Activities and Opportunities for Students 2019-2020

Below is a listing of low or no-cost programs, events and opportunities for middle school students around the city. They are neither endorsed nor recommended by ESMS, but rather listed for reference only. Suggestions and updates can be emailed to

Broadway For All - Summer Conservatory Program

Applications for the 2020 Summer Conservatory Are Open Now!

2020 Conservatory Dates
July 6 to August 18
Mondays through Fridays
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Middle School Division Eligibility
Any students in the US who will be entering 5th-8th grade in Fall of 2020 are eligible to apply.

High School Division
Any students in the US who will be entering 9th-12th grade in Fall of 2020 are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline - Monday March 30 11:59PM (ET)

For Information Flier, click HERE 

For details and application, visit -

NYC DOE Summer STEM Programs


Students Can Apply Now for Exciting Summer STEM Enrichment Programs!

Do you have a student entering kindergarten through grade 12 in September who is interested in having fun, unique, STEM experiences this summer? Succeed with STEM this summer! Apply now to attend exciting enrichment and experiential learning programs with STEM Matters NYC. A wide range of programs are offered and vary by grade level.

The 5-week STEM Academy is offered to students entering grades 3 through 11 in September and is located at schools throughout the city. Our 1-week camps are offered to students entering kindergarten through grade 9 in September and are located at museums and zoos in all five boroughs. Courses and internships are offered to students entering grades 10 through 12 at museums and experiential learning centers around the city.

All programs involve the opportunity to gain real-world, hands-on learning experiences this summer! Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Friday, April 10. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download the flyer, learn more, and apply now. For questions, contact

Summer in the City Applications are Now Open

Summer in the City is now accepting applications for the Summer Academy!

The FREE, five-week Summer Academy programs offer students the opportunity to continue learning during the summer through hands-on STEM activities, art, recreation and visits to museums, parks and other cultural sites.  You can see for yourself why students love Summer in the City in our video.

To learn more about the Summer Academy programs, including information about student eligibility and how to apply, visit:

Learn more

Call: 718-935-2838
Email: receive regular updates about Summer in the City at
In Person: talk to your student’s principal or visit a Family Welcome Center in your neighborhood

DOE Art Contest

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Deadline - Friday, March 13th

The Office of Sustainability is looking for original artwork that illustrates how energy efficiency and
conservation can be practiced in our schools. This contest is open to all NYC DOE students from all
grade levels (K-12).

The fifteen winning pieces of artwork will be used to create the 2020-2021 school year Energy
Conservation Calendar, which will be available to schools at no cost after the contest. Prizes will be
awarded to all 15 winners at an award ceremony at the DOE Tweed Courthouse in May. Artwork
will be selected based on the design's message, subject relevance, and artistic originality.

Drawing Center Workshops


Upcoming Drawing Workshops with The Drawing Center

People of all ages are invited to join us for upcoming guided conversations, presented in English and Mandarin, and artmaking workshops, organized in conjunction with the exhibition,Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance.

Led by educator, Emerson Chang and teaching artist, Ada Pilar Cruz, this workshop will explore Guo Fengyi’s self-taught practice and her visionary drawings, which reference Chinese mythology, traditional medicine, and the philosophy of the I Ching.

Saturday, March 14
10:30am - 12pm
$5 RSVP →

Thursday, April 2
6:30pm - 8pm

Saturday, May 2
10:30am - 12pm
$5 RSVP →

35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013 • +1 212 219 2166

New Opportunities for Spring 2020 and Beyond


Throughout the year, students across the City can take part in many exciting activities and programs, including STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment programs, arts workshops, and career-building internships.

And with spring just around the corner, this is the perfect time for students and families to explore their options for Spring Recess and Summer Break.

The Morning Bell has compiled a wonderful list of programs for limited periods of time and for the duration of the school year. 

Explore them here:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Programs @ The Met

The Met is the place to be for Middle School Students.  Check out classes, workshops, and special events designed especially for teens to develop their skills, and connect with art, ideas, and other young people. 
More information is HERE

The Met - Free Admission

 Free Admission @ The Met with your Teen Pass

Check your backpack at the door, and travel around the world and across time at the Met! All you need for unlimited free admission is this Teen Pass and a valid middle or high school ID. Use this pass and keep it in your wallet for access to some of the world’s greatest art, anytime the mood strikes you.  Get your Teen Pass  HERE


New-York Historical Society

At the New-York Historical Society, discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.  More information is HERE

Guggenheim New York

The Guggenheim’s programs for families, kids, and teens are taught by artists and museum educators who use a wide range of media to foster creativity. More information is HERE

American Museum of Natural History


The American Museum of Natural History offers a variety of experiences and opportunities for teens. From internships and research opportunities to courses, workshops and special events, there are offerings to suit a range of interests.  More information is HERE


Museum of the City of New York

At the Museum of the City of New York, discover weekend and after school programs for middle and high-school students who want to dig deeper into NYC and its history while building their skills and resumes. More Information is HERE

The Whitney Museum of American Art


Programs at The Whitney give New York City students the opportunity to discuss art critically, think creatively, and make art with contemporary artists, educators, and their peers.  More information is HERE

(check events for details - some are limited to HS Students)

Cooper Hewitt, A Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt's mission is to educate, inspire and empower people through design.  They offer an array of programs and opportunities geared towards tweens and teens.  More Information is HERE

And be sure to check out their family programs HERE

Museum of Arts and Design


 Special Events and Programs @ MAD

With the understanding that a great deal of learning occurs informally outside of school, MAD offers free admission to students with a school ID.   MAD also offers a number of programs just for teens including teen nights, artist and teen workshops, peer-to-peer tours, and work-study opportunities.

More Information is HERE

Wednesday Atelier at The Frick

Wednesday Atelier at The Frick
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Artists of all skill levels are welcome to sketch in the tranquil, historic galleries of the Frick among the Old Masters.  Free online registration includes museum admission and after-hours access to selected galleries; participants are welcome to arrive anytime after 5:30 p.m.   Paper, graphite pencils, erasers, drawing boards, and gallery stools are provided.

Registration is available HERE

Children's Museum of The Arts

Children Museum of the Arts

CMA’s Teen program offers art lovers in 6th-9th grade a variety of free opportunities to create, develop, and explore art-making under the guidance and mentorship of their teaching artists.  More information is HERE

Museum of The Moving Image


MOMI offers a wide variety of learning activities--from drop-in workshops to multi-week courses--for young people and teens. For more information about the Museum’s tween and teen programs, click on the descriptions HERE, visit their education program Tumblr, or sign up for the teen programs newsletter.



Our city’s children have big dreams. As they get older, and more curious, they want to do and explore more. Now, as they turn 10 years old, you can help them get their very own New York City government issued ID card to explore the city together.

IDNYC is now accepting applications for New Yorkers 10 and up. With free one-year memberships at museums, plus discounts on movie tickets and amusement parks, the whole family can do more, together. Even better: Your child’s IDNYC card works as a city-wide library card

Be sure to check out their Teen and Young Adults Page

Click Here To See Additional IDNYC Benefits

NYC Culture Pass

Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass. If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions. Save money and discover more about your city!   Reserve your pass HERE

Growing Up NYC - After School Programs

New York City provides a database of free & low cost after school programs in NYC, searchable by program type, borough, and age.

For more information:



YMCA - Teens Take the City

 New York City's YMCA
Teens Take the City Program

Teens Take the City is a civic engagement program focused specifically on NYC government and fostering community organizing skills to build thoughtful, leaders of tomorrow.  By working alongside local political leaders, teens have the chance to see how political decisions are made, and learn how to become effective agents of change. Writing legal memoranda, resolutions, and press releases gives teens hands on experience, and exposure to how the democratic process impacts NYC communities.

The program provides opportunities for students to:

Understand the New York City legislative system
Read and debate current bills before the New York City Council
Meet and work alongside local politicians, professionals and managers of NYC agencies
Hold a legislative session in New York City Council Chambers
Pursue internship opportunities within City government
Make change in their community

Contact your local branch to learn more about Teens Take the City opportunities near you!

NYC Parks Department Programs

 Youth Sports Programs & Instructional Clinics

NYC Parks offers plenty of sports for children ages eight and up. All programs are free, but participants must be registered members of a recreation center. Check with your local recreation center for more details.

Inside Schools

New York City offers children and teens a wide range of after-school and summer activities--from paid museum internships to free science research programs. The free and low cost programs listed here are a great way to explore new interests, get extra support, and supplement what is being taught during the school day.   More information is HERE

Discount Tickets for Students at Carnegie Hall


Student Insiders have the benefit of purchasing $10 tickets online or over the phone. They are also eligible to purchase Hope and Robert F. Smith Chairman Student Seats (Parquet Level) at the Box Office.  With the pass, students are allowed to purchase up to 2 tickets per concert with the discount.itting your ID, you will receive a confirmation email in 3 to 5 business days. The 2019-2020 Student Insider Pass will be available beginning September 9, 2019.  Carnegie Hall also offers other student opportunities.    More information is HERE 

Free Fridays at the NY Philharmonic

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Philharmonic Free Fridays
(Ages 13+)

For the 2019–20 season, the New York Philharmonic again invites young people to hear the Orchestra free of charge.  The Philharmonic is giving away free tickets to select Friday subscription concerts to people ages 13–26.

Here’s how reservation works:
The online reservation portal will open at noon on the Monday before each Philharmonic Free Fridays concert. The link to the portal will be available on this page.   You’ll be able to reserve a ticket on a first-come, first-served basis — one ticket per person.

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New offerings will be listed as they become available

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