Outdoor kids classes
Near West Side, Essex

Healthy, educational, and fun! Outdoor activity-based kids classes in local green spaces near West Side, Essex.

Tinkergarten’s kids classes are age appropriate for 18 month - 8 year olds, and are run by parents and other community members. Classes take place in Prospect Park: 3rd Street, Central Park: West 72nd Street, Brookdale Park, Echo Lake Park, Morningside Park - 114th St, Central Park: 100th and North, Astoria Park, Owls Head Park, Willowbrook Park, Shore Road Park, Carl Schurz Park, Central Park: Lilac Walk, Nomahegan Park, Briant Park, Loop Playground at Watchung Reservation , Prospect Park: Windsor Terrace, Riverside Park Crab Apple Grove, Central Park Pinetum: 86th and CPW, Old Short Hills Park, Warinanco Park, McCarren Park , Prospect Park: Music Pagoda, Central Park Harlem, Central Park - The Great Hill, Grove Park, 82nd Street Park , Stephen R. Gregg Park, G. Thomas DiDomenico Park (16th St Park), Floods Hill, Tulip Springs, South Mountain Reservation, West Orange, Oak Ridge Park, A Queens Area Park, James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park, Temple Emanu-El , The Boathouse in Prospect Park, Clinton Cove, Chelsea Piers Field, Hunter's Point South Park, Msgr. McGolrick Park, Fort Greene Park, Central Park: 81st and CPW, Travers Park, Rockefeller Park, Milton A. Votee Park, Allison Park (Palisades Interstate Park), Englewood Cliffs area park, Packanack Lake Peninsula, Central Park , Malapardis Park, Whippany area park, Wilde Memorial Park, Fort Tryon Park, Saddle River County Park, Inwood Hill Park, Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond, Memorial Field, Laguardia Landing Lights, Jackson Heights, Saint Mark's Garden, Van Saun County Park, Marine Park, Juniper Valley Park, Middle Village, and Griffin Park Tenafly , and more!

Tinkergarten’s play-based learning curriculum of outdoor activities is the best way for kids to experience West Side, Essex in the winter. Moms, dads and their kids can enroll in a class and join one of our existing playgroups, or improve their own playgroup by becoming a Tinkergarten leader. Join the other parents and kids in Essex to play and learn outdoors together!

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Skill-Based Curriculum

Tinkergarten is not a typical kids’ class—we share ideas with educational frameworks like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia, but we’re much more. Our technology-enabled, expert designed curriculum adapts to region and season, is age appropriate, and spans a broad range of skills. Activities progressively build week after week, season after season.
“The classes are so well-thought-out and organized without being rigid.”
– Kate, Mom to a 3 year old
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Outside is healthier

Tinkergarten parents are not anti-tech. Our kids get ample screen time, too. Isn’t our greatest gift, then, to balance that time with healthy, rejuvenating, and developmentally stimulating time outdoors?
“She’ll get plenty of time with the iPad soon. At her age, being outside just seems right.”
– Rachael, Mom to an 18-month-old
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Let them Play, like we did

Our classes bring back something that seems to be lost on this new generation — something that was a most influential part of our own childhoods — free time to tinker outdoors.
“My youngest was more independent in this class than any other we’ve taken.”
– Julie, Mom to a 3-year-old
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Prepare them

Kids learn leadership, problem solving, persistence, and more through well-designed, guided play. At Tinkergarten, we think independent exploration, risk taking, getting dirty, and making help kids achieve far greater things than drills at the local tutoring center.
“I've learned to see his play as learning. Amazing!”
– Jon, Dad of a 2-year-old
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It takes a Village

The most critical social development happens in the first 5 years. Tinkergarten is purposefully designed to bring kids together with their peers, their parents, and allow mom and dad to bond with their child more meaningfully.
“He lost himself at Tinkergarten, and before he knew it, he was working with the other kids.”
– Elif, Mom to a 3-year-old