animal Children's Weekend Programs

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.



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.

Thursday
December 27

Winter Warm-Up
Ages 3-4 (parent participation)

Learn about local animals and how they survive the chilly, winter months. Bundle up for a cool nature walk, make a craft to take home and play Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 – 11:30 FEE: $18*

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


Winter Survival
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

How do local animals survive the harsh winter weather? Learn about physical and behavioral adaptations of forest mammals, birds and reptiles. Interactive activities, science-themed children’s literature and a craft will be included in each class. Limited to 12 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 – 12:00 FEE: $24*

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


Animal Care Club
Ages 8-12

Would you like to help us care for APEC’s animals? This program teaches children about the unique job of an animal caretaker. Children will learn about the needs of APEC’s animals, and gain hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, and cleaning them. The class will also include a fun wintery craft! Limited to 10 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 – 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
January 12

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!


APEC Adventure Time: Animal Movements - Hop, Flap and Slither
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Observe animals in action! Pet 3 different animals and try moving like them. 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: 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!


 

Saturday
January 19

Pooping Butterflies: Fire Types Welcome
Ages 8-11

The world is wacky, but it’s beautiful too! 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 live animals or plants. Students will have special access to the APEC greenhouse, live animals, and our patch of the wild!

Not all things that grow and breathe are living. Join us as we explore the difference. We’ll lean fire safety as we try our hands in the art of the spark. Participants will meet a native bird that relies on forest fires to make its habitat, and they’ll plant some seeds that need a good toasting to grow, only after testing their ability to beat the heat first! Marshmallows won’t be the only thing we’ll be roasting in this fire filled program. Limited to 10 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 - 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
January 26

Young Chefs “Super Nachos”
Ages 8 – 12

The only thing better than nachos are…SUPER NACHOS! Originating in Mexico, nachos were traditionally tortilla chips covered in melted cheese and jalapeños. During this Young Chefs class, we will create the super nacho. Several layers of delicious ingredients will be placed over a variety of tortilla chips for added flavor and fun. Remember, jalapeño peppers are one of the ingredients so be prepared for a little extra kick. 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: Yellow Snow? Oh, No.
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. We’ll make some silly recipes all about snow. Some snow is white… some snow is yellow. When snow gets packed up really tightly, it can even be blue! Meet Angel and brush her snow white fur. Snow peas, creamed cheese, rice cakes, lemon curd, chives, and fruits will be used in some of the recipes. 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
January 27

Animal Meet & Greet
Ages 6-10 (drop-off)

Introduce your animal lover to a variety of APEC’s animals. Children will touch and observe four different animals and play a fun critter guessing game during this class.

Parents looking for something to do during this program? Attend the Winter Seasonal Stroll at the same time!

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TIME: 11:00 – 12:00 FEE: $10*!

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


 

Saturday
February 2

Think Tank: Seeing Sound
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....” Ever wonder how you can feel the sound of a thunderstorm or the hum of a song? Come test the properties of sound waves as we dig into the science of vibrations. Each child will take home their own recycled drum. 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!


 

Sunday
February 3

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

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


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, listen to a critter’s heartbeat and help take care of the turtles. Students will love meeting the live animal guests. Limited to 8 children.

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TIME: 9:00 – 11:00am FEE: $24*!

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


Animal Tales: Animal Friends
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!


 

Saturday
February 9

Love is in the Air
Ages 3-4 (parent participation) & Ages 5-6 (drop-off)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing APEC’s animals some love. Make a yummy treat for the guinea pigs, build a comfy nest for the doves, and enjoy a snack together. Live animal guests, a short nature walk and children’s book about animals will be part of the program.

Click here to register for ages 3 - 4

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TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 FEE: $21*!

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


 

Sunday
February 10

APEC Adventure Time: Prickly Pals
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Are you brave enough to pet a hedgehog? Gently touch the hedgie’s prickly spines and get an up-close look at the prickly hairs on a tarantula. 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: 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!


 

Saturday
February 16

Young Chefs “LOVE”ly Desserts
Ages 8 – 12

Calling all young chocolate-lovers! APEC chefs will prepare chocolate cake in a mug and chocolate oatmeal bars to enjoy, while sipping a warm cup of homemade hot cocoa. 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: Let’s Eggs-periment!
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. Come join us as we challenge ourselves to try new things. We’ll eggs-periment with eggs from different animals. We’ll try out a healthy and fun egg recipes and practice egg flipping with a silly spatula game. Our animal of the day will be Dougie, the Bobwhite Quail. Eggs, mustard, herbs, spices, avocado, and other fruits and veggies will be used in some of the recipes. 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
March 2

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!


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, listen to a critter’s heartbeat and help take care of the turtles. Students will love meeting the live animal guests. Limited to 8 children.

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TIME: 9:00 - 11:00am FEE: $24*!

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


Animal Tales: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
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: 1:00 – 2:15 FEE: $18*!

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


 

Sunday
March 10

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!


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 perform teddy bear surgeries and 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!


It’s Electric – STEM Family Workshop
Ages 6-14 (with parent)

APEC and SunPower by EmPower Solar bring this workshop to Queens families to celebrate Solar Appreciation Day. This STEM workshop covers the basics of energy, electricity, electric vehicles, batteries, and includes a lesson on how to build your own solar-powered toy car. The workshop will also help children explore how our energy and transportation choices can affect our natural environment and local wildlife. This workshop will be based in our rustic Log Cabin. Limited to 16 participants.

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TIME: 2:30 – 4:00 FEE: $10*!

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


 

Saturday
March 16

Young Chefs “Stuffed Shells Bolognese Style”
Age

A good old fashioned Italian meal: cheesy stuffed shells in a delicious Bolognese sauce offers nothing but comfort. This recipe will allow our Young Chefs to make a traditional sauce from Bologna, Italy, mix all the ingredients for the ricotta stuffing, cook the shells, and enjoy this flavorful pasta dish in under 90 minutes. 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
March 17

Think Tank: Oh, Honey!
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....” Come learn why sticky stuff sticks. We’ll test the stickiness of different substances with gravity as our laboratory assistant, and then we’ll play a molecule game to learn the true nature of stickiness. Each child will take home a jar of slime. 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
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!