The bell rings and the kids are out of school but the learning and fun for the day doesn’t have to end there. We’ve got a great list of after school activities and classes in our area that can enrich their afternoons and weekends.
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 Ann Arbor Open, Bach, Eberwhite, Haisley and Wines elementary schools as well as Slauson, Clague, Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside School and Forsythe middle schools. The program includes healthy snacks and help with homework, plus physical and outdoor activities with our 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 Sarah Kim, 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.
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.
St. Paul Lutheran School
495 Earhart Rd.,
734-665-0604 | stpaulannarbor.org
St. Paul Ann Arbor is educating for a lifetime and educating for eternity. St. Paul offers extensive after school enrichment programs for kids of all ages. Come explore enriched learning opportunities in a fun, engaging environment. Cooking, chess, tennis, art, golf, book club, piano, violin, guitar, writers’ workshop, and Zumba are just a few of the classes included in this year’s program. With a variety of activities and skill levels, there is something for every age from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students do not need to be St. Paul students to participate. Homeschoolers are welcome! Find a comprehensive course list at school.
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 he oldest daughter was four-years-old. Today, she boasts over 17 years of coaching experience and brings her love for gymnastics to her safe and educational facility to help inspire young athletes. Her gym offers a variety of programs for girls and boys, ages 18 months to 18 years, such as beginner, intermediate and advanced gymnastics classes, tumbling classes, and full-team programs. The 50-foot-long trampoline makes this a hopping spot for birthday parties and field trips.
Just Us Club Kids
1735 S. Wagner Rd. | justusclub.org
This program is open to any student with a disability who are able to function in a group setting. Students take part in fine-motor development and weekly theme-centered projects. Activities include games, baking, movies, art projects, outdoor fun, and music therapy. Accommodations are made for each student’s’ individual needs and conditions. Kids learn, participate, and have fun in a welcoming atmosphere while developing themselves emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
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 golden parties for kids that can’t wait to get into the pool. Events like Family 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 90 degree tropical themed pool and enjoy a fun and life-saving activity.
1050 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI.
734-475-3070 | balletchelsea.org
Southeast Michigan dance students leap to Ballet Chelsea since 1995 for professional-level training, performance opportunities, enrichment activities, master classes and pre-professional studies for dancers of all ages. Founded with a mission to provide additional opportunities to young dancers in Chelsea, the non-profit dance company has since expanding, bringing dance education to the larger community. In 2014, Ballet Chelsea opened their own state-of-the-art facility and dance school, Ballet Chelsea Studios, which added pilates, step, musical theatre, yoga, and other classes, to their already-established offerings, such as ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop dance,
2385 S. Huron Pkwy.
734-681-0477 | peachyfitness.com
The studio promotes fun and fitness that can be enjoyed with other kids, as well as the entire family. Programs for students include yoga, zumba, cardio, basketball, and reading and math club. After school the kids yoga and zumba club comes to various schools to provide non-competitive methods to build self esteem and reduce stress while exercising. Peachy Fitness also offers a space for birthday parties, family workout sessions, and camps.
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.
313-278-4601 | metroehs.com
Owned and operated by Dearborn Speech And Sensory Center, Inc., Metropolitan Speech offers therapies, life skills and other offerings for clients of all ages. From birth to adult, clients can find help through focused therapies, such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA), handwriting, occupational, physical, speech, voice, and social skills, among others. In addition, children and families will benefit from accent reduction, sensory integration, preschool speech and language screenings, yoga, and massage therapy.
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.
Ursa Academy Jiu Jitsu
3981 Varsity Dr.
734-369-8509 | bjjannarbor.com
Ursa Academy has many benefits to offer students. Unshakable self-confidence, weight loss, physical fitness, self defense, and focus are just a few of the things training in jujitsu can bring to your life. It is a place to boost self esteem and eliminate personal insecurities. These skills transfer to everyday life by exercising them at school and home. Workout as a family, or in classes with other children, whichever is the best fit for your needs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our website.