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Online Family Academic Programs

This summer, CTY is offering a selection of virtual Family Academic Programs that you can enjoy from home. Our online Family Academic Programs provide the same engaging learning opportunities and sense of community in an inventive new format.

two cty students looking at a display in the metropolitan museum of art

Here Be More Dragons!

A hunt for mythical creatures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

green arrow Grades 5–7

Meeting 1: Sunday, July 26, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Meeting 2: Sunday, August 2, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Brush up on your wizarding knowledge! Join CTY and our partners at Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures for a virtual hunt for mythical creatures inspired by the worlds of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.

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Heroes and heroines always have a quest—a magic object to find, a spell to break, a world to save. In this case, heroic families are called to round up mythical creatures that have escaped from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories. You will have one week to complete your hunt and restore the world’s magic. With a special login link for the Met’s website and a worksheet to help you get started, you can continue the quest at your own pace. We will begin and end the week with an online group meeting about what we found. Detailed information and technology requirements will be provided upon registration.

Cost: $100 per family

vegetables and a bag of beans

Home Cooking New York

Turn your kitchen into a 5-star restaurant

green arrow Grades 2–8

Session 1: Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Session 2: Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

A renowned New York City chef will join you for an interactive, 90-minute cooking class in your own kitchen. You will be sent an ingredients list once you register so that you and your family can prepare to cook along with the instructor, or you can opt to watch and take notes. The cuisine choice is yours, with two sessions offering delicacies from different parts of the world. Families are welcome to register for both sessions.

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Session 1 (Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET)
If you’ve never rolled pasta by hand, this is your big chance to produce a light and fluffy ricotta gnocchi from scratch. The dish is a snap to make and a great one to add to your dinner repertoire. Full menu: fresh ricotta gnocchi, classic marinara sauce, and tricolore salad.

Session 2 (Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET)
Try your hand at some complex but comforting treats. We’ll be making gyoza, Japanese potsticker dumplings with a meat or vegetable filling. Count these savory delights among your list of culinary skills. Full menu: Japanese potsticker dumplings with fresh dough and a sesame-scallion dipping sauce.

About the Instructor
Jennifer Clair is the founder of Home Cooking New York, a recreational cooking school for home cooks in New York City. Before launching the school in 2002, she was a Recipe Editor for The Wall Street Journal and a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), where she developed cookbooks and managed the Cooking & Entertaining section of Martha Stewart’s website.

Prior to MSLO, she worked in the cookbook division of William Morrow & Company and at Saveur magazine. Jennifer graduated from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School in 1998 after receiving a full James Beard Foundation scholarship. She began her culinary career as the assistant to renowned cookbook author and food historian Joan Nathan. She is also the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (2018) based on the school’s most popular cooking class, and is the host of the cooking podcast Kitchen Radio.

Cost: $65 per family