“We are so thrilled with this class! My daughter comes home every day telling me all about what she’s been up to, and the imaginative play doesn’t end there – Dorothy the dragon who lives in a tree in Prospect Park has been calling her nonstop for days. The teachers have been so wonderful at adapting to the new environment, moving classes outdoors and utilizing activities that are naturally distanced, so that our kids don’t have to think about that and we all stay safe. After months of social isolation and loneliness for my little one, I finally got my joyful daughter back from just one day of Child’s Play!”
– Amy Dunn
“Our son has really enjoyed the various Child’s Play programs – classes, day-long and week-long camps. The teachers have all been wonderfully creative, connected, and inspiring. It seems like one of those programs where the theoretical/abstract side of what they’re trying to do is really working. I love the ways that imagination is integrated into games, storytelling, and art-making – he really comes away with richer, sillier (in a good way), broader ideas for how to express himself.”
– Cate LaFarge Summers
Our in-person “Play Pods” are interactive ways for kids to get the much-needed camaraderie, gross motor play and artistic satisfaction. All classes must take place outside in a park or backyard in NYC.
In custom online groups, kids can reunite with friends, cousins or classmates for a social, physical and artistic experience that taps into what they love.
Choose from a menu of classes and themes, or create your own.
In an effort to reduce our teachers’ commute, we are making every effort to have in-person classes be in neighborhoods local to them. We can generally accommodate outdoor classes in Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park, Cadman Plaza Park and Central Park.
Please reach out to ascertain whether your neighborhood can be served.
For online classes: we charge a per child rate, which depends on the class type and duration, ranging from $27-$40/class. We cap classes at 10 kids and will let you know the minimum to run depending on the style of class you select.
Please reach out if you would like to create a group and need financial assistance.
For both in person and online, session duration is a minimum of 5 classes. Depending on our availability, we can meet daily, weekly or on a schedule that works for your group.
In person: Classes meet for a minimum of 1 hour, or can run up to 90 minutes if your group prefers.
Online: We can meet for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your need.
You’ll gather the group and have a quick phone call with our Executive Director. From there, we’ll send you the introductory email to share with them. We’ll handle registration and payment. Should we have any questions, you’ll serve as the point-person for the group and make sure the minimum number of students are registered by the deadline.
In-person classes for Fall 2020 must meet outside.
We diligently work to maintain 6 feet of separation between students and teachers, making masks optional if your group chooses. We ask that kids bring a hula hoop, yoga mat, towel or other creative way to designate their space. During the larger movement games, we take turns and make sure that only one student is moving around at a time. Kids bring their own props from home (whether it be a stuffie or a script) so that there is no sharing of objects.
Fill out the form below and we will be in touch to schedule a phone call with Executive Director, Jocelyn Greene.
Our classes are designed to be drop-off with minimal need for care-giver support.
For children under 5 we ask that an adult from the group stay present or nearby for the duration of the class.
Child’s Play NY is a gem for New York City families! Jocelyn is nothing short of a genius in her capacity to unleash a child’s imagination and to develop capacities for self-confidence, social skills, and creative expression. As a parent, professional actor, and NJ licensed social worker, I highly recommend the Child’s Play NY experience for any child. Whether it’s a superheroes birthday party, a musical theater workshop, or an introduction to Shakespeare, you will be amazed by the joy your child discovers in these early artistic endeavors. Through storytelling, music, and dramatic play, Child’s Play NY promotes early literacy, empathy, and group cooperation skills that serve as a foundation for future learning. This is a must for any pre-schooler or elementary school child! Katharine Roman LSW, Comprehensive Mental Health Services
Our son has really enjoyed the various Child's Play programs - private classes, day-long and week-long camps. The teachers have all been wonderfully creative, connected, and inspiring. It seems like one of those programs where the theoretical/abstract side of what they're trying to do is really working. I love the ways that imagination is integrated into games, storytelling, and art-making - he really comes away with richer, sillier (in a good way), broader ideas for how to express himself. Cate LaFarge Summers