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FREE AND LOW COST CLASSES FOR KIDS IN BRONX WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2

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by Kids Events Editor September 2, 2013

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Monday Afternoon Storytime at B & N - Barnes & Noble City Center
September 02, 2013 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

Sunnyside Piano Academy: Free Open Studio - Sunnyside Reformed Church
September 03, 2013 - Sunnyside

Looking for piano lessons in Queens, look no further than this open studio hosted by The Sunnyside Piano Academy this fall. This event will give parents and prospective students an opportunity to preview the Academy's game-based approach to learning music at the piano. At Sunnyside Piano Academy, we make learning the piano fun, so students fall in love with music for life. Group & individual sessions include structured practice, improvisation games, and fundamentals of music theory. Enrollment is open to students ages pre-K through high school; no prior experience required.

Mandarin Fun Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
September 03, 2013 - Homecrest

Kids can learn some Chinese Mandarin!

Games in the Castle - White Plains Public Library
September 03, 2013 - White Plains

Join in the fun! Play checkers, chess, Sorry, Scrabble, Candyland, pick-up-sticks, math games, and more! Students in grades 1-6 are welcome to bring their own games to play with new friends.

Back to School Clinic with Professional Soccer Stars - Roy Wilkins Recreation Center
September 03, 2013 - Jamaica

The legendary soccer club -- the New York Cosmos -- will host a free "back to school" soccer clinic for local kids. Professional coaches from the NY Cosmos Training and Development Program, along with several current players from the New York Cosmos roster, will attend the clinics, participate in drills, and work directly with the kids. Afterwards, the players will also be available to meet with the kids and sign autographs. "The New York Cosmos are committed to offering the best experience for our fans," said Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover. "We also see ourselves and our players as part of this community as well. It's our privilege to give local kids the opportunity to work with and learn from some of our great athletes that play right here in New York." Those interested in the clinic are encouraged to sign up at www.nycosmostdp.com (space is limited). If your child is playing soccer this fall, go to nymetroparents.com/celebratesoccer for your chance to win great prizes, including a gift card from Sports Authority, new gear for the team, and tickets to a Red Bulls game.

Parents as Teachers - Norwalk Library - Sono Brach
September 03, 2013 - Norwalk

Early Learning group for parents with children birth to age 5. Parents will take part in facilitated play and activities with their children.

Story Time Book Club @ Pottery Barn Kids - Pottery Barn Kids
September 03, 2013 - White Plains

Kids are invited to join the Story Time Club which meets every Tuesday. First-time members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first Story Time, and a special gift after five visits.

Sunnyside Piano Academy: Free Open Studio - Sunnyside Reformed Church
September 04, 2013 - Sunnyside

Looking for piano lessons in Queens, look no further than this open studio hosted by The Sunnyside Piano Academy this fall. This event will give parents and prospective students an opportunity to preview the Academy's game-based approach to learning music at the piano. At Sunnyside Piano Academy, we make learning the piano fun, so students fall in love with music for life. Group & individual sessions include structured practice, improvisation games, and fundamentals of music theory. Enrollment is open to students ages pre-K through high school; no prior experience required.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library, Ulmer Park branch
September 04, 2013 - Bath Beach

The best cure for boredom is a board game!

Learn To Grow - Steinway Library
September 04, 2013 - Astoria

Learn to grow food organically in our learning gardens. Hands-on activities include seed planting, transplanting, watering, making compost and harvesting. All ages are welcome; children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult.

Games in the Castle - White Plains Public Library
September 04, 2013 - White Plains

Join in the fun! Play checkers, chess, Sorry, Scrabble, Candyland, pick-up-sticks, math games, and more! Students in grades 1-6 are welcome to bring their own games to play with new friends.

Mother Nature's Storytime (Formerly Critters, Crafts and Kids) - Greenburgh Nature Center
September 04, 2013 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful summer days at the Center with walks, live animals, stories, and crafts. Dress for outdoor activities. For children ages 2-4 years with a parent/caregiver. (Formerly known as Critters, Crafts and Kids; please note new age group.)

Free Back to School Clinic with Professional Soccer Stars - Aviator Sports at Floyd Bennett Field
September 04, 2013 - Brooklyn

The legendary soccer club -- the New York Cosmos -- will host a free "back to school" soccer clinic for local kids. Professional coaches from the NY Cosmos Training and Development Program, along with several current players from the New York Cosmos roster, will attend the clinics, participate in drills, and work directly with the kids. Afterwards, the players will also be available to meet with the kids and sign autographs. "The New York Cosmos are committed to offering the best experience for our fans," said Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover. "We also see ourselves and our players as part of this community as well. It's our privilege to give local kids the opportunity to work with and learn from some of our great athletes that play right here in New York." Those interested in the clinic are encouraged to sign up at www.nycosmostdp.com (space is limited). If your child is playing soccer this fall, go to nymetroparents.com/celebratesoccer for your chance to win great prizes, including a gift card from Sports Authority, new gear for the team, and tickets to a Red Bulls game.

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
September 04, 2013 - Battery Park City

Join other school-age children for active lawn games and art projects. Parks Programming Leaders plan games based on their understanding of child development stages, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are welcome to suggest games, and Parks Programming Leaders are always prepared to help get the games started with perennial favorites such as Tug of War, Red Light Green Light, Mr. Fox, Asteroids, Wiffle Ball and Four Square. Each week enjoy a different art project. Projects range from group murals and building cities from recycled boxes, to individual clay and wood constructions, masks, capes and mobiles inspired by nature in the park. For children 5 and older. Make new friends! All supplies are provided.

Drop-In Chess - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
September 04, 2013 - Battery Park City

Drop in to play the popular strategy game and get pointers and advice from an expert under the trees in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, adjacent to the Park House. An experienced and enthusiastic chess instructor leads lessons in the popular strategy game for children and young people ages 5-18 in small groups. Beginners and all ability levels are welcome. Chess instructor Michah Saperstein has been teaching chess to children for 6 years, and has developed a coaching style which emphasizes creativity and imagination in children.

Sunnyside Piano Academy: Free Open Studio - Sunnyside Reformed Church
September 05, 2013 - Sunnyside

Looking for piano lessons in Queens, look no further than this open studio hosted by The Sunnyside Piano Academy this fall. This event will give parents and prospective students an opportunity to preview the Academy's game-based approach to learning music at the piano. At Sunnyside Piano Academy, we make learning the piano fun, so students fall in love with music for life. Group & individual sessions include structured practice, improvisation games, and fundamentals of music theory. Enrollment is open to students ages pre-K through high school; no prior experience required.

Games in the Castle - White Plains Public Library
September 05, 2013 - White Plains

Join in the fun! Play checkers, chess, Sorry, Scrabble, Candyland, pick-up-sticks, math games, and more! Students in grades 1-6 are welcome to bring their own games to play with new friends.

Ridge Kids Write - Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge branch
September 05, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Kids meet up at a nurturing and supportive creative writing workshop.

Farm Foodies Back to School Cooking Class - The Art Farm In The City
September 05, 2013 - Upper East Side

Farm Fresh and Seasonal! Finally your child can enjoy a cooking class where they learn about the basics of cooking and the importance of fresh ingredients as well. Join Chef Sylvie in smelling mint, shaping brioche, peeling rhubarb, cutting cookies and tasting new fresh fruits and vegetables. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, Chef Sylvie creates a seasonal organic menu from around the globe. Your kids will embark on a cooking and sensory adventure while developing their taste buds for food fresh from the farm.

Fall Filmmaking Mini Camp - The PIcture House
Through September 06, 2013 - Pelham

Fall Filmmaking Fun! (September 3rd – 6th) Grades K – 2 and 3 – 5 Join us for 4 days of filmmaking fun the first week of September. You can sign up for all 4 days or sign up per day. 9am-12pm Day 1: Make a movie in one day! Explore acting, directing, and cinematography. Take a classic fairy tale and turn it into something new, hip, and full of characters. Participants will receive a copy of the film by the end of the week. $75. Day 2: Music video day! Explore dancing, singing, and storytelling. Take an awesome song and create a rocking music video! Participants will receive a copy of the film by the end of the week. $75. Day 3: Movie Day! Watch two classic fairy tale movies. Come dressed in character too! Parent supervision is required. (Cost= a regular child's movie ticket.) Day 4: Movie Musical Day! Watch a classic movie musical: "Annie." Parent supervision is required. (Cost= a regular child's movie ticket.)

Preschool Bounce - Bounce U
September 06, 2013 - College Point

Bounce, bounce, bounce. It's the perfect play time for kids 2-6 years old, as they explore the larger-than-life inflatables at their own pace!

Games in the Castle - White Plains Public Library
September 06, 2013 - White Plains

Join in the fun! Play checkers, chess, Sorry, Scrabble, Candyland, pick-up-sticks, math games, and more! Students in grades 1-6 are welcome to bring their own games to play with new friends.

Kids Workshop-Football Ring Toss Game - Home Depot
September 07, 2013 - Elmont

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Create a Grand Central City - New York Transit Museum
September 07, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal a world unto itself: trains below, buildings above, set amidst the maze of midtown Manhattan. Kids of all ages will fashion a Terminal City of our own with trains, tunnels, skyscrapers, roadways, and more.

Learn To Grow - Steinway Library
September 07, 2013 - Astoria

Learn to grow food organically in our learning gardens. Hands-on activities include seed planting, transplanting, watering, making compost and harvesting. All ages are welcome; children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult.

MusicClasses4Kids Trial Class - Germonds Presbyterian Church
September 07, 2013 - New City

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their newborn through kindergarten-aged children to experience their 2013 song collection. The trial class fee will be credited toward tuition if you join after the class.

Bike New York presents Free Classes - Governors Island
September 07, 2013 - Governors Island

Learn how to ride a bike for the first time or brush up on your basic skills.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Hawthorne
September 07, 2013 - Hawthorne

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Yonkers
September 07, 2013 - Yonkers

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - New Rochelle
September 07, 2013 - New Rochelle

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Mohegan Lake
September 07, 2013 - New Rochelle

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Port Chester
September 07, 2013 - Port Chester

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Bronx Terminal
September 07, 2013 - Bronx

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Bruckner Boulevard
September 07, 2013 - Bronx

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12. 9am-12pm.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Gun Hill Road
September 07, 2013 - Bronx

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12. 9am-12pm.

Crafts for Kids - The Cupcake Corner
September 08, 2013 - Garden City

Bring your kids to this bakery/cafe for a free craft any time between 12-4pm. Reservations not required. Craft changes every week.

Create a Grand Central City - New York Transit Museum
September 08, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal a world unto itself: trains below, buildings above, set amidst the maze of midtown Manhattan. Kids of all ages will fashion a Terminal City of our own with trains, tunnels, skyscrapers, roadways, and more.

Kids' Baking Chemistry (ages 7-13) - CakeSuite
September 08, 2013 - Westport

This class explains the functions of all basic ingredients in baking, using a basic cookie recipe as inspiration. Each participant goes home with a box of cookies, and a good understanding of the hows and whys of baking.

Naturally Curious - New York Botanical Garden - Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 08, 2013 - Bronx

In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, adventure abounds for kids of all ages with art and science activities such as mixing paints and creating science notebooks. Kids will discover their inner scientists and ask questions about the world. Each child will practice problem-solving skills before setting off on an adventure to find medicinal plants. In the tradition of the Renaissance, students will also use an album amicorum, or "Book of Memories," to record any plant observations or descriptions that they make during their visit.

Munchkin Music Club - Museum of Motherhood
September 09, 2013 - Upper East Side

Join a sing-a-long every week with James and enjoy free play after in the Museum of Motherhood play space.

Family Fitness at My Fun Place - Farmingdale Public Library
September 09, 2013 - Farmingdale

Want to do an activity that the whole family can join in? Here's a great way to get fit and to bond with your family at the same time. Join Fitness Instructor Claire Guidone for this fun fitness program.

Simple Cooking: Apple Pie Cupcakes - East Meadow Public Library
September 09, 2013 - East Meadow

Love to eat? Then here's a perfect easy cooking program for family and friends to share together. The cooking materials fee is non-refundable. You will have the food to take home. Space is limited; registration required.

Monday Afternoon Storytime at B & N - Barnes & Noble City Center
September 09, 2013 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

Lego Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
September 09, 2013 - Williamsburg

Kids set their imaginations free using Lego building blocks.

Free Trial Classes - Long Island City School of Ballet
Through September 14, 2013 - Long Island City

Classes available in all levels of Ballet, Parent and 2's (students must be 2 years old before 9/1/2013), Imagine Dance(Storytelling, dance and crafts), Sportsdance (for Boys classes for 3 to 12 years),Hip Hop and Broadway Dance. Reservations required.

Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program - Governors Island
Through September 29, 2013 - Governors Island

Join CMA's Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more.

Art & Science Sundays on The Science Barge - The Science Barge
Through September 30, 2013 - Yonkers

Every Sunday, the Science Barge on Yonkers' waterfront invites children ages 4-10 for hands-on Art & Science workshops. Children and adults can cross the gangplank and come aboard for everything from building take-home hydroponic mini-greenhouses to making Japanese fish sock-kites. And, back by popular demand are Blue Crab Blitz days, with Science Barge Director Bob Walters. Sep. 1: Create and Launch Japanese Fish Sock Kites; Sep. 8: Blue Crab Blitz; Sep. 15: Grow & Go Take-Home Garden Workshop; Sep. 22: Flying Fish Mobiles; Sep. 29: Blowing in the Wind - Build your own Wind Turbine. For more info, visit groundworkhv.org, or call 914-375-2151. Art & Science Sundays are generously sponsored by the Junior League of Bronxville.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through September 30, 2013 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts and crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. Sep. 7: Make your own Back-to-School Placemat; Sep. 14: Create a Shape Tractor; Sep. 21: Make a Colors of the Season Booklet; Sep. 28: Create a What-a-Hoot Paper Bag Owl.

Friendship Bracelet and Lanyard Making Class - The Lanyard Ladies
Through October 03, 2013 - East Rockaway

Looking for a fun after-school or weekend activity? Does your child want to learn how to make friendship and lanyard bracelets? Kids can make as many bracelets as they want. Each child will also receive a special gift. 15% sibling discount. Please call to reserve your space. You can also book a private play-date(10 or more children needed). Call for more information.

Pollinator Pals: Bees and Butterflies - New York Botanical Gardens - Howell Family Garden
Through October 11, 2013 - Bronx

The Family Garden is buzzing in late summer! Learn about important pollinators: honeybees and the monarch butterflies passing by on their way to Mexico. Get buzzy doing the honeybee dance, observe up-close the workings of a beehive, and sample honey from different nectar sources. Meander through the meadow to find the beautiful monarchs' favorite snack-spots for fueling up before their long flight. Plants and imaginations grow at the Howell Family Garden, where kids are allowed - no, encouraged! - to play in the dirt. Display gardens such as the Global Gardens and the Breakfast Bowl, and other daily activities, delight and inspire.

Nature on the Go - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids have fun out in nature by playing animal charades, pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth, or joining in many other fun and active nature games that teaches them about the nature around us. Led by a park naturalist.

Saturday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through October 31, 2013 - Brooklyn

Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to present their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well.

Dance Around with Nat - The Moxie Spot
Through November 13, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Nat, the Moxie Spot's proprietor, leads an hour of dancing and music.

Sunday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through November 30, 2013 - Brooklyn

Babies and toddlers enjoy stories as read by a different visiting author each week.

African Dance Workshop - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through December 23, 2013 - Spring Valley

Harambee Dance Company, fabulous performers of African dance and music, teach this weekly workshop. Registration is requested.

Seasonal Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
Through December 30, 2013 - West Nyack

Jill will help artists of all ages design seasonal or holiday-themed crafts. Her selection includes jewelry boxes, candy dishes, mugs, plates, picture frames, vases, and more. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Toddler workshops are held each Monday and Tuesday. All-ages workshops are held each Friday.

Bug Out - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Feeling brave? Meet grasshoppers, worms, stick bugs, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Nature's Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers learn about the living and nonliving things that coexist with us on planet Earth, and the importance of being a steward of the environment. Meet an animal, plant, or mineral from the museum's collection.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

The Museum's inclusive sensory space engages children of all abilities. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Sensory Integration disorder. Please note that the Museum will be closed from September 1 through September 13.

Story and Animal Program - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2014 - Westport

Children 5 and younger can visit Earthplace every week for story time and an animal encounter. Thursdays and Fridays year-round.

FREE Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through September 15, 2030 - Scarsdale

A different project every Saturday.

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