After school hours can be a great time for kids to participate in enrichment activities. Ballet, sports, exploring the outdoors, scouting, gymnastics and more are among the many cool activities available in the Washtenaw County area. This guide shares some great activities to make the most of after school time.
Wild Swan Theater
6175b Jackson Rd.
734-995-0530 | wildswantheater.org
Calling all actors! Join Wild Swan Theater for a fun, fast-paced class of theater games, skits, and improvisations. For 40 years, Wild Swan Theater has been providing our community with artistic and affordable theater and they want to share their craft with you. Stories will come to life. Characters from aliens to who knows what will be portrayed before your child’s very eyes. Students ages 7-11 can be part of this class that will be as wild and creative as their imaginations.
Vineyard Children’s Center
2275 Platt Rd
734-929-0300 | vineyardchildren.org
Vineyard Children’s Center provides both before and after school programming for ages 5-12 years old, as well as drop-in care on days that school is closed. Their programs encompass a broad range of focus areas, including academic support, arts and crafts and recreation. They are committed to providing children with a safe, nurturing and interesting environment that promotes development in all areas of their life, including social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Vineyard Children’s Center offers the most affordable and flexible enrollment options in Ann Arbor and accepts DHS.
Ann Arbor YMCA
400 W Washington St.
734-996-9622 | annarborymca.org
The Ann Arbor YMCA provides after school care for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Daily transportation by the Y is available from neighborhood Ann Arbor Public Schools (specific routes to be determined this fall). The program includes healthy snacks and help with homework, plus physical and outdoor activities, all with a caring staff. For an additional fee, participants may register for one of the many after school activities such as swimming, dance, gymnastics and martial arts classes.
For more information about the school age child care program (kindergarten through 4th grade), please contact Lee Anna Massey, Regional Child Care Director, at 734-661-8058.
For more information about the teen after school program (5th through 8th grade) please contact Abbey Davis, Teen and Volunteer Director, at 734-661-8012. Financial assistance is available.
7240 Jackson Rd.
734-222-1810 | champgymaa.com
For owner Launie Aben, gymnastics has always been about inspiring children. Aben first got involved with the sport when her oldest daughter was 4 years old. Over twenty years of coaching experience later, she uses her love for gymnastics to inspire and educate young athletes. Her gym offers a variety of programs for girls and boys, ages 18 months to 18 years, such as Ninja Zone, beginner, intermediate and advanced gymnastics classes, tumbling classes, and a competitive team for girls and boys. Plus, Champion Gymnastics has expanded, adding a climbing net, 10 ft & 8 ft warped walls, monkey bars and more! Voted the #1 Gymnastics Program and place for a Birthday Bash in Ann Arbor Family Magazine, it’s a “flipping” fun place to take your kiddos!
4569 Washtenaw Ave.
734-477-9350 | randazzodance.com
Established in 1940, Randazzo Dance Studio is a center for dance students with professional aspirations, as well as those seeking an educational and joyful experience in dance. Their mission has always been to provide students with a positive dance experience. Randazzo offers classes for children and adults in Creative Movement, Pre Ballet, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern and Pilates as well as a Boys Program. Many of their former students continue to join the ranks of professional artists, both within the United States and abroad. Their affiliated performance companies include Randazzo Dance Company which produces an annual Holiday Ballet as well as the Sole Full of Rhythm Tap Ensemble. These companies provide students with a pre-professional dance experience beyond the classroom.
Academy of Russian Classical Ballet
Michigan Theater Building, 527 E. Liberty, Ste 208
248-826-8181 | russianclassicalballet.com
Now open in Ann Arbor, The Academy of Russian Classical Ballet offers professional world-class training in the Vaganova (Russian) ballet method for children of all ages and levels in a supportive and encouraging environment. Senior instructors have received their Vaganova ballet training from the finest professional institutions in the world, and have all danced in professional ballet companies. The Academy’s program includes children and adult classes (ballet, pointe, variations, character, contemporary), a Professional Trainee Program, as well as multiple performance opportunities including the Nutcracker at the Michigan Theater. Through the Academy, students of all ages and levels develop skills including artistry, discipline and confidence to help them reach their fullest potential. Alumni can be seen dancing professionally throughout the world. After sixteen years in Metro Detroit, they are excited to bring their high quality training and performances to the Ann Arbor area.
Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed)
1515 S. 7th St.
734-994-2300 | aareced.com
Rec & Ed after school classes are fun, educational and interactive! Their classes are for children in grades Young 5’s–5th and are held in each Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) elementary building. There’s a wide variety of convenient and affordable classes that provide opportunities for students to pursue their interests, expand their abilities and talents, and improve their social skills in an informal and safe environment. With classes like art, dance, chess, robotics, sports and much more, there’s something for everyone!