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

Grandparents’ Day Celebration
Ages 4-7 with one grandparent

Spend a special day with Grandma or Grandpa! Enjoy a relax outdoor stroll, share a special story, meet cuddly animals and make a tasty treat together.

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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!


 

Saturday
September 14

Think Tank – Bug Party!
Ages 7-10 (drop-off)

We are going to learn all about bugs; by the end of this program you’ll no longer be saying “EW” when you see a bug; more like, “cool!!” We will hypothesize and discover what kind of bugs we find in this area using a “bug vacuum” that we make together. We will make a craft together and then meet a few animals that like to eat bugs! 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 experimentation. Watch things bubble pop, move, fizz, change, spread, grow, and twist. Join us in answering the question, “What happens if…” Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00 FEE: $23*

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


 

Saturday
September 21

Little Cooks: Bird Party!
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Come meet and pet our friendly birds. Then we will go on a nature walk outside to see and hear the birds. Together, we will make our own delicious edible bird nests. 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!


Young Chefs – Apple Fritters
Ages 8-12 (drop-off)

Apple Fritters made with a cakey batter and juicy Granny Smith apples are the ultimate autumn treat! Young Chefs will top them off with a homemade glaze to make these fritters a dessert no one can resist! 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
September 22

Exotic Pets
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Ever wanted a rabbit for a pet? Interested in having a fluffy guinea pig or scaly snake at home? Meet some of APEC’s unique animals and learn about the special care they require. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 1:30-3:00 FEE: $22*

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


 

Sunday
September 29

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

Explore a variety of mammal pelts and 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 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: $20*

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


Living Lab – Nature, Art, Math
Ages 7-10 (drop-off)

Have you ever wondered about the connection between nature, art and math? Join us as we find out the answer! We will learn how scientists use math to understand the living nature around them, and how artists use math to create spectacular art! We will go on a scavenger hunt, make our own craft, and play games! Join us as we explore the question, what does it mean to be alive? 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 or patch of the wild. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00 FEE: $21*

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


 

Saturday
October 5

Think Tank – Water in the Ecosystem
Ages 7-10 (drop-off)

Join us as we explore how water is a very important component in all ecosystems. We will discover the water cycle, learn how important clean water is to humans, and how to help make sure everyone has access to it. Come help us experiment with different water filtration systems and find out which one works the best. 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 experimentation. Watch things bubble pop, move, fizz, change, spread, grow, and twist. Join us in answering the question, “What happens if…” Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00 FEE: $23*

*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 (parent participation)

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 for children ages 7-17*

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


 

Sunday
October 13

Living Lab – The Environment In the Fall
Ages 7-10 (drop-off)

Let’s explore what happens to the earth that we see during the change in seasons. We know what is happening to the weather, but what is happening to the plants and animals? Program will include fall outdoor activities, an art project, and meeting APEC animals! Join us as we explore the question, what does it mean to be alive? 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 or patch of the wild. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00 FEE: $21*

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


 

Saturday
October 19

Animal Tales – Creepy Crawling Critters
Ages 2-4 (parent participation)

Spiders, roaches and crickets will prepare children for a spooky Halloween season. 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 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: $20*

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


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!


 

Sunday
October 20

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!


Animal Care Trainee
Ages 8-10 (drop-off)

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. **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).

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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!


 

Saturday
October 26

APEC Adventure Time – Scaly Creatures
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Snakes, turtles and lizards will be special guests in this exciting program about reptiles. 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 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: $20*

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


Young Chefs – Spooky Halloween Snacks
Ages 8-12 (drop-off)

It’s that time of year again. Leaves start to fall, the air gets a crisp chill, and pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and mummies make their seasonal debut! This year Young APEC Chefs will prepare tasty treats during this ghoulish cooking class. Menu will include Oreo Pumpkin Pops, Strawberry Ghosts, Cheesy Eyeballs, and Witch’s Halloween Brew! 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!


Little Cooks – Autumn Squash Dissection
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Get messy with us as we dissect a pumpkin, squash, and gourd. We will decorate mini pumpkins together and make our own yummy pumpkin seeds. Then, we will meet a few of our animals that like to eat seeds! 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!


 

Saturday
November 2

APEC Adventure Time- Fall Colors
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Enjoy a nature walk looking for the oranges, yellows, reds and browns of the season and meet some animals with fall colors.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 to 8 participants with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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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!


Vet Tech 101
Ages 10-13 (drop-off)

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. 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: 9:30-11:30 FEE: $28*

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


 

Saturday
November 9

Little Cooks – Tea Party with Yoga and Guided Meditation
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

You are invited to our tea party! Please join us as we partake in yoga and meditation. Afterwards, we will celebrate a job well done with a tea party and snacks. While preparing for our party we will learn a little about tea! At the tea party we will get to meet a fluffy rabbit! 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!


 

Saturday
November 16

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.

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!


Advanced Animal Care Trainee
Ages 10-13 (drop-off)

Have you ever wondered what your pet was thinking, or whether 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: 9:30-11:30 FEE: $26*

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


 

Sunday
November 17

Animal Tales – Fall Harvest
Ages 2-4 (parent participation)

Sample Fall fruits and veggies which will also be shared with APEC’s animal guests. 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 8 participants and ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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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!


Nature Detectieves
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

There are many clues in nature that help us better understand animals and plants living around us. Develop your investigation skills by examining items from APEC’s trails, looking at model animal tracks and scat, and taking a hike to look for new critter clues. Meet live animals who have wild relatives that live around APEC and make an Animal Tracks booklet to take home.

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TIME: 10:30-12:00 FEE: $22*

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


 

Saturday
November 23

Vet Tech 201
Ages 11-15 (drop-off)

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. 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).

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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!