Youth Art, STEAM & Specialty Classes

Students at The Connection learn skills often not emphasized elsewhere including visual-spatial abilities, reflection, self-criticism, and the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes. Specialty classes at The Connection teach your child fundamental skills in a warm and welcoming environment which fosters creativity and self-expression.

Digital Media Cooking Class  Messy Play

MUSIC CLASSES

  • Baby Beats | ages 0-1 & parent
    It’s never too early to learn and develop musically. In this class new babies will experience beats, songs, and instruments while bonding with their caregiver in a safe social environment.
  • Little Musicians | ages 1-3 & parent
    Each class weaves a story through song, dance, drama, rhythm and rhyme.  Live guitar and violin, and many instruments to play!

STEAM CLASSES

  • SENSE Science | ages 5-7 & 8-12
    Explore the science of our five senses! With hands-on activities appealing to sight, sound, touch, taste and smell, kids will experience and learn about their senses in a whole new way!
  • Savvy Scientists | ages 5-7 & 8-12
    Delve deeper into the “why” and “how” of the world around us with hands-on experimentation.
  • Storytime STEAM | ages 2-4 & parent
    With your child, enjoy a story and then explore the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) that is part of it!

SPECIALTY CLASSES

  • Drop-In & Play | Infants-5 years
    Playtime in our big gym. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Passes available at the Front Desk. Mon., Wed., Fri. 12 – 1pm & Sunday 11 – 12pm and 12 – 1pm. You do not need to be a Connection member.
  • Mini Warrior Gym Challenge | ages 3-4
    Specialized warrior challenge activities for the preschooler to develop strength, agility, balance and confidence in a FUN filled environment.
  • Junior Warrior Gym Challenge | ages 4-5 & 5-7
    Specialized warrior challenge activities for the child to develop strength, agility, balance and confidence in a FUN filled environment. Equipment used will include obstacle courses, rock wall, ropes, cargo net and more.
  • Warrior Gym Challenge – Foundations | ages 7 & up
    This coed class will focus on the foundations of Warrior challenge activities and will use a variety of specially designed Warrior equipment to include obstacle courses, rock wall, ropes, warped wall, cargo net and more to provide an opportunity to develop strength, agility, and confidence in an atmosphere of challenge and fun.
  • Warrior Gym Challenge – Extreme | ages 8 & up
    By director recommendation only. This coed class will focus on setting goals and improving personal performance of Warrior challenge activities. Improvement in strength, agility, and personal development in challenge achievement will be the priority for this class.
  • Messy Morning | ages 1-4
    An extended morning of mess-making with your child! Enjoy your snack when you two need to refuel for more fun with the water table, arts & crafts, rice pool, and more!
  • Kids Yoga | ages 4-12
    Develop flexibility, coordination, strength, and balance.
  • Jump & Climb | ages 1½-3 & parent
    An exciting class for you and your child to experience the fun obstacle course, as well as activities and games in our “big gym”!
  • Kids In Action| ages 2-3 & parent
    Fun-filled activities, games, songs and more for you and your toddler to enjoy in the big gym.
  • Little Movers | ages 1-3 & parent
    Join your child in exploring the “big gym”, developing balance and coordination, while having fun with new friends!
  • Kicks for Kids | ages 4-6
    Pre-Karate class focusing on flexibility, agility, balance & fun.
  • Karate/Self-Defense | ages 7-15
    Health, movement and self-defense. Time and skill requirements are outlined for each belt advancement.

SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Young Athlete Special Olympics Program | ages 2-7
    Co-sponsored with the NJ Special Olympics, this program emphasizes sports skill development in physical activity and play. Programs develop fundamental prerequisite skills to prepare students to be future athletes.
  • Adapted Aquatics | age 3 – Adult
    A one-hour swim program providing individuals who are physically or intellectually challenged the opportunity to use the pool for exercise, learn basic swimming skills, be part of a social group, and play games while having fun in a safe aquatic environment.
  • S.N.S.L. | ages 3-6, 7-11 and 12+
    Our special needs swim lesson (SNSL) is designed to teach and improve each student’s swimming skills while working in a group environment to improve their focus, comfort, and overall understanding of safety in the pool.
  • Jr. Warrior Gym Challenge | ages 3-12 
    An energetic class that utilizes the gymnasium equipment and specially designed ninja challenge course equipment (rock wall, cargo net, mini trampoline, and more) to focus on improving strength, agility, and speed. Dates: Sept. 15 / Oct. 6 / Nov. 3 / Dec. 8 / Jan. 5 / Feb. 2 / March 1 / April 5 / May 3 / June 7
  • Adapted Youth Yoga | ages 5-14
    Enjoy different poses and fun stretches designed to engage the body, mind, and spirit. Individualized modifications to activities will be made as needed.
  • Dance Foundations | ages 5-14
    Children are introduced to basic dance techniques through innovative and creative body movement. Individualized modifications to activities will be made as needed.
  • NEW! Art Collective | ages 5+ Art Collective will explore various avenues of artistic expression. The class will consist of drawing, painting, sculpting, art and crafts, and much more. Students are encouraged to expand their creativity and express themselves artistically.
  • Warrior Foundations | ages 8+
    This coed class will focus on the foundations of Warrior Challenge activities and use a variety of specially designed warrior equipment including: obstacle courses, rock wall, ropes, warped wall, and cargo net. Students will develop strength, agility, and confidence in a fun, challenging atmosphere. The class will have a lead instructor and volunteers to ensure safety and appropriate participation.
  • NEW! Music Foundation | ages 8-14
    This class is an informal, adapted approach to introducing various instruments. Students will experiment with rhythm as they play percussion instruments in a drum circle. They will also use computer software, in collaboration with keyboards, guitars, and other adapted instruments. Music education will help students establish a greater sense of logic and organization, as music relies on the implementation of sound and rhythmic patterns.
  • Teen & Young Adult Socials | ages 15-30
    Teens and young adults meet twice a month for an evening of entertainment and camaraderie on the following dates: September 13 (1x only), October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15, December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17, May 1 & 15, and June 5 & 19.
  • NEW! Cooking at The Connection | ages 18+
    Learn basic kitchen skills to prepare, cook, and clean-up after making a nutritious recipe each week. Students will gain confidence in the kitchen, enabling them to use these skills independently in their everyday home environment.
  • NEW! Anti-Anxiety | ages 18+
    An emotional wellness class that will explore the various ways to control and cope with daily anxiety. This class will explore techniques including meditation, diet, journaling, aromatherapy, and other coping skills.