Fitness & Sports
Classes vary from term to term. Please check current program schedule for activities available this semester.
Archery & Games
Be like Katniss and perfect your sharpshooting skills! In this workshop, children learn the basics of shooting technique, proper safety rules, bow and arrow care, and scoring. Students shoot four rounds of six arrows each class, scoring their own targets to work up to the next skill level. In between turns, they can join activity centers including games, lego building, crafts, etc.
During the cold months, children learn and practice basic skills in the Auditorium. When the weather is warm, they get to practice outdoors. A great opportunity to learn – or improve this great American sport!
Children learn how to play and develop skills from professionally trained coaches. No new students accepted after the third week of classes.
Capoeira (cap-oh-we-rah) Angola, an original Afr0-Brazilian martial art, was created by slaves in Brazil’s plantations as a means to fight oppression. This art form combines self-defense, dance, and acrobatics. Music is played on the Berimbau and other traditional instruments. Capoeira Angola combines fluid, dance-like motion with kicks, tripping sweeps and other playful moves. More than a great fitness class, Capoeira helps children develop concentration, agility, focus, coordination, expressiveness and leadership skills. Recommended for all age groups!
Fantasy Olympics (Maurice)
Do you have what it takes to compete – and win? In this class students will take on contests and challenges in a way that will help them mature and build confidence. They will face dilemmas and be asked to solve problems, individually and in teams. The challenges they face will be both athletic and psychological. There will be different levels of difficulty depending on the age of the participants.
In partnership with Fencers Club
In this 90-minute workshop, students learn the basics and more, and have fun playing the Olympic sport of speed, agility, and strategy! This comprehensive program teaches fencing – imparting the required discipline and strategic thinking that are integral to the sport. Classes are taught by Master Coaches who have earned Maestro degrees from internationally-acclaimed programs and have extensive coaching experience with all levels of fencing, from beginners to Olympians. Our apprentice fencers have the opportunity to participate in seasonal Tournaments organized by the Fencers Club. No new students accepted after the third week of classes.
Fitness & Dance (Damazi)
In partnership with Alvin Ailey Dance Education Program
This workshop explores the athleticism of dance and the aesthetics of sports by combining movements from popular sports like soccer and basketball with elements found in martial arts and calisthenics that help build physical strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, and coordination. Images of athletes, gymnasts, martial artists, and dancers, will be used as visual aids to illustrate the connection between these styles. A variety of rhythmic patterns will help develop musicality. A new take on the aesthetics of movement! Students are welcome to try the class first without commitment in the beginning of the semester. No DropIns or Try-Outs allowed after the third session. 100% student commitment and participation is expected!
Children learn the basic body shapes necessary to acquire gymnastic skills. As the class progresses, students are introduced to the balance beam and the bar. Emphasis is placed on safety and on the value of exercise and patience. Older students concentrate on developing form, strength and flexibility. As they build confidence, our young gymnasts are encouraged to test their skills and move to the next level where they will face more challenging exercises. No new students accepted after the third week of classes.
Karate Kids (Maurice)
This workshop is designed to teach self-protection through confidence-building karate techniques. Explore balance, coordination, and mental focus in a non-competitive environment that teaches karate kicks, blocks, and basic self-defense.
Kung Fu (Maurice)
This popular class helps students build confidence, fitness and self-discipline. Like all of Maurice’s classes, students face new challenges as they move up to higher levels. No new students accepted after the third week of classes.
Move & Groove (Jessica)
A creative and engaging introduction to the world of movement. This class allows your child to explore movement and self-expression, through imagination and make-believe in a stimulating environment. Students will work on their large motor skills, spatial awareness and flexibility. Our workshop helps children develop self-discipline and self-confidence while learning coordination, rhythm and basic dance steps.
Recreation & Games (Terence)
During recreation, students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of board games like chess or checkers, table games like foosball and nook, as well as team sports [basketball, volleyball and football]. Activities rotate throughout the term depending on weather conditions and student preferences.
Led by professionally trained soccer coaches, children learn the fundamental technical skills of the games with an emphasis on fun, creative play. Older students who have had soccer training before, will be divided according to skill level. ‘Friendly rivalry’ games will be organized throughout the semester.
Introduction to Basketball and Baseball. Sports rotate throughout the semester. Emphasis on sportsmanship and fun.
Swimming Classes (Ages 5+)
In partnership with the McBurney YMCA Aquatics Department
Afterschoolers are escorted by our staff to the YMCA on 14th street for swim classes and instruction is led by professional YMCA swim coaches. Children are tested first so instructors can assess their skill level before they are separated into different groups. Everyone should bring swim gear and towel. Caps are provided by the YMCA. ** Swim students are dismissed from the Y between 5:45 and 6:00pm (not from PS 3). Dismissal address: 125 West 14th Street.
Tennis Academy (All Levels)
In partnership with New Kids Tennis
QuickStart is a tennis format that has been developed, structured, and is currently promoted by the United States Tennis Association for children 10 and under. In QuickStart tennis, young learners play with shorter racquets, on smaller courts, with lower nets and special balls. These adjustments give children more control and allow them to learn better and faster. All equipment will be provided. At the end of each term, young players have the opportunity to participate in Inter-School Tennis Tournaments hosted by Village Kids at PS 3.
In addition to Afterschool classes, Tennis is also offered Weekends and during Camps.
Children develop body awareness, mind awareness, strength and flexibility in this nurturing and fun class. Students learn different poses and pose sequences, breathing and relaxation techniques while participating in games and projects with a yogic theme. Imaginative, interactive story-telling, visual imagery, and other sensory tools, help children develop self-awareness, self-care, and self-expression.
Zumba Kids (Marisol)
Fun and fitness come together in this high-energy dance workshop. Students learn and practice great new steps to the sound of Latin rhythms and other international music. Classes emphasize coordination, balance, confidence and teamwork. Get jammin’ !