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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 Lounge (6mo–All Ages)
  • Great Hall (6mo–All Ages)
  • MY Clubhouse (6mo–5yr)
  • MY Afternoons (2–5yr)
  • MY Little Siblings (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Move (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Muscles (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Open Gym (18mo–4yr)
  • MY Tumble Tots (18mo–4yr)
  • Sing, Dance and Play (18mo–4yr)
  • Tummy Time (6mo–1yr)
  • Toddler Sing and Dance (6mo–5yr)
  • Treasure Trunk Theatre Adventures (18mo–4yr)
  • Drop in Art (18mo–4yr)
  • Family Pilates (6mo–All Ages)
  • Weekend Art (6mo–All Ages)
  • Lunchtime Concerts (6mo–All Ages)
  • Drop-in Ballet (2–6yr)
  • Family Movie Night (18mo–All Ages)
  • Storytime (6mo–All Ages)
  • Open Digital Studio (All Ages)
  • Digital Media Classes (Grade 2–5)
  • Extended Animal Hour (6mo–All Ages)
  • Animal Hour (6mo–All Ages)
  • Circus Storytime (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 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–All Ages

MY Lounge

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

Weekdays, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Weekends, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm 

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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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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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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 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 and Wednesday afternoons in the Activity Room

 

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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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18mo–4yr

Sing, Dance and Play

Join our Manhattan Youth staff for an energetic and interactive sing and dance in our activity room. Jump, wiggle, sing and laugh, and finish the class with a little open play.

Monday mornings 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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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 Friday mornings, and Friday Afternoons, in MY Lounge.

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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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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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6mo–All Ages

Family Pilates

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

Saturdays at 9:30am and Thursdays at 1:30pm.

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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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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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2–6yr

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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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

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, weekdays in the Great Hall

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All Ages

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.

Open Studio will return September 7th

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Grade 2–5

Digital Media Classes

Join us in our Digital Media Studio for Coding in Minecraft or Robotics and Coding.

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

Free for Members, but registration is required.

Registration will open September 16th

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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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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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All Ages

Circus Storytime

Join us in MY Lounge for a storytime that also includes puppets, circus tricks and a whole lot of fun.

Thursdays, 10:00am and 11:00am

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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 or $50 drop in fee, pending availability. Click on each class to learn more!

  • Chouettes Chansons (6mo–5yr)
  • New! MY Mozart for Munchkins (6mo–6yr)
  • New! Make a Mess Eco Science (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Little Artists (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Sensory Science (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Savory Snacks (18mo–3yr)
  • Make a Mess: Snacks and Treats (18mo–3yr)
  • Make A Mess: Tasty Treats (18mo–3yr)
  • Tennis Tikes (3–4yr)
  • Tennis Aces (5–6yr)
  • Songs For Seeds (6mo–5yr)
  • Animal Explorers (2.5–4yr)
6mo–5yr

Chouettes Chansons

Join child educator and native French speaker Yasmine for this engaging immersive class featuring familiar songs, stories, colors, and friends, en francais! You and your child will explore, speak and sing this beautiful language together.

Mondays, 10:30 am

October 21 – January 27 (11 classes)

Members: $275, Non-members: $400

Register here!

Drop-in classes available for $25 if space permits.

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6mo–6yr

New! MY Mozart for Munchkins

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18mo–3yr

New! Make a Mess Eco Science

Explore science and nature using found and second-hand materials. Adult and child will make plant-based or thrifted projects in each class! Learn about the Earth as you make these zero waste creations.

Wednesdays, September 11th to January 29th

Session I: 10am (ages 18 - 30 months, non-separated)

Session II: 11:00am (ages 2.5 years - 3.5 years, separated)

Members: $400, Non-members: $550

Register here!

Members may drop-in to this class for $25, pending availability.

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Little Artists

Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us! Create a masterpiece in each class! Join our talented teaching artists to create a new art project every week.

Tuesdays

Session I: 10:00 am (ages 18 – 30 months, non-separated)

Session II: 11:00 am (ages 2.5 – 3.5 years, separated)

Members: $400, Non-members: $550

Register here!

Drop-in for $25, pending availability

September 10 – January 28 (19 classes) No class 12/24, 12/31

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Sensory Science

Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Science becomes fun in this class that helps children develop their scientific mind! Let your child explore their curiosity by engaging the senses. They’ll learn about colors, shapes, textures, and more through a different project each class.

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

Members $385, Non-Members: $520

Register here!

Drop in for $25 per class, pending availability.

 

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Savory Snacks

Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Make snack-time more engaging! 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 healthy snack in every class!

Mondays, September 9 – January 27 (15 classes)

Session I: 10:00 am (ages 18 – 30 months, non-separated)

Session II: 11:00 am (ages 2.5 – 3.5 years, separated)

Members: $320, Non-members: $420

Register here!

Drop-in to Make a Mess classes for $25, pending availability.

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18mo–3yr

Make a Mess: Snacks and Treats

Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Is your child a budding 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 healthy snack or delicious treat in every class!

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

Members $400, Non-Members $550

Register here!

Drop in for $25 per class, pending availability.

September 10 - January 28

 

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18mo–3yr

Make A Mess: Tasty Treats

Join us for messy fun classes in cooking, science and art, and leave the clean up to us!

Is your child a budding 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 healthy treat in every class!

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

Members $400, Non-Members $550

Register here!

Drop in for $25 per class, pending availability.

September 12 - January 30

 

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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.

Sunday mornings, 9:30 am (3 years) and 10:15 am (4 years)

Session 1: October 20 – December 15 (No Class 12/1)

Session 2: January 5 – March 8 (No Class 1/19 or 2/16)

Questions? Email mark@manhattanyouth.org

Registration opens September 16th

 

 

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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.

Sunday mornings, 11:30 am (5 - 6 years) and 12:30 am (7 - 8 years)

Session 1: October 20 – December 15 (No Class 12/1)

Session 2: January 5 – March 8 (No Class 1/19 or 2/16)

Questions? Email mark@manhattanyouth.org

Registration for Tennis opens September 16

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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 by calling 917-751-3678 or emailing downtown@songsforseeds.com. Visit here to learn more.

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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

September 10 –January 28 (17 classes)

Members: $170, Non-members: $215

Register here!

No class 10/1, 11/5, 12/24, 12/31

 

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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 Ceramics (2–4yr)
  • Music and Singalongs (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

Starting September 6

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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!

Friday evenings, 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.

Friday Nights will return September 13

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2–4yr

Mommy/Daddy and Me Ceramics

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

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

Starts September 5

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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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