Affordable After-School Classes For Long Island Kids

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Programs, Learning Activities After School for Kids in Long Island, New York

Even the most creative parents on Long Island know the value of quality after-school classes. Kids learn valuable skills, social tools, and critical thinking under the supervision of caring, qualified adults. Here are some of our favorite affordable after-school programs for kids on Long Island. You might be surprised to learn that many of these classes and programs fall within a conservative budget.

While you're at it, check out our rundown of great STEM classes for Long Island kids and our Long Island Classes and Enrichment Guide.


Group and individual classes are available for kids at Huntington Learning Centers.

Affordable After-School Classes for Long Island Kids Islandwide

Boys and Girls Clubs  —  Bellport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Hicksville, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay, Setauket
While the cost of joining a Boys and Girls club varies by location, it is impressively affordable. An annual fee of less than $150 and a membership fee of $25 to $55 includes a full school-year of classes from 3pm until 6:30pm. Kids ages 6-18 are supervised by caring adults. Programs include health and life skills at which children learn to create healthy meals. Kids can also learn character and leadership, drama, art, basketball, tennis, golf, and swimming.

Huntington Learning Center  —  Baldwin, Bay Shore, Carle Place, East Northport, Lynbrook, Manhasset, Plainview, Smithtown
Test prep, reading, study skills, and ADHD help are all part of the curriculum at Huntington Learning Center. One-on-one tutoring and organizational help are also provided. Tuition at Huntington Learning Center is tax-deductible if your child has special needs. Many locations are open until 7pm during the school year.

YMCAs  —  Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, Patchogue
The YMCA offers affordable two-, three-, four-, and five-day after-school options for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Financial assistance is available if you qualify, and the cost varies depending upon your location. The YMCA offers daily homework help, arts and crafts, and sports. STEM classes and healthy eating and nutritional education are available. The YMCA also operates affordable after-school programs at elementary schools in the districts of New Hyde Park, Glen Cove, and Valley Stream.

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Enjoy the community atmosphere at Manhasset KinderCare.

Affordable After-School Classes for Kids in Nassau County

The Art Academy of Garden City — Garden City
If your child is artistic, the Art Academy of Garden City's world-class instructors can guide his or her fingers. Twelve-class sessions are available for less than $300, and there is a 20 percent discount for your second child. Kids learn to paint with charcoal, ink, pastels, acrylics, and watercolors. Advanced students learn a palate of drawing and painting techniques, including still life, portraits, and perspective.

The German American School  — Franklin Square, Garden City
The German American School is an after-school program for kids from kindergarten through 10th grade. Students from all backgrounds are welcome; the school has no religious, cultural, or political affiliations. No prior German experience is necessary. The annual tuition of less than $800 is significantly reduced for siblings. A playgroup is available for 4- and 5-year-olds at the Franklin Square location. Older kids will graduate with state Regents certification in German.

Manhasset KinderCare  —  Manhasset
Some learning enrichment programs at Manhasset KindercCare are available for children up to age 12. There is a cooking academy, STEM innovations, and phonics adventures. Transportation is provided for your child, and subsidies are available for military families. KinderCare is open Monday through Friday up to 7pm. Care is also available during winter, spring, and summer breaks.

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Kids can get their game on at the Main Street Board Game Cafe.

Affordable After-School Classes for Kids in Suffolk County

Let Grow Play Club  — Greenport, Southold
Some psychologists believe children who make up their own games are more creative, less stressed, and more physically fit. Supervised, engaging outdoor playtime improves imagination, social skills, and executive functioning. This affordable class meets Tuesdays in elementary schools in the North Fork communities of Greenport and Southold. It is a mix of ages.

Main Street Board Game Cafe  — Huntington
The Main Street Board Game Cafe offers two-hour drop-off sessions between 4:30pm and 6:30pm on weekdays. Board games for younger kids and more creative, role-playing games for older students help to develop strategic and critical-thinking skills. Students in grades 1-12 can register for 12-week sessions for as little as $440. There is a 10 percent discount for siblings.

Suffolk County JCC  —  Commack
After-school programs are available at the Suffolk County JCC  from 3pm to 6pm for kids in grades 3-8. Transportation and snacks are available at no additional cost. Swimming, sports, and homework help are all included. Kids enrolled in the program are also eligible for reduced fees on vacation and enrichment programs.

Photos courtesy of the programs/institutions

Boys and Girls Club Glen Cove
113 Glen Cove Ave #4
11542 Glen Cove , NY 40° 51' 26.136" N, 73° 38' 4.9848" W
New York
Boys and Girls Club Locust Valley
135 Forest Av
11560 Locust Valley , NY 40° 52' 30.4716" N, 73° 36' 2.6136" W
New York
YMCA at Glen Cove
125 Dosoris Lane
11542 Glen Cove , NY
Phone: 516-671-8270
40° 52' 49.8648" N, 73° 37' 52.842" W
New York
Suffolk County JCC
74 Hauppauge Rd
11725 Commack 40° 49' 44.7816" N, 73° 18' 12.0528" W
Patchogue YMCA
255 W Main St,
11772 Patchogue , NY 40° 45' 59.436" N, 73° 1' 22.3608" W
New York
Boys and Girls Club Bellprt
471 Atlantic Ave
11713 Bellport , NY 40° 46' 30.8244" N, 72° 56' 54.1104" W
New York
Boys and Girls Club Hempstead
40 Washington St,
11550 Hempstead , NY 40° 42' 27.918" N, 73° 37' 13.3248" W
New York
Boys and Girls Club Hicksville
79 W Old Country Rd
11801 Hicksville , NY 40° 45' 47.3004" N, 73° 31' 20.1216" W
New York
Boys and Girls Club Setauket
82 N Country Rd # 3
11733 Setauket , NY 40° 55' 58.5012" N, 73° 7' 5.196" W
New York
Bay Shore YMCA
200 W Main St
11706 Bay Shore , NY 40° 43' 6.8592" N, 73° 15' 9.198" W
New York
Mid-Island Y JCC
45 Manetto Hill Rd
11803 Plainview , NY 40° 46' 46.236" N, 73° 28' 2.1" W
New York
YMCA East Hampton
2 Gingerbread Ln
11937 East Hampton , NY 40° 57' 46.2168" N, 72° 11' 33.702" W
New York
Huntington Learning Center Carle Place
79-81 Westbury Ave
11514 Carle Place , NY 40° 44' 59.8128" N, 73° 37' 2.1468" W
New York
Huntington Learning Center Manhasset
1506 Northern Blvd,
11030 Manhasset , NY 40° 47' 36.6972" N, 73° 41' 27.7008" W
New York
Huntington Learning Center Bay Shore
607 E Main St,
11706 Bay Shore , NY 40° 43' 44.5908" N, 73° 13' 43.2696" W
New York
Huntington Learning Center
639 Sunrise Hwy
11563 Lynbrook 40° 39' 17.6652" N, 73° 40' 33.0312" W
Huntington Learning Center
8 Miller P
11787 Smithtown , NY 40° 51' 24.8724" N, 73° 12' 24.3504" W
New York
The Art Academy of Garden City
68 Osborne Rd, Garden City,
11530 Garden City , NY 40° 43' 48.918" N, 73° 37' 15.0636" W
New York
Manhasset Kindercare
1355 Northern Blvd STE 100
11030 Manhasset , NY 40° 47' 37.6764" N, 73° 41' 45.2364" W
New York
Main St. Board Game Cafe
307 NY-25A,
11743 Huntington , NY 40° 52' 16.0104" N, 73° 25' 41.9988" W
New York