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About The Art Farm NYC

Our Story, Mission, and Vision

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Our Mission

To give each child the experience to engage in the natural world in connection with happiness and excellence.

The Art Farm NYC is proud to be a nature-focused children’s learning center that provides children and their families with a fun and educational break from city life. We’re New York’s one and only indoor petting zoo and proudly provide children with the opportunity to engage with bunnies, birds, bearded dragons, tortoises, chinchillas, chickens, and more! Our classes for kids promote a well-rounded education and offer children the opportunity to engage in arts, crafts, music, cooking, physical activity, and more! Read more about who we are and what other families have had to say about us and please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about our classes!

The Art Farm NYC Offers

  • Classes for children ages 14 months to 8 years old
  • Fun birthday parties that cater to every interest
  • Convenient class times
  • Fun and engaging summer camps
  • And more!
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The Art Farm NYC's Story

The Art Farm NYC was founded in 2002 on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Valentina Hantke is our founder and has served as our executive director since the beginning. She continuously creates and innovates new programs and classes for kids throughout the year. Valentina has a degree in music education and has either created or had a strong hand in all of The Art Farm NYC's original curriculum. Our staff also includes talented individuals who hold degrees in early childhood, animal sciences, and have experience that ranges from working at The Bronx Zoo to serving on the NYC Board of Education. Valentina resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
"It has been such a joy to create The Art Farm NYC and to grow along with the families that have participated in our programs over the years. I look forward to meeting you and your children and making wonderful memories."
- Valentina Hantke

Our Vision

Our vision is that every child will have a connection with the natural world and experience happiness.

Fun and Friendly Instructors

Convenient Class Times

Classes for Every Interest

Free Trial Classes Available

Our Strategy

To provide a program built on the values of excellence, strength, teamwork, nature and passion.

At The Art Farm NYC, we believe that children should have access to fun, engaging, and age-appropriate classes that provide them with a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. We believe that a well-rounded education includes hands-on experiences, lessons about environmental stewardship, and caring for animals. We’ve tailored each of our classes to provide your child with a truly unique experience they won’t find anywhere else. We would love to show you around — take a virtual tour or give us a call to learn more!

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Our Values

Excellence, Natural, Teamwork, Strength, Happiness


Amazing experience! The animals were very tame and friendly. All the kids loved it so much. Great staff as well. Thank you for your services!

-Krystallyn M

“We took our two children, ages 2 and 5, to Art Farm’s Mornings on the Farm recently and we had a wonderful time! In particular, the staff person — Mark– was incredible and really engaged our children in learning about the animals and getting to see them in action as well as pet them. We will definitely be back!

-Allison A

 “Our birthday party was a flawless experience! Professionally run with kind and helpful staff. The kids had a fabulous time. Highly recommend!

-Erica D

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Thank you for taking the time to learn more about The Art Farm NYC! We would love the opportunity to provide you with more information about our programs and classes. Contact our office or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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