Free and Low Cost Classes for Kids in Manhattan Week of December 12

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free and low-cost classes to do with kids in Manhattan Find a schedule of free and low-cost kids' classes in Manhattan this week of December 12. Our weekly Manhattan class calendar includes dates, description, and pricing for children's programs throughout the area, including museum programs, academic classes, library events, nature programs, and much more. For upcoming kids classes in Manhattan, plus a host of other free and low-cost family activities, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
December 12, 2011 - Manhattan

This mommy and me-style class includes a "theme" of the week, which is expressed in songs, stories, magic, and movement play. Call for reservations, class size is limited.

Art Workshop: Drawing Without a Straight Line - Children's Museum of the Arts
December 12, 2011 - SoHo

The artist Hundertwasser believed in the natural influence of line. This project focus is to create composition with organic lines.

Art Workshop: Artful Instruments - Children's Museum of the Arts
December 14, 2011 - SoHo

Stemming from Picasso's mixed-media instruments, this project lets little ones explore using different materials to create sound.

Family Workshop: Little Chefs - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
December 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Learn how to follow a recipe to create a delicious treat, create your own cookbook, and make your own chef's apron. No reservations required but space is limited.

Free Teen Night @ MoMA: In the Making - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
December 16, 2011 - Manhattan

Teens can eat pizza, celebrate new work created by young artists in MoMA's "In the Making" program, and watch film shorts from MoMA's collection.

Holiday Workshop for Kids: Arts & Crafts at the Jacadi Boutique - Jacadi Madison Avenue Boutique
December 16, 2011 - Upper East Side

Jacadi, the iconic French children's brand, partners with French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) to present the fourth in a series of customized workshops designed to bring French language and culture to parents and their children at select Jacadi stores in the metropolitan area. Celebrate the holidays with an afternoon of seasonal arts & crafts. Children will create snowflakes and gingerbread ornaments and learn a special French holiday song. Enjoy 10 percent savings on all purchases made during the event and receive a complimentary tote. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop. Space is limited. RSVP by Wednesday, December 14.

Youth Stamp Club - Collectors Club
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

This club, for students in fourth grade and above, meets on the third Saturday of every month from September 2011 through May 2012. Beginners will be introduced to this educational and fun hobby, and participants with collecting experience will find encouragement and guidance. Stamps and all other materials provided free of charge. New members are welcome. To register, email or call 212-683-0559.

Sci-Tech Workshop: Flower Power - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Create a flower using LEDs, fiber optics, colored cellophane, and some technical know-how. Reservations for up to four children can be made beginning December 12 by calling 212-833-8100.

Jazz For Kids with Amy Cervini - 55 Bar
December 18, 2011 - Manhattan

An interactive concert where kids (ages 2-6) listen, dance, and play along to jazz songs. Snacks are provided, but drinks (both kid and adult appropriate) are available at the bar.

Just Drop In! - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 18, 2011 - Upper East Side

Kids can explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3-10.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
December 19, 2011 - Manhattan

This mommy and me-style class includes a "theme" of the week, which is expressed in songs, stories, magic, and movement play. Call for reservations, class size is limited.

Hip N Hop Babies - Manna House Workshop
Through December 20, 2011 - Harlem

This one-of-a-kind 45-minute class brings music to life for babies and toddlers.

NYChessKids Chess Tournament - PS 116 - The Mary Lindley Murray School
Through December 22, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chess learning experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. Light snack included. For more information, e-mail

PS163 Afterschool Chess - NYChessKids
Through December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chessplaying experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. For more information, e-mail

Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through December 28, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids ages 3 and younger and their caretakers can join Nancy and Beth for reading, singing, and dancing.

Mini Mates Program - South Street Seaport Museum
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

The program features educational activities related to water, boats, animals, sea creatures, and more for tots ages 18 months to 3 years and their adult caretakers. Includes crafts, music, and movement activities, plus light refreshments. Registration required by 3pm the day prior; email or call 212-748-8786.

Bilingual Birdies: Spanish Program - Ottendorfer Public Library
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

A Spanish language and live music program for children ages newborn to 5 years old with a parent/caregiver. The bilingual musicians teach through music, movement, puppetry, and games.

R&R at the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special with workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, origami, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor and outdoor play, and more. There are programs for both children and adults.

Creating the Grid Family Workshop: Gallery Explorers - Museum of the City of New York
Through December 17, 2012 - Upper East Side

Explore the exhibitions "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan" and "The Unfinished Grid" and then create your own ideas about how the streets and avenues of New York might look in the future. Participants will learn how the Manhattan street grid has evolved over the past 200 years and then work with a teaching artist to make their own designs for the sidewalks, streets, buildings, and parks of the 21st century. Recommended for ages 6-12. Reservations encouraged: call 917-492-3395.