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: 10/18/2017


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After-School Program
The City of Beacon Recreation Department
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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- 10:15am

THURSDAYS

  • Lego Tech Club 
    Howland Public Library
    3:30-5pm

 

Mondays

  • Block Party from Wee Play Community Project
    Beacon Rec Center
    9:30-11 am
  • Spanish Story Time
    Howland Public Library
    9:45am
  • Free Play from Wee Play Community Project
    Howland Public Library
    Ages: 0-4
    9:45-11:30am
    October 2016 - April 2017
  • Free Play at Waddle n Swaddle
    Ages: 0-3
    Time: 3pm
  • Bhakti Beans Yoga Drop-off Class + Ma Class (2 years+)

WEDNESDAYS

Fridays


SPECIAL HOLIDAY SCHOOL'S OUT CLASSES - ONE TIME ONLY

ALL SPORT - 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY

Holiday Vacation Camp
Ages: 5-12
Day: Click for dates Fall 2017 to Spring 2018
Time: 8am-5pm
When school is out, keep your kids active. A fun place to be while parents are working or just working out.
Pre-registration $55/day (members), $65/day (non-members)
Day of registration $60 (members, $70 (non-members)


Open House

None listed at this time


Art & Craft Classes for Kids

BEACON ART ADVENTURES
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information

Clay Creations
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10

Out of This World Art
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: Wednesdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2017

Fabulous Fabric
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: Thursdays, September 14, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 2017

Fall Into Art
Days
: Tuesdays, October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28, 2017

Clay for Older Kids
Days: Wednesdays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017

Printmaking Studio
Days:  Thursdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, 2017

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

BEACON CRAFT WORKSHOP - At Illana's home in Beacon

Clay Harvest
Ages: 5-10
Days: Wednesdays, September 27-October 18, 2017
Time:4:15-5:45pm

Welcoming Winter
Ages: 5-10
Days: Wednesdays, October 25-November 15, 2017
Time: 4:15-5:45pm

Portrait Play Intensive
Ages: 5-10
Days: Wednesdays, November 29-December 6, 2017
Time: 4:15-5:45pm

COMPASS ARTS - 395 Main St., Beacon, NY
Drop-ins are welcome even after a class has already begun!

Studio Art: Foundational Skills
Taught by Kathy Moss
Ages: Grade 3-5
Days: Mondays, September 25 to December 4 (no class 11/9)
Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Studio Art: Drawing into Painting
Taught by Kathy Moss
Ages: Grades 6-12
Days: Mondays, September 25 to December 4, 2017 (no class 11/9)
Time6pm-8pm

Beginning Metal Fabrication for 5th-8th grade
Taught by Kit Burke-Smith
Days: Wednesdays, September 27 to December 6 2017 (no class 11/22)
Time: 5pm-6:15pm

Cartooning I for K-2nd grade
Taught by Ed Murr
Days: Thursdays, September 28 to December 7, 2017
Time: 4pm-4:45pm

Cartooning II for 3rd-5th grade
Taught by Ed Murr
Days: Thursdays, September 28-December 7, 2017 (no class11/23)
Time: 5pm-6:15pm

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY

The Artist's Corner - Fall Session
Ages: 5 to 12
Day: October 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16, 30 December 7, 14
Time: 4:45-5:45pm
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Crafty Mama & Me with Keely Sheehan
Ages: 2 to 4
Days: Check back soon!
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 am
Cost: $85 six-week session
Come spend creative time with your child and craft up some memories. We will be painting, working with clay, collage, printing and more. Children will have fun exploring all of the different materials as they develop fine motor skills. We keep those creative minds working and those little hands busy with good, messy fun. 
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GARRISON ART CENTER - 23 Garrison's Lndg, Garrison, New York 10524

MID-HUDSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY

Making Masterpieces: Spooky Shadow Theater
Day: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 2:30pm

Making Masterpieces: Sugar Skull Decorating
Day: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 2:30pm

Baby/Infant

WADDLE n SWADDLE - 484 Main St., Beacon, NY

Playdates for Caregivers
A Mommy and Me Class
Ages: 0 to 3 years
Days: Mondays
Time: 3 to 4:30pm

Babysitting

ALL SPORT - 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
Babysitters Preparedness Course
Ages:
12 and up
Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 9am

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Babysitting Course
Ages: 10-17
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 9:30am-1:30 pm


Ballet/Dance Classes for Kids

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BALLET ARTS STUDIO - 107 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY
For more than 55 years, Ballet Arts Studio has been fostering individual artistry and technical excellence in a disciplined, respectful environment. Offering conservatory-level classes in classical ballet, modern dance,  Broadway jazz, musical theater and tap, for children ages 3 to 18 and adults. Trial classes available!
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  • Ballet Classes (including Pointe, Partnering and Variations)
    Ages 3 - 18, and Adults
  • Tap Classes
    Ages 5 - 18, and Adults
  • Broadway Jazz Classes
    Ages 7 - 18
  • Modern Classes
    Ages 7 - 18
  • Musical Theater Classes
    Ages 9 - 18
  • Dutchess Dance Company
    (Ballet Arts Studio's Pre-Professional Dance Company)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration is now open for Fall 2017 session. To register, call 845-831-1870 or email info@balletartsstudio.com.
www.balletartsstudio.com

ADDED BONUS: Pilates/Core Strengthening classes available to parents who are waiting for children taking dance classes. Get a little workout while you wait!


BEACON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - 327B Main St, Beacon, NY

Beginning Tap
Grades: Beginners, grades 5 and up  
Days: Tuesdays, September 12 through December 19, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:15pm

Advanced Tap
Grades: Advanced, grades 5 and up  
Days: Tuesdays, September 12 through December 19, 2017
Time: 6:15-7:00pm

Musical Theatre Dance
Grades: 8-12
Days: Tuesdays, September 12 through December 19, 2017
Time: 7:00-7:45pm

COMPASS ARTS - 395 Main St., Beacon, NY
Afro-Modern Fusion I for K-2nd grade
Taught by Michelledana Shafran with live accompaniment by Bryan Kopchak
Days: Wednesdays, September 20 to January 24 (no class 11/22, 12/27 or 1/3)
Time: 4pm-4:45pm
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, January 26 (time TBA)
Performance: Saturday, January 27 (time TBA)

Afro-Modern Fusion II for 3rd-5th grade
Taught by Michelledana Shafran with live accompaniment by Bryan Kopchak
Days: Wednesdays, September 20 to January 24 (no class 11/22, 12/27 or 1/3)
Time: 5pm-5:45pm
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, January 26 (time TBA)
Performance: Saturday, January 27 (time TBA)

Creative Movement Fusion
Taught by Michelledana Shafran
Ages: 0-4
Days: Tuesdays, September 26 to December 5, 2017 (no class 11/7)
Time: 10am-10:45am
A mommy and me class

SKYBABY YOGA & PILATES - 75 Main St., Cold Spring, NY

YANARELLA SCHOOL OF DANCE - 312 Main St., Beacon, NY
Registration is required for all classes at Yanarella.
Dancing with Baby (a Mommy and Me Class)
Ages: Baby
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 10 am

Dancin' 2s (a Parent/Child Movement Class or Mommy and Me)
Ages: 16 months to 3 years
Days: Tuesday, 9:30 am; Saturday, 8:30 am

3-4 year olds (ballet, tap and tumbling combo for toddlers)
Ages: 3 to 4 years
Days: Monday, 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 9:30 am; Saturday, 1:30 pm

5-6 year olds (ballet, tap and tumbling combo for toddlers)
Ages: 5 to 6 years
Days: Thursday, 4:30 pm; Saturday, 1:30 pm

7+ year olds (ballet)
Ages: 7 and up
Days: Tuesday, 5:30 pm

7+ year olds (jazz + hip hop combo)
Ages: 7 and up
Days: Wednesday, 5:15 pm

Teen/Adult Jazz Hip Hop Fusion
Ages: 13 and up
Days: Thursday, 7:30 pm


Baseball

BEACON JUNIOR BASEBALL
2017 registration is open now
Ages: 4 to 18
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BEACON BULLDOGS BASEBALL
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BASKETBALL

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
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Books/Reading/Writing

HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY - 313 Main St., Beacon, NY

Anime & Manga Club
Day: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 3-5pm
Anime watchers & Manga readers alike, come join us the 4th Friday of each month from 3-5pm for Anime & Manga Club. Watch your favorite anime streaming on Crunchyroll.com of select one of the DVDs from the library. Anime Club is open to middle & high school students. **Parents please note, some programs may be PG13 or TV14.  No registration needed. New members always welcome.  

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

Battle of the Books 2018
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Do you like to read, show off your literary talents, enjoy a little competition with friends? Well, then join the Battle of the Books Team this summer!

The Mid-Hudson Library System's 13th annual Battle of the Books, a nationally recognized literature contest, begins on June 29th. Read great books and meet with coaches every Thurs. from 5-7 pm to learn book-trivia, enjoy pizza and snacks, and participate in book-related activities. You will compete in mini-battles, based on the books you've read, with local libraries in August. 

An All-Star Team will be formed to compete on Sept. 16th against twenty-four other library teams to Battle it out for the Regional Championship.

(The Beacon Bees were the 2010, 2013, & 2015 Regional Champions!)


Computers

HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY - 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Podcast Workshop
Day: Wednesday, October 18-November 15, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Calling all teen podcast fans! This fall, Terry Nelson from The Ground, Beacon's community online radio station and HPL are teaming up for a 5 week podcast workshop for middle and high school students. During this weekly workshop, students will collaborate to produce a podcast to air on the Ground.  This workshop is made possible by the Friends of Howland Public Library. 

The workshop is FREE but space is limited and registration is required. To REGISTER or for more information, email Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org.


Cooking


CrossFit Classes for Kids

LOCOMOTIVE CROSSFIT - 115 Old Route 9, Fishkill, NY
Days/Ages: Sundays, 5-8 years old
Days/Ages: Thursdays, 12-16 years old
Time: 9am (Sunday), 4:30 (Thursdays)


Fencing Classes for Kids

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Ages: 7 and up
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, Saturdays
Times: 7:30 to 9:30 pm (M&W), 9 to 11 am (S)
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ALL SPORT - 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
Ages: 7 and up
Days: Tuesdays, November 1 to December 12, 2017
Times: 6-7pm (beginners), 7:15-8:15pm (intermediate)


Fitness


Football

THE PIGSKIN PRINCESS PROJECT

Geering Park, Fishkill Program
Days: Sundays, Sept. 17th through Oct. 22, 2017
Ages/Time: Session I / Ages 3-4:  10:00am-10:45am
Session II / Ages 5-7:  11:00am-12:00pm - *THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL!
Session III / Ages 8-10:  1:00pm-2:00pm
Save $20 when you register an additional child!

Beekman Recreation Program
Days: Sundays, Sept. 17th through Oct. 22nd
Ages/Time: 3pm-4pm for ages 5-7 & from 4pm-5pm for ages 8-10

Boys Program Geering Park, Fishkill
Days: Sundays, Sept. 17th through Oct. 22nd from
Time: 12-12:45pm


Gaming

HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY - 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Gymnastics & Tumbling

ALL SPORT - 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
Kids in Motion
Ages: 1 to 2 Days: Tuesdays (parent/child class)  Time: 10:15 to 10:45 am
A Mommy and Me Class
Ages: 3 to 5 Days: Tuesdays Time: 9:15 to 10:15 am
Ages: 6 to 10 Days: Saturdays Time: 10:30 to 11:15 am
Seasonal: Check back
Drop-ins welcome!

Toddler Time
Open playtime. An opportunity for you and your toddler to enjoy some playtime together. Play with balls, tunnels, mats, hoops, scooters and more.
Ages: 1 to 4 Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Time: 10 am to noon
Drop-ins welcome!
A Mommy and Me Class

DIAMOND GYMNASTICS - 657 Sheaf Road, Poughkeepsie, NY
Toddlers - Tuesday (9:30 and 10:30 am), Wednesday (9:30 and 10:30 am), Saturday (9 and 10 am)

Preschool - Monday (6:10 pm), Tuesday (9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm and 6:10 pm), Wednesday (9:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 5 pm), Thursday (6:10 pm), Saturday (9 am and 10 am)

5-7 Years Old - Monday (4 pm and 6 pm), Tuesday (1 pm and 6 pm), Wednesday (12:30 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm), Thursday (4 pm and 6 pm), Friday (4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm), Saturday (9 am and 10 am)

Girls 8+ - Monday (4 pm and 5 pm), Wednesday (4 pm and 6 pm), Thursday (6 pm), Friday (4 pm and 5 pm), Saturday (9 am and 10 am)

Boys 8+ - Tuesday (6 pm), Saturday (10 am)

Cheer/Tumbling - Monday (7 pm), Tuesday (7 pm), Friday (7 pm open tumbling)

DUTCHESS GYMNASTICS - 986 Main St., Fishkill, NY
Parent & Tot
Preschool (Age 3-5)
Recreational (Age 5-11)
Pre-Team (Invitation Only)
High School Girls
Tumbling

YANARELLA SCHOOL OF DANCE - 312 Main St., Beacon, NY
Tumbling (Acrobatics) (Age 5+)


Home School

COMPASS ARTS - 395 Main St., Beacon, NY (New location!)
RiverTown Homeschoolers Hub: 
Ages: 5 to 18  Days: Dates and times vary

There are several classes available in this program, including:
RHH: Math Dance Demo!
RHH: Spring Session Open House!
RHH: Mad Science/Mad Art for ages 10 to 12
RHH: Math Dance!
RHH: Philosophy for ages 10 to 12
RHH: Mad Science/Mad Art for ages 5 to 9
RHH: Philosophy for Teens
RHH: Weaving the World
RHH: Photography
RHH: Marine Ecosystems
RHH: History of Marine Life
Juguemos Juntos: Intro to Spanish
Sign Language

Rig-ama-jig Builders' Club for K-5th grade
Day: Fridays, October 13, 27, November 17, December 8, 2017
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY


Ice Skating

MCCANN ICE ARENA - Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY
Basic Learn To Skate - Introduction
Ages: 3 to 15

Basic Skills Level 1 thru 8
Ages: 3 to 15


Language Classes for Kids

COMPASS ARTS - 395 Main St., Beacon, NY (new location!)

Rumberitos for little ones
Taught by Lisa Marie Martinez
Days: Fridays, September 29 to December 15 (no class 11/10 or 11/24)
Time: 10am-10:45am
A mommy and me class

Garabatitos! Spanish Exploration
Taught by Lisa Marie Martinez
Ages: 3-5
Days: Fridays, September 29 to December 15, 2017 (no class 11/10 or 11/24)
Time: 1pm-2:30pm


Lifeguard Training

ALL SPORT HEALTH & FITNESS - 17 Old Main St, Fishkill, NY
Lifeguard Training
Ages: 15 & up
Days: September 28, 2017 (pretest), October 5, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 2017
Time: 6-10pm
Location: All Sport, 17 Old Main St, Fishkill, NY
Information >
*Pretest is required


Martial Arts Classes for Kids

ALL SPORT - 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
Martial Arts
Anthony Quatrochi's Martial Arts Institute comes to All Sport, with the best training and techniques.
Ages: 4 to 7  Days: Wednesdays  Time: 5 to 5:30 pm
Ages: 8 to 11  Days: Wednesdays  Time: 5:30 to 6:15 pm

EVOLUTION GRAPPLING ACADEMY - 395 Main St., Beacon, NY
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids
Age: Call for age range
Information >

Kids Martial Arts
Age: Call for age range
Information >

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Tae Kwon Do
Ages: 3 and up  Days: Mondays and Thursdays

JUST FOR KICKS - 982 Main St., Fishkill, NY
Kids Martial Arts
After-School Program

UNITED MARTIAL ARTS CENTERS  - 1054 Main St., Fishkill, NY
Kids Martial Arts
After-School Martial Arts
Family Martial Arts