Announcing the WSA Kids in Culture Program

Kids in the Washington Square Park Fountain

The Washington Square Association, The Parks Department, the Salmagundi Club and the Marshall Chess Club have partnered to provide free, fun kids activities in Washington Square Park the last week of May and the first week of June.

All the programs are open to beginner through intermediate levels and are  on a first come, first served basis. The art class will accommodate 12 students per class. The chess lessons will have 8 participants daily. We suggest one take advantage of the full series of 4 classes but,  only if available, drop in kids may take part. Registration Information may be found shortly at the Washington Square Association web site.

The Salmagundi " Plein Air" Classes (the art of painting in the open air)

The painting class will be taught by some of the Club's eminent artists who have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to reach budding artists. This series will begin on Tuesday May 26. It. will take place twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 to 5:30, through June 4. We will meet in the north west corner plaza of the park.


Chess Class for Beginners

Kids Playing Chess in Washington Square Park

The Marshall Chess Club instructors are very experienced, including  tournament level players, all anxious to introduce our WSA Kids to "The Royal Game." These free classes will take place Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30 to 5:30 beginning Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, June 5. We will meet in the north west corner plaza. (Rain dates tbd).

Celebrate Our Kids and Register Now

All classes are filled on first-come, first serve basis.  Drop ins will be accomodated if there is room or a dropout.   For questions, email 

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