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How do I get to your facility? Is it accessible via public transportation?
Our facility is centrally located right in downtown White Plains, a few blocks away from the White Plains Train Station and Bus Station.
From North of White Plains
Take the Taconic State Parkway South. Continue on the Sprain Brook Parkway South (signs for New York City/Sprain Parkway). Take the exit on the left onto Cross Westchester Expressway/I-287 E toward White Plains. Take exit 6 for NY-22 towards White Plains/N White Plains. Continue down North Broadway and turn right onto Hamilton Avenue. Follow Hamilton Avenue until you reach Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and turn right. Our facility will be on your left hand side of the street.
From South of White Plains
Take the Hutchinson River Parkway North to Exit 23N- Mamaroneck Avenue toward White Plains. Take Mamaroneck Avenue approximately 4 miles to Martine Avenue. Turn left on Martine Avenue and then turn right onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Our facility will be 2 blocks down on your left hand side. Entrance on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Take the Bronx River Parkway to Exit 21 – Main Street in White Plains. After the exit, turn right onto Main Street and continue until to hit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd where you will turn left. Our facility will be 1 block down on your left hand side. Entrance on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Follow Mamaroneck Avenue North all the way until you reach Martine Avenue in downtown White Plains. Turn left on Martine Avenue and then turn right onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Our facility will be 2 blocks down on your left hand side. Entrance on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Take I-95 S toward New York City; entering New York. Take exit 21 to merge onto Cross Westchester Expressway/I-287 W toward White Plains/Tappan Zee Bridge. Take exit 8 to merge onto Westchester Avenue toward White Plains/Westchester Mall Pl. Continue along Westchester Avenue which will turn into North Broadway. From North Broadway, turn left onto Hamilton Avenue. Follow Hamilton Avenue until you reach Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and turn right. Our facility will be on your left hand side of the street.
From Rockland County
Take the Palisade Interstate Parkway S. Take exit 9E for I-87 E/I-287 E toward White Plains. Merge onto I-287 E/I-87 S/New York State Thruway S. Continue to follow I-287 E over the Tappan Zee Bridge (toll). Take exit 6 for NY-22 towards White Plains/N White Plains. Continue down North Broadway and turn right onto Hamilton Avenue. Follow Hamilton Avenue until you reach Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and turn right. Our facility will be on your left hand side of the street.
White Plains Metro-North Railroad
Depart on the Harlem Line to exit White Plains. (We are NOT the North White Plains stop).
White Plains is accessible from the Bee-Line bus. Please view their schedule and routes here: http://transportation.westchestergov.com/timetables-and-maps.
What's the deal with parking?
We have a small lot right directly next to the entrance of our facility that looks like a driveway. It has limited, free guest parking. If you are quickly dropping off, it is okay to double park outside in our driveway for a few moments while your child enters our facility.
There is also metered street parking available all along our block, as well as lot parking across the street in the DMV lot, or down the block in the Galleria Parking Lot.
I want to register my child for class that is listed 13 - 18 but he/she is 12. Is that OK?
The age guidelines are our classes are flexible, so a 12 year old is more than welcome to join a class listed for 13 – 18 as long as we feel that it is a good fit. You can always call or visit us to discuss which of our classes is the best fit for your son or daughter, regardless of the age guidelines listed on our website.
I want to register my son or daughter for a session but he/she will miss a class. Can you prorate the class? Will my son or daughter miss out on a lot of content?
We will gladly prorate any of our sessions to a custom length. We pride ourselves on being super flexible so for whichever days you will make the class we are glad to accommodate!
When it comes to missing out on content, it really depends on the program in which you are thinking about registering your child. In nearly all of our programs, the first half is focused on most of the actual learning and second half is more focused on lab time to work on projects, so in most cases, missing the second week will not mean that your child will miss out on most of the class. He or she may not finish as many projects as the other students but will learn pretty much all of the same material. You can always give us a call or stop by for a visit if you have any questions or concerns about your son or daughter missing out on material.
Will there be any opportunity for a makeup class?
Because the dates for our classes are scheduled meticulously, we cannot add in any additional dates for make-up. As mentioned in the previous question, the 2nd half of the class will provide plenty of opportunity for the students to catch up on their projects and any missed material. With our small class setting, it is easier for our instructors to pay more personalized, individual attention to each student.
Am I able to drop off earlier or pick up later than the start of the class?
We understand that work and life in general make it challenging to organize pickup and drop off. You are welcome to drop students off up to a half hour before the start of the class. Because there may be other classes going on, you are welcome to have them wait in our main room until class begins.
For classrooms that are empty, students that arrive early or stay late have the freedom to use our computer labs to get ahead on their project or simply play Minecraft with their peers. We frequently have a handful of students arrive early and/or stay late, so we typically have them all sit together in one room.
As for pickup, we encourage all students to be picked up shortly after class finishes. If a student needs to stay late past our hours of operation, we may have to charge an additional late fee.
I am interested in a private lesson/ setting up a class at an external location. What are the rates?
We do offer private lessons either onsite in our facility or at your desired location. We typically charge an hourly rate of $75/hr in our facility, or $350 for (5) 1-hour sessions.
As for off site, depending on travel time, we can charge upwards to $125/hr or $550 for 5 hours.
Please note that we prioritize scheduling our onsite classes before securing any private lessons. Based on availability, we may have to schedule your private lesson in advance to ensure we can pair you up with the right instructor.
I want to see what my child has worked on. How can I view their work?
For students who take Scratch, we walk them through the process of creating a kid-friendly, safe Scratch account where all of their work will be stored and accessible from any computer via http://scratch.mit.edu.
For any 3D Printing class, similar to Scratch, we will have students create their own “TinkerCAD” accounts where all of their work will be saved and accessible from any computer. In addition to that, students will actually get to take home physical prints of what they’ve modeled to show you.
For any Digital Drawing or Graphic Design class, we will print out glossy 12×18 copies of student work for them to take home. Any additional work that they’d like to save will be stored on a DAE Google Drive account, accessible from home.
In some specific classes, we will provide each student with their own 2GB USB flash drive to store their work on and take home. Please note that there will be a $15 charge if a student loses their flash drive and needs a new one.
My child has allergies. Do you have anyone on staff trained in first aid?
All of our core staff and admin team are CPR and First Aid certified. Please feel free to leave any epi-pens or medicines at the front desk in the event it will be needed. Students may also carry it on them in class after informing our staff and instructor so that we are made aware.
What is your policy on cell phone use in the facility?
While classes are in session, students may not use their cell phones at all unless it is needed for student work or an emergency. Before class, during break, and after class students are free to use their cell phones.
You are free to use cell phones in a quiet, respectable manner while waiting in our main room.
We live close by. Can I let my child leave on their own?
Your child may walk home or leave the facility on their own, but we will require you to fill out a permission slip beforehand. Please contact our team at info@TheDAE.com or (914) 644-8100 so that we can email you the slip.
My child has special needs. Are your classes a good fit?
We welcome all kids to our facility so long as they are able to use a computer and follow instruction in a small class setting. In the past we’ve had many developmentally disabled students excel in our programs. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have further inquiries about how we can accommodate your child to ensure they have a great experience in our classes.
Trying to decide between Scratch or Python?
Students should enroll in Python if they’ve either already taken Scratch or have good enough typing skills to begin coding. Python code is easy to learn and type, but you still must pay attention to the detail of the lines of code to make sure they are typed in an exact way. Scratch requires no typing; just drag & drop in order to form lines of code. Those are the main differences in determining which class to enroll in.
- no typing
- drag & drop
- more visual
- best for beginners
- typing/hard coding
- less visual
- object-oriented programming language
The Digital Arts Experience
170 Hamilton Ave., Suite 100
White Plains, NY 10601
The Digital Arts Experience
Please note that although our address is 170 Hamilton Avenue, because our facility is located on a corner, the entrance is on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (its cross street). If driving down Hamilton, turn onto Dr. MLK Blvd.
Fall Office Hours:
MONDAY- 12:00PM – 6:00PM
TUESDAY- 12:00PM – 6:00PM
WEDNESDAY- 12:00PM – 6:00PM
THURSDAY- 12:00PM – 6:00PM
FRIDAY- 12:00PM – 6:00PM
SATURDAY- 9:30AM – 5:00PM