Enrichment Classes in the Capital Region for Kids

by Sandra Foyt on September 14, 2010

in Enrichment Ideas

Girl Jumping at Tae Kwon doRemember when you had to choose between music lessons or sports programs? Kids these days have so many more choices that it’s hard to keep track of it all.

That’s why I’m keeping a running list with a view to someday producing a Guide to Enrichment Classes. If you know of any classes that belong on this list, please share by posting a comment, or sending an email to sandrafoyt@gmail.com.

Additionally, I’ve tried my best to place each organization under the appropriate category, but not all can be so easily classified. If you spot any that have been mislabeled, let me know and I’ll fix it.


Enrichment Teams

  • First Lego League The challenge this year is Food Factor “Keeping Food Safe.” Join or start a team to compete in regional tournaments.
  • Odyssey of the Mind – Join or start a team through a school or community group to take on creative challenges, and compete in regional tournaments.
  • Albany Area Math Circle – This group of high school students from all over the Capital District meets weekly for extreme math, and they also coach middle school math circles and Math Counts teams.

Foreign Language


Tutoring/Test Prep


Assorted Arts



Creative Writing

  • Eastline Books – Clifton Park, NY.
  • Teen Poetry Workshop with Carol Glaser  – Saratoga Library, Saratoga, NY. (Find details on CDHE)
Dance Class

Dance & Gymnastics



Visual Arts





Horseback Riding

Martial Arts







Ski – Alpine (Downhill) or Nordic (Cross Country)

Additional Enrichment Resources

Mommy and Me

Gifted Education

Special Needs

  • Capital District Beginnings – Evaluator and Provider of Early Childhood Special Education Services.
  • Friday Knights – The College of Saint Rose – Program on campus which provides social and recreational opportunities for children from the community with autism, Asperger syndrome, and difficulties in social skills.
  • Tiny Tots Team Play – Partnership program with Capital District Beginnings at the Tiny Tots Tea Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Ages 9 months to 6 years benefit and it operates through the school year. Children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and other difficulties are all benefitting from this program.

Youth Groups

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Gina September 14, 2010 at 2:14 am

I wanted to plug the gymnastics at Northeast Gymnastics in Albany (the same building as The Music Studio). My daughter is on the team there, and we’ve been going since she was a toddler. I find their approach to be very good – child-focused, emphasis on having fun while learning. http://www.northeastgym.com/

Sandra Foyt September 14, 2010 at 2:36 am

Thank you, Gina! Next week, after I’ve received more feedback, I’m going to post the edited list as a permanent page on this site. I’ll definitely include Northeast Gymnastics!

Sandra Foyt September 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Two more to add:

Hudson Opera House – lots of free arts programs for kids.
Capital Region Tennis & Fitness – Junior Player Development Program.

Beth @ TheAngelForever September 16, 2010 at 2:04 am

Thank you SO much for this list. Looking for ideas for my son that will challenge him in a fun way. Going to e-mail you in a few with the latest.
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Sandra Foyt September 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

You’re welcome, Beth!

Adding one more:

Sow’s Ear Studio – Art Classes
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Sandra Foyt September 17, 2010 at 11:47 am

Two more:

1. Spendwood Dance/gymnastics school (http://spendwood.com/) in Cohoes.
2. Beaches Sabre Club-NY, is a fencing club that has been in Troy for over 10 years. This club has produced many National and International fencers. Beaches Sabre Club has an introductory program for anyone interested in following in Will’s footsteps – you can choose from two classes a week: either Wednesday night at 6-7pm or Satuday morning from 10-11am.

Beaches is also available during the day for a Homeschool class for groups of 5-10. Please contact Carolyn by phone at (518) 273-7466 or visit our website at http://www.beachesny.net for more information.
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Sandra Foyt September 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm


Ellen Sinopoli Dance http://www.sinopolidances.org/
Out of the Box Creative Learning also has music classes.
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Matt's Music Together September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Matt’s Music Together offers early childhood music and movement classes in Troy, North Greenbush & Kinderhook

Hassan March 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

“Classes, Lessons, Clubs, and other Enrichment Programs in Northeast NY” T I S ended up being a great article and therefore I really was quite happy to read
the blog post. Thanks-Dora
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cheyenne May 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

Sandra, do u have any knowledge of classes or summer camps or summer day day camps that might incorporate meditation , yoga, time for calming the mind and spirit a well a activities classes?.for children? Thank u.

Sandra Foyt May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

No, I’m sorry, Cheyenne, I haven’t kept up with current summer camp offerings.

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