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Activities for Kids at Chelsea Piers

by Andrea Godbout, studioD

Chelsea Piers (chelseapiers.com) is an expansive 28-acre sports and entertainment complex located along the Hudson River between 23rd and 28th streets in New York City. Children from the New York area as well as visitors to the area come to participate in their classes, camps and drop-in programs, which provide instruction in a wide variety of sports and activities. Facilities at Chelsea Piers include an 80,000-square-foot field house, an outdoor golf driving range, a bowling alley and a health club with a 25-yard long indoor pool. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is the only indoor ice-skating rink in Manhattan that is open year round.

Sports Classes

At Chelsea Piers, children can enroll in classes in individual sports including basketball, figure skating and gymnastics, as well as a multi-sport class that offers instruction in basketball, baseball, soccer, football and rock climbing. Coaches and teachers focus on beginning skills up through advanced team competition. There's a toddler series of gymnastic classes for little ones as young as age 1, as well as programs for preschoolers who perform at varying levels. Class schedules vary season to season with a typical children’s class running from 60 to 90 minutes in length.


During school breaks and summer vacations, Chelsea Piers offers children a chance to spend an active day improving skills in their sport of choice. Children can choose to spend one week or more at camp enjoying the state-of-the-art facilities along with field trips such as harbor cruises in a U.S. Coast Guard vessel. Lunch is included in the camp price for full-day campers

Private Lessons

For more individualized attention, Chelsea Piers offers private lessons to children in most sports at the facility including swimming, golf and figure skating. Lessons vary in length from 30 to 90 minutes. Parents can also choose the semi-private lesson option if their child has a friend who has a similar passion. Parents can call Chelsea Piers at 212-336-6500 for more information about instruction and pricing.

Drop-In Programs and Birthday Parties

Sometimes, even the best recreational planning goes sour. In those cases, you need a backup plan that will keep everyone happy. Chelsea Piers offers drop-in programs for children of every age. The list of drop-in options includes soccer, basketball, rock climbing and “Rock-N-Rolls,” a combination session of rock climbing and gymnastics. Parents interested in drop-in sessions should call ahead to confirm availability. Equipment is provided at the facility. The length of sessions depends upon the activity and number of participants. Birthday parties at Chelsea Piers are a good way to engage an active group and keep them moving. Parents can plan a two-hour party in the Field House with activities in one or two sports. The Field House can provide food, beverages and decorations for an added fee. A Chelsea Piers staff member supervises the action while parents relax and watch the fun. The Little Athletes Exploration Center is a state-of-the art indoor play center perfect for a little's one birthday. Instructors provide supervision as well as structured sing-alongs and games.

About the Author

Andrea Godbout has been writing professionally since 2000. She has served as a columnist for Angie's List, highlighting products and businesses in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Godbout earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from Barnard College and a Master of Arts in education from New York University.

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