- Veterans & Rookies
Chelsea Piers Field House, Pier 62; 212-336-6500
Kids love this multi-piered sports and rec center. Duh. But Veterans & Rookies at Chelsea Piers is a new class that gets parents on the playing field as well. In 90-minute, noncompetitive sessions, parents can join kids ages 5 to 10 in learning—or brushing up on—a variety of basic sports skills. Instructors are on hand not only to teach the kids but also to help mom and dad become better coaches themselves. “A lot of parents want to teach,” says co-instructor Joe Wagner, “but they end up teaching using old techniques.” Depending on the week, there are dribbling drills, batting practice, floor-hockey skills, volleyball serves, and even turns at the boxing bag. The class is $450 for the semester; for the finale, everyone hits the rock-climbing wall.