Registration Policy:

Pre-registration is required for all programs.


Online Registration:

Please click here to register.

Registration for July & August programs open Wednesday, June 16.

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.

Saturday
July 20

Living Lab: Circle of Life
Ages 6 - 9

Join us as we feed our live animals in some food experiments! We’ll test the food choices of animals like turtles, rabbits, and even cockroaches. Expect surprising outcomes. Solar cockroach robots to take home. Join us as we explore the question “What does it mean to be alive?” through hands on science and art. Each session will include experiments with the help of live animals or plants. Students will have special access to the APEC greenhouse, live animals, and our patch of the wild.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00 FEE: $18*

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


 

Sunday
July 21

Animal Care Trainee
Ages 8 - 10

Would you like to help us care for APEC’s animals? This program introduces children to the unique responsibility of being an animal caretaker. Participants will learn about the needs of our animal ambassadors, and gain hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, and cleaning them. Also, children will be able to make a healthy snack for one of the many animals that call APEC home! **Because participation in a prior Animal Care Trainee program is a must in order to qualify for Advanced Animal Care Trainee, students over the age of 10 may be able to take Animal Care Trainee under special circumstances.

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TIME: 9:30-11:30 FEE: $23*

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


Animal Tales: Fun at the Beach
Ages 2 - 4 (parent participation)

Encourage your child’s love of reading by sharing a nature related story especially chosen for our littlest nature lovers. Create a nature craft, meet some of APEC’s animals and enjoy a nature walk. Limited to ONE adult per child. Enjoy sand play, make a craft with sand and meet some saltwater animals.

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TIME: 1:00 – 2:15 FEE: $20*

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


 

Friday
July 26

Self-Defense Seminar
12 – Adults

Back by popular demand, Coach Butch and Amanda, of Butches Boxing & MMA , and his team will lead this seminar as a basic introduction on self-defense. They will go over true to life scenarios and how to properly escape them, including both the psychological and physical aspects of self-defense, such as, how to defend against someone trying to pin you to the ground, control you by grabbing your hair, etc. You will learn to defend basic punches and review some vital tactics to boost your confidence in your ability to get out of potentially threatening situations. Complimentary childcare available upon request.

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TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm FEE: $10*

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


 

Saturday
July 27

I Want to Be a Vet
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Does your child dream of being a veterinarian? Send them to APEC to learn the basics of animal care. All animals need food, water and shelter to survive, but pets sometimes need medical care too. Enjoy pretend play examining animals, look at animal x-rays, groom the rabbits, and help take care of the turtles. Students will love meeting the live animal guests. **Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in a prior Animal Care Trainee program is a must in order to qualify for Advanced Animal Care Trainee.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 FEE: $23*

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


Advanced Animal Care Trainee
Ages 10-13

Have you ever wondered what your pet was thinking, or whether or not the fly on the wall could feel emotions like we do? We’re taking animal care to a whole new level as we study animals species specific behavior. We’ll practice techniques that help us better connect to birds, reptiles, and small mammals, & give their lives more purpose and joy. Learn more about animal needs that go beyond water, food, and a clean shelter. Help care for our animals and all their quirks by learning how to train them, engage them, pamper them, and supplement their diets. Participate in a fun craft that will be used for the enrichment of one of our many animal ambassadors! **Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in a prior Animal Care Trainee program is a must in order to qualify for Advanced Animal Care Trainee.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 FEE: $23*

*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 & 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. $18 per family of FOUR or less people.

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TIME: 12:30 – 1:30 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!


Hop, Flap & Swim
Ages 2 - 4 (parent participation)

Animals move in many different ways to survive in the wild! Practice your animal moves by moving like wild animals and observe live animal guests including a rabbit, bird and aquatic turtle. The program will include songs, read aloud of a fun book about animal movements & a nature walk. Limited to ONE adult per child.

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TIME: 2:00 – 3:15 FEE: $20*

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


 

Saturday
August 3

I Want to Be a Vet
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Does your child dream of being a veterinarian? Send them to APEC to learn the basics of animal care. All animals need food, water and shelter to survive, but pets sometimes need medical care too. Enjoy pretend play examining animals, look at animal x-rays, groom the rabbits, and help take care of the turtles. Students will love meeting the live animal guests.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 FEE: $26*

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


Vet Tech 101
Ages 10-13**

Come join us to learn about animal health basics. During the class we will practice conducting animal check-ups, handling live animals, and studying animal anatomy. Students can learn the specialized skills needed to keep our animals healthy at this program. From eye examinations to checking teeth, gums, and ears, our Vet Tech students will learn the ins and outs of keeping some of the most common pet animals in peak medical condition. **Because participation in a prior Vet Tech 101 program is a must in order to qualify for Vet Tech 201, students over the age of 13 may be able to take Vet Tech 101 under special circumstances.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 FEE: $25*

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


 

Sunday
August 4

Family Animal Meet & Greet
Ages 3 & 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. $18 per family of FOUR or less people.

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TIME: 1:30 - 2:30 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!


 

Saturday
August 10

Colorful Creatures
Ages 2 - 4 (parent participation)

Nature is filled with all the colors of the rainbow. Learn about local plants and animals for each color of the rainbow. Meet some of APEC’s own colorful creatures! Share a book, make a colorful salad for the turtles and enjoy a nature walk. Limited to ONE adult per child.

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TIME: 10:30 – 11:45 FEE: $20*

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


Little Cooks: Berry Yummy S’mores
Ages 5-7

Come meet Bandit the Guinea Pig and feed him some berries. Then join us as we build our own summer time s’mores which we will heat up in a jiffy and eat on the spot. Marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers will be used in one of the recipes. For those little ones who just can’t wait to be a Young Chef. Here’s something just for you. APEC little cooks will have fun learning about an animal, and then help make a delicious snack to compliment what they’ve learned. All materials included.

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TIME: 11:00-12:00 FEE: $16*

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


 

Sunday
August 11

APEC Adventure Time: Soft & Furry Animals
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Explore a variety of mammal pelts & learn about the importance of camouflage. Toddlers and parents/caregivers enjoy some special time together as they socialize with other youngsters and learn about nature. Each class focuses on a different science theme and includes live animal guests, art projects, trail walks, and children’s literature. Limited ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies in infant seats.

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TIME: 11:00 - 12:15 FEE: $20*

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


Think Tank: Wings & Things
Ages 7-10

Come learn to engineer wings like those birds and bugs use for flight. We’ll create and test out your very own paper airplanes, butterflies, and beetles. We’ll walk through the recycled flyers build making them step by step, then get innovative as see what happens! Airplanes, butterflies, and beetles created in the class will be taken home along with an age appropriate book.

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TIME: 1:00-2:30 FEE: $23*

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


 

Saturday
August 17

Animal Tales: Summer Harvest
Ages 2 - 4 (parent participation)

Sample some summer veggies and feed some greens to APEC’s animals. Encourage your child’s love of reading by sharing a nature related story especially chosen for our littlest nature lovers. Create a nature craft, meet some of APEC’s animals and enjoy a nature walk. Limited to ONE adult per child.

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TIME: 10:30 – 11:45 FEE: $20*

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


Don’t Eat Me!
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Explore predator/prey relationships and learn about the importance of animal roles in nature. Play a “Don’t Eat Me” game to understand the challenges of both predators and prey animals. Meet live animals and learn how to use binoculars for a relaxing nature walk.

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TIME: 10:30 – 12:00 FEE: $26*

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


 

Sunday
August 18

I Want to Be a Vet
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Does your child dream of being a veterinarian? Send them to APEC to learn the basics of animal care. All animals need food, water and shelter to survive, but pets sometimes need medical care too. Enjoy pretend play examining animals, look at animal x-rays, groom the rabbits, and help take care of the turtles. Students will love meeting the live animal guests.

Click here to register

TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 FEE: $26*

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


Vet Tech 201
Ages 11-15**

Come see and learn from a licensed Veterinary Technician as we delve deeper into the science of animal care. Students will get to work with the Vet Tech one on one using tools and techniques at a more advanced level than in Vet Tech 101. From testing heart rates and examining animal x-rays or bones, to using stethoscopes and viewing slides, all our Vet Tech 201 students will learn the invaluable techniques for in-depth animal examination.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 FEE: $32*

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