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Best Kids' Classes

2021 Best Way to Keep Your Kid Entertained for One Freaking Afternoon, Please

Bella Mosaic Art

You’ve exhausted the museums and splash pads, and your kids just aren’t into the idea of backbreaking yardwork. Mosaic artist Jessica Gorlin Liddell may have a solution. Renowned for her work across the region, Gorlin Liddell teaches kids (and adults!) the art of mosaic from her studio. Read More »

6780 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Kid-Friendly Workout

Maleek Jackson Fitness Boxing Gym

Looking for a healthy way for your kid to release some of the past year’s stress? At 4 p.m. every weekday, this NoLibs fitness space gets youth ages seven to 17 practicing gloved punches. Jackson’s upcoming after-school program will serve those needing mentorship and positive community ties. Read More »

926 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Classes for Kids

One-on-One Skateboard Lessons With Skate the Foundry

For $70, Skate the Foundry’s expert skateboarders will spend an hour one-on-one with your budding Lizzie Armanto or Tony Hawk at a variety of skate parks throughout the region. For $80, they’ll even come to your driveway. Because the coolest kid on the block is always the one who knows how to ollie. Read More »

120 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park, PA Website

2020 Best Way for Parents to Get a Moment to Themselves

Virtual Classes

If being at home with your kids 24/7 has changed your attitude toward screen time, it’s okay. We know you love those little rascals, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need some “me” time now and then. Allay your guilt (if you still have any) by registering for one of the many local kids’ classes that have popped up on YouTube and across social media. Settlement Music School is offering Settlement Kids Live (, with free music and dance classes for children streamed live on Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday. If your offspring have energy to burn, InMovement Gymnastics Education ( has online tumbling, karate and dance classes. Pick the one that’s right for your little one, and you may actually get the chance to use the bathroom without being interrupted. And the Philly Zoo at 2 ( introduces kids to all kinds of creatures every weekday at 2 p.m. via Facebook Live — and keeps an archive of past videos for hours of educational streaming. Read More »

2019 Best Art Class

Sue’s Art Class

From candy sushi modeling to clothes for American Girl dolls to the most creative self-portraits you’ve seen, upbeat owner Sue Puchowitz keeps her art classes focused on the journey, not the end result. (Fun fact: Her son is Cheu Noodle Bar co-owner/chef Ben.) Read More »

2119 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-292-5270 | Website

2019 Best After School Program, City

Butcher’s Sew Shop

Wide-leg jumpsuits, flower pillows, messenger bags … The classes here teach kids and teens they can make anything they dream up. Additional location in Grad Hospital. Read More »

800 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-309-1866

2019 Best After School Program, ’Burbs

Perkins Center for the Arts

Perkins — we aren’t talking about the pancake chain here — goes niche with its classes, which range from “Painting With Markers” to “Portfolio Prep for Teens.” Additional location in Collingswood. Read More »

395 Kings Highway, Moorestown, NJ | 856-235-6488

2016 Best DIY Teacher for Kids

Juliet Hope Wayne

This cool West Philly seamstress will come to your house and teach your kids and their friends how to make stuffed animals, messenger bags and doll outfits. Before her visit, she'll talk through design ideas with the kids, and once she arrives, you can sit back and have a glass of wine: She brings all the fabric, scissors, rulers and real sewing machines, not those silly starter models that don't work. Service areas include Philadelphia, Delaware County and the Main Line. [email protected] Read More »

, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Best Kids' Class

Yay Clay

Tiny ones up through teens learn sculpture, wheel throwing and ceramics from energetic instructors who emphasize the role imagination and inspiration play in art. (Also! They do birthday parties!) Read More »

3237 Amber Street, Philadelphia, PA | 201-953-0340 | Website

2013 Best Kids' Classes


Theres no karate or gymnastics at this Main Line newcomer, which focuses on the sciences, arts and languages. So while your kid wont master cartwheels here, she can learn Mandarin, make a birdhouse in woodshop (watch those fingers!), and design her own robot. Just dont blame us when your progeny wind up smarter than you. Read More »

950 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth, PA | 484-278-4634 | Website

2012 Best Kids' Classes (Suburbs)

The Center on Central

The curricula are vast and eclectic-everything from Spanish tutoring to fashion design to theater arts to wheel pottery to fitness to cartooning to glass bead-making-at this kid-cademy founded by bubbly owner Katie Opher and her husband Ron. The lively instructors also oversee summer camps and "date nights" at which parents can drop off their offspring. There are classes for special-needs kids, too, including art and music therapy and social-skill building. Read More »

24 West Central Avenue, Paoli, PA | 610-710-1487 | Website

2012 Best Kids' Classes (City)

Fairmount and Queen Village Art Centers

All the lil' Millies and Dexters adore these classes for wannabe Rembrandts, Rodins, Calders and McQueens, taught by a faculty of working art, photography and fashion pros. The after-school program offers pickup and costs as little as $21 per day. Read More »

2501 Olive Street (Fairmount) and 514 Bainbridge Street (Queen Village), Philadelphia, PA | 215-765-2787 | Website

2010 Best Kids' Classes

The Arden’s Play-in-a-Day Workshop

Your kids (and a dozen or so other K-to-second-graders) spend five hours inside the Old City theater, concocting, writing and rehearsing an original play. Afterward, you come back to witness the too-cute fruits of their labor. Don't forget the camera. Read More »

40 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-922-1122 | Website

2009 Best Kids' Classes

The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

When your kid finds out that she could be learning trapeze, unicycling and tightrope instead of pottery, yoga and clarinet, you're gonna be in big trouble. Read More »

5900A Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-849-1991 | Website