Here's a list of the best opportunities for your young daredevil to enjoy skateboarding or BMX riding around New York City! Strap on the helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads and bring your family to one of these kid-friendly NYC locations to hone their tricks - or learn some new ones.
Jennie Utsinger: The 8,000 square foot indoor skate park features custom-built slopes, ramps and other obstacles for your kids to practice on. Private lessons are offered in skateboarding, BMX, and scootering. Kids can also practice their skills at one of the weekday afternoon or weekend open sessions. Helmets and scooters are available for rental.
Cost: $12-20 per open session, $40 per lesson
Millenium Skate Park
Jennie Utsinger: If your kids are looking for a bowl, head over to Millennium Skate Park in Brooklyn. The park has a 6-foot deep combi-bowl, as well as a street course with ramps, banks, and rails. BMX bikes are also permitted.
Jennie Utsinger: Once you've honed your skills at the Chelsea Skatepark, kids can try out Tribeca's 8,840 square foot street-style skatepark. Only skateboards, in-line skates and roller skates are allowed.
Louie's Skateboarding School
Jennie Utsinger: "Louie Louie", a professional skateboarder with over 27 years of experience, holds skateboarding lessons for children in a variety of locations around NYC and Brooklyn, including Central Park, Chelsea Piers, Marine Park, and Williamsburg. Classes focus on teaching techniques to prepare students to be able to skate at the local public skate parks.
Cost: $40-100 per lesson; complete equipment rental $15.
Homage Skateboard Academy
Jennie Utsinger: Private lessons for all ages and group lessons for kids aged 6 and above are offered at this dedicated indoor training facility, which has a variety of stationary and movable ramps perfect for preparing students for outside obstacles. All levels are welcome. An afterschool program is available for kids aged 6-14.
Cost: rates start at $30 per lesson. Board and pad rentals available.
Velosolutions Pump Track New York City
11 am - sunset
Jennie Utsinger: The first asphalt pump track in North America, Williamsburg's massive park is open to bikers and skateboarders- and scooters for your littlest riders!
Cost: $10-15 for a day pass; monthly and annual passes available
LES Coleman Skatepark
Jennie Utsinger: Located under the Manhattan Bridge, parents can relax while their kids practice on the ledges, jumps, rails and pyramid. Head to the adjacent playground for a break from skating.
March - November
Jennie Utsinger: Sure's goal is to promote skateboarding as a means of local transportation, though they also provide classes focusing on "tricks". Group lessons, private lessons, and drop-in clinics are offered. All students are required to have their own skateboards and helmets for group lessons. Classes are outside, weather permitting,
Cost: from $20 per lesson
Pier 62 Skatepark
Jennie Utsinger: With a beautiful waterfront view, Pier 62 Skatepark at Chelsea Piers is an excellent location for beginner skaters. The 15,000 park includes a beginner Ollie Zone and an Intermediate Fun Box. Only skateboards, in-line skates and roller skates are allowed (no bikes or scooters).
Jennie Utsinger: Centrally located east of Central Park, Skateyogi holds classes for kids aged 4 and above on the weekends. Classes include exercises and games and are appropriate for beginners through expert skaters. Afterschool programs are also offered for kids in grades K-5. The afterschool program includes a mix of instruction, exercises, and free skate time.
Cost: $27.50 - 30 per lesson. View pricing for the afterschool program here.
Jennie Utsinger: This Greenpoint skatepark features a quarter pipe with a sloped curb wall and combination ledge obstacles, along with steps, ramps, wedges, and pyramids. All ages welcome.
Riverside Skate Park
Jennie Utsinger: Great for beginners and experienced skaters, Riverside Skatepark is a great place for kids to practice skate in the summer. The park features a 10-foot wooden half pipe with vert as well as a mini half pipe, and quarter pipe. Full pads are required.
Astral Fountain Skatepark
Jennie Utsinger: Designed by pro-skateboarders, this 16,000-square-foot course has stairs, rails, ledges, pyramids, and banks. The course recreates popular skate parks from throughout NYC, including Chrystie Park and Brooklyn Banks. Scooters and inline skates are also permitted, so the littlest riders can also enjoy.
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