick up.
Your little one will get creative based on the belief that children need to explore the world of art: hands on! This unique curriculum includes finger-painting, food art, and lots of messy fun! Your child will be able to creatively use our space to the fullest by utilizing walls and floors as canvases. Come dressed to Make a Mess! These classes require registration and are open only to members.
Is your child a mini chef? Join our new Make A Mess: Cooking class to further their expertise! Children learn food groups, shapes, flavors and cooking techniques in a fun and accessible way. Adult and child work together to create their very own snack in every class! Adult participation required. These classes require registration and are open only to members.
Science becomes fun in this class that helps children develop their scientific mind! Let your child explore their curiosity with sensory bins all while learning about colors, shapes, and textures through their observations. This class allows for exploration of things we find in our natural world through fun scientific experiments!
Led by our experienced head art teacher, this series of classes gives your child the opportunity to grow within their class for an accelerated learning environment. Each class focuses on one specific area of creative learning: Cooking, Painting, Science, and Crafts. Your child will acquire new skills and knowledge all while having fun! These classes require registration and are open only to members.
You and your child (ages 2 - 3 years) can drop into our ceramics studio for a class. Working with wet clay and glaze, you will go through the whole process of ceramics, making works of art as well as functional pieces. This medium helps develop motor skills, coordination and expression using a material that is easy for children to work with. All materials are non-toxic and lead-free, and pieces may be brought home when finished.
This early childhood music class invites children and their parents or caregivers to experience music from around the world. Classes develop musical intelligence through song, rhythmic exercises, instrument play and movement activities. Musical material will come from a wide array of American, European, and African folk traditions and songs will be sung in English, Spanish, French, and African languages. The class will tap into the active and creative abilities of children, encouraging the exploration of sound and movement while fostering confidence in their musical abilities.
Come play with your child in our indoor playground. This fun-filled room features play houses, puppets, and other age-appropriate activities for toddlers. It is a place where children can play and socialize together in a fun and nurturing play space. To maintain a safe and clean environment, we ask parents and caregivers to remain in the room while children are playing and keep cell phone use to a minimum. Ages 6 months to 4 years.
Your child will learn to jump, wiggle, skip and dance to new music and rhythms. Children develop a musical ear, coordination and self-esteem while bopping to the beats. Ages 12 months to 4 years.
Our Muscles gym classes will get kids moving, lifting, jumping and climbing their way to fun! Your children will develop a sense of self-awareness, balance and coordination while learning fun and exciting new skills! Ages 12 months to 4 years.
Our dance studio is open to members Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons! Little toddlers will have the opportunity to explore and practice balance and coordination using our gym equipment and props. Big kids can get their energy out and participate in different games each week such as soccer, basketball and dance. Parents can relax and socialize in this open class environment which means a less rigid weekend schedule!
Your children will be introduced to stretching, warm-up, and beginning tumbling skills through games, obstacle courses, body-movement activities, and one-on-one spot teaching. Please note that this is not a drop-off class - parents and caregivers are required to stay and help their children participate. Ages 12 months to 4 years.
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!
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!
The Manhattan Youth Swim School offers small group lessons for children from 3-5 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.
Early childhood programs provide your child with educational stimulation in a safe environment. This daily 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.
Named "Best Music Class 2010” by New York Magazine, songs for seeds is a rockin' music program that encourages children newborn to 5 years to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. We "travel" to a new country every week, create well-known nursery rhymes through visual art, perform magic tricks to highlight numbers and counting, and spin the animal wheel to reinforce animal names and sounds. By mixing our original kids rock 'n' roll with adult contemporary music, the band is sure to please little ones and their adults. Registration Required. Classes at Manhattan Youth-Downtown Community Center.
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.