Chess, Yes!: Grade K

Children will learn the elements of chess and will also explore other fun board games that encourage creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. New players are especially welcome! Teachers include PS87 Chess Instructor/Chess Masters Chris Williams.

Beginner Judo: Grade K

The study of this Olympic sport will build confidence and develop children’s self-awareness and physical fitness. Falling, tumbling, throwing, pinning, and escape techniques are taught. Judo uniforms are required; please see our website for information on where you can purchase. Sensei Robin Rosenthal, Black Belt in Judo, Jujitsu, Karate and Aikido, and seven-time US Olympic Training Camp champion, has taught martial arts and self-defense to thousands of children. Karate uniforms are required; please see our website for information on where you can purchase.

Dazzling Discoveries: Grades K-1

Students will think it, design it, and build it! Kids become inventors as they explore ideas, use a wide range of materials and create their own projects. They will work with motors, batteries, and high-tech tools. Using STEM principles of science, engineering, technology, and math, kids will make and take home their special projects. Class will be led by Dazzling Discoveries professionals. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

 CAP’s Rainbow Stages Musical Theatre: Grade K-2

Caring, dynamic teaching artists from Create-a-Play give students a vibrant fun-packed experience as they work to create an original musical theatre production. In addition to their final stage production, each student receives a professionally produced CD of the production’s music. Create-a-Play founding director Stephen Jacobs has worked with hundreds of children in school and summer programs; his Dirty Sock Funtime Band has been featured on Nickelodeon and performed in clubs, concerts, and festivals across the United States. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

Color Explosion- Painting and Collage: Grades1-2

This objects based painting course explores the basics of brush use, acrylic versus tempera paint use, color theory, and object formation. We make it easy for kids to explore the artist in them by encouraging them to add their own voice and perspective through line and color. Through hands on projects (on canvas and paper), we will help kids develop the skills they need for future success- like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity-through the joy of art. This class is led by experienced 87Afterschool team member, educator, and practicing sculptor, Kim Dacres.

Stop-Motion Animation: Grades 1- 3

Kids will learn how to make a stop-motion animation film with Take Two Film Academy. Students work together to create a short stop-motion film. At the end of the term, students will have at least one film that they have made and posted online. Professional equipment, cameras, and editing software are provided. Take Two Film Academy is the first and foremost film school for kids dedicated to teaching young people video and media literacy. They serve kids throughout NYC, NJ, Long Island, and Boston. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

ChessKids Club: Grades 1-3

Children will learn the elements of chess and will also explore other strategic board games. All ability levels, including new players, are welcome; children will be grouped by age and ability after meeting the instructors. Teachers include PS87 Chess Instructor/Chess Masters Chris Williams.

 Afro-Caribbean Percussion (Drums):Grades 2-5

Small group instruction in percussion, with an experienced master: Accomplished drummer and recording artist Renato Thoms, a finalist in the prestigious international Thelonius Monk jazz competition and a featured performer in the televised Latin Grammy Awards, has performed solo and with acclaimed Latin artists including Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, and Ricky Martin.

Time to TAP!: Grades 2-5

This Tap class will introduce students to the technique and style of tap dance at the basic level. Students will be challenged to learn precision of technique and accuracy of rhythm. Stylistic components of performance will be introduced as it relates to the musical theater stage. Students will learn: standard single sound tap techniques, basic compound steps, elementary locomotor patterns, combinations and choreography, as well as rhythmic composition and dynamic consideration. A flat shoe is suggested, as opposed to character shoes. Please wear only single-plate taps (no “jingle taps”!). Students will leave this class knowing basic tap vocabulary while learning a Broadway combination throughout the semester. This class is taught by Tyler Eley, a NYC-based teaching artist. Tyler serves as 87 Afterschool’s resident theatre director for Rising Star and Shining Star. He is also seasoned children’s theater director/choreographer in the NYC/NJ area who received his Bachelors of Music in Musical Theater and has worked at regional theaters all over the country, performed with cruise line companies, and has taught musical theater dance/voice/acting to children of all ages! BFA in Musical Theatre.

Project Runway: Grades 2-5

Kids will be using TRES’ (Technology, Rithmatic, Engineering, Science) skills. This class will teach the principles and methods of science, technology, engineering, and math, using fashion design as a tool to capture and sustain interest. Students will work in a simulated “fashion studio.” Young designers will flex their creative muscle and collaborate with friends. Students will be taken through the fashion design process. They will learn the art of fashion while learning color theory, production, sewing, and consumer behavioral science. The program will conclude with a showcase/exhibit for family and friends to celebrate successful completion. The Esaie Couture Design will lead this class. The founder has over 15 years working as a designer in the fashion industry here in NYC for Ralph Lauren, Betsey Johnson, Gap, and Brooks Brothers. Note: A $50 supplement fee is charged.

Drone Pilot Academy: Grade 3-5

A one of a kind indoor or outdoor, Unmanned Aerial Operators Course, based on the curriculum designed for military drone pilots. The course uses drones as a leadership building program founded on science & technology. Pilots will get a chance to navigate a drone through obstacles and partake in team missions while learning how to conduct aerial photography and navigation safely. Pilots will also learn aerodynamics, flight theory, team building and communication skills, and engineering. This pilot course by SWANKIDS.
Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged

Sports 101: Grades 3-5

Children will work on teamwork, skill building, and a deeper understanding of game play. They will build upon skills with a healthy cardio warmup, drills tailored to each sport and game play. Sports will rotate every couple of weeks. Sports will include but are not limited to flag Rugby, Baseball, Kickball, Soccer, Tennis, Team Handball, Football, and many more. Coach Daniel who has taught sports at the JCC, BSNY, and schools such as Friends Seminary, and The Cathedral School, along with our 87Afterschool team will teach this club.

Great Adventures: Grade 3-5

Come join our adventurous leaders as they embark on Great Adventures in the City.  Amazing sights ranging from the Top of the Observation to Ice Skating at Chelsea Piers; tours of the High Line and classic viewing sessions at the Paley Center. This class leaves PS 87 each week at 3pm. It returns between 5:30pm – 6pm. Class will be led by an experienced 87Afterschool team member. Note: A $75 supplemental fee is charged.