How They Play Matters

Our classes aren't just fun, they're building blocks to develop kids' physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. Come play with us.

The Play Lab

Sure, kids can play at home, make a big mess, fight with their siblings, and go through more glitter crayons than you ever imagined. But at the Play Lab, “play” means a little more than that. In our classes for kids of all ages (including babies!), open-ended, imaginative play teaches kids to see all the possibilities of the world around them. They’ll socialize, grow, and work on conflict resolution that’ll come in handy for, well, ever.

  • Let’s Make a Mess

    Ages: 6 months - 3 years

    Finally, an entire kids' class dedicated to making a glorious mess that isn't in your living room. Sign up and skip the cleanup.

  • Let's Get Wet!

    Ages: 6 months - 3 years

    Join us for an adventure in water play! Prepare to get wet and have some fun exploring all the possibilities of water for sensory stimulation.

  • Let's Make Dough

    Ages: 1 year - 5 years

    Children will explore and practice fine motor skills, creating colors and more all with dough! They will have open opportunity to use their dough along with their imagination to create masterpieces.

  • Mo' Play

    Ages: 6 months - 3 years

    Immerse your child in a sensory play experience designed by Jennie Monness that will transport them to another world and activate all of their senses.

  • City Kid NY Preschool Prep

    Ages: 14 months - 3 years

    Sharpen your toddler's academic and language skills in this theme-based class that follows the structure of a preschool classroom and allows for socialization and exploration.

  • Art as Play

    Ages: 14 months - 3 years

    Come play with different art mediums and tools while manipulating materials for the sake of exploration and self-expression.

  • Look Who's Talking

    Ages: 6 - 24 months

    Get an early start exposing your child to language through songs, play, and language development techniques with certified speech-language pathologists! Use learned techniques from the class to enhance your child’s communication skills in their everyday environment.

  • Once Upon Play

    Ages: 3 years - 6 years

    Let your child immerse themselves in a collaborative literacy experience bringing books to life through thoughtful play opportunities. Children will walk into a space filled with invitations to pretend, imagine and make connections to the book of the class as they each take on a role towards this collaborative team effort. We will spend time reading, imagining, and becoming, all while children take an active command of their play and work together to build a world of their own. 

Music Classes

Live and interactive music and puppet shows for kids are the precursors they need before they have the patience to stay seated for a Broadway show. Kids will have so much fun in our music classes and interactive puppet shows they won’t even realize they’re learning about rhythm, phonics, and the climate crisis. You think we’re kidding about the last one, but we aren’t—that’s why we love Puppetsburg so much. Check out the class listings for more info.

  • Ramblin' Dan's Freewheelin' Band

    Ages: 6 months - 5 years

    Grab the mic! Using the music to lead the way, your band leader will help your kids jam along on instruments, use various props for activities, read song-based books, learn sign language, do animal-play, and of course clap, dance and sing along.

  • MusiKef Hebrew Music

    Ages: 6 months - 3 years

    MusiKef is a Hebrew music class focusing on Israeli traditions and songs, giving the kids a little taste of Israel through the introduction of the Hebrew language. Join us and sing, dance, play instruments and just have Kef (fun in Hebrew)! Your kids won’t want to miss it!

  • Rayuela

    Ages: 6 months - 5 years

    A Spanish music class for babies and toddlers who both have Spanish exposure and no Spanish exposure at all! Taught by early childhood educator and a native of Nicaragua, Indiana Bervis, this class will engage kids through play, music, stories, and games.

  • Music & Mandarin

    Ages: 0 - 3 years

    “Music & Mandarin” is a playful 45-min class for newborns to 36 months old along with their caregivers. This child-centered class embraces an intuitive approach with activities such as open-ended play, interactive music, puppet story time and theme-based activities. We invite you and your little one to join this playful journey of Mandarin and cultural learning.

Movement & Dance

What may look like a bunch of kids rolling, dancing, and singing is, in fact, a bunch of kids rolling, dancing, and singing. In Union Square Play’s developmental movement dance classes for infants through five year olds, all that fun has a purpose: it helps promote kids’ physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. Director of Movement, Dionne Kamara, and her educators follow the methodology of Anne Green Gilbert and BrainDance, a body- and brain-stimulating warm-up exercise, and use multi-sensory props and instruments to spark kids’ imaginations and motor skills. Classes are split into developmental stages of pre-crawlers, crawlers, and walkers.

  • Developmental Movement: Pre-crawlers

    Roll, dance, and get plenty of floor time in this dynamic class for growing babies.

  • Developmental Movement: Crawlers

    For the children who are getting around on their hands and knees like nobody’s business.

  • Developmental Movement: Walkers

    For kids who are getting used to this whole walking thing.

  • Dance with Chantal: Toddler & Me

    Ages: 1.5 - 3 years

    A creative movement class designed to help children build confidence, self-exploration and creative expression in a safe and peaceful environment. Parents or caregivers participate actively in the class as children learn basic ballet dance steps and terminology through songs, stories, and play. 

  • Mastering Movement with Dionne

    Ages: 2.5 years - Pre-K

    Advancing Big Kids will practice more motor and non-motor skills such as hopping, skipping, balancing, and lunging. In this joyful, fun-loving class, we’ll be moving through new dance concepts, trying structured improvisation, and exploring rhythmic activities that help build body-and-brain connections through a holistic approach to our bodies and learning. 

  • Dance! Play! Ballet!

    Ages: 3 years - Pre-K

    Uniquely designed for Union Square Play by Colby Treat and Lauren Treat (sisters and professional dancers) in partnership with Dionne Kamara, this class is all of the best traditions of ballet in a nontraditional setting! Think, a combination of conceptual dance, developmental movement, and classical ballet using props, storytelling, music from your favorite ballets, imaginative play, and more. We'll explore concepts of creativity, bodily awareness, rhythm, and social skills all while learning ballet. Our ultimate goal is to instill our young dancers with a love of movement and to advance their physical literacy.

Union Square Play Credit

USP Credit is the new way to pay for play. If you love the ability to come and go as you please with our a la carte classes and want to save,we see you. Load up on credit and lock in your savings with USP Credit.

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