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Included with Membership

All of these classes, programs and experiences are included in your Manhattan Youth Family Membership. Drop in anytime! Digital Media Classes are included with membership but require registration. Click on each class to learn more.

  • Water Otters (18mo–2.5yr)
  • Bubble Babies (6–18mo)
  • Family Swim (6mo–All Ages)
  • Glide Fit @ The Downtown Community Center (Adult)
  • Adult Lap Swim (Adult)
  • Adult Beginner and Intermediate Swim Classes (Adult)
  • MY Clubhouse (6mo–5yr)
  • PRONatal Fitness (Adult)
  • Tummy Time Pilates w/ Pilates Mamas (6mo–Adult)
  • Animal Hour (6mo–All Ages)
  • Digital Media Classes (Grade 2–5)
  • Drop in Art (18mo–4yr)
  • Drop-in Ballet (2–6yr)
  • Extended Animal Hour (6mo–All Ages)
  • Family Movie Night (18mo–All Ages)
  • Family Pilates (6mo–All Ages)
  • Great Hall (6mo–All Ages)
  • Little Literacy (18mo–4yr)
  • Lunchtime Concerts (6mo–All Ages)
  • MY Afternoons (2–5yr)
  • MY Circus Arts (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Little Siblings (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Lounge (6mo–All Ages)
  • MY Move (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Muscles (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Open Gym (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Tumble Tots (18mo–4yr)
  • Tummy Time (6mo–1yr)
  • Open Digital Studio
  • Other Worlds: Coding in 3-D (Grade 2–5)
  • Coding in Scratch (Grade 2–4)
  • Storytime (6mo–All Ages)
  • Toddler Sing and Dance (6mo–5yr)
  • Treasure Trunk Theatre Adventures (18mo–4yr)
  • Weekend Art (6mo–All Ages)
18mo–2.5yr

Water Otters

Water Otters offers the same drop-in fun as Bubble Babies, catered towards an older age group. Come splash and sing your way towards learning basic swim and safety skills! For children aged 18 months -2.5 years and their adult.

Water Otters classes are drop-in and FREE for Center Family Members.

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6–18mo

Bubble Babies

This drop-in class helps our newest little 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. For baby and their adult.

Bubble Babies classes are drop-in and FREE for Center Family Members.

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6mo–All Ages

Family Swim

Family Swim hours are offered every day at the Center. Have fun with family, meet new friends, and reinforce swim skills. See our PDF icon Winter/Spring Center Schedule for current Member hours.

 

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Adult

Glide Fit @ The Downtown Community Center

This high-energy aquatic fitness class will give you an intense workout on top of an unstable surface in the water on our Glidefit boards. You’ll be introduced to stretches and exercises to build strength from head to toe while you raise your heart rate in a fun new way.

Classes are FREE for Center Members or available to non-members for a fee.

Visit our Glide Fit page for more info and to reserve your spot!

Questions? Email swim@manhattanyouth.org or call 212-766-1104 x298

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Adult

Adult Lap Swim

During designated hours, lanes are reserved specifically for Adult Lap Swimming. Please note that we can only guarantee lanes during these specified times - lanes cannot be guaranteed during other Family Swim hours.

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Adult

Adult Beginner and Intermediate Swim Classes

These drop-in, Members-Only classes are great for Adults who have fears of the water, are new to swimming, or want to learn proper strokes and breathing enabling them to swim for longer distances. Our swim instructors for these classes are trained specifically to teach adults beginner and intermediate swimming skills. These classes take place at the same time in the pool, but we offer two groups each week based on skill level so we can be sure to offer the most appropriate level of instruction for each individual.

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6mo–5yr

MY Clubhouse

With toys, climbing structures, a book corner and a helpful staff, the clubhouse is a wonderful cozy place to spend time moving, learning and making friends in an open setting.

Weekdays, 9:30am -2:30pm

Weekends, 9:30am -4:30pm

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Adult

PRONatal Fitness

PRONatal Fitness

We've teamed up with PROnatal Fitness to offer you a great way to train for what is truly the "event of a lifetime."  

PROnatal Fitness offers two different prenatal classes - both of which utilize our unique Performance Training Approach to prepare your body more effectively to manage the stresses of pregnancy, demands of childbirth, and physical activities of motherhood.  Our goal is to help you end your pregnancy stronger than when you started - with fewer pains or injuries, an easier labor, and a faster recovery.  Read our class descriptions below.  Both classes are highly modifiable for all fitness levels and stages of pregnancy (and great for new moms too!).  

PROnatal Signature: Mondays 6:30 - 7:30pm

Our signature format alternates between pregnancy-safe cardio intervals - to help you (and your little one) maximize the cardiorespiratory aerobic benefits -- and functional strength training drills - to prepare your body to manage the stresses and demands of the pregnancy journey ahead.  Emphasis is placed on proper breathing and core activation throughout.  This class is done in sneakers.

 

PROnatal Strength Foundations (NEW): Wednesdays at 6:15 - 7:15pm

This strength-centered class helps you first establish a solid foundation of proper alignment, deep core strength, and better movement quality first, then helps you dial up intensity to build strength at a level that's right for you (with hands-on instructor support).  Strength circuits are interspersed with LIIT™ drills (Labor Intensive Interval Training) - our proprietary way of helping you physically and mentally prepare for Stage 1 Labor! This class is done barefoot.

 

Classes are FREE for MYC members, but require registration.  Email info@pronatalfitness.com to register

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6mo–Adult

Tummy Time Pilates w/ Pilates Mamas

Thursday afternoon has a special treat for you and your baby! This pilates class for you incorporates baby massage and stretches for your little one. Great for you and baby, from 6 weeks until before they walk.

 Thursdays 1:30pm

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6mo–All Ages

Animal Hour

Our Science Lab has a secret; it's the home to Manhattan Youth's Animals! In Animal Hour, kids can see, hold, feed and learn about our resident turtle, fish and bearded dragons with our staff.

Mondays and Fridays, 11:00am in the Science Room

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Grade 2–5

Digital Media Classes

Choose from  starting from Scratch, and Coding in Minecraft and Other Worlds, Coding in 3-D in our Digital Studio. Free for members, but registration is required.

Classes also open to MY Afterschool participants and General Public for a fee.

Free for Members, but registration is required.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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18mo–4yr

Drop in Art

An open art drop in with our teaching artists for our members in MY Lounge. Make something beautiful!

Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

 

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2–6yr

Drop-in Ballet

Saturday Afternoons drop in for a sweet introduction to ballet with talented teaching staff.

Saturdays, 1:00 and 2:00pm

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6mo–All Ages

Extended Animal Hour

Our Science Lab has a secret; it's the home to Manhattan Youth's Animals! In Animal Hour, kids can see, hold, feed and learn about our resident turtle, fish and bearded dragons with our staff. 

Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am - 1:00pm in the Science Room

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18mo–All Ages

Family Movie Night

Bring your family every Saturday at 3:30 pm for a family friendly movie just for our members. We'll provide the popcorn! The last Saturday of each month, we?ll show a movie based on a book that you can choose to read before you see the movie with us.

Every Saturday, 3:30pm

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6mo–All Ages

Family Pilates

Your little ones are up early, and so are the Pilates Mamas! Join these dedicated Pilates professionals for a great workout for you that's also a playtime for them! Great for Moms and Dads with babies and/or Toddlers.

Learn more at www.pilatesmamas.com

Every Saturday at 9:30am.

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6mo–All Ages

Great Hall

Our Great Hall is open daily for kids, parents and caregivers to spend time together. With seating, play space and microwave available, families are encouraged to bring snacks and interact with old and new friends. On the weekends, the Great Hall is home to Pottery Painting, Drop-in Art, and Saturday Family Movie Night.

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18mo–4yr

Little Literacy

Join our Center staff for a storytime that helps explore letters, their sounds and meanings. A part of MY Afternoons!

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30PM, During the Summer in the Great Hall

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6mo–All Ages

Lunchtime Concerts

Bring your lunch to the Great Hall for some live music and fun!

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30pm

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2–5yr

MY Afternoons

Join us at the Center after lunch and naps for art projects, rainy day movies, sensory play and more!

Every weekday afternoon, 2:30 - 4:30pm

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18mo–4yr

MY Circus Arts

Bring your little one to an imaginative 3 ring circus of fun every Monday morning! Clown, juggle, balance and explore with our talented teaching staff.

Monday mornings and early afternoons in the Activity Room

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18mo–4yr

MY Little Siblings

Movement classes that make room for baby and the big brother or sister! A wonderful way to encourage play and sibling relationships.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons

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6mo–All Ages

MY Lounge

Our Lounge area has tables, cushy chairs and indoor games. A cool hangout away from the bustle of the city!

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18mo–4yr

MY Move

Our Classic Manhattan Youth movement classes: Muscle Tuesdays, Move Wednesdays and Tumble Tot Thursdays give your children introductions to coordination, strength building and flexibility all morning long!

Wednesday mornings in the Activity Room

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18mo–4yr

MY Muscles

Our Classic Manhattan Youth movement classes: Muscle Tuesdays, Move Wednesdays and Tumble Tot Thursdays give your children introductions to coordination, strength building and flexibility all morning long!

Tuesday mornings and early afternoons in the Activity Room

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18mo–4yr

MY Open Gym

Our activity room is open for toddlers to explore and practice balance and coordination using gym equipment and props. Parents and Caregivers share the experience and socialize with other grownups too.

Saturdays and Sundays in the Activity Room

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18mo–4yr

MY Tumble Tots

Our Classic Manhattan Youth movement classes: Muscle Tuesdays, Move Wednesdays and Tumble Tot Thursdays give your children introductions to coordination, strength building and flexibility all morning long!

Thursday mornings and early afternoons in the Activity Room

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6mo–1yr

Tummy Time

Our littlest members in their very own class! A little movement, exercise and bonding for 4 - 12 months and their grownups.

Wednesday and Friday afternoons

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Open Digital Studio

Turn screen-time into productive, creative time. Members are invited to take full advantage of our computer lab every Saturday. Work on a project or learn something new.

Saturdays 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Students 3rd Grade & under must be accompanied by an adult

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Grade 2–5

Other Worlds: Coding in 3-D

Students will learn basics of coding, 3D modeling, and computer environments. Starting with Minecraft, they will move on to Unity and Unreal, which are industry standard software for building 3D environments. Concepts such as sketching, prototyping, level design, mathematics, and environmental storytelling are also utilized.

Thursdays, 5:45pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Grade 2–4

Coding in Scratch

This intro to coding course for elementary students will teach the basics of computer science using Scratch. Each student will be given their own secure Scratch account, where they can log in at home and show you what they are working on. Free for Members, but registration is required.

This class also open to General Public for a fee. Registration required.

Wednesdays, 5:45pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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6mo–All Ages

Storytime

Sit with your friends for storytime with Camille Diamond, Deputy Director of the Community Center. Join us for an imagination journey with every book, and stay for coffee and conversation after the reading.

10:00am daily in the Great Hall

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6mo–5yr

Toddler Sing and Dance

Our talented teaching artists sing, dance and play with your little one in this cozy class that helps kiddos get their wiggles out!

Sunday and Monday mornings, and Friday Afternoons, in the Music Room

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18mo–4yr

Treasure Trunk Theatre Adventures

The Center is proud to bring this newest adventure in creative movement for our members every Friday. Through the theatrical arts, children will learn to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to express themselves and be connected with the world around them.

Fridays in the Activity Room

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6mo–All Ages

Weekend Art

Make a project that reflects our Family Movie, or a fun theme for the weekend or season!

Great Hall, every Saturday

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Premium Registration Classes

Premium Registration classes at the center give you and  your child a small class experience with the same students every week. You can also drop into these classes for a $25 drop in fee, pending availability. Click on each class to learn more!

  • Animal Explorers (2.5–4yr)
  • Ballet with Katie Shirke (2.5–5yr)
  • Handbuilding Workshop (Adult–All Ages)
  • Make A Mess: Cook and Compost (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Little Artists (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Savory Snacks (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Sensory Science (18mo–3yr)
  • Make a Mess: Snacks and Treats (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Tasty Treats (18mo–3yr)
  • Pastry Pals (1–4yr)
  • Pottery Wheel and Handbuilding Clay Sessions (Adult)
  • Songs For Seeds (6mo–5yr)
  • Swim Lessons (6mo–All Ages)
  • Tennis Aces (5–6yr)
  • Tennis Tikes (3–4yr)
2.5–4yr

Animal Explorers

This interactive and creative class explores different lands and the creatures who live there.

Tuesdays, 10:00am and 11:00am

Members $150, Non-members: $210

 

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2.5–5yr

Ballet with Katie Shirke

Our new Tuesday afternoon Ballet class lets your little one spin, float and develop in a setting with the same children each week!

Tuesdays, 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
February 12 - June 18, (15 classes) 

Members: $315, Non-Members: $400

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Adult–All Ages

Handbuilding Workshop

In our fully equipped ceramic studio (pottery wheels, kilns, clay extruder, slab roller and lots of clay), you will be instructed by our professional ceramic artists and learn many of the handbuilding skills that are needed to make all kinds of functional and sculptural works of art. If you want to keep your work you can glaze your ware (during the session) and for $15 we will fire it in our kiln. At the end of the class you can take a spin on the pottery wheel. Just be prepared to get dirty!

Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00pm
Sunday afternoons, 12:00 - 2:30pm

Members: $40, Non-Members: $60.

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Cook and Compost

Sticky, mushy, muddy, slippy! It's so fun to make a mess and learn something new with us at the center. Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Session I: Mondays, 10:00am (ages 18 - 30 months)
Session II: Mondays, 11:00am (ages 2.5 - 3.5 years)

Members $310, Non-Members: $400

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Little Artists

Sticky, mushy, muddy, slippy! It?s so fun to make a mess and learn something new with us at the center. Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Session I: Tuesdays, 10:00am (ages 18 - 30 months)
Session II: Tuesdays, 11:00am (ages 2.5 - 3.5 years)

Members $315, Non-Members: $420

February 12 - June 18 (No Class: February 19, April 23, June 4, June 11)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Savory Snacks

Sticky, mushy, muddy, slippy! It?s so fun to make a mess and learn something new with us at the center. Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Session I: Mondays, 10:00am (ages 18 - 30 months)
Session II: Mondays, 11:00am (ages 2.5 - 3.5 years)

Members $360, Non-Members: $475

February 4 - June 17 (No Class: February 18, April 22, May 27)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Sensory Science

Sticky, mushy, muddy, slippy! It?s so fun to make a mess and learn something new with us at the center. Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Session I: Wednesdays, 10:00am (ages 18 - 30 months)
Session II: Wednesdays, 11:00am (ages 2.5 - 3.5 years)

Members $380, Non-Members: $500

February 6 - June 19 (No Class: February 20, April 24)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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18mo–3yr

Make a Mess: Snacks and Treats

Sticky, mushy, muddy, slippy! It?s so fun to make a mess and learn something new with us at the center. Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Session I: Tuesdays, 10:00am (ages 18 - 30 months)
Session II: Tuesdays, 11:00am (ages 2.5 - 3.5 years)

Members $315, Non-Members: $420

February 12 - June 18 (No Class: February 19, April 23, June 4, June 11)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Tasty Treats

Sticky, mushy, muddy, slippy! It's so fun to make a mess and learn something new with us at the center. Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Session I: Thursdays, 10:00am (ages 18 - 30 months)
Session II: Thursdays, 11:00am (ages 2.5 - 3.5 years)

Members $360, Non-Members: $475

February 7 - June 20 (No Class: February 21, April 25, June 6)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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1–4yr

Pastry Pals

Join chef, educator and owner of Catering by Coffey for a winter season of creating (and devouring!) pastries of all kinds, together!

Saturdays at 10:00am and 11:00am

This class will return fall 2019

 

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Adult

Pottery Wheel and Handbuilding Clay Sessions

For those interested in a comprehensive exploration in clay. Learn skills and techniques from beginning to end of the process, whether you want to make functional ware or sculpture. Work on the pottery wheel, handbuild or try both techniques. This class also explores the different possibilities with glazing and decorating your ware for a beautiful finished product. Enrolled students have access to open studio during the week and weekend, a great time to work on your own and hone your skills.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 8 sessions, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Friday mornings, 5 sessions, 9:30am - 12:00pm

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6mo–5yr

Songs For Seeds

Manhattan Youth is proud to host Songs for Seeds, a rockin' music program that encourages children, newborn to 5 years to sing, dance and play along with a live, three piece band.

Please register at www.downtown.songsforseeds.com

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6mo–All Ages

Swim Lessons

Our Aquatics staff leads a roster of swim programs for every age and swim level. Group and private swim lessons are available.

To learn more about our Aquatics programs, visit our website at manhattanyouth.org/swim or email swim@manhattanyouth.org

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5–6yr

Tennis Aces

During Tennis Aces, our 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.

Tennis Aces runs November - March and is currently full. We hope you'll join us next season!

Sunday mornings, Registration required.

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3–4yr

Tennis Tikes

MY Tennis classes provide a fun environment that will help Tikes (3 -4 years) to establish a base for gross motor and athletic skill development.

Tennis Tikes runs November - March and classes are currently full.  Tennis Tikes will return in the Summer!

Sunday mornings

Free for members but registration is required

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Drop-In Fee Classes

Drop in classes at the center give a small class experience with no commitment.  You can join any of these classes by purchasing a ticket on the day of the class at the service desk. Click on the class to learn more!

  • Art with Ashley (18mo–4yr)
  • Family Clay Day (All Ages)
  • Friday Nights (Grade 1–8)
  • Mommy/Daddy and Me (2–4yr)
  • Music and Singalongs with Andrew Aprille (2–4yr)
  • Pottery Painting (1yr–All Ages)
18mo–4yr

Art with Ashley

Join us for an imaginative drop-in art class every Friday. A wonderful way to wrap up a magical week at the center.

Fridays, 10:00am (2-4 years) and 11:00am (18-23 months)

$10 drop-in fee

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All Ages

Family Clay Day

Spend an hour anytime from 12:00 - 3:00 pm with your whole family on Saturday afternoons. You can be led through a project or simply work on your own handbuilding project with access to our full ceramics studio. All pieces will remain in the studio to be fired and will be ready for pick up within two weeks time. All work is non-toxic and food-safe.

Saturdays 12:00 - 3:00pm

$25 drop-in fee for a family of four
$50 for non-members

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Grade 1–8

Friday Nights

Our signature tween and teen program at the Community Center! Let your kids aged 1st - 8th grades spread their wings a bit on a Friday night. They'll have a great time doing activities like ceramics, sports, cooking and art, while you get a night out. Or at least a night off!

Every Friday evening, 6:00 - 9:00pm during the school year.

Members pay just $5 drop in fee per child, per Friday Night

Non-Members can join the fun for a $50 drop in fee. Contact Tasha@manhattanyouth.org for more information.

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2–4yr

Mommy/Daddy and Me

You and your child can drop-in to our ceramics studio and work with an instructor who will take you through the process of making your own masterpiece! All work is non-toxic and food-safe.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:45am and 11:00 - 11:45am (2-4 years)

$10 drop-in fee

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2–4yr

Music and Singalongs with Andrew Aprille

A multi-lingual, music-filled class perfect for those who want a specialized class without a weekly commitment.

Thursdays, 10:15am and 11:15am

$10 drop in fee

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1yr–All Ages

Pottery Painting

Come on in and paint any pottery you like, assisted by our friendly and professional staff. Just pay for what you make! The artwork will then be fired in our studio for a later pick up.

Sundays, 12:00 - 3:00pm, pay for only what you make!

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Class Registration Policies

Class Registration: You may register for classes online at or in person at the service desk. Some classes require membership for registration, others give members a significant discount. Fee based drop-in classes are for members only, and can be purchased at the Service Desk on the day of the class. There is no online registration available for drop-ins. Non-Members who are at the center on a guest pass may access drop-in classes by paying the drop-in fee.

Pro-Rating for Late Starters: When space permits, we will pro-rate the number of classes remaining for some Make a Mess, Digital Media, Animal Explorers and Pastry Pal classes.

Transfer of Classes: Spaces for transfers are subject to availability.

Single Classes and Trial Classes: You may pay a single class price of $25 for premium registration classes pending availability. Amounts paid for a trial class may be credited towards enrollment to that class.

Withdrawals & Refunds*: If after registering for premium classes at the Center you need to withdraw prior to the start of the 2nd scheduled class, you may receive a refund for the class fee. Class fees are non-refundable after the 2nd scheduled class. Written requests must be made to cancel a class registration by email. *All fees for Preschool Prep are not refundable. There are no refunds or pro rating for Preschool Prep.
Contact servicedesk@manhattanyouth.org to request a refund.

Make up classes: Manhattan Youth is not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing credits or refunds for programs missed as a result of client illness, scheduling conflicts, emergencies, or other events beyond our control.

Class Closures: Premium classes, swim classes and Preschool Prep at the Center run on the Public School schedule. These classes do not meet on days in which schools are not in session, including emergency closings.

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