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5 Fun Things To Do In NYC With Kids - CourseHorse

By Cecilia Cámara | Published 7/7/2012

Even with NYC filled with diverse activities, somehow it's still hard to find great things to do for your kids. These educational yet highly entertaining activities will have them begging you to bring them back.

Couple Cooking Together

Oh, the wonderful years of childhood. When little human brains are like sponges soaking up everything they see and what better place to engage your child than New York City? With tons of parks, playgrounds and recreational schools, you should not be struggling with choosing what to do in New York with kids. At the end of the day, you don’t want your bundle of joy to be a bundle of well, boredom; so check out this list of fun NYC activities with kids and be prepared to call yourself parent of the year.

Romantic Dinner

Junior Chef: 90-Minute Cooking

Young Chefs Academy
Forest Hills, Queens

Isn’t every parent’s dream that one day their children will cook for them? In this 90-minute class ideal for older children, they can learn to not only cook but also appropriate safety skills and etiquette in the kitchen. Sounds too good to be true? It is true what they say that cooking is one part life skill and two parts art, so this class will also provide another avenue for your children to explore their creativity. After this class taught by skilled Chefs, kids will surely be excited to explore their newfound love for food and parents will get to reap the benefits; it’s a win-win!

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Sun Sessions Music (4 months - 4 years)

Kids at Work
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

What better way to expose your toddler to the world than to play outside? And we know, that’s hard to do in the city. In these Sun Sessions, you’ll meet at a park with a highly trained teacher and other toddlers to sing, play instruments and truly help your child engage all their senses. There are a ton of benefits to being outside and spend some time under the sun (more like under a shady tree, but you know what we mean!) and this session by Kids at Work, a highly rated early education school, will make you and your child embrace the great outdoors.

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Kids: Creative Painting on Canvas

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo
DUMBO, Brooklyn

The cliché of children having wild imaginations sounds old, but it’s true! All kids have a lot to say and letting them express themselves through art can be refreshing for everyone. In this class at the inspiring Creatively Wild Art Studio, children will be able to capture their bottomless imagination on a canvas while learning the right painting techniques. If your kid is a budding artist, this class will help them explore deeper into their creative side and fulfill all of their artistic dreams.

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Snack Attack

The Creative Kitchen
Upper West Side, Manhattan

We’ve all been there: you’ve had your lunch and yet you are haaaangry! The easiest thing to do is eat whatever crosses your path, no matter their dubious nutritional value. In this 45 minute class, children will get exposed to flavorful healthy snack options that will excite them. The Chefs will provide age-appropriate recipes using colorful and wholesome ingredients that will keep your children engaged and interested while also learning and practicing their motor skills. There is no excuse next time their belly is protesting: healthy snacks for the win!

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Kids' Gymnastic Arts (Ages 4-7)

The Muse Gowanus
Gowanus, Brooklyn

The Muse is one of those schools that you wished you had known of sooner. Started by former circus artists, this studio offers unique movement classes perfect for filled-with-energy children. Through gymnastics, yoga, dance, aerial and circus-inspired techniques, children will be able to get moving while also having a lot of fun in a safe and creative environment. Not every person likes to run after a ball; gymnastics at The Muse will be a great introduction to another fun way of keeping active for little kids while teaching them great coordination skills and overall fitness.

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