Best of Philly

Best Kids' Classes

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. Juliethopewayne@gmail.com. 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

SparkPark

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