Kids Programs

Welcome!

Here you'll find a full listing of programs for kids (ages 3-12). 

Returning members can register for programs below. If you are new to Friendship Circle, we invite you to explore all we have on offer, but please note, before registering for a specific program you will first have to complete the general application process (there is no application fee). 

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Sunday Circle

Sunday Circle is a weekly program that enables parents to leave their children in the hands of loving volunteers and qualified professionals for 1.5 hours of fun, entertainment, creativity, and social interaction.

This year due to Covid-19 Sunday Circle will be exclusively outdoors, weather permitting. Please refer to the Friendship Circle Covid-19 guidelines. All precautions must be strictly adhered to throughout the Sunday Circle program. Open to kids of all abilities.

Kids Ages: 4-13  |  Volunteers: Grades 7-12  |  Time: 10:30am-12:00pm  (Volunteers begin at 10:10am)

2020 Dates: Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 8. When temperatures dip below 45 degrees we will move to virtual programming, details TBA.

Location: The DeKovats Playground at Asphalt Green - 1740 York Ave (York Ave Betw. 91st and 92nd)

Fee: $80/4 sessions

Friends at Home - Virtual or Outdoors

Ages 3-13

This weekly program facilitates quality time between teen volunteers and kids with special needs in the comfort of their own homes. Each week, two volunteers visit their special friend, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of friendship and experience firsthand the power of giving. Due to Covid 19, Friends @ Home will be taking place over Zoom or exclusively outdoors (with the agreement of both parties).

Friends at Home Connect on Zoom

Two times a year, all the pairs participating in the Friends @ Home program are invited to an evening of connection. This 45 minute virtual gathering is a special time for the kids and volunteers to socialize and meet so many other pairs sharing the Friends @ Home experience.

Dates: Dec 2, 2020 & March 2, 2021 | No Fee

Day Camps

At Friendship Circle Day Camp, kids of all abilities have their school breaks transformed into a fun-filled camp experience! Packed with daily field trips, art, music, sports, special performances and more, FC day camp is an experience like no other.

Due to Covid-19 camps will be taking place over Zoom for the foreseeable future. We will post updates if/when we are able to host in-person camp.

Ages: 5-12  |  Fee: $125/day*

Friendship Circle hosts 4 Day Camps throughout the year:

Thanksgiving Camp: November 26, 2020

Winter Camp: December 24-25, 2020

Presidents' Week Camp: February 15, 2021

Summer Camp: August 23-27, 2021

* Fee will be adjusted for zoom camp

Jewish Holidays

Throughout the year Friendship Circle provides family holiday inspiration and fun! Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and more. At FC holiday programs children, siblings, parents and volunteers come together to share memorable holiday experiences that will leave a lasting impression!

Birthday In A Box

Every child's big day is a big deal at the Friendship Circle! Each child receives a festive birthday package in the mail in honor of their special day!

Friendship Walk

The highlight of our year! Join thousands from across the NYC community in a tremendous display of pride and unity as we walk through the streets of the Upper East Side raising awareness and funds for Friendship Circle Upper East Side and our beloved kids, teens and young adults with special needs. A 1.5 mile walk followed by an all day street carnival replete with rides, carnival games, zoo animals, shows, kosher food and more. 

Date: May 2, 2021

Location: East 77th Street between 1st & York Aves

All Ages  |  Open to the Public

Miracle Sports League

A weekly after school club where participants can enjoy a range of athletic activities such as soccer, hockey, gaga & volleyball. Professional coaches and teen volunteers engender team spirit and encourage everyone to get moving! Open to kids of all abilities.

Ages: 7 - 12  |  Volunteers*: 11-17  |  Time: Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45pm

(*Volunteers for this program must be Ramaz students)

Location: Ramaz Middle School - 114 East 85th Street

Fee: $350/year