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.

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.

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 8-12

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!