The 10 Best Kids Afterschool Programs and Activities in Westchester

The 10 Best Kids Afterschool Programs and Activities in Westchester
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The 10 Best Kids Afterschool Programs and Activities in Westchester

Listings are in alphabetical order

We are little over a month from the return to school. Wow! And while summer is still in full swing we did the work and found 10 Afterschool Programs and Activities for you to check out and consider while you lay back and enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

With this round-up there is something for everyone that will work with your schedule and check off all the points you look for in extracurricular programs, classes and fun activities for your family. Check them out!

Central Park Dance 

450 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Central Park Dance is Westchester’s multi-disciplinary training center committed to cultivating and training the 21st-century dancer. Now in its 42nd season, the studio offers something for every age, ability, and aspiration. For the tiniest dancers, an enchanting beginning for children as young as two builds a foundation and a love of movement, while more serious students participate in a wide variety of classes and intensive and immersive workshops throughout their training. The Signature and Remixx performing companies rooted in the jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop disciplines offer regional performance opportunities. At the same time, the Ballet Academy sets dancers on a classical track of in-depth study. Central Park Dance also offers an extensive adult training program in multiple disciplines, offering chances to train up to seven days a week. All classes are taught by a faculty of the industry’s most celebrated and trusted teachers, who continue to raise the standards of dance education. Additionally, Central Park Dance presents an annual community-wide Nutcracker production each holiday season, company performances throughout the year, and a school-wide recital season each Spring. Each school year is punctuated with summer camps and intensive programs for all ages, championing creativity, discipline, and movement exploration across all disciplines.


Fancy Feet Westchester

Fancy Feet Dance Studio

Multiple locations in Bronx and Mt. Vernon
There’s something special about learning to dance at Fancy Feet Dance Studio. For the past 43 years, Fancy Feet has impacted Westchester and the Bronx communities for their dancers and gymnasts. Their welcoming staff and loving teachers create a family atmosphere where every young and old student can feel comfortable expressing themselves. Always greeted with a warm smile, their students have the encouragement and direction they need to excel. At Fancy Feet, they believe children learn best in a positive, happy, and creative environment. Fancy Feet was voted Best of the Bronx 8 years in a row. They are dedicated to offering classes with a high standard of technique, style, and performance and believe that educating your children in Dance and Gymnastics is at the forefront of their values. At Fancy Feet, dance promotes self-confidence, artistic expression, respect for themselves and others, a healthy body, hard work, time management, and an understanding of how the body works and moves. They strive to inspire their students – living, loving, learning, and developing an appreciation for the arts.


Gym Cats Westchester


One Odell Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701
GymCats Gymnastics aims to build a physical and mental foundation for all sports through participation in gymnastics. Their classes are designed to improve students’ motor skills, body and spatial awareness, lower and upper body strength, and self-confidence. They start their classes as young as 20 months and continue challenging their students well into their teens. They offer beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. They also offer a non-competitive and competitive team program. One of their most popular offerings is their holiday camps that are run when the local school districts are closed. GymCats Gymnastics is the best place to build confidence, athleticism and create well-rounded children of all ages. More information can be found at www.gymcats.net, and all registrations can be done online. Fall class registration is ongoing! 


Make Inspires Westchester


1139 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
75 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514
MakeInspires produces acclaimed STEAM Education Programs for grades K-12 and adults based out of their Makerspaces. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace with creative tools such as computers, robots, electronics, 3D printers, and woodworking tools. With MakeInspires, students explore technologies and industries at the forefront of the future while cultivating their computational reasoning, critical thinking and creativity. MakeInspires mission is to inspire lifelong learning through STEAM education, regardless of experience level. Founded in 2011, they initially chose the name MacInspires because they believe technology, Apple products, and others empower us in many ways. The name gives homage to Apple’s past for being the first computer enabling everyday people to create graphic art, music, video, and more. In 2022 they rebranded to MakeInspires, a name that better represents what they do. MakeInspires makes people who contribute to society by producing work that impacts countless aspects of life.


Pinebrook Westchester

Pine Brook Fitness 

130 Rhodes St, New Rochelle, NY 10801
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After-school programs at Pine Brook Fitness are an excellent way to learn, experience, and get involved in tennis and rock climbing, regardless of age or skill level.
The Rock Club: Climbers will discover adventure as they scale the walls and learn climbing techniques while building confidence and self-esteem. They offer three different programs during the Fall and Spring season, each designed for a specific age and skill level to ensure they get the most out of the program.
The New Rochelle Racquet Club: Seasoned players and beginners alike will experience, learn, and excel at the game in a supportive and encouraging environment. They offer two sets of programs; Junior Development and the Tournament Training Program. The Junior Development programs (red, orange, and green ball) work through a progression of smaller to larger courts and racquets while utilizing low-pressure balls to improve control. The tournament training program is designed for more advanced players looking to advance their skills, strategies, and techniques to excel at the USTA junior circuit and high school and college levels.


Playgroup Theater WEstchester

Play Group Theatre

1 N Broadway #111, White Plains, NY 10601
If a fun-filled, non-competitive theatre program providing training at the highest level while fostering friendships and building skills that last a lifetime sounds like a dream, meet The Play Group Theatre. At PGT, kids and teens collaborate in a uniquely nurturing yet creatively charged environment while immersing themselves in a diverse array of the performing arts. Choose from PGT’s award-winning MainStage program, which produces a broad range of plays and musicals for all ages; TheatreLab, offering multi-discipline theatre classes for ages 7-16; Design/Tech, for students who wish to study Technical Theatre and Design; Improv and Sketch Comedy, for those who want to be part of a comedy troupe; Community Cabaret, which allows students to bring their love of music to the local community; Little Theatre, for ages 4-6, and more. And Camp PGT offers fourteen programs throughout July, bringing PGT magic all summer! All programs are housed in PGT’s vibrant, state-of-the-art performing arts complex – with two fully equipped theatres and multiple rehearsal studios – and are taught by the professional PGT Teaching Artist Team. The Play Group Theatre prepares kids for every stage of life while giving them the tools to succeed on stage today!


Rising Sports Stars Westchester

Rising Sport Stars

280 Old Mamaroneck Rd, White Plains, NY 10605
Rising Sport Stars is a Jr. Knicks Affiliate program offering classes, clinics, leagues, and private sessions for kids ages 3 and up. Its approach includes small-group activities and drills in which players compete as individuals and work together. This untraditional format encourages players to think and utilize fundamental skills like shooting, ball handling, passing, and defense. This program’s primary focus is to tailor all activities and drills to fit the needs of each player. Their highly qualified coaches focus on player development through observation and performance feedback. They are one of the best youth basketball programs in the tri-state area. Rising Sport Stars is where you need to be if you want a program for your child to develop and grow.


Shake It Off Westchester

Shake it Off

365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583
Shake it Off is a lively and colorful place where children’s creativity and curiosity are encouraged to thrive. They offer a versatile range of fun & engaging classes for babies, toddlers, and elementary-age children. They provide options for baby movement and sensory classes, music & dance classes, science-art sensory classes, and the cutest princess-themed ballet class for toddlers. Their courses are perfectly catered to facilitate early socialization, focus on creativity and self-expression, and encourage positive learning experiences. In addition to their creative classes, Shake it Off was voted Best of Westchester for their well-regarded birthday parties. They provide entertainment and can customize activities based on your theme and your child’s interests. Classes and parties are held in their beautiful new 4,000 sq ft space in Scarsdale.


Studio B Dance Center

277 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY 10709
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One of the healthiest activities you can enroll your child in is dance, and one of the best places to develop your child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being is Studio B Dance Center. Dancing is both a team and individual activity that helps children build confidence, make friends, and learn to express themselves, all while developing a positive body image and a strong mind. Studio B is the only studio in Westchester that is YPAD certified with employee background checks, CPR certification, and additional training for staff that no other studio in Westchester provides. The studio offers fun, engaging classes for boys and girls ages 2 and up- taught by experienced, nurturing professionals with college degrees. Dancers as young as six can join non-competitive companies and their award-winning competition team. Older dancers are invited to join the Studio’s National Honor Society of Dance Arts chapter, assistant teacher and mentor program, and a weekly leadership team to empower their dancers to grow into strong, positive leaders in their schools and communities. Voted as a top 5 favorite by Westchester families, their motto is “We don’t teach kids to make great dancers; we teach dance to make great kids.


World Cup GYmnastics

World Cup Gymnastics

160 Joan Corwin Way, Chappaqua, NY 10514
Gymnastics is a fun way for kids to gain strength and confidence. It is a skills-based sport allowing each student to develop positive self-esteem by facing new challenges, working hard toward a goal and reaching skill levels at their own pace. These accomplishments make them feel good about themselves. World Cup Gymnastics focuses on giving each student an opportunity to discover their inner champion through the sport of gymnastics. They offer mommy and me classes, preschool gymnastics, recreational gymnastics, competitive gymnastics and cheer tumbling classes. Through positive encouragement and support, students enjoy a fun way to gain positive self-esteem which leads to skill growth, social growth and independence. The fun doesn’t stop there! World Cup Gymnastics also hosts winter and summer camps, birthday parties and “Kids Night Out” on selected Saturdays. No matter the skill level, there is a program for every child at World Cup Gymnastics.