Upper Manhattan has plenty of after school options to choose from. Here’s a list of a few highlighted favs. Click the program name for more info.

Have a fantastic Afterschool program open to the public? Is it Uptown? If we did not list it below, please comment and let us know about it. We’d love to include it and provide parents with all they need for a successful school year!

FSH – Figure Skating in Harlem: This all-girl program has just expanded to Detroit. But the Harlem program is still thriving as much as ever. Girls must live Uptown and commit to 3 to 5 days of this year-round program. There’s tutoring, and enrichment classes (STEAM, Financial literacy and more) and the best part! the girls participate in a grand show in March – showing off what their hard work and dedication can achieve.

Every Voice Choir: Kids practice Thursdays afterschool at Teachers College. In this ensemble, singers (ages 7-10) learn the foundations of healthy vocal technique and sing a wide array of repertoire in diverse styles including folk, gospel, classical, and more. 

Bread & Yoga and Scribble Art Workshop: These two creative entities offer a full array of offerings with small class sizes, progressive educators and pick-up from local schools. They include nutritious snacks and let the little ones enjoy “downtime” when they first arrive. Classes begin at 3:30 daily. There are offerings in Yoga, toy design, large scale drawings, balance & movement, and more. Classes are mixed ages or split into 2 groups: K-2 or Grades 3-5. (View program flyer)

NEW! Bread and Yoga HARLEM afterschool: Starting fall 2019, they’ll be offering classes for after school & home school.  Click the link above for a full schedule! 

Uptown Ballet Academy: After years of teaching throughout the Greater New York City area, Jackie Parrott opened Uptown Ballet Academy to share the joy of dance in Upper Manhattan, and to also bring a high level of dance education to the neighborhood. She focuses on providing children with a nurturing and disciplined environment for their dance studies. Classes include Ballet, Movement as well as Boys Class, Tap, and Conservatory Ballet. Classes start at ages 3 and up. The studio is closed for the month of August but you can shoot them an email to enroll! 

Pouncing tigers: At this Dojo, students are taught the importance of respect, for their martial arts training, for their instructor, for each other. The lessons are not just about fighting an enemy, or defending yourself – the lessons are about navigating life: exercising restraint, avoiding conflict. Classes are disciplined but fun, and the instructors know every kid by name. Attend practice every week, 2/3 times a week or more, and see their progress every four months with belt promotion!

PAL: The Police Athletic League has 20 locations spread across the boroughs, and 5 of those locations are in Manhattan. All of their locations offer afterschool options in S.T.E.M., Art and Fitness for children in grades K through 8.

Uptown Stories: Whether you have a kid who loves writing or loathes writing, Uptown Stories offers programs with fun themes, to inspire writers an opportunity to put pen to paper – in a creative way. Their afterschool programs runs selected weekdays, as well as Saturday classes, with themes like Screenwriting, Fiction writing, and even a comic book writing class!

NY Math Academy: This Afterschool program offers Math tutoring and enrichment. They offer small group sessions, Homeschool classes, as well as one-on-one personal tutoring in Math. Located in Central Harlem, students are expected to attend several times a week, instilling a rhythmic rigor in their young students – who leave as better students and often, as math lovers.

St John the Divine play-based after school program serves diverse young people from public, private and homeschool settings, providing social-emotional learning, games, gym time, homework help, art, baking, outdoor play and talent shows. Grades K-5. For more info, follow the link above and scroll down to “Afterschool”.

Wayfinders: The Wayfinder Experience is a live-action role-playing company (aka L.A.R.P.ing) that immerses players into a transformative experience that challenges players physically, mentally and emotionally, all the while creating an exciting world of fantasy. Wayfinders offers homeschool classes as well. This experience teaches children teamwork and cooperative play.

Hex & Co: Kids love playing board games but what if you could design an educational program around them? That’s the impetus behind the afterschool and summer enrichment programs at Hex & Company. Kids start by learning a new game and strategy next they revisit the original strategy and develop novel problem-solving skills. Pick up from local schools available!

Michelle Caines
Author: Michelle Caines

Co-creator of Uptown Birdies, Michelle is a Harlem-born mother of three with a passion for anything educational and mindfulness. She enjoys hunting down affordable kid-friendly events within upper Manhattan and teaching mindfulness. Social handle: @mscaines & @tlbmindfulness