Registration Policy:

Pre-registration is required for all programs.


Online Registration:

Please click here to register.

Registration for Fall programs opens Tuesday, August 27

APEC is only able to accept in person or phone registrations Monday - Friday. You can register online at any time.

Please pay careful attention to the age range of the program you are registering for. Program fees are non-refundable. In the event that you register your child for a class that is not age appropriate, we will contact you to discuss transferring your child to an age appropriate program or hold the credit for a future class.



Payment:

If registering by phone or online, you must pay by credit card.



Waiting List:

If it appears that you will be closed out of a particular class, please put your name on the waiting list online. Additional classes may be added. You will be notified if that occurs.



Missed Classes:

If it appears that you will be closed out of a particular class, please put your name on the waiting list online. You will be notified via phone call or email if any changes occur, and your child has a space in the program.

Refunds will only be applied to multi-session programs if the spot is filled. If the spot in the program is not filled, a credit will be applied to your account. A $25 cancellation processing fee will be deducted from the total refunded or credited.



Make-up Policy:

There are NO make-up classes for single session programs.

A make-up session is only offered for children attending multi-session early childhood programs during the Fall, Winter or Spring. Only ONE make-up program is available, regardless of how many classes a child misses.

At the start of the semester, parents will be given a handout with the make-up class date. In order to attend the make-up session, you must notify the Early Childhood Coordinator at (718) 229-4000 ext. 207 to sign up for the class. Notification is required so adequate staff and materials are prepared.



Age Requirement:

Your child MUST reach the required age for a particular program either before or during the month that he/she begins that program.

All programs are drop-off unless otherwise noted. Parents must bring their child to the classroom for their drop-off program. Participants in drop off classes must able to use the bathroom independently.

Due to space constraints in our classrooms, one parent per child is permitted in parent participation classes.



Trial Classes:

APEC does not offer trial classes. Try one of our one-time weekend programs! They are an accurate representation of how we run our weekly programs.

Sunday
September 8

The Art of Fused Glass Jewelry Making
Adults

Learn about and make your own design of fused glass jewelry, led by Naomi Rabinowitz. Materials will be provided. Ms. Rabinowitz will fire your piece and you will be able to pick up at APEC – date to given at workshop. Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 2:00-3:30 FEE: $20*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Wednesdays

September 11
October 16
November 20

APEC’s Book Circle
Adults

Our book circle is designed for adults who enjoy a variety of books, and lively discussions over light refreshments in a pleasant setting. We meet monthly, usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Sept. 11 The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

Oct. 16 The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Nov. 20 The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

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TIME: 6:00-7:30 FEE: $FREE*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Saturday
September 14

GreenMarket Taste and Tour
Adults

Presentations will introduce the Greenmarket: who we are, where we are, and what we do. We will cover information about benefits accepted in the markets (including SNAP/EBT, Health Bucks, and more). Lesson will be supplemented by a cooking demonstration on healthy eating using green market produce with a sampling for attendees. This presentation includes admission to a free tour with Susie Spodek of GrowNYC, at the Forest Hills Greenmarket, on Sunday, Sept. 15th (time to be given at the end of this program). Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 3:00-4:00 FEE: $10*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Sunday
September 22

Alley Creek Walk
Adults

National Estuaries Week (NEW) is a nationwide celebration of our bays and estuaries and the many benefits they provide to local communities. Join us for the conclusion of NEW for a guided walk and simple science investigation of our local tidal estuary - Alley Creek, led by a local naturalist.

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TIME: 9:00-10:00 FEE: $FREE*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Thursdays
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21

Tai Chi Workshop
Adults

Tai Chi is of often called "moving meditation" because it is done slowly and mindfully. Join certified instructor Elaine Fleischman for this Beginners Tai Chi 8 week workshop. All levels welcome to join. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes. Limited to 12 participants. Sign up for one or two classes to see if this class is for you.

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TIME: 6:00-7:00 FEE: $128 for series or $18 for individual class*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Saturday
October 5

Fall Bird Walk for Beginners
Ages 8 and up (children must be accompanied by adult)

Walk through APEC’s trails, accompanied by a member of Queens County Bird Club. Learn to view and listen to our various species of birds. Learn to use binoculars and a field guide. Wear hiking shoes, sneakers, or other closed-toe shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. Bring binoculars if you have them. This walk will cover some rough terrain and is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 9:30-11:30 FEE: $FREE*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Saturday
October 12

Bee Thankful – A Honey Bee Workshop
Ages 7 and up (children must be accompanied by adult)

The world would be a lot different without the honey bee. Join beekeeper, Nick Hoefly, of Astor Apiaries, for an afternoon all about these sweet little insects. Learn how honey bees work together to build their colony, collect food and raise new bees. Find out why it's not always great to be Queen and get up close with specimens from the hive. You will leave this talk with a better understanding of our relationship with the honey bee and what you can do to help them out.

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TIME: 1:30-3:00 FEE: $15 for adults and $10 children ages 7-17 years*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Friday
October 18

The Past, Present, and Future of Space Flight
Ages 10 and up accompanied by adult

Jessica Cimini-Samuels, NASA Ambassador and science educator, will explore the history of manned science flight, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. July 20th marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing - a tremendous accomplish for manned space travel. Learn the answers to: - Where are we in space travel, as NASA prepares to send astronauts to Mars and beyond? - What has NASA been doing since the retirement of the Shuttle program in July 2011? - What, and where, is the future of the space program – the Orion Program, SLS and beyond?

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TIME: 7:00-8:00 FEE: $5*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Saturday
October 19

Flour Dough Sculpture Making
Ages 7 and up (parent participation)

Join Master flour dough artist, Xun Ye, for this unique workshop in traditional Chinese flour dough sculpture. Participants will learn basic dough art techniques to create their own animal or flower sculptures. Ye will also share a brief history of this art form and will demonstrate the sculpting of a child’s face. All materials included.

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TIME: 1:00-2:30 FEE: $5*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


Annual Membership Meeting
Open to the APEC Community

A brief Membership Meeting with Elections will be held. Come to learn more about our upcoming move and our new building project status. Meet the Artist – Brad Shur - during light refreshments

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TIME: 4:00 pm FREE, but spots are limited


Cardboard Explosion!
Ages 5 and up (parent participation for children under 12)

Join us for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion!” brings four original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show.

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TIME: 4:30 pm FEE: $5*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Thursday
October 31

Spooktacular Celebration
Ages 18 months – 4 years (parent participation)

Join us for a ghoulish gathering and being your Halloween celebration at APEC! Come in costume to play games, design a creepy craft and pick a pumpkin to take home. Dare to take an up-close look at snakes, tarantulas and cockroaches. Pre-registration required. Limited to 50 children.

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TIME: 12:30-2:00 FEE: $16*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Monday
November 11

Family Animal Meet & Greet
Ages 3 and up with Adults

Enjoy a family experience meeting animals at APEC! Learn some interesting facts about animals and meet five different animals from APEC’s Animal Collection. Friends are also welcome as part of your party of FOUR.

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TIME: 11:00-12:00 FEE: $18 per family of FOUR or less people*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


Family Animal Meet & Greet
Ages 3 and up with Adults

Enjoy a family experience meeting animals at APEC! Learn some interesting facts about animals and meet five different animals from APEC’s Animal Collection. Friends are also welcome as part of your party of FOUR.

Click here to register

TIME: 1:00-2:00 FEE: $18 per family of FOUR or less people*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 

Wednesday
November 13

Prosecco, Prosciutto and Provolone
Adults 21+

Prosecco, prosciutto and provolone: Some of life’s simplest and tastiest pleasures come straight out of Italy. Join chef mom for a delicious discussion, as you tour some of the major wine regions of Italy while tasting traditional cheeses and cured meats. Throughout it all you’ll enjoy a variety of scrumptious Italian pleasures. Un vero festival! Limited to 12 participants.

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TIME: 7:00-9:00 FEE: $26*

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


 


Ongoing

APEC Hiking Club and Trail Crew

Our Hiking Club is for adults, and we will explore local areas suited for easy to moderate hikes. We will also contribute to the muscle required to develop a Trail Crew to benefit the Environmental Center. APEC membership is required, and we will also be members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (requiring additional dues). The Club covers these extra costs by chipping in $2 per monthly outing that you attend. The Conference will guide us in how we develop the trail crew. We intend to whistle while we work, so come out for the fun.

We will have a monthly informational meeting to discuss plans for upcoming hikes, monthly outings and other opportunities, in addition to the regular weekly hikes planned by the group (weather and season permitting). Plan to join us to see what we are up to on the dates listed below! APEC Hikers takes advantage of the fine weather and longer days by scheduling weekly hikes for its membership. To learn more about these hikes and our regular outings, please visit www.facebook.com/APEC.hikers or e-mail the Club facilitator at tom0153 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

6:45 PM- 8:00 PM

MondayJune 24, July 29, & August 26

 

Adult Citizen Science Club

Galileo studied changes in the surface of the sun. Charles Darwin noticed differences in the beaks of Galápagos finches. People noticing loss of crows heralded West Nile disease.

We challenge you to carefully observe and document something that interests you, be it a pattern, a change, or a trend that’s happening now or that occurred in the past.

You can use a variety of techniques to make and record your observations, such as photography, video, drawing, data visualization, note-taking—any method that helps you share what you’ve seen in a way that tells a story, suggests a possible explanation, or raises further questions. Be curious, and make us curious too.

All you have to do is: Attend our meetings! Help start this club off on the right path.

meetings are on the Second and Fourth Sundays of the Month at 10:00am at APEC