Best Coding Classes and Camps for Kids in NYC
In our increasingly tech-driven world, learning how to code is an invaluable skill. But kids who code don't really look at it that way—they just think it's lots of fun to design video games, create websites, and make robots move, and that's exactly what these coding classes for kids in NYC teach. If you've got a child interested in STEM topics who already plowed through our list of websites that teach kids how to code, consider enrolling them in one of these local coding classes.
We've found 12 coding classes and camps in New York City, where kids can learn Scratch or another computer programming language. You can find even more tech fun for kids in our Geek Guide, and be sure to check out our guide to the Best Kids Classes and Activities in NYC for more enriching after-school classes.
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While in-person coding classes are slowly returning, these computer skills are actually the perfect thing to learn online, so we've included some virtual options, too. All in-person programs listed are COVID-conscientious and incorporate mask-wearing and social distancing.
In-Person Coding Classes for Kids in NYC
The Coding Space – Upper East Side and Park Slope
201 East 83rd Street, Manhattan
461 6th Street, Brooklyn
Teens learn about Robotics at Dazzling Discoveries. Photo courtesy Dazzling Discoveries.
Dazzling Discoveries – Upper West Side
971 Columbus Avenue near 108th Street
Skill Mill NYC, 949 Amsterdam Avenue
Dazzling Discoveries' teen program is offered at Skill Mill NYC and includes coding, game design, robotics, Micro:bits, digital design, and 3D printing programs for ages 9 and older. Engineering, science, and 3D printing for ages 5 to 9 takes place at the Dazzling Discoveries location. DD follows NYC school protocols for COVID, and all staff is vaccinated. Masking is required indoors.
Tech Scholars at the New York Historical Society — Upper West Side
170 Central Park West
Voxel Academy – Cobble Hill
134 Atlantic Avenue
Voxel Academy's programming includes summer camp, after school, and virtual options. Kids learn video game design, coding with Minecraft, 3D printing, and many other future-relevant technology topics often recognized in AP or college-level courses. Virtual lessons are also offered.
Robofun – Upper West Side
2672 Broadway near 102nd Street
Great for beginners, RoboFun teaches Game Design and Lego Robotics for the youngest aspiring coders, even offering PreK programs. After-school clubs, weekend workshops, and summer camps are all available, as are virtual lessons.
Launch Math + Science take coding to the next level. Photo courtesy Launch Math + Science
Launch Math + Science Centers – Upper West Side
173 West 81st Street at Amsterdam Avenue
Students in grades K-8 can learn computer programming with Scratch Jr., Scratch, Python, and App Inventor. Coding summer camps are available at two UWS locations and in Tribeca, which also offer holiday camps throughout the school year. All staff is fully vaccinated and masked 100% of the time. Students are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccine status.
Code Ninjas Astoria – Astoria
3135 31st Street
Virtual Coding Classes in NYC for Kids
Ages 8 and up
DMA's virtual camps offer programming, Minecraft, robotics, app, and game design for ages 8 and up. For ages 13 to 18, the after-school program immerses teens in AI, music production, or 2D animation.
Ages 6 and up
Game-U is an online and after-school program that teaches kids how to design and build their own video games and robots. Kids learn all aspects of development, including level design, animation, coding, 3D printing, robotics, and more.
Ages 7 and up
iD Tech offers programs in app development, game development, robotics engineering, and more. School-year programming is all virtual and includes Roblox, Python, Java, Scratch, Minecraft, and more.
Ages 7 and up
This tech program is geared toward special-needs students and is designed to help students grasp real-world technology and prepare for the job market. Students ages 7 to 19 are taught coding in addition to a variety of computer science principles through a project-based curriculum.
Ages 4 and up
Kodeclick's online coding classes are offered for small groups and meet weekly for a 16-week semester. Choose from Scratch, Python, or website design depending on your child's age and interest. You can even form your own small group and register for a customized class.
Bonus: Don't forget about your local public library. Many branches offer FREE coding classes for kids—our local NYPL is where my son was first exposed to programming. So be sure to check your library's calendar.
Photo courtesy of the coding classes
This post, originally published in April 2014.