2017 Afterschool Activities GuideOur comprehensive guide to after-school activities in the arts, athletic and education fields, and more! Studies show that kids benefit academically, emotionally and socially from just five hours of extracurricular enrichment programs each week -- including weekends. So take a look at our list and sign up your artists, athletes and scholars for an activity or two. We’ve got lots here to choose from that will meet any and all interests! ARTS City Park Movement and Art4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans504.390.7482cityparkmovementandart.comOffers a variety of classes for kids and adults, including Saturday Night Fun. Contemporary Arts Center900 Camp St., New Orleans504.528.3805cacno.orgOffering opportunities to become involved with performing and visual arts. FREE to children and students through 12th grade at all times; FREE to all Louisiana Residents on Sundays. New Orleans Museum of ArtOne Collins C. Diboll Circle, New Orleans City Park504.658.4100noma.orgThe Education Division at NOMA is dedicated to awakening the imaginations of children and adults through the visual arts. Ogden After Hours, Ogden Museum of Southern Art925 Camp St., New Orleans504.539.9650ogdenmuseum.orgThe Ogden Museum is the place to go to hear great Southern music -- from blues and jazz to bluegrass and rockabilly Cajun, plus a kids’ art activity table. Thursday nights from 6-8 pm. Southern Arts Society2619 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans504.909.4278facebook.com/southernartsocietyFine art instruction studio for ages 9 and older. Young Aspirations Young Artists, Inc. (YAYA)3322 Lasalle St., New Orleans504.529.3306yayainc.comHosts free, weekly, after-school, art-making workshops for Central City youth between the ages of 5-12, plus glassblowing workshops for a fee. Young Rembrandts of Southeast Louisiana 855.968.3729youngrembrandts.com/selouisianaDrawing lessons for children ages 3 ½ -12 as an afterschool program, visiting field trips, or weekly lessons at your school, community center, summer camp or other kid-friendly business. Week-long workshops also available. A teacher comes to your location with all materials needed. BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Carrollton BoostersVarious locations throughout New Orleanscarrolltonboosters.orgA volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational, intramural programs for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and lacrosse. Louisiana Baseball & Softball Academy 5620 Crawford St., Harahan504.733.8660louisianabsa.comFeaturing an indoor, 23,000-square-foot baseball and softball training facility for players of all skill levels and abilities. DANCE Articulate Motions Dance Academy337 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans504.410.6009 or 504.410.4999articulatemotions.comOffers a variety of dance classes and styles, including ballet, acro, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, creative movement, cheer and choreography. Creative Dance & Music Studio2645 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey504.390.2552creativedanceandmusic.comDance classes and music lessons for all ages. Tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, voice, piano and guitar. Dancer’s Pointe5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie504.455.59756268 Vicksburg St., New Orleans504.265.8350dancers-pointe.comSpacious studios, marley dance floors and enrollment at an all-time high. Call to schedule a visit. Dancing Grounds3705 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans504.535.5791dancingrounds.orgBrings high-quality, inclusive and accessible dance education programs to New Orleans residents of all ages and backgrounds. Debby Dillehay Dance Studio3745 Florida Ave., Kenner504.468.3368debbydillehaydance.comClasses taught include tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, floor gymnastics/tumbling, and mom & tot. Helena Hosch School of Dance4631 West Napoleon Ave., Suite 1A, Metairie504.455.3544helenahoschdance.comOffers classes in ballet, gymnastics, hip-hop, style and more for ages 2 to adult. Jefferson Performing Arts Society1118 Clearview Parkway., Metairie504.885.2000jpas.orgFeaturing a Children’s Chorus & Youth Chorale, a Youth Summer Musical Theater, Theatre for Young Audiences, Theater Kids, and more. Louisiana Academy of Performing ArtsRiver Ridge School of Music and Dance, 2020 Dickory Ave., Suite 200, Harahan504.738.3050Mandeville School of Music, 316 Girod St., Mandeville985.674.2992Covington School of Music, 1111 Village Walk, Covington985.590.4545laapa.comMiniMozart, Preschool Music and Dance, Creative Movement, piano, voice, tumbling, violin, guitar, drum. Ages 6 months to adult. Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans504.865.3627cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts/balletOffering classical ballet training for ages 5 and older. Vaganova-style featuring live piano accompaniment. Mari Milnar Dance Academy900 Terry Parkway, Suite 320, Gretna504.362.3503marimilnardanceacademy.comOffers Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary classes ages 2 to adult. New Orleans Ballet Association935 Gravier St., Suite 800, New Orleans504.522.0996nobadance.comTuition-free, year-round, comprehensive dance programs in 10 locations throughout Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes for ages 6-18. New Orleans Dance Academy 5956 Magazine St., New Orleans504.899.3780neworleansdancelessons.comDance training in ballet, flamenco, jazz, tap and hip hop from ages 1 ½ (Tiny Steps) to adult. Off-Broadway Dance Studio8125 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans504-861-1749offbroadwaydancestudio.comDegreed and professionally trained instructors offer classes to children ages 2 to adult in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop and more. The Ryan School of Irish Dance 4413 N. Interstate 10 Service Road (Rhonda's Dance Studio), Metairieirishdancelouisiana.comOffers weekly classes for boys and girls in the traditional art of Irish step dance, from beginner to championship level. Schramel Conservatory of Dance920 Terpsichore St., New Orleans504.210.0222neworleansballettheatre.comBallet classes for children ages 3-18. Upturn Arts1719 Toledano St., New Orleans504.390.8399upturnarts.orgA fun and creative program that teaches children in the community to explore and build confidence in themselves as artists through visual arts, dance and theatre. DRAMA & THEATER Crescent City Lights Youth Theater504.598.3800crescentcitylights.org [email protected]Performing arts training in drama, voice and dance for youth. Southern Rep Theatre504.522.6545southernrep.comKids ages 4-12 learn acting through performances. After-school workshops with a twice a week musical theatre program, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center. EDUCATION: LANGUAGE CLASSES Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orleans1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans504.568.0770af-neworleans.orgLittle ones enter a world of speaking French. Before you know it, you’ll be hearing, “Bonjour, Maman et Papa!” Classes offered for ages 18 months and older. ¡Vamonos NOLA!5818 Perrier St., New Orleans504.495.2345vamonosnola.comSpanish immersion program including mommy & me, preschool classes, after-school classes, and home schooling groups. EDUCATION: TUTORING & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kumon Math & Reading Centers3440 Division St., Metairie504.780.00101800 Carol Sue Ave., Gretna504.368.0102;2324 Barataria Blvd., Marrero504.252.91304041 Williams Blvd., Space B6, Kenner504.465.9952kumon.comThe Kumon Math and Reading Programs are designed to advance your child’s comprehension and appreciation for learning – providing an edge throughout school. SpiderSmart Learning Center of New Orleans4437 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson504.881.1788spidersmart.com/new-orleansAn established tutoring service with nearly 30 years of experience helping kids in reading, writing, math, science and various testings. GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING All Star Gymnastics2073 Bonn St., Harvey504.328.3838facebook.com/AllStarGymnastics1Classes for ages 2 and older, with a no-obligation first class. Tiny tots, beginner gymnastics for boys and girls, and tumbling classes are offered. Elmwood Gymnastics Academy700 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite C, Harahan504.733.4496elmwoodfitness.comComprehensive instructional and competitive programs for all ages and abilities with certified coaches and instructors. Empire Gymnastics Academy4925 G Jefferson Highway, Jefferson504.734.0644empiregymnastics.net8,000-square-foot facility with gymnastics equipment for ages 18 months to 18+ years. Offering free trial classes for the first timers. Gym Rompers New Orleans and Metairie 4000 W. Esplanade Ave., New Orleans5212 S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans504.481.0835gymrompersfun.comWeekly classes for children ages 6 months to 4 years and their caregivers. Classes use music and play to develop motor, verbal and social skills. Gym Rompers also specializes in birthdays for 1 to 5 year olds. Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy -- new home at Big Easy Sportsplex800 Webb St., Jefferson 504.889.9800ivanovsgymnastics.comComprehensive instructional and competitive programs: gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 18 months to 15 years. Best birthday parties and holiday camps, too! NOLA Gymnastics1725 Dufossat St., New Orleans504.782.6462nolagymnastics.comBeginner and Team Gymnastics for girls ages 6 and older. After-school gymnastics offered at McGehee, Sacred Heart, Ursuline and Newman. HORSEBACK RIDING Cascade Stables700 East Drive, Audubon Park, New Orleans504.891.2246cascadestables.netLessons in a welcoming environment for horse enthusiasts of all ages. Equest Farm1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans City Park504.483.9398equestfarm.comProvides a safe and wholesome environment for beginning through advanced riders. Regular lessons are offered for ages 6 and older. Good Horse LLC10639 Willow Dr., New Orleans504.931.3166goodhorse-llc.comProvider of private, beginner riding lessons at their farm in lower coast Algiers. For ages 6 and older. Pony Tales156 Bertucci Lane, St. Rose504.469.0148ponytalesbirthdays.com/lessons.htmSpecializes in beginners and as well as those looking to move past a fear of horses. Ages 3 and older, and by appointment only. MARTIAL ARTS Church’s Karate Academy4716 Paris Ave., New Orleans504.309.6138churchskarateacademy.comOffers classes to help build confidence and self-esteem in children, so that kids can reach their full potential. Hayashi Sports Clinic5435 Laurel St., New Orleans504.450.2353nolajudo.comWhether you wish to be an elite competitor, learn self-defense, or improve your fitness level, Hayashi can help you achieve your goals. Louisiana Karate Association706 Phosphor Ave., Suite C, Metairie504.835.6825lkakarate.comYouth classes for 4-13 year olds, offers free uniform for beginners. New Orleans Shotokan AcademyVarious locations throughout New Orleans504.432.8667nosakarate.comTraditional Shotokan karate for both children and adults. New Orleans Karate Club8611 Highway 23, Suite 2C, Belle Chasse504.391.7200neworleanskarate.netPrograms for children, teens and adults. NOLA Aikido3909 Bienville St., Suite 103, New Orleans504.208.4861nolaaikido.comOffers training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and committed to helping every student, from beginner to advanced, learn and grow at their own pace. Children 4 and older, and adults. Tiger Rock Martial Arts International605 Metairie Road, Suite D, Metairie504.831.1110trma340.tigerrockmartialarts.comOffers youth and adult classes in Taekwondo, Xtreme Martial Arts, Traditional Weapons Training, Grappling, Hanmudo, Kisado Interval Fitness and YogaFit. MUSIC Beckwith Guitar Systems2515 Williams Blvd., Kenner504.559.5229beguitarsys.comProviding private instruction at the studio; ages 8 and older. Carla’s Musikgarten New Orleans 4600 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans938 Calhoun St., New Orleans504.717.5044carlasmusikgarten.comMusic and movement for babies and toddlers, music education for the young child, and piano classes. Creative Dance & Music Studio2645 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey504.390.2552creativedanceandmusic.comDance classes and music lessons for all ages. Tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, voice, piano and guitar. The French Library3811 Magazine St., New Orleans504.267.3707thefrenchlibrary.comOffers weekly ukulele lessons for children ages 6-10. Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra7100 St. Charles Ave., Suite 207, New Orleans504.861.1801gnoyo.orgProvides young musicians the opportunity to participate in a high-quality, full orchestra program. Kindermusik with MadelinePlay & Grow Studios, 3900 General Taylor St., New Orleans504.717.1076playandgrowstudios.comKindermusik is a music and movement program for ages 0-6. Musical games and activities facilitate whole-child development in a fun, engaging parent-attended class. Louisiana Academy of Performing ArtsRiver Ridge School of Music and Dance, 2020 Dickory Ave., Suite 200, Harahan504.738.3050Mandeville School of Music, 316 Girod St., Mandeville985.674.2992Covington School of Music, 1111 Village Walk, Covington985.590.4545laapa.comMiniMozart, Preschool Music and Dance, Creative Movement, piano, voice, tumbling, violin, guitar, and drum. Ages 6 months to adult. Loyola Preparatory Arts Program 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans504.865.3627cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-artsOffering professional instruction in piano, violin, voice, guitar, ballet and Musikgarten. New Orleans Children’s Chorus504.482.2883neworleanschildrenschorus.orgThrough the singing of high quality music, young singers develop self-confidence, discipline and social skills, as well as musical knowledge. No child who truly wants to sing is ever turned away. NATURE Audubon Nature Institute6500 Magazine St., New Orleans504.861.2537audubonnatureinstitute.org/youth-volunteersOffers a variety of youth programs at the Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for junior high and high school students. RUNNING Girls on the Run New Orleans7100 St. Charles Ave., 2nd floor, New Orleans504.272.7786gotrnola.orgTrained coaches lead small teams in dynamic discussions, activities and running games in this 10-week program for girls in grades 3-8. The program is held at schools throughout the metro area, as well as at community sites, for those children whose schools do not participate in the program. SCIENCE/STEAM ENRICHMENT Bricks 4 KidzCovington/Mandeville/New Orleans/Metairie985.373.2114985.705.0805bricks4kidz.com/neworleansLearn, build and play with LEGO bricks. STEM lessons for ages 3-13. After-school classes, camps, field trips, parties and more. Electric Girls6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans505.850.7578electricgirls.orgOffering opportunities for girls to explore their curiosity in technology by learning skills and concepts in electronics and programming. Participants will learn from other women and Electric Girls mentors, making workshops leadership and learning experiences for all. Thinkerella260 Hickory Ave., Suite D, Harahan504.232.1394mythinkerella.comA hands-on, educational program for elementary and middle school girls and boys that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) experiments and activities. SOCCER Carrollton BoostersVarious locations throughout New Orleanscarrolltonboosters.org A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational, intramural programs for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and lacrosse. FC New Orleans5107 Venus St., New Orleans504.288.6672fcnola.comOffering soccer programs, teams and training for ages 4 and older. Louisiana Fire Juniors1918 18th St., Kenner504.465.8224louisianafirejrs.comA soccer program that provides players the opportunity to move from introductory play through professional development programs. SPORTS FACILITIES Ochsner Fitness Center KIDSPORTS1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200, Harahan504.733.1200ochsnerfitness.comOffers an array of exciting programs that combine fun and fitness in a safe and friendly atmosphere for ages 6 weeks-13 years. Jewish Community Center5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans504.897.01433747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie504.887.5158nojcc.orgOffers a wide variety of children’s activities, including sports leagues, ballet, martial arts, theater workshops and more. Reily Center at Tulane University31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans504.865.5242reilycenter.comSwim lessons, Taekwondo and tennis lessons for members and non-members. Belle Chasse YMCA8101 Highway 23, Belle Chasse504.392.9622ymcaneworleans.org/bellechasseClasses include preschool sports, martial arts, kids exercise classes and art club. East Jefferson YMCA6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie504.888.9622ymcaneworleans.org/eastjeffersonOffers soccer, football, martial arts, cheerleading and a youth fitness challenge. SWIMMING Harry’s Dive Shop4709 Airline Drive, Metairie504.909.2220swim-smart.netOffering Swim-Smart, Baby & Me, and Aquababy classes. Ages 6 months and older. Jewish Community Center5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans504.897.01433747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie504.887.5158nojcc.orgStay cool in the JCC pools this summer! Adult lap swimming and lessons for all ages and abilities are available at both JCC locations. Love Swimming5221 S. Front St., New Orleans504.891.4662loveswimming.comYear-round, Uptown swim school offering lessons from 6 months to adult in warm, saltwater pools. Mr. Fish Swimming School2215 Cleary Ave., Metairie504.430.4201mrfish.bizSwimming lessons for ages 10 months to adult at the Elks Lodge Pool. Educating the Greater New Orleans area for 53 years. NU WAVE Swim Clubteamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=lawaveYear-round, competitive swim club with locations Uptown at Newman School and the Tulane Reily Center. More advanced groups practice at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Caters to swimmers at every level, from toddlers to adults. Ochsner Fitness Center Aquatics1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200, Harahan504.733.1600ochsnerfitness.comFirst-class aquatics facilities allow a wide variety of aquatics programs for all ages and abilities. Reily Center at Tulane University31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans504.865.5242reilycenter.comSwim lessons, Taekwondo and tennis lessons for members and non-members. South Louisiana Swim Team Locations in Metairie, Hammond, Laplace and New Orleans504.256.6554slst-seahorses.comYear-round swim lessons, competitive swimming and technique classes. TENNIS Audubon Tennis6320 Tchoupitoulas St., Audubon Park, New Orleans504.895.1042auduboninstitute.org/visit/audubon-park/favorites/tennis-lessonsOffering group, semi-private and private lessons for players ages 5 and older. New Orleans City Park Tennis Center1 Palm Drive, New Orleans504.483.9383neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/pepsi-tennis-centerPrivate and group lessons for ages 5 and older. Reily Center at Tulane University31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans504.865.5242reilycenter.comTennis lessons for members and non-members. YOGA Kidding Around504.909.8881kiddingaroundyoga.com/bellaClasses are geared toward kids ages 4-12. But they’re flexible -- like yoga; if you want to bring a 2-year-old or your grandmother, just ask. Wild Lotus Yoga4842 Perrier St., New Orleans504.899.0047wildlotusyoga.comClasses include Mommy & Baby through age 16, plus periodic family yoga workshops. Yoga Power Play5811 Kensington Blvd., New Orleans504.982.4778yogapowerplay.comProviding yoga to youth ages 4-17, their mission is for children to feel less stress, increase confidence and have fun.