2016 After School Guide

The Neutral Zone 

310 E. Washington St.
734-214-9995 | neutral-zone.org

The Neutral Zone’s motto is “where teens lead, create, and innovate.” The space allows teens to be creative in the areas of education, music, literary arts, leadership, and visual arts with more than 20 different programs. Teens learn vitals skills that can be used in future careers such as making publications for the Red Beard Press, producing music, and being involved in video production. If students just want to hang out in a safe space after classes, they can do so by playing pool and surfing the web while munching on a snack. Tutoring is also free for extra after school help. 

Brain Monkeys LLC

3765 Plaza Dr.
734-355-6872 | brainmonkeys.com

For kids interested in building and Legos, Brain Monkeys is the perfect place! It provides kids with challenges to expand their minds by building with robots and Lego Mindstorms projects. The skills learned from the programs at Brain Monkeys can be used in robotics clubs and teams once the kids move on to middle school and high school. Future engineers and architects will love spending time here, enriching their math and science backgrounds, while also developing independence and critical thinking skills. 

Jewish Community Center

2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
734-971-0990 | jccannarbor.org

KidZone Afterschool is the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor’s professionally supervised and licensed after school care program for children in grades K-5. Students receive personal attention, academic support, and enrichment in a caring environment that encourages them to explore new challenges and create their own community service projects. By utilizing all of the J’s facilities, KidZone participants stay active through the use of both indoor and outdoor spaces, guided by the new Discover CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) wellness model. KidZone Afterschool offers flexible schedules and competitive rates. For more information, contact Peretz Hirshbein, Director of Early Childhood Education, at (734) 971-0990 or peretzhirshbein@jccannarbor.org, or check out our website.

GameStart School

Plymouth Road Plaza | 2765 Plymouth Rd.
734-926-9213 | gamestartschool.org

GameStart takes a child’s love of video games to a new and deeper level. Children who are in tune with technology learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) skills. The team has decades of experience to guide their students. Teachers guide lessons in design, programming and animation. But the program isn’t like going to school after the day is done, it’s a fun, collaborative expression of a video game passion. The program has even given a TEDx talk, inspiring the children that attend to follow their dreams and to choose their own path. 

Young Rembrandts

At various elementary schools
708-203-3468 | youngrembrandts.com

Young Rembrandts fully believes in the importance of the arts. Children are invited to after school programs that teach them how to draw while developing fundamental learning skills. More than just making art, children learn motor skills, patience, focus, and new ways to be creative. They’ll get their hands on all types of pains, colored pencils, and other utensils. This award winning program is sure to engage and encourage both young artists and kids just beginning their interest in drawing. With over 20 years of experience in afterschool settings, Young Rembrandts is a constant in the Ann Arbor area. Contact your school to see if they are offering this program at their building. 

Goldfish Swim School

2107 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-864-5555 | annarbor.goldfishswimschool.com

Goldfish Swim School has broken ground in Ann Arbor with more than just a place for swimming lessons. Founded by a husband and wife duo, the swim school includes games, a recreational swim team, and hosts birthday parties for kids that can’t wait to get into the pool. Events like Kids’ Night Out keep kids coming back for time to swim, making crafts and munching on a snack. Lessons are available for children four months to 12 years old, as well as memberships and classes for the whole family. Come hop in the brand new, sparkling pool and enjoy a fun and life-saving activity. 

St. Paul Lutheran School

495 Earhart Rd.
734-665-0604 | stpaulannarbor.org

St. Paul Lutheran is more than just a church and a school, the staff  also offers after school enrichment programs for kids to have fun while learning, including the this sampling of programs, among others: piano lessons, cooking club, book club, and Mandarin Chinese. Most of the programs come at an additional cost, but the investment is well worth it,  giving children more opportunities to learn and develop their minds. With a vast variety of activities and skill levels, there is something for every child to reap the benefits of an excellent class taught by experienced and patient staff. Programs are available for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.