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Afterschool Programs

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The NYC Parks Afterschool Program provides children ages six to 13 with academic support and physical activity in a safe-structured environment. This free program takes place weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., a critical time to engage school-aged children in structured activities and expose them to new interests.

Programming is based around monthly themes including sports, famous artists, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). All themes are showcased at culminating events such as the STEAM Makers Faire and the Art Show in Poe Park and Afterschool Adventures, which engages youth in the sports they have learned throughout the year. Our program complements what children are learning in school and strengthens their sense of belonging in the communities in which they live.

Our programs offer:

  • Academic enrichment
  • Healthy snacks
  • Supervised computer use
  • Team-building activities
  • Sports and fitness
  • Arts and cultural programming
  • Special events
  • Trips around NYC
  • And more!

Youth Programs at Parks After School

Youth and Teen Media Education Programs

Many of our recreation centers offer free digital arts and technology courses, from game design and coding to animation and video production, for kids and teens. Learn about our Media Education programs

Sports Programs

Throughout the year, we offer free sports clinics and opportunities to join our sports leagues, including flag football, basketball, and street hockey. Learn more about our Youth Sports Programs

Swim Programs

In the fall, winter, and spring, we offer free Afterschool Learn to Swim classes from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Experienced swimmers can try out for citywide swim teams. Learn more about our Swim Programs

Citywide Afterschool Programs

Please visit New York City Department of Education's Afterschool page to learn about more afterschool programs offered throughout the city. 

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