PLAYDAY is a single purpose youth program providing ART classes in a safe small group studio environment. Children aged 6-12 are welcome. Open seven days a week, PLAYDAY offers ART classes where children engage in exploratory projects in an inclusive, diverse, and positive community, while developing hand-eye coordination, communication skills, critical thinking, self-awareness, and most importantly self-confidence. At PLAYDAY we inspire children to make ART all while developing a variety of life-long cognitive and emotional skills.
Founded in 2017 in response to the lack of innovation in creative education and hybrid learning in school, PLAYDAY offers daily drop-in | drop-off creative programming for children 5-12, Birthday Parties for children of all ages, a flexible after school program with free pick up from school for ages 5+, creative camps for ages 6+, and a variety of special events throughout the year.
From Little Architects, where skyscrapers, cruise ships and, tree houses are designed and drafted, to Dream Weaver, where pattern, line, and texture are explored through hand-weaving and fiber arts, to Stencil Stories, where fantastic tales unfold through Banksy style stenciled narratives, all of our classes encourage kids to find their own unique voice and expressive qualities. Click HERE to learn more about our awesome classes.
The PLAYDAY Mission
Because expressing yourself and learning new things helps us feel more confident and inspired at a young age, at PLAYDAY, we respectfully celebrate your child’s individuality by exploring, creating, and activating in a safe socially distanced environment. Through our offerings, children are exposed to the many joys of creativity such as: Focus, Patience, Process, Forgiveness, Sharing, Accomplishment, Dynamic Problem Solving, Diversity, and Aesthetic, all while learning from others in the group.
All PLAYDAY staff are required to have a degree in the ARTS from an accredited College or University. Our instructors have a passion for mentoring and motivating children along with a love for sharing relevant art history and modern techniques. PLAYDAY instructors strive to be positive creative role-models for your children.
PLAYDAY does not intend to produce career artists. PLAYDAY’s intentions are to help raise children who are confident and comfortable with their creativity in whatever form it takes. Have Fun | Be Awesome is our motto!
Health & Safety
At PLAYDAY we take all safety and health precautions VERY SERIOUSLY following all CDC, city, and state guidelines for health, safety, and sanitation, especially in these unprecedented times. Click HERE to read our Social Distancing and Health and Safety Guidelines.
DIRECTOR - MEGAN SMITH
Megan has 21+ years of dance training in styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater, Contemporary,and Modern Dance.
After studying as a dance major for 2 years at Slippery Rock University,she transferred and graduated with a B.A. from Hunter College, during her time at Hunter she worked professionally in Musical Theater.
After graduating she fell in love with Pilates, and decided to do in home personal training for women all over Manhattan. Prior to joining PLAYDAY as Director of Staffing and Scheduling, Megan managed Barre Fitness studios in downtown Jersey City for 3 years. She has a love of children and began babysitting at age 12.
Over the last 17 years she’s worked as a camp counselor, nanny, mygym Instructor, youth fitness instructor for elementary schools, mommy and me barre classes, and pre/post natal training clients.
Our instructors are all trained arts educators with a passion for children and watching them explore their own creative impulses. Instructors weave age appropriate art historical and social references into each activity. We are always expanding and changing our classes to offer the most engaging experience for our children. Click HERE to meet more of our awesome instructors.
pre - covid 19
pre - covid 19