Let’s face it, most of our kids have had a long, boring summer and they are bouncing off the walls to get out and do something. If you are looking to resume their extracurricular activities to keep them active, entertained, and enriched, our guide below features something for all ages and interests…from karate to dance, from arts to fitness, manners to music, and more! Plus, if you need a supervised place for them to go after school lets out, we also have some partners who are offering weekly, after school care.

Click HERE to see a digital flipbook of activities from our current issue.

If you need daytime childcare and/or assistance with your child’s virtual learning, see our new directory of local providers HERE, who have programs to assist you.



Now more than ever, the joy of dance offers the perfect outlet to boost mental and physical health along with creating a positive mindset and fostering creativity! Online registration, class schedules and virtual tours begin Sept. 8. In-Person and Virtual Class options for all dance styles and levels will begin Monday, Sept. 14. Our degreed and certified dance studio celebrates its 52nd season by providing multi-level dance classes for ages 3 & up in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical, Creative Movement (Pre-School Dance), Musical Theatre, and Dance Fitness. We also present two seasonal professional productions each year for students at the RiverCenter along with various local and competitive dance performance opportunities.  We have refurbished our studios, added HEPA germicidal air filtration systems, enhanced sanitizing and disinfecting protocols and limited class sizes to provide increased protection for our students and families.
www.academydancecenter.com
4300 Warm Springs Rd, Columbus
706-561-8085



Clement Kids fine arts classes are offered for children ages 3-18 and help support adoption and foster care in Muscogee County and surrounding communities. Fall semester classes start August 17 and include Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1-3, Lettering/Sketchnotes, Pottery, Mixed Media, Hand Stitching, and Machine Sewing. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during fall 2020.
amelia@clement-arts.org
clement-arts.org
2303 Double Churches Rd, Columbus


 


Columbus Junior Cotillion classes begin in late August! We teach manners and instill confidence in today’s youth, grades 5th-12th, in Columbus, Georgia, and surrounding communities. Our classes and events include modern etiquette and teaching soft skills to today’s youth in our tech-infused world. What we teach is relevant and timeless. The lessons enrich the lives of our students and all with whom each interacts. Manners matter today more than ever! Sign up today.
www.nljc.com/chapter/greatercolumbus


CSDF is proud to offer our after-school martial arts program beginning August 17. This program focuses on assisting students in the completion of their assigned schoolwork followed by training in our martial arts program. We will conduct pickup of children at their school and bring them to our secured facilities where they will have snack time, complete schoolwork, and complete martial arts training as well as participate in creative/art time and other physical activities. Our program is great for families looking for affordable after-school care or active extracurricular activities. If you are just looking for an extracurricular activity for your child, our children’s karate program is a combination of Karate, Tae-kwon-do, and Krav Maga. Students learn practical self-defense techniques as well as character development and life skills that will last a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule a tour and schedule weekly classes.
www.selfdefensecolumbus.com
1290 Double Churches Rd, Columbus
706-221-9677


The Schwob Music Prep Division is offering virtual lessons for all ages on all instruments, including voice, until Columbus State is fully reopened to the public. Pricing starts at $26 for each half-hour session and we do offer trial lessons to see how online instruction fits you or your student.
musicprep@columbusstate.edu
musicprep.columbusstate.edu
900 Broadway Avenue, Columbus
706-641-5124


The CSU Youth Dance Conservatory (YDC) provides a space for classical ballet education in the Columbus, GA area.  Our dedicated instructors teach a curriculum rooted in the fundamentals of ballet technique, and create a fun and challenging environment for our students that strengthens the body, sharpens the mind, and creates a lifelong passion for the art of ballet. YDC also partners with The Columbus Ballet to provide our students with outstanding performance opportunities, including their annual performance of The Nutcracker. YDC takes everyone’s health and safety seriously and have social distancing and effective sanitization practices in place for the coming dance year.

www.columbusstate.edu/ballet
4225 University Ave, Columbus
706-507-8070

Keep your kids active this year with CrossFit Kids. Open to ages 5-9 M/W 3:45-4:15 and Ages 10-13 M/W 4:30-5:30. Develop coordination, strength and agility, and teamwork all while having fun!
crossfitcsg@gmail.com 
https://crossfitcsg.com/fitkids/
808-478-7576

 



Karate classes for ages 3 and up! Monday-Friday (call for specific class days and times), Each class is 3 days per week, for $145 a month. Military and family discounts are available. Tailored classes will increase confidence, focus, and leadership, all while gaining valuable self-defense skills. They also learn the value of hard work, perseverance, and achieving goals. We also have classes for teens and adults! P3 Kali is a weapons-based system that teaches you to use both weapons and empty hands to defend against various types of attacks. JiuJitsu is focused on the ground with grappling, controls, and submissions. Mental and physical strength, quick thinking, and endurance will all increase.

EWMartialArts.com
706-326-0153
6440 W. Hamilton Park Dr. Ste 103B



We offer the best variety, highest quality program, with NEW classes in musical theater, contemporary, and an Acrobatic Arts program with tumbling, flexibility, and strength. New Mommy & Me for tots and 3-4yr olds new “Giraffes can dance” package with Ballet, Tap, and Pre-Acro!  Best all-around training including Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet/Pointe, Leaps/Turns Technique, and more! In-person and Zoom options; Covid-safety.  A dancewear shop is on-premises.  Our training has always been on top..now even better!  Register online, classes begin this week.
www.elitedanceacademyinc.com
3760 Opelika Rd, Phenix City

334-297-0404


We are offering two camp options for kids PreK to 7th grade. A full-day program from 7a-6pm where facilitators will assist your child in their virtual learning, with a heavy emphasis on our reading, science and math centers. Small classes and caring staff are our specialties! $135 per week. Our second program is an Afterschool Program from 2-6pm, providing homework help, creative activity centers, outside/gym time, and much more! $80 per week.

www.highlandkidsacademy.com
7300 Whittlesey Blvd, Columbus
706-221-5947



Impact Performance offers the only after school program for athletes age 7 to adult offering training in strength, speed, agility, power and confidence through functional fitness, in our all-new 12,000sq ft facility. For your athlete, we offer sport-specific training in baseball and softball, along with batting cage rentals, team training, sports camps, and leagues as well as training for adults.
www.impactperformanceRX.com
506 Manchester Expwy, 4D, Columbus
706-984-8150


Come Celebrate 17 years of Dance and Acro excellence in our NEW spacious, over 4,000 sq ft. location!!! Our excellent dance program consists of classes for all levels beginning at age 3-up! We offer Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and PreSchool Dance! Performance Dance Centre is the area’s only certified Acro studio providing top-notch Acrobatic Arts training beginning at age 4! Class sizes will be limited! For inquiries please email performancedancega@yahoo.com. Registration is now open, see the links below:
Class Schedule : 

Enrollment continues for Prodigy’s 13th season of dance! We have multiple classes and options for you to choose from for ages 2+ including virtual classes! We can’t wait to dance with you!
www.prodigydancecentrega.com
info@prodigydancecentrega.com
7613 Fortson Rd #200, Columbus
706-221-5566


Treadstone Climbing Gym has amazing opportunities for your child to stay fit and have fun at the same time.  From day passes to memberships, our facility is geared toward fitness for the whole family. Our Ninja Fit Program for ages 5-15, specializes in ninja obstacles,  rock climbing, and parkour. Fee includes 4 sessions a week and a gym membership to Treadstone. This membership gives your child access to all 3 fitness areas of Treadstone during our business hours, rental gear, and discounts to special events. 5pm-6pm is for ages 5-10 and 6:15pm-7:30pm is for ages 11-15. Also, our competitive youth climbing team for ages 5-19 will soon begin preparations for the 2021 season. Stayed tuned for details. Come check out Treadstone Climbing Gym and climb on!”
www.treadstoneclimbing.com
4209 Milgen Rd, Columbus
706-507-7625


With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, the YMCA Before and  After School programs serve kindergartners through middle schoolers with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents. The programs are staffed by qualified professionals who meet YMCA and state licensing standards. We are a 3-Star Quality Rated Child Care association and our staff to child ratio is 1:12. The programs are offered during the school year at the A.J. McClung and D.A. Turner YMCA branches and registration is open starting August until the end of the school year.
www.columbusymca.com
24 14th Street , Columbus
706-322-8269

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM A FEW LOCAL AGENCIES/NON-PROFITS:

 

  • EARS in Phenix City will be offering two hours of after-school education support and internet access, two days per week.  Hours are yet to be determined so call 334-291-6363 for more information
  • Columbus Parks & Rec is offering virtual activities to keep families healthy and moving! Call 311 for more details or visit https://parks.columbusga.gov/
  • The Columbus Museum is open!  They also provide a virtual museum experience at https://columbusmuseum.com/virtual-museum/virtualmuseum.html
  • The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia are providing many of their activities online, including badge-earning opportunities!  Visit https://www.gshg.org/en/events/event-list.html For details.
  • The Chattahoochee Council of the Boy Scouts are offering many of their services, including backyard campaign experiences and 30-day challenges to non-scouts through their virtual programming. Go to https://www.91bsa.org/programs/scouting-at-home/72794 For more information