Remote Theater and Games Classes for Playful Kids
In light of the current pandemic, there is an ever-greater need to support our children at home. We are here to help.
Gone (for now!) are the days of school, playdates, after-school classes, sports and cultural activities. How do we, as parents, enrich our kids academically, socially and artistically?
In response, we at Child’s Play NY have translated our award-winning theater classes into on-line programming that kids around the world can join. Our typical classes bring out joy, laughter and connectedness – our remote classes are no different.
Class Schedule and Info
The nurturing teaching staff of Child’s Play NY brings the excitement of games into your own home through virtual class sessions. Your child can do these classes with their friends and even meet a new community of peers. We stimulate their imaginations, foster their creativity, give them a physical release and most importantly a much-needed social outlet.
Choose your class below:
Using the Harry Potter series as a springboard, we will generate original scripted scenes and rehearse scenes from the movies and books. Kids will get to hone their writing and improv skills as they create plays based on their favorite iconic characters or imagine new ones in this magical world. Come get sorted into your favorite house, jump on your Firebolt and let’s make some magic! Class culminates in a movie montage featuring our work from the session. Class meets for ten sessions, April 8 - June 10. Drop-ins available through May 13.
Learn how to be a triple threat in this dynamic class for budding performers with Child’s Play NY. Students focus on songs, dances and characters from Broadway’s most celebrated and kid-friendly shows. They work alongside professional performers with years of experience bringing their passion to children. Class culminates in a movie showcase of scenes and songs. Class runs March 1 - May 17. Drop ins available every week.
Students will use their creativity, compassion and confidence to build a story they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Individually, each student will craft a play, and together they will workshop their scenes, exercising their acting, directing, and most importantly, imagination skills. Over the course of the session, students will learn the basics of playwriting and be able to present any and all parts of their theatrical story in a final Zoom presentation open to friends and family, and performed by their classmates. All classes will include individual assignments and collaborative opportunities. Each day will be structured so that all participants have the chance to learn and study other writers’ work, write for 10-15 minutes and share their words with each other. By the end of the semester they will have used their bodies, intellect and imagination to come up with an original play. By being confident, vulnerable and creative with each other and actively supporting and encouraging each other’s work, students will emerge with meaningful connections to each other and a strong sense of their writing and collaborative abilities. Class culminates in a presentation of their original work. Class runs March 4 through May 20. Enrollment is open through April 8.
March 29 - April 2 | 9:30a-11:30a
Children will expand their imaginations as they dive into magical travels, embark on ocean adventures, act out fairy tales, improvise animal characters and more! Using their bodies, voices and minds, students reinterpret classic and contemporary children’s literature and are inspired to create their own adventures. Connections are made to literature and the world around them. Through inspiration and theater, your child will enjoy a creatively fulfilling week! Daily class schedule is as follows: 9:30a-10:15a: Part 1 10:15a-10:45a: Break 10:45a-11:30a: Part 2
March 29-Apr 2 | 9:30a-11:30a
Step through the magical wardrobe and join a land of enchantment with talking fauns, evil queens and majestic lions. What does Turkish Delight make you do? How do you free the statues in the palace garden without being caught? What powers do you use to fight alongside Aslan? As you release Narnia from the grips of everlasting winter and the White Witch, discover your unique bravery and special skills. In this camp, kids use scripted text from stage plays of The Chronicles of Narnia, and devise their own material through improvisation and games. Daily class schedule is as follows: 9:30a-10:15a: Part 1 10:15a-10:45a: Break 10:45a-11:30a: Part 2
The beloved children's book written by Jeff Brown is a literary and pop culture phenomenon, delighting readers all around the world. Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday ten-year-old until the bulletin board on the wall above his bed comes loose and falls right on top of him. The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat. In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley — the ultimate exchange student — scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He's stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond, all in an effort to become a three-dimensional boy once more. Class culminates in a premiere of a movie starring the students, filmed over the last few days of the session. THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY ONLINE ED is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com Class runs April 7 - June 9
Sundays | 2:30p, 4p or 5:35p
Students jump into the worlds of Shakespeare in this robust mash-up of improvisation and classic text scene study. Students learn the plot and characters from several Shakespeare plays. They rehearse and memorize scenes from the original text. The new material, devised by the cast, adds a contemporary through-line to their show and highlights the universality of Shakespeare’s themes. Class culminates in a premiere of a movie starring the students, filmed over the last few days of the session. Shakespeare Scene Study meets Sundays from April 18 - June 13. Grades 3-5 meets 2:30p-4p. Grades 6-8 meets 4p-5:30p. Grades 9-12 meets 5:35p-7:05p.
We will work with you to curate a class your child & their friends will love. Join dozens of families who customize our classes to fit their kids’ needs. Classes require a minimum of 3 students to run.
Make your own class
These small group experiences are tailored just to your child. You get to choose from our robust catalogue of classes or customize your own based on their interests. We can start a private session with as few as 5 kids, and we’ll cap the class at 10. Kids enjoy the benefits of uniting with friends near and far and being social while gaining skills in the arts!
We are here to make sure they engage in friendships, stay in touch with their community, learn new skills and enhance their mental well-being in these trying times…what better way to do this than through play?
It was so fun to hear my son laughing at the computer and interacting with his fabulous teachers and wonderful castmates while we are all practicing social distancing. Thank you for keeping the classes going and the lines of communication open.
Laura H. Congleton
Child’s Play NY jumped right into our school’s online programming our first week home. It was such a relief to have an active, imaginative activity for them with their familiar teachers. Alla and Rachel are doing such a great job keeping the kids engaged and entertained as well as getting a ton of “sillies” out. Thank you, Child’s Play!
Meg, mom of O, age 2 and P, age 5
My rose today was my daughter singing in the bedroom with your teachers! She was feeling blah and then then did your class and was so happy. Thank you all for making a difference and for making our day!
Child's Play NY teaching artists are pure magic. And we need magic at a time like this! My 4th graders' theater residency was interrupted when school shut down, and Child's Play worked with me to continue to provide authentic, imaginative, and uplifting theater experiences for my students right in their own living rooms. Seeing the kids faces light up during our online classes brings me such joy. Parents and kids have reached out to tell me how much the teachers and classes mean to them. It's a wonderful way to connect with each other and enter a world of pure imagination.
My son has been a student at Child's Play twice -- once as a three year old and now again as an 8-year old budding thespian. I can't say enough wonderful things about Emily, Jocelyn, and the entire crew at Child's Play. The in-person classes and productions are incredibly engaging, positive, and professionally done. In addition to teaching kids the skills of acting, singing, and movement, this group is incredible at opening up childrens' imaginations and building their self esteem. When the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic hit, Child's Play did not miss a beat. We were moved seamlessly into a professionally run virtual production of the Lion King and I have to personally thank the instructors and the entire operation at Child's Play for making my son feel the much needed continuity and safety of continuing with this group. I literally watch him enjoying himself during the virtual sessions (the happiest part of his week), and I cry every time with gratitude towards the special people who are bringing this joy and enrichment to my child's life during such a difficult time. A lot of programs went "virtual" during the pandemic and some don't work as well in that format. Child's Play is a massive exception to this -- their virtual learning is top shelf and we are so fortunate to have this group in our lives.