Gone are the days when t-ball and piano lessons were the only options for after school activities. Now it’s easier than ever to find fun and unique opportunities that will pique your child’s interest and keep them busy after classes let out. Check out these Dayton area places for a new experience your kids might like to try!
For your budding chef
Looking for a fresh and interesting creative outlet for your child? Try out Dorothy Lane Market’s cooking classes. Classes come in a range of difficulty levels to match your child’s skills, with Petite Chefs classes for grades 1-3, Junior Chefs classes for grades 4-6 and Teen Chef classes for kids 12 and up. For $45 your kids can start cooking in the kitchen learning food safety, prep skills and various techniques.
For your sports enthusiast
Do you have a kid climbing the walls at home? Take them to a rock climbing gym where they can test their mental and physical skills on a variety of routes. Rock climbing is the perfect way to wear your kid out after school, and Urban Krag Climbing Center features 8,000 square feet of walls for kids to challenge themselves. Day passes are $14 for adults and $12 for kids 10 and under. And keep your eye on their website – a youth climbing group may be starting soon.
For your talented artist
Some kids just have to create! For those with an artistic flair, try Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering. Classes for kids ages 3-18 offer a variety of mediums. From clay and candy making to dance and theatre, your child can experiment in new ways with each class. Prices range from $20-$150 and can take a few hours to a few months to complete.
For your outdoor adventurer
If your kid loves learning about the outdoors, consider swinging by Caesar Creek State Park for one of their many events or classes. Guided nature hikes and wildlife tours are planned regularly throughout the week, and admission to the park and their events is free. Special events like the Meteor Shower Campout are scheduled as well, where families can play games, eat food and watch the Perseid meteor shower. Follow the park’s Facebook page for updates.
For your STEM learner
If your child just can’t get enough during science class, try out some of Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s programs and events. Every day at Boonshoft is packed with activities, from talks and lessons hosted by local educators to shows in the planetarium. Topics cover biology, astronomy, chemistry, and engineering. Kids can get hands on experience outdoors and at their tidal pool. All events are free with admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids 3-16 years.)
With so many after school activities in our area, who wouldn’t want to be a kid again? Have fun exploring these and other interesting opportunities with your child this school year.