UPDATED AUGUST 2014: NYMetroParents offers a comprehensive guide to after-school classes and programs geared towards kids in Fairfield County, CT. Wave goodbye to dull afternoons and fill your child’s after-school schedule with sports, dance classes, foreign language, academic enrichment programs, and art. After-school programs in Fairfield County, CT keep your kids active and entertained.
BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF NORWALK
15 Cross St., Norwalk
At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we don’t just work with a child’s strengths or provide strategies to compensate for a weakness, we tackle your child’s learning, behavioral, or developmental challenges head on by addressing the core issues at the most fundamental level. We integrate cognitive, sensorimotor, and nutritional training into a unique, drug-free, whole-child approach that goes beyond the symptoms to address root causes. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her fullest social and academic potential. Stop in or call to learn more about the Brain Balance Program® and how we can help your child succeed.
CHELSEA PIERS CONNECTICUT
Chelsea Piers Connecticut is a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor sports complex in Stamford providing world-class facilities, expert instruction, and an exciting sports curriculum—all under one roof! Facilities include ice rinks; Olympic-sized pool; Splash Zone water play park; 12-court Squash Club; seven-court Tennis Club; baseball, softball, and gymnastics training centers; Field House with a track and 100-yard turf field for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey; basketball and volleyball courts; preschool and child care center; pro shop; and food service. Fall programming, including classes and leagues, is available for children ages 6 months to 17 years.
1017 Post Road E., Westport
CompuChild inspires a love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to kids ages 4-14 by offering hands-on learning in a fun and challenging way. We offer different programs such as Lego® Robotics, Animation, Engineering, Scratch, Mindstorms NXT and EV3, with activities designed to help kids with school academics, and build self-confidence—and create future engineers. Have your Lego® fan’s awesome birthday party with us. We prepare teams for Robotics competition First Lego League and Jr. First Lego League. Our team was second in Robot Performance for First Lego League in 2013. Sign up now for fall classes!
CONNECTICUT DANCE SCHOOL
42 Halley Court, Fairfield
Connecticut Dance School, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to providing dance education of the highest standard to the Connecticut community. The CDS faculty includes specialists in the teaching of young children using the Royal Academy syllabus. This combines creative dance in a positive learning environment and a pre-ballet curriculum, with training in strength and flexibility.
Crystal Theatre Inc. is an independent, nonprofit, performing arts school entering our 28th year. We work with children from pre-K through college, offering a variety of after-school classes for Kindergarten through high school students, pre-K classes, plus our popular summer theater and multi-arts camps. Help your child develop music theater skills, stronger oral language and motor skills, self-expression, and greater self-confidence. Students learn through performing in full productions of our award-winning original musicals onstage in our very own theater!
CURTAIN CALL, INC.
1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford
Box office: 203-461-6358
Curtain Call is Stamford’s longest-running community theater, providing year-round performances and exciting creative opportunities. Educational workshops are available for ages 5 through adult, after school, evenings, and on weekends in acting, comedy, improvisation, musical theater, on-camera, Shakespeare, and more! Our faculty consists of area professionals dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the community in the performing arts. We can also create a special workshop for your before or after-school program. For more information, contact our education director.
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM
4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport
Scouts, school groups, and families can enjoy special programs, after-school fun, and school vacation and holiday events with more than 100 interactive exhibits at Discovery Museum and Planetarium throughout the year. Hands-on fun includes telescope nights and group activities including Scout badge requirement sessions, Overnights at The Museum, and numerous free events. Members enjoy free admission for a year, plus special discounts on programs, birthday parties, and museum rentals. Children younger than 3 are free, and can enjoy a special Preschool Power area. Children’s coloring and crafts are added on weekends.
FLASH POINTE DANCE
1657 Post Road, Fairfield
Ready to be inspired by the best? Join our remarkable faculty and explore jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, tap, modern, classical and contemporary ballet, break, hip-hop, Latin, story ballet, preschool combo classes, and more. Our programs are designed to motivate the novice and recreational dancer, and to inspire and push the intermediate or advanced dancer, with training appropriate for college or professional-bound dancers. Classes conducted in our environmentally friendly facility for preschool through adult students. New adult dancer? Try our three classes for $5 card.
GREENWICH RACQUET CLUB
1 River Road, Cos Cob
Greenwich Racquet Club’s Summer Tennis Sports Camp is primarily tennis, but also includes indoor basketball and soccer. The camp encourages development of tennis skills including ball control, movement, and positioning. Two-week sessions, Monday-Friday, June 23-Aug. 29 (one-week sessions are also available). Our program follows USTA QuickStart Tennis guidelines using slower, lighter balls, smaller racquets, and shorter court size tailored to the age and size of the child. This format was designed to help children find success from their very first swing!
GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT
85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield
We offer a huge variety of programming and parties for kids and adults all year-long. Gymnastics classes begin at 18 months and progress to Level 8 Junior Olympic training. The cheer program offers cheer and tumble classes, as well as competitive cheer teams that travel throughout the region. Our dance program includes both classes and competitive teams. We have a trampoline team and offer Parkour and Martial Arts Tricking classes. Our gym is the largest facility in the state. The Playscape—our indoor playground—offers memberships or daily drop-in rates.
Ridgefield Campus (Ages 1-5)
223 W. Mountain Road, Ridgefield
Redding Campus (Ages 1-5)
20 Portland Ave., Redding
Westport Campus (Ages 1-5)
11 Burr Road, Westport
The premier, private preschool for early learning, serving children ages 1-5 with locations in Redding (Georgetown), Ridgefield, and Westport, is a place where learning is a joyful experience! Balanced curriculum offers literacy, math activities, and hands-on science through play. Children can enjoy world language, art, music, gym, and technology. Before- and after-care are offered. CAIS accredited.
THE LITTLE GYM
96 Danbury Road, Ridgefield
4 Corbin Drive, Darien
The Little Gym helps children build the confidence and skills needed at each stage of childhood. Each week, structured classes and our unique learning environment will create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence. As your child grows and develops new physical skills, you will see noticeable, positive differences with each achievement. But your child will simply see The Little Gym as a place to make new friends.
MUSIC TOGETHER OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
Music Together is an international, award-winning program with more than 2,000 locations in 40 countries. Nurture your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement by registering for our classes! Music Together is a researched approach to music and movement, committed to helping families and caregivers discover the pleasure and educational value of informal musical experiences. Have fun singing, dancing, and playing instruments with your child, ages newborn to 5 years, while you learn how to support their musical development. We offer mixed-age, baby, and 3- and 4-year-old classes. Fall registration is now open.
NEW CANAAN NATURE CENTER PRESCHOOL
144 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan
New Canaan Nature Center early childhood programs allow children ages 2-5 to use hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical, and academic skills. In our 40-acre outdoor classroom, children explore trails, ponds, meadows, and wetlands and meet animals from our teaching collection. Our Beginner's Nature Program preschool is licensed and accredited by NAEYC and has been in operation for more than 40 years. Nurturing Nature, a parent-child program for ages 2-3, introduces the delights of nature through art, songs, visits with live animals, and seasonal trail walks.
NEXT DIMENSION GYMNASTICS
25 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull
Next Dimension Gymnastics is where happy children build athletic skills and confidence, while the enthusiastic staff encourages self-esteem and skill development. Next Dimension is one of the most advanced gymnastics centers in Connecticut, with almost 15,500 spectacular square feet of world-class gymnastics equipment, and a regionally- and nationally-recognized coaching staff. Our preschool and after-school programs allow children ages 6 months and older to participate in gymnastics. We also offer a wide range of classes to meet various skill levels, and the best birthday parties for children ages 4-12.
THE RAINBOW OF LANGUAGES
Language Immersion Program for Children
45 E. Putnam Ave., Suite 111, Greenwich
In our program, infants, toddlers, and young children are learning foreign languages through a boisterous mix of games, music, storytelling, drama, arts and crafts, and other activities. We offer targeted language classes in French, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Mandarin, and English. Registration for our fall session is open now. Sign up for our 3-hour Friday and Saturday Magic Carpet Night workshops, conducted in English for ages 5-8. Special: buy two workshops, get one FREE!
THE SELMA MAISEL NURSERY SCHOOL OF TEMPLE SHOLOM
Where Learning & Discovery Begin!
300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich
We offer 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old half-day programs, as well as “Itsy Bitsy” and “Little Explorers” infant and non-separating programs, a hands-on Discovery Room with live animals, and a new, state-of-the-art playground, as well as after-school enrichment programs. Limited spaces are still available for the 2014-2015 school year. Call today to schedule a tour! Contact Phyllis Lyons at 203-622-8121.
UNITED INDOOR SOCCER
Where Soccer is More than a Game
176 Linwood Ave., Fairfield
Also in Milford
United Indoor Soccer provides the best youth soccer programs for children ages 2 and older. We offer kids a variety of programming in multi-sport activities. The sports offered may include soccer, baseball, tennis, and flag football. Our center is committed to our community, and offers unsurpassed sports programming, fun-filled parties, corporate events, and concerts. Our Revolution Academy is a soccer program dedicated to the advancement of players in a more competitive environment.
WESTPORT'S ACADEMY OF DANCE
345 Post Road W., Westport
Westport's Academy of Dance has been teaching classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop to children and teens for more than 35 years. Our program includes classes for all ages and levels of ability. A consultation and tour of our newly renovated studios is available by appointment. Please visit our website for more information, and to view photo and video galleries. Adult classes are also available through our Fit for Movement collective. All those passionate about dance are welcome to join our online forum “Body, Spirit, and Grace Through Dance” at westportdance.com/blog.