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Cool Kids Classes and Summer Courses

School might be out but now is a great time to enroll the kids into classes to learn something new and exciting over the summer.

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The summertime is one of the best times of the year for kid’s activities. Since the weather is nice the kids can go out to the beach, visit amusement parks, ride their bikes, go swimming, and so much more. All of this makes it very tempting to just want to run around outside all day and forget all about any type of classes or courses. Luckily though, the summer is also a great time to enroll the kids in some fun classes and workshops!

Locations all over Long Island offer kids classes, courses, and workshops. Now before your kids start complaining about having to participate in school type activities during the summer, remind them that they can pick a class in something they’re interested in! If your child has wanted the chance to learn a new musical instrument, this is their chance. Maybe your daughter wants to try her hand at a sculpture class, or your son wants to learn how to cook some yummy Caribbean dishes. There are classes for every field of interest and your kids can wow their friends and family with their newfound knowledge and skills.

Cooking Courses: Little Chefs in Port Washington and Syosset holds one session classes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights. Each Tuesday the class is based off of a cuisine from a different region of the world. Oh My Girls! Located in Syosset has cooking classes for girls in baking and dinner classes. They go over vegetarian, international, and gluten-free cooking.

Art Classes: Claytime in Huntington offers monthly classes for kids ages 6 and up. You can drop your child off and they will be able to bring home a completely original piece of their design. The Heckscher Museum of Art offers two summer art sessions in August. One session is for ages 7-12 and the other for ages 12-15. The Long Island Academy of Fine Art in Glen Cove offers morning and evening youth courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Paint A Piece in Commack has 4-day courses in the summer, each session with its own theme, which runs Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Music Courses: Great Neck Music Conservatory located in Great Neck has classes that allow kids to learn to play an instrument, sing in a chorus, and be introduced to classical music. Music Together offers classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to learn about music and movement together with their parents. Locations are in Babylon, Copiague, Merrick, West Islip, and various other locations throughout Long Island.

Science Classes: Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead offers adventure days for kids, grouped by age. Kids will learn about marine life and explore many of the exhibits at the aquarium. They can even go snorkeling! The Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport offers summer Pre-school workshops and museum and Astronomy workshops for kids. Long Island Science Center in Riverhead hosts sessions throughout July and August in various Science fields. The sessions deal with themes of space exploration, Biology, Chemistry, and more.

What new skill did your child choose to learn over the summer?