Unique Kids Classes in Huntington

By Maria Wen Adcock

Huntington boasts plenty of indoor spaces specializing in activities for kids. Many of these are large franchised play centers well known to parents. We like these places, but also want to highlight smaller independently-owned businesses that also cater to children. Here are several we’re happy to support. Please call businesses for costs as they may vary depending on the programs utilized.

ClayTime
ClayTime offers an environmentally-safe and creative space for children to paint their own pottery. No lead is used in the painting or firing of the art creations. Located just north of Main Street, ClayTime holds open sessions as well as monthly children’s classes featuring seasonal themes. The Studio is open to children ages 6 and up.
Where:
46 Gerard Street, Huntington, NY, 11743
Contact Info: 631-425-6133
www.claytimehuntington.com

Huntington Gymnastics Center
Active little ones will enjoy this gymnastics center located in Huntington Village. The Center welcomes walk-ins for its Tumble Time class (ages 2+) and Open Playgym (ages 6+). Parents can take advantage of free trial classes and enroll their kids into group or private lessons and mini camps.
Where:
269A New York Avenue, Huntington, NY, 11743
Contact Info: 631-424-5653
www.huntingtongymnasticscenter.com

Long Island Aardvarks
For “little aardvarks” age 4 months to 4 years, this musical program combines song, dance, and rhythm to create an interactive experience for young children. The classes play the songs of local musician David Weinstone; families may recognize his Taxi song featured on Nick Jr. Lisa Ammon, a performer, teacher, and dancer who has shined in Off Broadway productions, teaches all the classes. Props like shakers, scarves, and hand instruments engage little ones during the 45 minutes sessions. In addition to its Huntington location, Long Island Aardvarks also holds classes in Bayside, Port Washington, Great Neck, Roslyn, and Bellmore (opening Spring 2012).
Where:
From Stage to Screen, 589 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY, 11743
Contact Info:
347-231-5653
www.longislandaardvarks.com

Studio Art
Studio Art brings out creativity in both boys and girls with unique classes ranging from designing your own sneaker, skateboards, flip flops, and more. The studio, for kids from the toddler to teen years, also provides an after school program. For those seeking customized sessions for playgroups or school classes, parents can contact Studio Art which offers scheduling flexibility when possible. In addition to its Huntington location, Studio Art also provides classes in Westhampton Beach.
Where:
508B New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Contact Info: 631-683-4267
www.yourstudioart.com

Variations
The owners of Variations expanded their residential house to include dance studios. This intimate and professional setting fosters dancers for ages 2-17. Variations teaches classical ballet, modern dance, jazz & tap, musical theater, hip hop and more. Its students do not participate in competitions or recitals, thus reducing costs to parents who will not have to purchase wallet-busting one-time use costumes. The teachers focus solely on dance technique and artistry during its academic year and summer programs. For parents looking for shorter sessions, Variations hosts 11-week Music Together classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Where:
180 Spring Rd., Huntington, NY 11743
Contact Info:
631-425-9220
www.variationsdancestudio.com



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