Registration Policy:

Pre-registration is required for all programs.


Online Registration:

Please click here to register.

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
March 23

APEC Adventure Time: Furry Friends
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Touch and feel a variety of soft, furry friends including a rabbit and guinea pig. Toddlers and 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 to 8 participants with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 2:00 – 3:15 FEE: $18*

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


 

Saturday
April 6

APEC Adventure Time: Time for Turtles
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Toddlers and 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 to 8 participants with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 11:00-12:15 FEE: $18*

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


 

Sunday
April 7

Animal Tales: April Showers
Ages 2-4 years (parent participation)

Instill a love of reading with your little ones in this fun class! Share a seasonal book, make a craft, enjoy a nature walk and meet live animal guests that are characters from the story. Limited to 8 participants and ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 10:30-11:45 FEE: $18*

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


Animal Care Trainee
Ages 8-10**

**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 (Contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance). 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! Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 9:00-11:00 FEE: $23*

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


 

Saturday
April 13

Little Cooks: Let There be Peas on Earth
Ages 5-7

Meet Spotty the Rabbit and see which part of the pea plant he prefers. Join us as we experiment with different peas, ranking, rating and otherwise critiquing them. Peas and fruit cups may be used for flavor in some 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. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 11:00-12:00 FEE: $22*

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


 

Sunday
April 14

sense-Sational Rain Forest
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

See, smell and taste everyday items that originally came from the rain forest. Make a yummy fruit kebab and meet a rain forest resident from Madagascar (It hisses!). The program will also include a nature walk to compare our local forest to the tropical rain forest. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 11:00-12:30 FEE: $24*

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


 

Monday
April 22

Earth Day: Earthly Legends
Families

Join us for our family Earth Day event. We’ll kick off the night on foot, as we take an early evening walk through our nature trails looking for wildlife and thinking about the hidden gifts nature gives us. Then the rest of the night will be spent close to the fire circle as we listen to legends of our planet’s beginning. Stories will be interactive and kid friendly. Craft and snacks included. Campfire snacks like marshmallows, orange slices, and tomatoes included. Limited to 30 participants.

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TIME: 6:00-8:00 FEE: $3*

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


 

Friday
April 26

Rainbow Unicorn Paint Party Fundraiser for Our Animal Ambassadors
Ages 6 and up

We "Believe" here at APEC! Introducing "Rainbow Unicorn", an outlined piece fun for the whole family! Event specialist Masa Kitani, of Creative Scene, will take you step by step through the process of creating this magical unicorn painting. All supplies and light snacks included. Limited to 20 participants. Although this paint class is a drop off class, it’s also a fun way to connect with your child and make some memories. Partial proceeds will go towards our animal care.

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TIME: 1:00 – 3:00 FEE: $35*

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


 

Saturday
May 4

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

Walk around APEC’s marsh accompanied by Nancy Tognan of the Queens County Bird Club. Look for our resident breeding birds as well as those passing through on their northward migration. Meet at APEC at 9:30 for a brief orientation; learn to use binoculars and a field guide. Bring binoculars if you have them. This walk will cover some rough terrain and is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. We will cover about 2 miles through the marsh. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes that may get muddy; you may wish to tuck your pant legs into your socks as a tick deterrent. You may bring insect-repellant and drinking water. Although this walk is free, pre-registration is required as space is limited. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 Free

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


 

Sunday
May 5

Messy May Play Day
Ages 2-4 (parent participation)

If your child likes to get messy, then join us for this hands-on experience! Children will visit Exploration Stations to feel and play with an assortment of materials including mud, jello, slime, bubbles and shaving cream. We will then meet some messy guests that also like to play in the mud-worms! The fun will continue with a finger-painting craft and walk to the Salt Marsh. Limited to 8 children with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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Click here to register for the 10:30 - 12:00 morning session.

TIME: 1:30-3:00 FEE: $21*

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


 

Sunday
May 5

Think Tank: Taking Flight
Ages 7-10

Children will explore their inner scientist with this fun filled, hands on experimenting class. They will be challenged to form a hypothesis based on the materials of the day, then draw conclusions based on their experimentations. Watch things bubble, pop, move, and fizz, change, spread, grow and twist. Join us in answering the question “What happens if....” Limited to 8 participants. Come test out your very own airplane designs. We’ll walk through recycled airplane making step by step, then get innovative as see what happens! Airplanes created in the class will be taken home.

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TIME: 1:00-2:30 FEE: $24*

*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 APEC animals’ species-specific behavior. We’ll practice techniques that help us better connect to birds, reptiles, and small mammals, and 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! Limited to 8 participants. **Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in a prior Animal Care Trainee program is a must in order to qualify for Advanced Animal Care Trainee (Please do not register if you have not participated in Animal Care Trainee; contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance).

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TIME: 9:00 – 11:00 FEE: $23*

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


 

Saturday
May 11

Mother’s Day Nature Facials
Ages 8 – up

Spend quality time with your mother and enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of nature! This natural facials class, for mother and child, will liberate your skin’s potential and restore balance where needed. With tranquil music and scented candles creating a relaxing atmosphere, mothers and children will combine natural products such as mint, honey, cucumbers, bananas, crushed oats & egg whites to cleanse and soften their skin. Remember to wear comfortable clothes! A healthy snack and beverage included. Space limited…register early.

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TIME: 10:30 – 12:00 FEE: $38*

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


 

Saturday
May 11

Animal Tales- Mother’s Day
Ages 2-4 years (parent participation)

Learn about mammal mothers and make a special craft together for Mom (or Grandma). Instill a love of reading with your little ones in this fun class! Share a seasonal book, make a craft, enjoy a nature walk and meet live animal guests that are characters from the story. Limited to 8 participants and ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 11:00-12:15 FEE: $18*

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


Little Cooks: Rainbow Magic
Ages 5-7

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. Limited to 8 participants. Meet Luna the Lovebird and see her iridescent, colorful feathers up close. Join us as we make rainbow treats out of fruits and vegetables. Make one for you and one to take home to a loved one! Colorful sprinkles may be used for decoration in some of the recipes.

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TIME: 11:00-12:00 FEE: $22*

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


 

Sunday
May 19

APEC Adventure Time: Crickets & Caterpillars
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Enjoy an up-close look at crickets, caterpillars and learn about springtime critters. Toddlers and 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 to 8 participants with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 2:30-3:45 FEE: $18*

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


 

Saturday
May 25

Living Lab: Extreme Bubbles
Ages 6-9

Join us as we explore the question “What does it mean to be alive?” through hands on science and art. Each session participants will conduct 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. Limited to 8 participants. Join us in this Living Lab as we see which aquatic plants make the most oxygen bubbles underwater. We’ll make some extreme bubbles ourselves too! Then we’ll help APEC’s fish make their house a home by planting some green in their underwater world. Aquatic plant habitat to take home.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00m FEE: $24*

*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. Pocket magnifiers included. Limited to 8 participants. **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 (Contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance).

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TIME: 9:00 – 11:00 FEE: $25*

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


 

Saturday
June 1

Animal Tales: Butterfly Flutterby
Ages 2-4 years (parent participation)

Explore the amazing life cycle of butterflies, enjoy a classic caterpillar story and decorate butterfly crackers for a tasty snack. Instill a love of reading with your little ones in this fun class! Share a seasonal book, make a craft, enjoy a nature walk and meet live animal guests that are characters from the story. Limited to 8 participants and ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 12:30-1:45 FEE: $18*

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


 

Sunday
June 2

Beautiful Butterflies
Ages 5-7 (drop-off class)

Learn about the life cycle of butterflies with colorful photos, an engaging book and live specimens! Compare butterfly anatomy to insect guests and a short nature walk, looking for local butterflies in the park. Students will also make a butterfly box and take home a caterpillar or butterfly. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 1:30-3:00pm FEE: $24*

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


 

Saturday
June 8

Little Cooks: Red Ripe Strawberry
Ages 5-7

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. Limited to 8 participants. Meet Bandit the strawberry loving friend. Come join us as we celebrate spring with fresh strawberry milk and get creative with some strange strawberry monster treats. Fruits, milk [cow/vegan], chocolate, candy hearts, and raw sugar may be used in some of the recipes.

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TIME: 11:00-12:00 FEE: $22*

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


Young Chefs “Vegetable Stir Fry”
Ages 8 – 12

Stir frying is believed to have originated during the Han Dynasty. This unique cooking technique teaches us to fry ingredients in a small amount of hot oil while being stirred in a wok. Our Young Chefs will cook several delicious vegetables, season them with teriyaki sauce and ginger and serve it over a bed of rice. All materials included. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:30 – 12:00 FEE: $24*

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


 

Sunday
June 9

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. Stethoscopes included. Limited to 6 participants. 

**Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in a prior Vet Tech 101 program is a must in order to qualify for Vet Tech 201, unless you are an APEC Volunteer (Please do not register if you have not participated in Vet Tech 101; contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance). APEC Volunteers can begin at the 201 level and then move into 301.

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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!


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. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 9:30-11:30 FEE: $24*

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


Vet Tech 301
Ages 14-18**

Come gain key animal care and science skills from a licensed Veterinary Technician. Students will get to work with the Vet Tech one on one using tools and techniques to focus on in-depth animal examinations. We’ll trouble shoot various animal emergencies and conditions, going beyond the standard check-up to emergency care. Whether you are an aspiring Doctor, Nurse, Vet, or Vet Tech, or you just love animals and science, you will leave this program with many practical animal care know-hows. Limited to 6 participants. **Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in Vet Tech 101 and Vet Tech 201 classes are required to qualify for Vet Tech 301 (Please do not register if you have not participated in Vet Tech 201; contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance).

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TIME: 12:00 – 2:00 FEE: $34*

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


Think Tank – Bristle Bots
Ages 7-10

Come join us as we turn toothbrushes into robots! We’ll make our tiny bot friends then hold a robot race! Then we’ll get creative with some robot art. Bristle bots made in class will be taken home. Children will explore their inner scientist with this fun filled, hands on experimenting class. They will be challenged to form a hypothesis based on the materials of the day, then draw conclusions based on their experimentations. Watch things bubble, pop, move, and fizz, change, spread, grow and twist. Join us in answering the question “What happens if....” Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 1:00-2:30 FEE: $24*

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


 

Saturday
June 15

APEC Adventure Time: Bouncing Bunnies
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Bounce, hop and taste some veggies that APEC’s rabbits love to eat. Toddlers and 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 to 8 participants with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 9:30-10:45 FEE: $18*

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


Living Lab: Dino Build
Ages 6-9

Join us as we explore the question “What does it mean to be alive?” through hands on science and art. Each session participants will conduct 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. Limited to 8 participants. In this Living Lab class we will compare & contrast a live reptile and bird, making our best predictions sorting dinos of the past into the right animal orders using cutting edge science. Then we’ll get creative and make our own dinosaurs to take home.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00 FEE: $24*

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