After School Clubs

Our kids' programs focus on instruction, developing strategies for game play and having fun! Kids learn how to think 'moves ahead,' anticipating an opponent's reaction and developing good sportsmanship.

  • After School Clubs are fun-filled and educational clubs that explore strategic thinking using board and card games. ASC are designed to encourage and allow beginner through experienced players.
  • We arrange groups and games by age, category, skill and/or subject.
  • We spend one week playing a new game, which involves instruction and strategies for game play. The second week is designed to allow participants to have a more in-depth experience by revisiting and reviewing the games, and exploring various strategies and novel problem solving skills. We then move on to a new set of games, in another two week series, through to the end of the session.

Winter 2017 Session: Saturday, December 24, 2016 - Friday, April 7, 2017; 3:30pm - 5:30pm.

Children can work on program related warm-ups, homework or play games from 3-3:30pm.

Mondays 11 weeks $396
Tuesdays 13 weeks $468
Wednesdays 13 weeks $468
Thursdays 13 weeks $468
Fridays 13 weeks $468

SCHOOL PICKUPS: We pick up at individual school’s dismissal times. 3 person minimum. If your school isn't listed for pick up on a specific day, please call us first before registering to talk with us about adding your location. You must enter your child's school into your profile to activate the pick up option.

Zone A +$75: PS 58, PS 29, PS 32, BNS, PS 261, Mary McDowell, Brooklyn Heights Montessori

Zone B +$120: Friends, St. Ann’s, PS 8, Berkeley Carroll, MS 447, Packer, MS 51, PS 321

Ask about adding other schools!


6PM LATE PICKUP: Full Session $70


SNACKS: Homemade cookie and snack mix included.

There will be NO ASC on the following holidays:

  • Mon 1/16 (Martin Luther King Jr Day)
  • Mon - Fri 2/20 - 2/24 (February Break)
We will offer camp on all school holidays and February Break. Parent Teacher Conferences are public school half days. We will offer regular After School Clubs on those days, and a mid-day 'mini-camp' from dismissal to 2:45pm with public school pickups available. Registration for these 'mini-camps' days will be available on our website.

Makeups are issued if we receive notice by noon on the same day that your child will be absent. Makeups may be scheduled on an alternate day, if there is room available, with prior approval, and must be used before the end of the session on Friday, April 7.


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Brain Benders

Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 3PM - 5:30PM

This Mensa Select series is for children that have shown an interest in games that involve strategic thinking. We start with games that focus on pattern recognition and sequential learning, and then progress to games that require linear thinking. Throughout these games, participants will focus on issues of ‘good sportsmanship’ while simultaneously trying to outwit and out-strategize their opponents. Game List may include: Mancala, Senet, Look Look, Mine Shift, Qwirkle, Dizios, Yikerz, Sleeping Queen, Gin Rummy, Chess, Bakers Dozen, Loot, Tsuro, Sushi Go, Carcassonne.

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Brooklyn New School (Off Site)

Brain Benders for K and 1st Grade: Fridays, 2:45pm - 4:30pm
Mind Masters for 2nd & 3rd Grades: Mondays, 2:45-5:30pm

Off site program at the Brooklyn New School. Please note the alternate times from our on site programs. Program begins at 2:45pm and ends at 4:30pm.

The Monday Mind Masters class (2nd & 3rd) will begin January 9 and run through March 27. The Friday Brain Benders class (K & 1st) will begin January 13 and run through March 31 (no class during the February break). 

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Chess I

All Grades: Mondays & Tuesdays 3PM - 5:30PM

Developing minds learn how pieces move and how to organize approach and defense in this introduction to chess and related abstract strategy games. No experience is necessary and time is dedicated to learning these games in small group play. Each class is spent playing both chess and games like Ynch, Dvonn, Punct, Hive and Othello. There will be one tournament for kids to learn how to play in a tournament setting and become USCF rated. (Tournament fee waived for Winter 2017 afterschool participants. USCF scholastic membership is $17/year; fee not included.)

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Chess II

All Grades: Wednesdays & Thursdays 3PM - 5:30PM

After learning piece movement and basic rules in Chess 1, this class is aimed at improving strategic thinking and seeing that planning in chess begins as early as move one. Designed for students who understand the basics of chess tactics and strategy, we will emphasize more advanced strategy, classic openings and closings.There will be one tournament for kids to learn how to play in a tournament setting and become USCF rated. (Tournament fee waived for Winter 2017 after school participants. USCF scholastic membership is $17/year; fee not included.)

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Cooperative Games (Intro to RPGs)

3rd Grade and Up: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 3PM - 5:30PM

This series encourages cooperation, decision-making and creative thinking. The program initially focuses on cooperative games before progressing into more advanced RPGs. RPGs involve immersing players in a shared story-telling experience. Games may include: Pandemic, Elder Sign, Microscope, The Quiet Year, Do, Star Wars, Cthulhu, D & D, Mouse Guard and others.

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Girls Club: Cooperative Games (Intro to RPGs)

3rd Grade and Up: Fridays 3PM - 5:30PM

This RPG class encourages girls to participate in our program. See above for complete Cooperative Game description.

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Girls Club: Mind Masters

2nd & 3rd Grades: Mondays 3PM - 5:30PM

This class encourages girls to participate in our program. See below for complete Mind Masters description.

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Mind Masters

2nd & 3rd Grades: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 3PM - 5:30PM

This problem-solving series is for children that have either completed Brain Benders or demonstrate an affinity for strategic thinking. We cover a wide range of game categories (ancient strategy, classic and modern card games, word and trivia games, sporting games) while progressively exploring deeper strategy elements and multidimensional thinking. As always, participants will also focus on issues of ‘good sportsmanship’ while simultaneously trying to outwit and out strategize their opponents. Game List may include: Go, Chess, Hive, Set, Hearts, Gin, Loot, Jaipur, Battleline, Boggle, Scrabble, Banagrams, Scattergories, Telestrations, Carcassonne, Splendor, Dominion, Settlers of Catan.

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Strategic Game Play

4th Grade and Up: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 3PM - 5:30PM

Our most advanced game module is for veterans of our After School Club and older kids that are interested in more complicated games. In this series, a wide range of game categories are covered and explored in a progressive curriculum with the intent of exploring a complex variety of mechanics, subject matter and strategies. (Note: if you child has later dismissal or a longer commute, check out our class The Late Crew that runs 4pm-6pm.)

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Success Academy Charter School Program

All Grades: Wednesdays Jan 11 - March 29

We will pickup at Success Charter at 12:30pm and return to our Court Street location with the students to eat their own lunch that they have brought from home. After lunch, the students will begin their game play

Children will participate in either our Brain Benders program for Kindergarten & First Grade or our Mind Masters program for 2nd & 3rd Graders. Time is spent learning how to organize approach and defense strategies, as well as exploring many classic strategy games.

You are welcome to add on our regular After School Program  that starts at 3pm.

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The Lang School (Offsite)

All Grades: Thursdays 3:30PM - 5:30PM Thursday Jan 5- June 15 (22 sessions)

Offsite program at The Lang School.

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The Late Crew (RPG Based)

5th Grade and Up: Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays 4PM - 6PM

Our most advanced game module is for veterans of our After School Club and older kids that are interested in more complicated games. In this series, a wide range of game categories are covered and explored in a progressive curriculum with the intent of exploring a complex variety of mechanics, subject matter and strategies. This class runs on a later schedule than our other programs to accomodate later schedules.

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War Games: Advanced

3rd Grade and Up: Thursdays 3PM - 5:30PM

Participants will leave their comfort zone of the Warhammer Universe as they explore the many other tabletop games our store and the greater tabletop community has to offer. Students will be expected to learn new games and their rules to develop the important abilities to store, recall, and apply brand new information, valuable skills in math and sciences.Game systems include: Warmachine, Warmahordes, Infinity, Malifaux and others. Prerequisite: Warhammer I 

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Warhammer: 40K

3rd Grade and Up: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 3PM - 5:30PM

Students will receive a ‘Start Collecting’ box of their choice to help begin their Warhammer 40k Army. They will spend the early weeks of the class learning to build and paint their new force learning more advanced game play. We will delve deeper into the lore and rich narrative about the Sci-fi Gothic world of 40k. Once models are built and painted, students will learn how to play  with their armies and be able to craft the schemes and strategies needed to best their opponents using the resources they have available. This game play will be of a higher level, and they will pick up on their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses to quickly alter strategies to compensate for new information. Prerequisite: Warhammer I

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Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

3rd Grade and Up: Tuesdays 3PM - 5:30PM

Students will receive a ‘Start Collecting’ box of their choice to help begin their Age of Sigmar Army. They will spend the early weeks of the class learning to build and paint their new force and learning more advanced game play. We will delve deeper into the lore and rich narrative about their armies and the world of Sigmar. Once models are built and painted, students will learn how to play  with their armies and be able to craft the schemes and strategies needed to best their opponents using the resources they have available. This game play will be of a higher level, and they will pick up on their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses to quickly be able to alter strategies to compensate for new information. Prerequisite: Warhammer I

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Warhammer: Intro

3rd Grade and Up: Mondays & Thursdays 3PM - 5:30PM

Students will be exposed to the two worlds of the Warhammer Universe: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40k. After the first few classes ,they will be able to make their choice of which world and faction they want to play. They will receive a set of models for the faction they chose and will spend the rest of the semester learning to build, paint and play with them. The class provides a fitting introduction to the hobby and will focus heavily on the thematic nature of wargaming. They will learn the tips and tricks of beginner painting while starting to scratch the surface of tactical miniatures game play. One set of models included.

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