Boost Courage, Compassion, and Creativity

Where Commitment is Center Stage

Sing, Dance, Act Discover the Musical

Summer Camps Where Play Is The Purpose

Unforgettable Birthday Parties

TRUSTED FOR TRAINING

Since 2009 we have offered high-quality programming to children. We are hired by dozens of top-tier schools and trusted by parents throughout New York. Mt Sinai Parenting Center uses our game-based curriculums to support families. See why Time Out New York, Red Tricycle, and others rank us as a top theater program.

TOP NOTCH TEACHERS

Our faculty are professional performers with years of experience bringing their artistry to kids. All classes are staffed with a minimum of 2 teachers so students get tons of care and attention. Our production classes feature specialists from stage combat to costume design who inspire the players with their expertise.

TODDLERS TO TEENS

Our curriculum is designed to inspire at every stage of development. Whether pre-k kids are adapting their own fairy tale or high schoolers are rehearsing a production of Shakespeare, our students are joyfully challenged and compassionately engaged. Most importantly of all, we have a blast in our classes.

Nothing lights up the brain like play.

-Stuart Brown MD

Classes

Now Enrolling

  • Mini Musical: Rapunzel and Flynn
  • Mini Musical: NYC KIds
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Birthdays

We customize your child’s special day with a curated party built around dramatic play and the theme of their choosing!

 

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In Schools

Dozens of schools choose Child’s Play NY as their theater provider for after-school or for customized residencies.

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Summer Camp

Week-long intensives in joyful theater creation for ages 3-11

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Coaching

Get mastery with one-on-one sessions for private vocal coaching or audition prep

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Preschool

In our play-based preschool, children learn through storytelling, creative movement and music.

 

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In-home Classes

Have our inspired teachers come to you.  Pick your theme from our menu and choose a time that works for you and we will customize a special class for your group.

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Teacher Trainings

Elevate your school and support your teachers with play-based training.

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PLAY TO THRIVE

Imagination and creativity are key to successful life-outcomes for our kids.  Our curriculums are backed by PhDs and researched to boost executive functioning and social-emotional skills.  Build confidence, courage and compassion in your kids.

 

 

Our games are featured on Mt Sinai Parenting

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Schools We Work With

What Parents Say About Us

Child’s Play NY is a gem for New York City families! Jocelyn is nothing short of a genius in her capacity to unleash a child’s imagination and to develop capacities for self-confidence, social skills, and creative expression. As a parent, professional actor, and NJ licensed social worker, I highly recommend the Child’s Play NY experience for any child. Whether it’s a superheroes birthday party, a musical theater workshop, or an introduction to Shakespeare, you will be amazed by the joy your child discovers in these early artistic endeavors. Through storytelling, music, and dramatic play, Child’s Play NY promotes early literacy, empathy, and group cooperation skills that serve as a foundation for future learning. This is a must for any pre-schooler or elementary school child!

Katharine Roman

Child’s Play is hands down the most amazing extracurricular activity our kid has ever done. Jocelyn and her team create a magical combo of deep artistry, combined with warm/friendly community. The kids achieve great heights, and become dear friends because of their shared creative endeavor. Exceptional, amazing, fabulous. My daughter wants to be a Shakespearean actress, and reads Shakespeare for pleasure.

Joy Nolan

Jocelyn and team put an enormous amount of energy, enthusiasm and joy into every production and it shows!  As parents who have worked in theater for years, we couldn’t have asked for a better introduction for our kids to the commitment, collaboration and fun of putting on a show.  Our kids love going to Child’s Play and have gained new confidence and skills with each production. It’s the one activity they always want to go to and sign up for again and again.

Ian and Caroline

Our 6 yr old daughter has loved this program, having attended mini-musical and Shakespeare in the summer and two semesters of musical theater during the year. The teachers, gifted professionals and gifted with children, are exceptional: they know how to motivate the cast, get them working and playing together, and bring out everyone’s talent, no matter what age or ability.  It’s really something to see. Lucy sings and practices lines on the subway in the mornings, and comes home crooning “N – Y – C”

Rebecca Walkowitz

During this acting program’s mini musical camps, tiny thespians not only act out scenes from their favorite movies and books but also pretend to live in those fantastical worlds. Counselors lead kids through games that encourage the young actors to use their imaginations to bring characters to life.

“From Oz’s cowardly lion to the villainous Ursula, children can transform into fantastical characters…”

Jocelyn believes that play, and honing in on a child’s personal interests and ideas, is an incredible tool for learning. I agree with her completely, and find her classes and online play ideas to be some of the best that I’ve come across.

We talk about how she started Child’s Play NY, going deeper into the things you love, the importance of play for children’s development, and how important the release into creative play is for both kids and adults.

“MFA grads and Broadway performers help dramatically inclined tykes bring classic children’s tales to life in Imagine That!”

“If you are looking for a great interactive activity for your child’s birthday party or are interested in a Child’s Play NY class or summer camp, please check out their website. I recommend them!”

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