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After-School Classes, Programs, & Activities for Kids in Rockland County & Bergen County, NJ

After-School Classes, Programs, & Activities for Kids in Rockland County & Bergen County, NJ

Find the perfect class to keep your child busy after school in Rockland and Bergen.


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UPDATED August 2019: This comprehensive guide of after-school classes, programs, and activities offered in Rockland County and Bergen County, NJ has options for any child, no matter what their interests are. Here, you’ll find after-school music classes, karate programs, performing arts, German lessons, art classes, math tutors, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, fitness centers, cooking classes, basketball, soccer, and dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and pointe. You can even find your after-school child care provider! And the best part? All of these programs are located in or near Nanuet, New City, Nyack, Orangeburg, Piermont, Airmont, Spring Valley, Suffern, Haverstraw, Pearl River, Stony Point, Tappan, Valley Cottage, Blauvelt, Allendale, Westwood, Pomona, Congers, West Nyack, Norwood, and Palisades.

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Academic Enrichment Programs

BETH AM TEMPLE
60 E. Madison Ave., Pearl River
845-735-5858

This is not your parents' Hebrew School! Creative teaching, high standards, and individual attention are the hallmarks of our religious school program. From Tot Shabbat through bar and bat mitzvah and confirmation, our students shine, excel, and enjoy. Large enough to offer a comprehensive program, small enough to listen to every comment.

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
Nanuet
58 East Route 59, Nanuet
845-624-6800
Westwood
23 Jefferson Ave.
Westwood, NJ
201-664-2000
Ridgewood
75 N. Maple Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ
201-447-1200


Huntington is the premier tutoring and test prep provider for students kindergarten-12th grades, including SAT, ACT, and state tests. The company prides itself on personalized attention and proven results. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn more about our mission at huntingtonhelps.com.

REFORM TEMPLE OF ROCKLAND (THE) RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
330 N. Highland Ave., (Route 9W), Upper Nyack
845-358-2248 Brad Zicholtz

Welcome to your Jewish home away from home. We are offering free religious school to all students in pre-K through 12th grade! We have a commitment to create proud, Jewish adults who can utilize their Jewish values to guide them. Experience our groundbreaking Onward Hebrew program. Call for details.

Art Classes

JILL'S CERAMICS
180 Germonds Road, West Nyack
845-623-4975
Email [email protected]

"Where children and adults create their own functional works of art." Established for more than 37 years, we offer a huge variety of plaster pieces that can be painted and taken home same day, or glazed ceramics with a large assortment of finishes. Open Ceramic times and free instruction offered weekly.

OTTO SPECHT SCHOOL
260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
845-352-5020 x130
Email [email protected]

At the Otto Specht School, we work to discover each child's path to lifelong learning, offering a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of students with developmental delays, social and sensory sensitivities, and learning challenges. We have looked beyond both typical and special educational models to provide an extraordinary education to those who need it most. We offer kindergarten, grades first–eighth, high school (with the opportunity to earn a diploma), High School Practical Life Skills (certificate program), and Transitional Life Skills (post-secondary program).

PARTY PACK CREW
917-882-6660

We host creative workshops and classes for all ages. Family fun and after-school activities of art, beading, dancing, and crafts. We also create fun and effective fundraising events. We have lots of creative ideas or bring us your own ideas and we will help bring them to life. Our fabulous birthday and themed parties include more than just your favorite characters, we also decorate, and entertain your party guests to make your moments of celebration unforgettable! Join us! Call us now! Check out our website for more details.

ROCA SUMMER CAMP/ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack
845-358-0877 x18
Email [email protected]

ROCA has been a hub of creative arts activities for families for more than 70 years. We offer an array of studio art classes for children, ages 3 through teens, during convenient hours. Classes include ceramics, cartooning, painting, drawing, photography, and preschool art. Check online for 2019 summer and fall schedule.

Cooking Classes

CHOCOLATIER MATISSE
32 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg
845-365-0285
Email [email protected]

We offer chocolate-making classes as well as birthday parties. Chocolatier Birthday Parties for girls and boys ages 3 and older. Children learn how chocolate is made, make and decorate a chocolate pizza, balloon bowl filled with dipped items, candy apples, and other hand dipped goodies to take home. You pick what your guests create. Not just for kids anymore, fun for all ages.

Dance Classes

COUPÉ THEATRE STUDIO
430 Market St., Nanuet,
845-623-2808

For more than 45 years Coup Theatre Studio has offered the finest training in all areas of the performing arts. Classes include Ballet, Pre-pointe and Pointe, Variations, Partnering, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Acro, Tap, Modern Dance, Hip-hop, Theatre Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting, and Vocal Technique. For students ages 3 through adult.

DANCEWORKS
69 Lake Road, Congers
845-268-4669

Offering classes in creative dance, pre-ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip-hop for ages 3 through teen as well as adult ballet workout classes (free babysitting). Specializing in children-encouraging a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. Several children have gone on to study at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan. Free trial classes.

JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL
434 Sixth Ave., 5th Floor, New York
888-438-3808

The Joffrey Ballet School offers classes in Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary Ballet, and more. We specialize in dancers ranging in age from 2-18. We also offer superb adult evening dance fitness classes. The Musical Theater classes for kids are instructed by actual Broadway stars. Come and experience our more than 60 years of excellence in dance training. You will love the way we care for your child's dance training. Come and grow with us.

NORTHERN VALLEY DANCE ACADEMY
75 Oak St., Norwood
201-784-6400
Email [email protected]

At NVDA, we offer beginner through advanced classes for both recreational and competitive dancers in all styles, ages 3-18. Since 2006 we’ve been creating an environment where children can thrive through the art of dance while building lifelong friendships. Incredibly diverse and highly trained faculty teach in our newly constructed studio that features four beautiful, industrial-inspired dance spaces with sprung floors, one-way parent viewing windows, a spacious student lounge, and comfortable lobby. NVDA is a proud winner of 2018 Bergen Health and Life Magazine Reader’s Choice award!

STUDIO JACKED DANCE COMPANY
149 Main St., unit K , Nanuet
845-623-5225
Email [email protected]

We welcome dancers of all abilities into our dance family with love, support, and positive vibes. Offering recreational and competitive dance classes including ballet, jazz, lyrical, lyrical hip-hop, contemporary, street jazz, blast, all boy hip-hop, mommy and me, Jacked Ice Breakerz, and adult fitness. Come join Rockland's coolest dance family.

SURGE STUDIO
285 N. Route 303 (in Colonial Plaza), Congers
845-589-0990
Email [email protected]

Surge Studio is a true dance home for students of all ages and levels. Experience the Surge vibe, Surge love, and dance technique as you flourish in knowledge, confidence, and life skills that go beyond the dance floor. Perfect for students taking dance for recreational purposes, as well as students who want to take the next step in establishing a professional dance career! High energy, unforgettable memories, and smiles all appear for your child's experience at Surge Studio, so come surge with us!

VICKI'S DANCE STUDIO AND KREATIVE KIDS
61 Maple Ave., New City
845-634-2202

For more than 30 years, Vicki's Studio has been inspiring and motivating students. They offer beginner to advanced classes for ages 2-adult, including jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, creative movement, boys hip-hop, gymnastics, combination classes, and musical theater classes. For experienced dancers they offer a competitive dance team (try-outs required).

Fitness Classes & Programs

LAUNCH TRAMPOLINE PARK
260 West Nyack Road , West Nyack
845-977-0415

Launch Trampoline Park is a new family fun park located in West Nyack. This brand new, state-of-the-art facility features extreme dodgeball, one-on-one basketball, a battle beam, dunk basketball, a warrior ninja course, more than 15,000-square-feet of open jump trampoline space, a full arcade with redemption, and a cafe. The park also offers three private party rooms for hosting birthday parties and other events, as well as a variety of specialty programs, including toddler time, "Ignite" (teen glow night), VIP Night (sensory night), fundraisers, field trip, and group rates.

PALISADES CLIMB ADVENTURE
4590 Palisades Center Drive, level 4 of the Palisades Center, West Nyack
845-727-3500

Palisades Climb Adventure offers the world's tallest indoor ropes challenge course. Standing 85-feet tall, it has 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. Our Sky Tykes kids ropes course is designed for ages 2-7, 48-inches max and our new Sky Rail attraction is now open! Both courses are available for birthday parties, other groups, and special events. Book your party today!

TUMBLE-BEE GYMNASTICS AND FITNESS
401 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
845-623-2553

Tumble-Bee Gymnastics, offers programs for boys and girls, ages 10 months to 12 years. Serving Rockland for more than 30 years, our preschool program offers exciting weekly lessons and theme weeks. We are the only gym in Rockland County teaching 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.

Foreign Language Classes

GERMAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL - WESTWOOD
460 Hillsdale Ave., Hillsdale
201-825-9770
Email [email protected]

The German Language School Westwood is a non-profit organization in Bergen County. We welcome students of all nationalities and backgrounds. Most classes meet on Saturday mornings, for children of all levels, with additional adult classes offered on evenings. All teachers are experienced language instructors.

Gymnastics & Cheerleading

TUMBLE-BEE GYMNASTICS AND FITNESS
401 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
845-623-2553

Tumble-Bee Gymnastics and Fitness offers an education in gymnastics, fitness, and fun. Serving Rockland for more than 30 years, we offer programs for children ages 10 months to 12 years. Our staff is warm, caring, and well trained to work with your child building confidence and self-esteem to achieve success in the future.

Horseback Riding

VENTURE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
15 Fernald Drive, Stony Point
845-947-0093
Email [email protected]

Venture Equestrian is pleased to offer year-round private riding lessons to adults and children. Our instructors have more than 20 years of experience in horsemanship and riding, and our site director is PATH certified. Lessons are available Monday-Thursday, and Saturday, afternoon and evening.

Martial Arts

ACADEMY FOR MARTIAL ARTS (THE)
8 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg
845-359-4500
rocklandkarate.com

7-11 Suffern Place, Suffern
845-368-3209
martialartssuffern.com


As a parent, you want to protect your child from dangerous situations. Martial arts lessons are a fantastic solution and TAMA has been teaching them for more than 20 years. Every kid should learn self-defense. It's like learning to swim-it's lots of fun, can save your life, and builds self-control and self-confidence.

MultiSports Programs

NEW CITY BOWL AND BATTING CAGES
90 N. Main St., New City
845-634-4977

Children love bowling! We offer something for everyone-all ages and abilities are welcome. All league members get a shirt, awards, trophies, free practice and membership in our VIB club for discounts. Join a league and participate in every game. We offer inexpensive clinics and camps for those who want to improve.

WEST ROCK INDOOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
21 Pralle Lane, Nanuet
845-623-3636

Rockland's premier facility for sports training, development, birthday parties, and special events, offers programs for children and adults in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, and fitness. Our skilled staff ensures your child has the perfect mix of fun, physical activity, and training.

Music Classes

BACH TO ROCK - NANUET
150 E. Route 59, Nanuet
845-215-9536
Email [email protected]

Bach To Rock is a comprehensive music school offering individual and group lessons, parties, and music camps. They teach rock and classical instruments, voice, and DJ instruction. B2R uses special arrangements of today's music, which is a great motivator for learning and practice. Individual instruction is combined with band instruction that leads to regularly scheduled public performances. The experience of performing before audiences in bands from the beginning is an exciting component of music instruction—building self-confidence, garnering peer recognition, and providing a strong social incentive for continued progress.

STEM Classes

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE, STEAM SUMMER CAMP
125 Route 340, Sparkill
845-398-4100

Summer STEAM Camps at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill are designed for middle school level students, grades fifth-ninth. Starting July 8 through Aug. 2, the College will host a series of STEAM camps in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, sponsored by Orange and Rockland.

Theater & Performing Arts Programs

CLARKSTOWN THEATRE COMPANY
8 Second St., Lower Level, New City
845-708-2288

Clarkstown Theatre Company began 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.

COUPÉ THEATRE STUDIO
430 Market St., Nanuet,
845-623-2808

For more than 45 years, Coupé Theatre Studio has offered the finest training in performing arts. Classes with a concentration in musical theatre, acting, and voice are available for students in the third through 12th grades. Our theatre department faculty members have had extensive teaching and performing careers. Classes are monitored for size, compatibility of students, and program content, which includes performing music and scenes from well-known American musicals and historic theatre. Come visit our new state-of-the-art studios.

ROCKLAND THEATRE COMPANY
67 Walter Drive, Stony Point
845-548-6699
Email [email protected]

Rockland Theatre Company programs promote positive self- identity and confidence. Our fall and winter programs provide varied performing experiences. Children ages 7-18 have the opportunity to participate in a number of theater productions. Beginning this fall, we will be providing various master classes for acting, dancing and singing. Please email or check our website regularly for updates to our fall and winter schedules.

VICKI'S DANCE STUDIO AND KREATIVE KIDS
61 Maple Ave., New City
845-634-2202

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 2 ½-adult, including jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, creative movement, boys’ hip-hop, gymnastics, combination classes, and our new musical theater classes. For experienced dancers, we also offer a competitive dance team (try-outs required).


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