UPDATED AUGUST 2014: Find after-school programs for kids in Westchester County, New York. Whether you’re looking for academic programs in math, reading, and literacy, or classes in theatre, music, and dance, even sports ranging from tae kwon do to equestrian centers, NYMetroParents gives you the most complete guide. After-school programs in Westchester County are here!
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THE MILESTONE SCHOOL
Angela Freeman, head of school
70 W. Broad St., Mount Vernon
Founded in 1979 on the premise that “the first years of a child’s education are the most important,” The Milestone School is an independent, nursery to fourth-grade school. Our after-school program offers a relaxed atmosphere where children can unwind and make choices from a wide variety of activities, including arts and crafts, free play, yoga, outdoor activities, cooking, and story time. A study and homework period is part of our older students’ day. We provide a “quality time” after-school experience where your child can feel comfortable, nurtured, and have fun!
MOHAWK COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
200 Old Tarrytown Road, White Plains
Mohawk is well-known throughout the region as a respected independent school serving children ages 2 through first grade, and as a popular summer day camp for children ages 3-15. Mohawk Country Day School offers families a unique alternative to traditional schools. Situated on a remarkable 40-acre site that includes a farm with an assortment of animals, outdoor, child-sized village, three playgrounds, and expansive ball fields, MCDS combines strong academics with daily music and gym, technology, and nature activities. Extended hours are available, as well as after-school enrichment programs.
MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF WESTCHESTER
216 Central Park Ave., White Plains
Music matters! Music Conservatory of Westchester, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, provides high-quality instruction for all. We offer chamber music and ensembles, classes in music theory (including AP theory), musical theater, jazz, rock, and pop. The Music Therapy Institute serves children and adults on campus, and in partnerships throughout Westchester. Our programs and collaborations cultivate lifelong learning and a sense of community through the joy of music making. Join us Sept. 6-13 for our Fall Community Music Week featuring free classes, a tour of our facility, and group lesson observations!
167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe
Musical Munchkins, Westchester’s original early childhood music program is celebrating more than 30 years of makin’ music and memories. We continue delighting our youngest musicians and their families with the wonderful world of mommy-n-me music. Our curriculum, filled with awesome activities, is geared to children ages 6 months to 4 years. Instruments, creative movement, inventive props, puppets, books, and games help captivate and enrich children with a love of music. Our nurturing teachers capture everyone’s hearts, while stimulating those developing brains. Visit our website. Schedule a free trial class.
NEW ROCHELLE RACQUET CLUB
130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle
Under the direction of our new director of tennis, Josh Bill, the New Rochelle Racquet Club offers the best year-round tennis instruction programs for TAUT (10-and-Under Tennis), Junior Development, and Tournament Training for Juniors. We also offer adult instruction groups, Cardio Tennis, Blitz, power drills, men’s and women’s instructional and playing leagues, seasonal tennis, vacation and summer camps for all ages, plus five racquetball courts. Our fall session begins on Sept. 4. Please come by for a tour or call for more information.
ONTRACK SPORT CENTER
29 S. Depot Plaza, Tarrytown
OnTrack Sport Center is a 26,000-square-foot indoor sports facility, offering athletes of all ages access to various training and competitive programs in soccer, lacrosse, and baseball. Fall after-school programs are now being planned. Visit our website or like us on Facebook for a list of scheduled programs. Also, celebrate your child’s next birthday at OnTrack with one of our spectacular sports party packages. Voted 2009 Best of Westchester—Indoor Sports for Kids.
THE PLAY GROUP THEATRE
1 N. Broadway, White Plains
The Play Group Theatre offers a wide range of theater classes and performance opportunities, from fully produced Main Stage shows to the Conservatory Black Box experience for ages 4-17. PGT’s new Design and Tech Track allows students to study the theater from a behind-the-scenes perspective, and the Theatre Lab provides one-time workshops and unique theater experiences such as the Cabaret and Project 24. Innovative theater programming throughout the year includes quality after-school and weekend options, as well as a variety of summer camp programs. Call 914-946-4433 or visit playgroup.org for more information.
THE PLAY PLACE
“Making Kids Feel Successful Right From the Start”
175-11 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford
Westchester’s award-winning indoor sports and play facility for tots to 10-year-olds. With a soccer field, two USTA-regulation-sized, 10-and-under tennis courts, and a 1,200-square-foot soft play structure, the Playplace is “every child’s party place.” We offer holiday camps, a fantastic after-school program, and tennis and soccer lessons. New this fall in our expanded facility, “Carousel Dance,” for children and adult dance classes, kids’ art classes, and an outdoor playground. Open 9am-6pm every day. Visit us today, it’s fun for the whole family! Visit theplayplace.net.
PRE-SCHOOL READING PROGRAM BY THE DICKER READING METHOD
75 Brook St., Scarsdale
Your 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old child will learn 15 to 30 words in his or her first session. Then they will learn to read their first book fluently. Every two months, your preschooler or kindergartner will achieve one year of reading enrichment. Their self-esteem will soar as they develop a love for reading and school. It’s easy, fun, and life’s most exciting game.
THE RIVERDALE Y
5625 Arlington Ave., Bronx
The Riverdale Y is the place to be when school starts. We have programs for every age and interest: swim team, sports, basketball leagues, theater programs for all ages, dance, and much more! Enroll in Kids’ Space, one of the most popular after-school programs in Riverdale, for afternoons filled with fun and learning in a nurturing environment. Or register with our Early Childhood Center, where our youngest members learn and grow in one of the highest quality programs in the area. Join our Riverdale/Kingsbridge/Yonkers community, make new friends, and have a great 2014-2015!
3 Phelps Lane, Sleepy Hollow
Robin’s Nest is located on the grounds of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. Established in 1988, we offer full-time and part-time programs, year-round, for children ages 2 months to 5 years, from 7am-6pm, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two nutritional snacks. Age-specific curriculums, half-day nursery program, before- and after-school care, vacation club during school breaks, and summer camp. Enrichment activities include music, nature programs, gymnastics, yoga, language classes, field trips, Smart Board activities, and swimming lessons. Teachers have four-year degrees and CPR certifications. NAEYC accredited.
SAW MILL PRESCHOOL: A GREAT PLACE TO GROW
77 Kensico Drive, Mount Kisco
Come join Saw Mill Preschool as we enter the 2014-2015 school year! Our preschool program is designed to encourage children’s natural love of learning in an environment where they feel comfortable, confident, and secure. Through best teaching practices, student-driven inquiry, and enriched activities, our dedicated teachers ensure preschoolers have joyful and meaningful learning experiences that lead to success in school and in life. Saw Mill preschool also offers many exciting after-school enrichment opportunities! For more information please contact Nicole Weiss at 914-733-4038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1600 Harrison Ave., Suite 105, Mamaroneck
Voted “Best Social Skills Group 2013” by Westchester magazine, Sociable Kidz® provides social skills groups for children ages 4-14. The small groups ensure that your child receives individualized attention including problem-solving, sharing, taking turns, coping mechanisms, anti-bullying techniques, etc., using hands-on activities, games, role playing, and social stories. Check out our website for more information.
SOLARIS SPORTS CLUBS
201 Veterans Road, Yorktown Heights
Solaris Sport & Racquet Club
5 Browns Lane, Hawthorne
Tennis is a great way to exercise, meet new friends, enjoy competition, and have fun! Solaris Sports Clubs offer a 10-and-Under tennis instructional program with smaller courts, shorter racquets, and balls that bounce lower, making it easier for kids to play the game and develop a love for the sport right from the start! Many days and times to choose from. Call and register today for our fall session!
380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
Sportime USA is the ideal place to visit after a long day at school! With a restaurant on the premises, we have activities for all ages including a brand new, 4-dimensional motion theater, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, a new Ballocity Arena, an 18-foot Spider Climb, batting cages, bumper cars, a Himalaya coaster, kiddie rides, more than 150 video and prize ticket games, billiards, and soft-adventure play area. Birthday parties are our specialty, and we also welcome all groups.
STEFFI NOSSEN SCHOOL OF DANCE
216 Central Park Ave., White Plains
Westchester’s premiere dance destination since 1937! Named 2011 “Best Kids’ Classes” and 2013 “Best Unique Dance Class for Moving Wheels & Heels” by Westchester magazine. Our faculty conveys the joy and discipline of dance with warmth and enthusiasm. Explore your creativity while learning proper technique and alignment. Classes in White Plains/Chappaqua in modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, choreography, and adaptive dance for special needs. Guest artist workshop. Live music in classes and performances. New Tiny Dancers for ages 12 months to 3 years, and adult classes. Call about Sept. 15-20 free week of dance.
STUDIO B DANCE CENTER
281 White Plains Road, Eastchester
Since 1996, thousands of students have taken dance lessons with Studio B’s highly talented and nurturing teachers. The well-established pre-ballet programs are perfect for boys and girls as young as 2. Students develop important social skills such as listening carefully, following directions, and interacting with others, while dancing to age-appropriate music. Studio B Dance Center continues to respond to families’ needs with convenient scheduling options and a wide range of styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acro and tumbling, modern, contemporary, and pointe. Call or visit their informative website.
SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER
850 Bronx River Road, Bronxville
180 S. Broadway, White Plains
Sylvan is the leading provider of tutoring to students in grades K-12 in reading, math, writing, study skills, and SAT® and ACT® Prep. Sylvan’s trained and certified teachers provide personalized instruction to each student using curriculum aligned with Common Core standards, plus the latest iPad® technology. At Sylvan, students develop the skills and motivation to do better in school, and the confidence to do better in everything else. Sylvan Learning Centers are located in Bronxville and White Plains.
TEMPLE ISRAEL CENTER NURSERY SCHOOL
280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains
Temple Israel Nursery School is dedicated to providing a warm and nurturing environment where children can achieve their full potential—socially, emotionally, creatively, cognitively, physically, and Jewishly. We offer classes for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds, mommy-and-me programs, after-school enrichment, Stay & Play Extended Hours until 4:30pm Monday-Thursday, and until 2:30pm Friday, early drop-off, lunch programs, and summer camp. Our morning programs are enriched with music, creative movement, nature, and animal specialists. Come and check out our beautiful new classrooms! Please contact our director, Patty Goldstick, at 914-948-2800 x126, or email email@example.com.
100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle
Thornton-Donovan School, located in the heart of New Rochelle’s Beechmont section, was founded in 1901. T-D is an independent, international, K-12 coed school that attracts students from 40 different countries and teaches French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, German, and Japanese. The 2014 graduating class of 15 amassed $750,000 in academic awards and scholarships. T-D has pioneered international and thematic education for decades. Numerous sports activities are available after school. Basketball, football, and soccer are played competitively, with home games taking place in New Rochelle and away games as far away as Lancaster, PA.
WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXTENSION CENTER
in Ossining Arcadian Shopping Center
Route 9, Ossining
The Westchester Community College Extension Center in Ossining features credit and non-credit classes for adults in the areas of general education and healthcare. But this state-of-the-art facility also offers after-school science programs for youngsters in grades 5-8. The affordable classes for middle school students begin in mid-September, and cover topics including anthropology and the mysteries of the underwater world. Contact us at the Arcadian Shopping Center location on Route 9, or phone 914-606-7400 for details.
WHITE PLAINS YMCA
250 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains
Our school-age programs have been developed based on the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Activities have been carefully created to provide opportunities for children to learn new skills, develop relationships, and build self-esteem in a positive environment of safety and support. Activities include homework assistance, arts and crafts, theme days, team building, music, sports, field trips, cooking, and swimming. For more information, please contact Heather Pellegrino at 914-949-8030 x 215, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YWCA OF WHITE PLAINS
515 North St., White Plains
The YWCA’s licensed and NAEYC-accredited children’s programs meet the needs of young families with an array of active programs, including child care, preschool programs, and our before- and after-school programs. Our caring staff creates an environment where every child is valued and develops activities that support the educational process, social interaction, emotional growth, physical development, and creative expression. The YWCA also offers aquatics, gymnastics, and fitness activities for all ages.
For more activities and events after school as well as family weekend events, check out our online calendar.