UPDATED AUGUST 2014: Rockland County has tons of after-school activities for kids! Consult our comprehensive guide for information on classes ranging from sports and fitness, dance, gymnastics, performing arts, tae kwon do, and programs focusing on academic enrichment, tutoring, and religious schools. NYMetroParents has your after-school activities covered in Rockland County.
60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 8, Orangeburg
Beginning in September, Art Adventure will be offering fun and innovative after-school programs for children in first through 12th grades. We use relevant themes (such as video game and television characters, street art techniques, and messy experimentations), combined with solid fine art instruction. Our classes are designed and taught by a certified teacher. Free trials are always available.
Beth Am Temple
60 E. Madison Ave., Pearl River
From Rabbi Dan Pernick to Cantor Marcy Kadin to Principal Barry Shainker, all of Beth Am Temple’s leadership staff are graduates of Reform Judaism’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. With 220 families and 100 students, our temple is large enough to provide a full range of programming, but small enough to ensure that your child receives individualized, professional attention. Our K-12 religious school, youth groups, special-needs educational programming, relaxed style, and much more make Beth Am Temple the right choice for your Jewish child(ren) and your family.
Located at Palisades Center, 1st Floor
1282 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
Billy Beez’s 26,000-square-foot, indoor playground is filled with colorful murals, whimsical characters, and giant play structures, built around a maze of dizzyingly high and wildly twisting slides. There are dozens of activities inside the playground that encourage physical, mental, and social development through play…all with no video games or TVs! Great for camp trips, birthday parties, open play, and now, offering weekly sports classes and supervised drop off programs! For more information, please email Cynthia Simo at email@example.com.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303),
Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. Guests can enjoy open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball on our new dual lanes, foam-pit jumping, and a fun arcade. We also have private party rooms, a Wi-Fi lounge, healthy-food vending machines and snack bar, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 6 and younger. And ask us about Toddler Time! School, camp, and group trips welcome. Fundraising opportunities available.
Clarkstown Theatre Company
8 Second St., Lower Level, New City
Clarkstown Theatre Company began a year ago in our community to create and develop artists as actors and performers. We are a year-round studio that offers acting classes, musical theater workshops, and intimate, original showpieces. Join us where the craft of theater is experienced in a warm and positive environment with professional instructors. Give us a call to see if your child might flourish in our studios, where imagination and the craft of acting are taught with a sense of humor! Registration for our fall classes begins Aug. 25.
Coupé Theatre Studio
33 E. Route 59A, Nanuet
For more than 40 years, Coupé Theatre Studio has offered the finest training in all the performing arts. Weekly classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern dance, tap, theater dance, hip-hop, musical theater, acting, voice, and kinderdance are available, as well as programs just for boys and adults. Coupé’s current full-time teachers hold degrees in dance education, or have had extensive professional performing careers. Classes are carefully monitored for size, compatibility of students, and quality of teaching. Fall 2014 registration is now in progress.
69 Lake Road, Congers
Danceworks has been in the Clarkstown area for more than 33 years. The studio offers classes in creative dance, pre-ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip-hop for ages 3 through teen. Danceworks specializes in children—encouraging a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. Several children have gone on to study at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan. Our adult ballet workout (free babysitting) teaches you to work with your body, not against it. Beginners are welcome, and no special clothing is needed. Free trial classes are available to all.
Anna de la Paz
Children’s Flamenco Classes
Studio in Nyack
Anna de la Paz has more than 20 years of experience teaching flamenco. The Children’s Program is designed for boys and girls ages 6-12. Classes focus on the style and technique of flamenco and Spanish dance, with students learning proper posture, vocabulary in Spanish, the arm and hand movements known as braceo, castanets, footwork technique and flamenco rhythms, palmas (hand-clapping), turns, traveling steps, and choreographies suited to the students’ abilities. Classes are held at the Helen Hayes Studios in downtown Nyack. For more information, visit annadelapaz.com or call 845-596-5156.
Helen Hayes Youth Theater
142 Main St., Nyack
Celebrating our 17th year of excellence in theater education, the Helen Hayes Youth Theater offers year-round theater programs for kids ages 5-17, including weekend and weekday classes and productions. We welcome performers with all levels of experience. Please join us for professional training in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information, call us or visit our website.
Fall Leagues held at facilities in North Rockland, Orangetown, and New City
Currently enrolling for fall and winter seasons, i9 Sports® is the nation’s first and largest provider of youth sports leagues in the United States. We offer youth sports leagues, camps, and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, T-Ball, and cheerleading. With our focus on fun, safety, convenience, and good sportsmanship, i9 Sports® offers traditional kids’ sports leagues without the traditional headaches! Call for specific sport and field information. Register by Aug. 23 and save!
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
JCC Rockland offers a wide range of activities for children, teens—including dance, theater, basketball, flag football, fashion design, and college prep—and their families. We also offer school-age care, school vacation programming, community service opportunities, teen leadership and empowerment programming, and family events. There’s something about this place…stop in and see for yourself!
JEP of Rockland Hebrew School
30 Blueberry Hill Road, Monsey
JEP of Rockland’s Bobbi Lewis Hebrew School provides an outstanding Jewish education through our comprehensive curriculum, taught by dynamic and creative teachers in a fun and loving environment. Inspiring classes for parents and grandparents, family holiday events, mitzvah projects, fantastic Shabbatonim, exciting trips, and an Israel fair are integral parts of the JEP experience. We also offer a very vibrant post-bar or bat mitzvah program for teens. Reasonable rates. No membership dues. For more information, contact Naomi Greenwald at 845-558-5858.
180 Germonds Road, West Nyack
“Where children and adults create their own functional works of art.” Established for more than 35 years, we offer a huge variety of plaster pieces that can be painted and taken home in the same day and glazed ceramics with a large assortment of finishes. Open ceramic times and free instruction are offered weekly—please call for days and hours. There are no hourly fees and all supplies are included—you pay one price per finished piece. Come and see our wonderful seasonal items as well. There’s something for everyone at Jill’s Ceramics.
Joe Delia Studios
Serving Rockland and Northern Bergen counties. Acclaimed pianist and composer Joe Delia is now accepting students in piano, vocals, and composition for the 2014-15 season. Mr. Delia opens up the world of music for students, tailoring lessons to each individual’s needs. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Moderate rates. In-studio or at-home instruction. Mr. Delia has composed more than 30 film scores and countless television shows. He has gold and platinum records as a keyboardist, composer, producer, and arranger. See imdb.com (Joe Delia I) and joedeliamusic.com.
Katy Krafts at My Sweet Pea Boutique
14 N. Main St., New City
New City’s premier children’s boutique is now offering craft workshops! My Sweet Pea Boutique presents Classes by Katy, a series of project-based craft and cake-decorating workshops for children and adults. Children ages 18 months to 14 years are invited to select from our craft workshops focusing on projects from silly, hand-made creatures to personalized wall art. Our cake decorating classes will cover basic to advanced decorating techniques, for both children and adults. Classes can be purchased individually or in multi-class packages. Please call for more information, including class dates, times, prices, and themes.
Master Jung & Yu
70 N. Main St., New City
Blending Korean culture and philosophy with traditional taekwondo, Master Jung and Master Yu’s school is unique in martial arts training. By combining physical with spiritual, we offer the most complete and satisfying training, embodying mind, body, and spirit. Classes are open seven days a week for all ages. Our unique birthday parties open the door for future leaders and martial artists and are available on weekends. Energize your whole being at Traditional Taekwondo. Call for more details.
New City Bowl & Batting Cages
90 N. Main St., New City
Children love bowling! We offer something for everyone—all ages and abilities are welcome. All league members get a shirt, awards, trophies, and membership in our VIB club for discounts all year long. Join a league and you participate in every game. Unlike other sports, nobody sits on the bench. Every bowler bowls in every game. All leagues are handicapped to even the playing field. Experienced and inexperienced bowlers can compete against each other—everybody is a winner! We offer inexpensive clinics and camps for those who want to improve.
New City Jewish Center Nursery & Religious School
47 Old Schoolhouse Road, New City
The NCJC Nursery School is proud to be a New York state-accredited nursery school, instilling a love of learning and Jewish life from the earliest stages of your child’s education. Our programs include everything from Mommy and Me to pre-K, guiding your child through the developmental stages of early childhood. We also incorporate programs such as yoga, sports, music, and Hebrew Through Movement. Our Hebrew school offers a truly innovative approach to Jewish education, designed to engage, educate, and empower our young people to form a lasting connection to their Jewish identity.
Palisades Climb Adventure
4590 Palisades Center Drive
Level 4 of the Palisades Center, West Nyack
Palisades Climb Adventure offers the world’s tallest indoor ropes challenge course, standing 85-feet tall, with five levels and 75 unique challenge elements to explore, climb, and conquer. More advanced athletes will find a challenge, while “just for fun” climbers will experience a sense of athletic accomplishment. New to the attraction is the Sky Tykes kids’ ropes course, designed for ages 2-7 and 48” and under. Both courses are available for team building, birthday parties, and groups of 10 or more. Visit palisadesclimb.com.
Rockland Soccer Academy
Various locations throughout Rockland
Rockland Soccer Academy is on the soccer fields in Rockland County! Led by New City’s own, Coach Mike Girling, Rockland Soccer Academy is a fundamental, skill-based soccer program for boys and girls of all ages. Developed for, and based in, Rockland County, RSA’s programs are focused on both soccer and personal development, while providing our players with a fun, safe, and athletically enriching atmosphere.
Smarty Pants Early Learning Center
484 New Hempstead Road, New City
Smarty Pants Early Learning Program is an early nursery program for children ages 2½-5. We encourage a fun, nurturing learning environment with an emphasis on thematic studies, which are aligned with New York State Common Core. With our certified teachers, your child will enjoy actively learning while they develop as a whole child. Our program also offers arts, yoga, and music with Ms. Becky, which allows students to showcase their learning experiences through shows and plays throughout the year. Call regarding available spots for summer and fall.
Tender Loving Care Daycare
40 Park Ave., Suffern
We are a family-oriented facility offering programs and flexibility to fit your needs, for infants to 12-year-olds, including free Universal Pre-K. We offer a before- and after-school program with Ramapo central bus transportation. We are open most school holidays and during school vacations. Hours: 7am-6:30pm. Near the Suffern train station and free parking. Small class sizes. Fenced in playground. Our goal is to provide a warm, healthy environment, and to be your child’s home away from home. We’ve been in business for 26 years. Let your child be a part of our loving family!
The Sunshine Gallery Children’s Store
212 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
Located behind the Nanuet Mall South (next to Tumble-Bee Gymnastics and Fitness) we are Rockland County’s newest and most unique consignment store, featuring new and gently used children’s clothes, toys, books, games, strollers, and more. And, we carry maternity clothes. Fifty percent off everything, every day! Children’s art is on display throughout the shop, and we will be offering art workshops throughout the year, all taught by a New York state-certified art teacher. Call about classes, merchandise, birthday parties, private lessons, and more.
Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts
3 N. Main St., Pearl River
Children are precious. As a parent, you know it is your responsibility to protect your child from all sorts of dangerous situations. It isn’t easy. They grow up fast. Time flies, and eventually children must learn to defend themselves. You certainly do not want your son or daughter to be bullied, or to become a bully. Martial Arts lessons are a fantastic solution. Every kid should learn self-defense. It’s like learning to swim—it’s lots of fun, it can save your life, and it builds self-control and self-confidence. Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts has a program that is perfect for your child.
Tumble-Bee Gymnastics and Fitness
401 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
Tumble-Bee Gymnastics, serving Rockland County for more than 25 years, offers programs for boys and girls, ages 10 months to 12 years. Our preschool program offers exciting weekly lessons and theme weeks. We are the only gym in Rockland County licensed to teach the nationally recognized Fun & Fit Gymnastics after-school program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Our warm and well-trained staff will teach your children the skills that give them the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve success in the future. Register early! Classes close out quickly.
Vicki’s Dance Studio
61 Maple Ave., New City
For more than 30 years, we have been inspiring and motivating students to follow their dreams both in dance and in their lives. Instructors at Vicki’s Studio are dedicated to their students and teaching technique, while creating fun and exciting choreography in our non-competitive studio. We offer beginner to advanced classes for boys and girls ages 2½ to adult, including jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, creative movement, boys’ hip-hop, gymnastics, combination classes, and our new musical theater classes. We also offer a competitive dance team for experienced dancers (try-outs required).