Beacon is filled with opportunities for kids and families to attend a variety of classes, from Mommy and Me, to drop-off art classes, to various Vacation Camps. This Kids Classes Guide has been developed with Beacon families in mind; it's for people who attend classes in town as well as anyone who drives to neighboring areas for popular programs. We highlight Guide Updates on the blog in different articles and keep this list updated throughout the year. To be connected with A Little Beacon Blog on all updates, be sure you are subscribed to our free newsletter!

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Last updated: 3/21/2017


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After-School Program - Session 3
The City of Beacon Recreation Department
January 30-April 7, 2017

This program offers more than just child care; the program offers exposure to many different activities. Some activities may be familiar, while some might be new to you and your child. It is our goal to provide a safe and fun recreational experience to all participating children while providing opportunity for enrichment. Each day, the children are dismissed from their classroom to the gymnasium, where they have about 30 minutes of free play followed by a snack. Children select their activities each day. From 4 to 4:50 is the first activity period, followed by a second 50-minute activity period. Scheduled activities are complete by 5:45. Parents are welcome to pick their child up any time prior to 6 pm.
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RECURRING THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS
This at-a-glance section highlights events from the listings below that happen on the same day each week. Keep reading for more details about these classes, provided in their official listing below in the appropriate category.

Saturdays

TUESDAYS

  • Kids in Motion 
    All Sport
    9:15 to 10:15 am

THURSDAYS

  • Baby Play Time
    Waddle 'N Swaddle
    1 to 2:30 pm
  • Lego Tech Club 
    Howland Public Library
    3:30 to 5 pm

 

Mondays

  • Block Party from Wee Play Community Project
    Beacon Rec Center
    9:30 to 11 am
  • Spanish Story Time
    Howland Public Library
    9:45 am
  • Free Play from Wee Play Community Project
    Howland Public Library
    Ages: 0-4
    9:45 to 11:30 am
    October 2016 - April 2017
  • Bhakti Beans Yoga Drop-off Class + Ma Class (2 years+)

WEDNESDAYS

Fridays

 

Special Holiday School's Out Classes - One Time Only

Winter Adventures - A Play Day At The Rec Center
Day: Friday, February 17, 2017
Drop off: Between 8:30 and 9 am
Pick up: 3 to 3:30 pm
$25 if the child is currently enrolled in our third session, $40 for all others. Beacon public schools are closed on Friday, February 17. The City of Beacon After School Program is offering a full day of winter-themed activities at the Rec Center, located at 23 West Center St. Join for a day of fun and educational games, and projects that focus on snow and the season. Children must bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided. For more information or to reserve a space for your child, please contact Nate or Heidi at 845-765-2470.


Art & Craft Classes for Kids

ATELIER ROOM 205 

20 Kent St. - Room 205
Beacon, NY

Parent & Child Portrait Class
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BEACON ART ADVENTURES
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Recycled Sewing
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 4/3-5/9

Mini Masterpieces
Ages: 6-12
Days: 4/4-5/10

Clay Creations
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 4/5-5/11

Clay Creations 2
Ages: 6-12
Days: 5/16-6/13

Crazy for Collage
Ages: 6/12
Days: 5/17-6/14

Super Sculpture!
Ages: 6-12
Days: 5/18-6/15

BEACON ART STUDIOS - 211 Fishkill Ave., Beacon, NY
Fiber Arts and Sewing
Ages: 7 to 10

Tween Sewing
Ages: 10 to 13

Teen Sewing
Ages: 13 and up

Family-Style Sewing
Ages:
5 to 105 
Days:
Thursdays
Time: 5:30 to 7 pm
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Knit, Slip and Beyond with Kit Burke-Smith
Age: All ages
Days: Mondays
Time: 7 to 9 pm
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Dates: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 (KN306)

BEACON CRAFT WORKSHOP - At Illana's home in Beacon
Animals! Animals!
Ages: 5 to 10
Days: Check back soon
Time: 4 to 5:30 pm

Clay Garden
Ages: 5 to 10
Days: Four Tuesdays, 2/28 - 3/21, or four Wednesdays, 3/1 - 3/22
Time: 4-5:30 pm

Mad Science:Mad Art (full)
Ages: 4 and up
Days: Check back soon
Time: 1:15 to 3:15 pm

COMPASS ARTS - 395 Main St., Beacon, NY
Drop-ins are welcome even after a class has already begun!
FREE DEMO: Studio Art: Foundational Skills with Kathy Moss
Days: Check back soon! 
Time: 4 to 5:30 pm

Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting by Kathy Moss
Ages: 10- to 14-year-olds
Days: Tuesdays, February 27 to April 3, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Studio Art: Foundational Skills by Kathy Moss
Ages: 7- to 9-year-olds
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4 to 5:30 pm

Cartooning I
Ages:
4 to 8
Days: Thursdays, January 12-March 30, 2017
Time: 4 to 4:45pm
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Cartooning II
Ages: 
8 to 12 
Days: 
Thursdays, January 12-March 30, 2017 
Time:
5 to 6:15 pm
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Graphic Novel I
Ages: 
10 to 15 
Days: 
Wednesdays, January 18-March 22, 2017 
Time: 
5 to 6:15 pm
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HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY - 313 Main St., Beacon, NY

Zine Meetup @ Z!ne Club
Ages: 10- to 14-year-olds
Days: Friday, April 21, 2017 (Third Friday every month)
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Zine Club is open to middle school and high school students. Collaborate with other Beacon area teens to publish a zine for teens, by teens. The Zine Club will meet monthly to work on individual and collaborative zines. Members will participate in every step of the process from creation and editing to printing and distribution. Meeting topics will include new art and book making techniques as well as the occasional guest artist. The zines created by the group will become part of the collection of the library. There will also be opportunities to trade zines with other library zine clubs in the area and across the country. All supplies are provided; no experience is necessary.

Upcycle Art Studio
Day: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 11am -1pm
Each month, in the Upcycle Art Studio, we’ll experiment with transforming discarded materials into works of art. This month, we’ll create beautiful “mosaic” collages out of recycled magazines. All supplies are provided just bring yourself and your imagination. Upcycle Art Studio is open to ages 10 and up. This program is free and all supplies are provided Space is limited and registration is required. To register contact Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org or 845-831-1134 x101.

Saturday Morning Makers
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Youth ages 10 and up are invited to join us for the next session of Saturday Makers. This month we'll be design our own Shrinky Dink pendant. Sketch out your design then transfer it onto shrink plastic and watch it shrink. No experience needed. All supplies provided. Registration is required for this Free program.  To sign up email Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org, 845-831-1134 x101  

Anime & Manga Club
Day: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 3-5pm
Anime watchers and Manga readers alike, come join us for Anime & Manga Club on the fourth Friday of each month, from 3 to 5 pm.

Each month teens choose the anime to be shown from our current Anime DVDs or streaming from crunchyroll.com. Teens may bring their own Anime DVDs and favorite Manga books to share. Refreshments served. No registration needed. New members always welcome.  

Origami Workshop for Teens
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 12-1:30pm
Local origami expert Bob Voelker will teach teens how to make beautiful origami creations, starting out simple and getting a little more daring, if they wish. Participants will learn about this lovely Japanese art of paper-folding in a fun and relaxed way.

This program is free and open to middle school and high school students. Please register by contacting Michelle at communityart@beaconlibrary.org or calling 845-831-1134 x101.

View our Repeating Events Guide for regular monthly classes offered at Howland Public Library.

Rigamajig Creative Building
Ages: 5 to 9 years old
Days: Four Mondays, starting February 13, 2017
Time: 3:45-5-pm
In collaboration with Compass Arts and the Howland Public Library, children ages 5 to 9 are invited to participate in creative building with Rigamajig, a large building kit designed for hands-on free play and learning. Rigamajig consists of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts and bolts, and rope. What can you invent?
 
"Rigamajig allows young makers to think three-dimensionally and work collaboratively through play. Conceived and designed as a custom play feature for the High Line Park in New York City, the Rigamajig was developed by Cas Holman and Friends of the High Line in collaboration with early learning educators, woodworkers, and children."

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration is currently full. Please contact Ginny at youth@beaconlibrary.org or 845-831-1134 x103 if you would like more information or are interested in registering for future sessions.