Pro Line Archery Lanes
9511 101st Ave., near Woodhaven Blvd., Ozone Park
Built on the upper floor of a converted Catholic school, this
twenty-yard adjustable lane is open to kids of all ages, accompanied
by parents. Under-16s pay just $5 to shoot and $5 to rent equipment
($12 for anyone older). On Saturdays, they run a Junior Olympic
Archery Development program ($10) with instruction from two
U.S. archery-team members.
Queens Archery Supplies and Range
170-20 39th Ave., near 171st St., Flushing
Starting at the age of 4, kids accompanied by parents can
use the regulation lane ($16 per hour, per person; bow provided).
The two-hour Junior Olympic Archery Development program on
Fridays costs $10 and includes training and scored tournament
play (qualification required).
The Baseball Center NYC
202 W. 74th St.
The city’s only indoor baseball center has state-of-the-art
batting cages with machines that pitch anywhere from 20 to
100 miles per hour. The center offers private lessons (around
$55 per half-hour) and an after-school program (around $525
for a fifteen-week session); bats and helmets are included,
and they start teaching tots as young as 2. They also run
an in-house league for 8-to-12-year-olds (around $380 per
Call 800-869-7787 for store locations
Setting local booster sentiment aside, Toys ’R’
Us has the biggest, cheapest, and most colorful
selection of kids’ bikes in town, from the
all-terrain Kiddio Supertrike 3 with chopper handlebars
($65.99) to the Island Breeze Bicycle by Dynacraft
with purple frame, white wheels, and tassel ($54.99).
CYO Manhattan Youth Baseball
Fielding 72 teams at Ward’s Island and Central Park,
the CYO league stresses family participation: Every kid must
have at least one parent present at every game, and parents
must volunteer as coaches, division leaders, administrators,
or in some other capacity. Coed play begins at the age of
6; girls have the option of joining a softball team in the
sixth grade. Parents must attend the October registration
1948 First Ave., near 101st St.
This East Harlem nonprofit features a year-round after-school
program with practices, conflict-resolution workshops, and
peer mentoring for kids 7 to 18. The summer Real Kids program
combines literacy training with arts projects, coed baseball
practice, and field trips. Everything is free.
Little League Baseball
Call 570-326-1921 for league information
All Little Leagues for children 5 and up are volunteer-operated.
The season usually runs mid-April to July 1, though many leagues
have fall and winter programs, as well as tee ball and girls’
softball. Teams are organized by neighborhood; cost typically
runs from $35 to $100 per season.
Yorkville Youth Athletic Association
323 E. 91st St.
Some 1,200 kids, grades K–11, participate in YYAA’s
recreational baseball season (April to June); $130 per year.
Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis, and play is
fairly noncompetitive before fourth grade. Tryout-only traveling
seasons for kids 8 and up run September through November and
April through June; $300 per year.
Pier 63, 23rd St. at West Side Hwy.
Kids can come with a parent to the enormous Basketball City—six
air-conditioned courts—for open play. Six-week youth-development
leagues ($190) divide players by age and ability for instruction
and games. The leagues also include special guest lecturers
and a free jersey.
Central Park Conservancy
North Meadow Center, 97th St. at mid-park
Everything’s free at Central Park’s basketball
clinics, which emphasize building skills like dribbling, passing,
and blocking (Saturdays from April to November, for kids 3
and up). Teacher Lynda Bozier is especially adept at getting
blacktop players ready for regulation tournaments.
200 E. 87th St.
Dribbl founder Teddy Frischling is also athletic director
at the Dalton School, and this basketball camp takes place
in Dalton’s gym. Frischling keeps the instructor-student
ratios down around one to four; boys and girls learn the basics
of dribbling, passing, and ballhandling. The winter season
consists of thirteen Sunday sessions between November 14 and
March 13 ($585 if enrolled by October 1; $635 thereafter).