Back-to-School Programs for Kids and Teens
Whether you're a parent looking for after-school programs or a student looking to enhance your academic experience by learning new skills, make sure you check out our resources for the year ahead!
Parks Afterschool Program
Parks Afterschool provides school-aged kids ages six to 13 the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities during after-school hours from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our program offers team-building activities, trips around the city, academic enrichment opportunities, sports and fitness activities, arts and cultural programming, and more!
Our recreation centers offer an abundance of free youth programming during after school hours. Please visit the website of your local recreation center to find out which programs may be available for your child.
Digital Arts & Technology Programs
Kids can build websites, learn to code, and make videos, music, and more at our free youth workshops offered during after-school hours.
Rec Youth for Teens
Teens ages 13 through 17 can learn how to produce music, make films/animations, design websites, develop video games, and more at free classes at our Computer Resource Centers!
Want to boost your resume for a college application, internship, or new job? Teens older than 16 years old (and adults) can become certified in Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, etc.) through our TechOpps program. Apply today!
At the Tinker Lab, kids ages seven through 13 learn hands-on robotics, coding, and design at the home of African-American scientist Lewis H. Latimer who invented and patented the carbon filament, and worked closely with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.
Nature and Volunteer Programs
Ranger Conservation Corps
The Ranger Conservation Corps is an environmental internship for high school students. Students get hands-on experience by working with our Urban Park Rangers on restoration projects at our nature preserves. Participants receive community service hours, and the experience looks great on a college application!
Do your kids love being outdoors and immersed by nature? This September, join the Stewardship Team as we teach kids how to spot a London Plane Tree, the value of coastal ecosystems, and the significance of preserving our natural world!
Sports and Swim Programs
Learn to Swim
During the school year, we offer free swimming lessons for kids at our indoor pools. Classes are held on weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays. There are three sessions during the school year: fall, winter, and spring. Slots for these sessions are filled by lottery.
Youth Swim Team
NYC Parks offers kids and teens, between the ages of six and 18, an opportunity to join a Parks swim team. The team meets for practice sessions, where kids develop swimming skills and sportsmanship. The team also participates in citywide and championship swim meets!
During the winter, we offer free indoor basketball and street hockey clinics and games at some our recreation centers. Boys and girls can sign up to learn, play, and compete!
CityParks Foundation: Teen P.A.S.S.
Teen P.A.S.S. offers free clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science, and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of sixth to eighth graders. This program is offered at the Detective Keith Williams Field House in Queens and the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn.
When schools are out for midwinter and spring recess, our parks turn into natural classrooms, where kids learn hands-on about trees, wildlife, geology, and history through free, drop-in programs hosted by our Urban Park Rangers. Check back later for the schedule!
Research at Parks
Are you looking to conduct a scientific research project within an NYC park? We can help you get started!