Our comprehensive guide to 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 Art 
4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans
504.390.7482
cityparkmovementandart.com
Offering ballet, tap, jazz, yoga, acrobatics, art classes, musical theater, pilates, summer camp, homeschool classes, toddler enrichment, and more.

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St., New Orleans
504.528.3805
cacno.org
Offering 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 Art 
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, New Orleans City Park
504.658.4100
noma.org
The 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 Art
925 Camp St., New Orleans
504.539.9650
ogdenmuseum.org
The 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 Society
2619 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans
[email protected]
facebook.com/southernartsociety
Fine art instruction studio for ages 9 and older.

Young Aspirations | Young Artists (YAYA)
3322 LaSalle St., New Orleans
504.529.3306
yayainc.org
Provides educational experiences in the arts and entrepreneurship to New Orleans-area youth.

Young Rembrandts of Southern Louisiana
504.533.8485
youngrembrandts.com/selouisiana
Drawing lessons for children ages 3 ½-12 as an afterschool program, visiting field trips, or weekly lessons at your local school, community center, summer camp or other kid-friendly business. Week-long workshops also available. Young Rembrandts instructors bring all supplies needed for each class. Contact us today to bring us to your school or other location.


BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

Carrollton Boosters 
Various locations throughout New Orleans
carrolltonboosters.org
A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational/intramural programs for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, softball and lacrosse.

Louisiana Baseball & Softball Academy
5620 Crawford St., Harahan
504.733.8660
louisianabsa.com
LBSA offers baseball and softball lessons taught by experienced instructors, baseball, softball and speed/agility camps, year-round participation, training home of top college and professional players/teams.  

 

DANCE

Articulate Motions Dance Academy
337 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans
504.410.6009 or 504.410.4999
articulatemotions.com
Offers a variety of dance classes and styles, including ballet, pointe, hip hop, acrobatics, jazz, modern, tap, adult classes, competition team, and more.
City Park Movement and Art 
4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans
504.390.7482
cityparkmovementandart.com
Offering ballet, tap, jazz, yoga, acrobatics, art classes, musical theater, pilates, summer camp, homeschool classes, toddler enrichment, and more.

Creative Dance & Music Studio
2645 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey
504.390.2552
creativedanceandmusic.com
Specialty classes for preschoolers, music lessons in piano, voice, and guitar, and dance classes for all ages and levels.  

Dancer’s Pointe 
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 12, Metairie
504.455.5975
6268 Vicksburg St., Suites C & D, New Orleans
504.265.8350
dancers-pointe.com
Spacious studios, marley dance floors and enrollment at an all-time high. Call to schedule a visit.

Dancing Grounds
3705 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans
504.535.5791
dancingrounds.org
Brings physically and artistically rigorous dance training at its studios and in schools with a focus on social-emotional development, physical health, leadership skills, and social justice.

Debby Dillehay Dance Studio
3745 Florida Ave., Kenner
504.468.3368
debbydillehaydance.com
Classes taught include tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, floor gymnastics/tumbling, voice/musical theater, and mom & tot.

Giacobbe Academy of Dance
6925 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA 70003
504.889.0940
giacobbeacademydance.com
Home to Delta Ballet Festival, the only resident professional ballet company in the state and the New Orleans Youth Ballet, a pre-professional junior company for dancers 10 years and older.

Lelia Haller Ballet Classique
4916 Canal St., New Orleans
504.482.0038
lhballet.com
A classical ballet school, specializing in classical ballet instruction for ages 3 to adult. Also offer classes in tap, jazz, and contemporary dance.

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts
River Ridge School of Music and Dance, 2020 Dickory Ave., #200, Harahan
504.738.3050
Mandeville School of Music, 105 Campbell Ave #3, Mandeville
985.674.2992
Covington School of Music, 1111 Village Walk, Covington
985.590.4545
laapa.com
Programs for kids, teens, and adults include music and dance lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, ballet, hip hop, tap, musical theater, tumbling, summer camps, and more.

Loyola Preparatory Arts Program
6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
504.865.3037
cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts
A comprehensive arts program offering a structured program of studies in piano, ballet, voice, guitar and string instruments.

Mari Milnar Dance Academy
900 Terry Parkway, Suites 310 & 320, Terrytown
504.362.3503; 504.251.0600
marimilnardanceacademy.com
Offers Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary classes ages 2 to adult.

New Orleans Ballet Association
935 Gravier St., Suite 800, New Orleans
504.522.0996
nobadance.com
Tuition-free, year-round, comprehensive dance programs in 11 locations throughout Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard Parishes for ages 3-18.

New Orleans Dance Academy
5956 Magazine St., New Orleans
504.899.3780
neworleansdancelessons.com
Dance training in ballet, flamenco, jazz, tap and hip hop from ages 1½ (Tiny Steps) to adult.

New Orleans JCC  
5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
504.897.0143
3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie
504.887.5158
nojcc.org
Young dancers learn the fundamentals of ballet while developing balance, flexibility and grace.

Off Broadway Dance Studio
8125 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
504.861.1749
offbroadwaydancestudio.com
Degreed 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. I-10 Service Road (Rhonda’s Dance Studio), Metairie
337.662.4060
irishdancelouisiana.com
Offers weekly classes for boys and girls in the traditional art of Irish step dance, from beginner to championship level.

Schramel Conservatory of Dance
920 Terpischore St., New Orleans
504.826.0646
neworleansballettheatre.com
The official dance school of the New Orleans Ballet Theatre, offering classes for children and adults in classical ballet, modern dance, yoga and Pilates with highly trained professional teachers.

The Studio School of Dance
3116 N. Arnoult Road, Suite N, Metairie
504.941.7345
thestudionola.com
Offering classes in ballet, contemporary, modern, mommy and me, and more!

Upturn Arts
1719 Toledano St., New Orleans
504.390.8399
upturnarts.org
A 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

City Park Movement and Art
4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans
504.390.7482
cityparkmovementandart.com
Offering ballet, tap, jazz, yoga, acrobatics, art classes, musical theater, pilates, summer camp, homeschool classes, toddler enrichment, and more.

Crescent City Lights Youth Theater

504.598.3800
crescentcitylights.org
Performing arts training in drama, voice and dance for youth.

Jefferson Performing Arts Society Theatre Kids!
1118 Clearview Parkway,Metairie
504.885.2000
jpas.org/theatre-kids/
Program gives children 7-17 years old a year-round opportunity to participate in theatre, experience the process of putting on a show, as well as learn basic acting techniques and skills. Enrollment is by audition.

Southern Rep Theatre
504.522.6545
southernrep.com
Kids ages 4-12 learn acting through performances. After-school workshops with a twice-a-week musical theatre program, in partnership with Loyola University’s Marquette Theatre.


EDUCATION: LANGUAGE CLASSES

Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans
1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans
504.568.0770
af-neworleans.org
Offers top quality French language classes for all levels and ages and events that immerse New Orleanians in francophone cultures.

¡Vamonos NOLA!
5818 Perrier St., New Orleans
504.495.2345
vamonosnola.com
Spanish immersion program including mommy & me, preschool classes, after-school classes, and home schooling groups.


EDUCATION: TUTORING & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Kumon Math & Reading Centers
kumon.com
The Kumon Math and Reading Programs are designed to advance your child’s comprehension and appreciation for learning - providing an edge throughout school. Locations in Gretna, Marrero, Metairie, Kenner and New Orleans.

SpiderSmart Learning Center of New Orleans
4437 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson
504.881.1788
spidersmart.com/new-orleans
An established tutoring service with nearly 30 years of experience helping kids in reading or writing, math, science, and various testings.


GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING

All Star Gymnastics
2073 Bonn St., Harvey
504.328.3838
allstargymnola.com
Junior Olympic training facility offering gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, taekwondo, free running, and breakdancing.Recreational to competitive teams (level 2-10) for boys and girls, ages 2 & up.

Elmwood Gymnastics Academy
700 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite C, Harahan
504.733.4496
elmwoodfitness.com
Comprehensive instructional and competitive programs for all ages and abilities with certified coaches and instructors.

Empire Gymnastics Academy
4925 G Jefferson Highway, Jefferson
504.734.0644
empiregymnastics.net
8,000-square-foot facility with gymnastics equipment for ages 18 months to 18+ years. Offering free trial classes for the first-timers.

Gym Rompers
4000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie
5212 S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans
504.481.0835
gymrompersfun.com
Weekly classes for children ages 3 months to 4 years and their caregivers. Classes challenge your child to engage all of these developing intelligences with songs, music, movement, play, and lots of interactive equipment to climb on and explore.Gym Rompers also specializes in birthday parties for 1 to 5 year olds.

Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy
800 Webb St., Jefferson
504.889.9800
ivanovsgymnastics.com
Comprehensive instructional and competitive programs: gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 18 months through high school, including classes, camps, and competitive gymnastics programs.

NOLA Gymnastics
1725 Dufossat St., New Orleans
504.782.6462
nolagym.com
Beginner and Team Gymnastics for girls ages 6 and older. After-school gymnastics offered at McGehee, Sacred Heart, and Newman.


HORSEBACK RIDING

Cascade Stables
700 East Drive, Audubon Park, New Orleans
504.891.2246
cascadestables.net
Lessons in a welcoming environment for horse enthusiasts of all ages.

Equest Farm
1001 Filmore ave., New Orleans City Park
504.483.9398
equestfarm.com
Provides a safe and wholesome environment for beginning through advanced riders. Regular lessons are offered for ages 6 and older.

Pony Tales
156 Bertucci Lane, St. Rose
504.469.0148
ponytalesbirthdays.com/lessons.htm
Specializes in beginners 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 Academy
4716 Paris Ave., New Orleans
504.309.6138
churchskarateacademy.com
Offers classes to help build confidence and self-esteem in children so that kids can reach their full potential.

Hayashi Sports Clinic
5435 Laurel St., New Orleans
760.532.8907
nolajudo.com
Whether you wish to be an elite competitor, learn self-defense, or improve your fitness level, Hayashi can help you achieve your goals.

Louisiana Karate Association
706 Phosphor Ave., Suite C, Metairie
504.835.6825
lkakarate.com
Youth classes for 4-13 year olds, offers free uniform for beginners.

New Orleans JCC  
5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
504.897.0143
3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie
504.887.5158
nojcc.org
Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Karate are offered Uptown. JCC Judo Club and Self Defense Open Palm System are offered in Metairie.

New Orleans Shotokan Academy
Various locations throughout New Orleans
504.432.8667
nosakarate.com
A Martial Arts school, where one can learn karate, aikido, judo, and yoga. The Broadmoor Dojo offers programs for kids and adults.

New Orleans Karate Club
8611 Highway 23, Suite 2C, Belle Chasse
504.391.7200
neworleanskarate.net
Offers age-appropriate programs for children starting at age three. Also offered are traditional martial arts program for adults and teens as well askickboxing and mixed martial arts programs for adults.

NOLA Aikido
3909 Bienville St., New Orleans
504.208.4861
nolaaikido.com
Offers training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and committed to helping every student, from beginner to advanced, grow at their own pace. Children 4 and older, and adults.

Tiger Rock Martial Arts International
3828 Veterans Blvd. Suite E, Metairie
504.455.9699
1813 A Veterans Blvd, Metairie
504.831.1110
113 Lapalco Blvd #207, Gretna
504.394.0008
tigerrockmartialarts.com
Offers youth and adult classes in Taekwondo, Xtreme Martial Arts, Grappling, Hanmudo, KisadoInterval Fitness and YogaFit.

 

MUSIC

Beckwith Guitar Systems
2515 Williams Blvd., Kenner
504.559.5229
beguitarsys.com
Providing private instruction at the studio, ages 8 and older.

Carla’s Musikgarten New Orleans
4600 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
938 Calhoun St., New Orleans
504.717.5044
carlasmusikgarten.com
Music and movement for babies and toddlers. Music education for the young child, and piano classes.

Creative Dance & Music Studio
2645 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey
504.390.2552
creativedanceandmusic.com
Specialty classes for preschoolers, music lessons in piano, voice, and guitar, and dance classes for all ages and levels.

Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra
7100 St. Charles Ave., Suite 207, New Orleans
504.861.1801
gnoyo.org
Provides every willing young person access to a quality and comprehensive orchestral program.

Kindermusik with Madeline
Play & Grow Studios
3900 General Taylor St., New Orleans
504.717.1076
kmwithmadeline.kindermusik.com
Kindermusik 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 Arts
River Ridge School of Music and Dance, 2020 Dickory Ave., #200, Harahan
504.738.3050
Mandeville School of Music, 105 Campbell Ave #3, Mandeville
985.674.2992
Covington School of Music, 1111 Village Walk, Covington
985.590.4545
laapa.com
Programs for kids, teens, and adults include music and dance lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, ballet, hip hop, tap, musical theater, tumbling, summer camps, and more.

Loyola Preparatory Arts Program
6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
504.865.3037
cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts
A comprehensive arts program offering a structured program of studies in piano, ballet, voice, guitar and string instruments.

New Orleans Children’s Chorus
5580 Canal Blvd., Suite A, New Orleans
504.482.2883
neworleanschildrenschorus.org
Through the singing of high quality music, young singers develop discipline and social skills, as well as musical knowledge. No child who truly wants to sing is ever turned away.

 

NATURE

Audubon Nature Institute
504.861.2537
audubonnatureinstitute.org/youth-volunteers
Offers 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 Orleans
5500 Prytania St., #528, New Orleans
504.272.7786
gotrnola.org
Trained volunteer coaches harness the power of running to help girls in grades 3-8 to develop the social and emotional tools to cope with the challenges of adolescence in a 10-week program.

Youth Run Nola 
1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., suite 202, New Orleans
504.256.5523
youthrunnola.org
Creating healthy, young leaders through running using an intensive eight-month guided training program of twice-weekly practices and monthly events overseen by teacher-coaches and volunteer running buddies.

 

SCIENCE/STEAM ENRICHMENT

Bricks 4 Kidz
Covington/Mandeville/New Orleans/Metairie
985.373.2114
985.705.0805
bricks4kidz.com/louisiana-covington-mandeville/
Learn, build and play with LEGO bricks. STEM lessons for ages 3-13. After-school classes, camps, field trips, parties, and more.

Electric Girls
643 Magazine St., Suite 206, New Orleans
505.850.7578
electricgirls.org
Offering 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.

Mad Science
Serving all of Southeast Louisiana
504.345.2602
madscience.org/sela
We make it our mission to spark imaginative learning! Mad Science is the leading science enrichment provider for children in Pre-K through 6th grade.

Thinkerella
260 Hickory Ave., Suite D, Harahan
504.232.1394
mythinkerella.com
A hands-on, educational program for elementary school girls and boys that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) experiments and activities.

 

SOCCER

Carrollton Boosters 
Various locations throughout New Orleans
carrolltonboosters.org
A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational/intramural programs for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, softball and lacrosse.

FC New Orleans
5107 Venus St., New Orleans
504.288.6672
fcnola.com
Offering soccer programs, teams and training for ages 4 and older.

Louisiana Fire Juniors 
1918 18th St., Kenner
504.465.8224
louisianafirejrs.com
A Youth Soccer Club dedicated to the evolution of Soccer in America where players (boys and girls) have access to unparalleled opportunities for soccer development.

 

SPORTS FACILITIES

Belle Chasse YMCA
8101 Highway 23, Belle Chasse
504.392.9622
ymcaneworleans.org/locations/belle-chasse-ymca/belle-chasse-ymca
Classes include preschool sports, martial arts, cooking, kids exercise, and art club.

East Jefferson YMCA
6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie
504.888.9622
ymcaneworleans.org
Offers soccer, football, martial arts, dance, cheerleading and a youth fitness challenge.

New Orleans JCC  
5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
504.897.0143
3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie
504.887.5158
nojcc.org
Both locations offer a wide variety of children’s activities including sports (soccer, basketball, t-ball and flag football leagues), ballet, gymnastics, martial arts, theater workshops and more.

Ochsner Fitness Center KIDSPORTS
1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan
504.733.1200
ochsnerfitness.com
Offers a variety of exciting programs that combine fun and fitness in a safe and friendly atmosphere for ages 6 weeks-13 years.

Reily Center at Tulane University
31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans
504.865.5242
reilycenter.com
Swim lessons, martial arts, and tennis lessons for members and non-members.


SWIMMING

Harry’s Dive Shop
4709 Airline Drive, Metairie
504.909.2220
swim-smart.net
Offering Swim-Smart, Baby & Me, and Aquababy classes. Ages 6 months and older.
New Orleans JCC  
5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
504.897.0143
3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie
504.887.5158
nojcc.org
Year-round swim lessons for all ages and abilities offered in the Uptown JCC’s heated indoor pool.  Both locations feature seasonal adult lap swimming, open swim in the outdoor family pools and private or semi-private swim lessons.

Little Fins Swim Academy
325 Colonial Club Dr., Harahan
504.416.0431
littlefins.net
Students range from 8 months old to adults and varying levels.

Love Swimming
5221 S. Front St., New Orleans
504.891.4662
loveswimming.com
Year-round, Uptown swim school offering lessons from 6 months to adult. They specialize in teaching the fearful to expert, as well as those with special needs.

Mr. Fish Swimming School
2215 Cleary Ave., Metairie
504.430.4201
mrfish.biz
Swimming lessons for ages 10 months to adult at the Elks Lodge Pool.

NU WAVE Swim Club
teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=lawave
Year-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 toddler to adults.

Ochsner Fitness Center Aquatics
1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200, Harahan
504-842-9544
ochsnerfitness.com
First-class aquatics facilities allow a wide range of aquatics programs for all ages and abilities.

Reily Center at Tulane University
31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans
504.865.5242
reilycenter.com
Swim lessons for members and non-members.

South Louisiana Swim Team
Locations in Hammond, Laplace, Metairie, and New Orleans
504.256.6554
slst-seahorses.com
Year-round swim lessons, competitive swimming and technique classes.


TENNIS

Audubon Tennis
6320 Tchoupitoulas St., Audubon Park, New Orleans
504.895.1042
audubonnatureinstitute.org/tennis-courts
Offering group, semi-private and private lessons for players ages 6 and older.

New Orleans City Park Tennis Center
5900 Marconi Drive, New Orleans
504.483.9383
neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/pepsi-tennis-center
Private and group lessons for ages 5 and older.

Reily Center at Tulane University
31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans
504.865.5242
reilycenter.com
Tennis lessons for members and non-members.


YOGA

City Park Movement and Art 
4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans           
504.390.7482
cityparkmovementandart.com
Focusing on the whole child. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, yoga, pilates, theater, art and more!

Kidding Around Yoga with Bella
504.909.8881
kiddingaroundyoga.com/bella
Classes 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.

Lolo’s Youth Studio 
6107 Magazine St, New Orleans
415.786.3317
lolosstudio.com
A youth-centered yoga studio. Through yoga, fitness and art, Lolo’s helps youth (preschoolers to teenagers)  tap into their internal power fostering strength, flexibility, mindfulness, and focus.

Wild Lotus Yoga 
4842 Perrier St., New Orleans
504.899.0047
wildlotusyoga.com
Classes include Mommy & Baby through age 16, plus periodic family yoga workshops.

 

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