After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western MA

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Amherst Martial Arts

Amherst, MA ♦ Martial Arts training increases confidence, strength, and focus. Learn safety around strangers and how to deal effectively with bullies. Break boards, learn to use a bo staff, and practice the awesome kicks of Tae Kwon Do in a safe and supportive environment. Join the Tiny Tigers, ages 4-7 or the Junior Dragons, ages 8-12 for a free trial class. For more info call 413-256-0300 or go to www.amherstmartialarts.com.

 

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The Center Dance Studio

Amherst, MA ♦ Enrolling now! At The Center Dance Studio, an innovative dance studio in Amherst, children spin stories from movement using classical and contemporary dance techniques. Directors Ashley and Caddy Carlisle combine their years of dance training with a special teaching approach that gets kids reading, writing and dancing; connecting, collaborating and creating. It’s a holistic approach to dance. For more information visit www.thecenterdance.com or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com. 321 Main Street. Amherst, MA. 413-687-7953.

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Miss Leticia Music School

Amherst, MA ♦ Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, a Capella, Voice lessons, all in one location. Beginning Groups include: Middle/High School Guitar on Wed. from 2:45-3:45pm; Beginning Ukulele for 7-10yo on Tues. from 3:45-4:45pm; Beginning Guitar for 7-10yo on Thurs. from 3:45-4:45pm; Wee Ones Ukulele for 5-7yo on Sat. from 11-11:45am; A Capella Groups on Mon./Wed. from 4:45-5:45pm; Adult A Capella on Mon. from 7:30-8:30pm; Adult Beginning Ukulele on Tues. from 7:30-8:30pm. Many more private and group lessons available. For registration & info visit www.missleticia.com or email leticiadavies@comcast.net . Teachers include: Leticia Davies (Guitar/Ukulele, Voice); Kimaya Diggs (A Capella, Voice); Rusty Daniels (Rock Guitar, Bass, Drums); Rhys Davies (Rock Band).

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Primetime After-School Program at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Amherst, MAThe Primetime After-School Program at Crocker Farm Elementary School is operated by the Town of Amherst, Department of Leisure Services. The program provides homework help, field trips, art, enrichment activities, sports, and other recreation activities. Primetime Afterschool Program employs an experienced director and staff who are CPR and First Aid certified. The program is also licensed by the State of Massachusetts. Primetime Afterschool Program operates Monday – Friday from 3:15-5:30 p.m. The cost of the program is: $54 a day or full time for just $260 per month. Fee subsidy funds are available for income eligible families. For more information call: 413-259-3065.

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Upside-Up Music: Music Together/Kids’ Jam

Ashfield, Shelburne Falls & Williamsburg, MA ♦ All children are musical! Early-childhood & elementary music programs in Western MA, Southern VT, & Online. Music Together (birth-5) and Kids’ Jam (ages 5-7). All classes provide singing, small & large movement, singing games, & percussion instrument play, to prepare the child for a lifetime of musical expression. Parents participate in all classes; tuition includes 2 CDs, Songbook. 10-week sessions Fall/Winter/Spring, 6-week in Summer. Upside-Up’s Music at Home family homeschool (or not) music curriculum for grades K-2 or 1-3 and siblings: Support materials include interactive videos with Lui Collins, making Music at Home accessible to all families regardless of parental musical experience. Information and registration at UpsideUpMusic.com.

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New England Center for Circus Arts

Brattleboro, VT ♦ Year-round classes, camps, and circus shows for all ages at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) now at their new facility on 10 Town Crier Drive in Brattleboro. For ages 1 ½ thru adult, bounce on the trampoline, try flying trapeze, or learn how to juggle. Beginner through advanced opportunities in acrobatics, trapeze, pole, flexibility, clowning and more. Special classes for tots and parents, homeschoolers and those with unique challenges. The circus arts are a great way for kids to gain confidence and learn how to work together while getting strong and having fun. Visit www.necenterforcircusarts.org to learn more. Call 802-254-9780 with any questions. Visit “Everybody’s Home for Circus” in Brattleboro, VT!

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SHOW Circus Studio

Easthampton, MA ♦ Circus Arts Classes: A new session of weekday kid’s circus classes will begin on September 11, 2017 at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton. Our youth circus classes focus on trapeze, fabric, juggling, tumbling, human pyramids, tight wire, rolla bolla, globe and more. Circus is a great way to increase self esteem, have fun, get in shape, improve focus and learn new skills. Multiple classes for new and continuing youth students, ages 1.5-16. Teen and Adult classes available too. Come join the circus this Fall Registration is available online at www.showcircusstudio.com.

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Pioneer Valley Ballet

Easthampton, MA ♦ Join Pioneer Valley Ballet for their Fall Session, September 11-December 1, 2017. PVB is offering an 8-week community class for ages 4-6 and an 11 week pre-professional ballet training for all ages. Modern and contemporary ballet are other options. Adult ballet is offered Sundays 4:30-6pm. Visit online at www.pioneervalleyballet.org to register. Join PVB for their 40th season of Nutcracker performances on December 8-10, 2017. Community auditions are September 9, 2017 for ages 5-10. No dance experience necessary. Pioneer Valley Ballet is located in the Eastworks Building at 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. 413-527-6363.

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The Prindle School

Easthampton & Hadley, MA ♦ The Prindle School is a music school in the Pioneer Valley offering private music lessons, classes, and ensembles. Their faculty have a wealth of experience delivering exactly the right program of lessons for each individual client: young children as they begin their music journey, highly dedicated professional musicians, adult learners who hope to bring more joy into their lives, and everything in between. They offer lessons on all instruments and voice in two convenient locations: 123 Union Street, Suite 301 in downtown Easthampton; and 31 Campus Plaza Road in Hadley, just off of Route 9 near the Amherst town line. For more information or to register, call 844-929-1909, email info@theprindleschool.com, or visit www.theprindleschool.com.

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Amherst Archery Academy

Florence, MA ♦ Amherst Archery Academy offers multi-level, multi-generational archery classes for kids ages 7 and up. Your archer will use a quality Olympic-Style Recurve Bow to learn the National Training System which is used by our USA Olympic archers to develop consistent and focused arrow releases. Their friendly, professional coaches work with each archer-athlete to create a solid foundation of archery. Openings in all classes, Tuesday through Saturday, beginning September 5, 2017. 90-minute classes meet once a week for five weeks at their indoor range in Florence. All equipment provided. Para-athletes are welcome. Private lessons also available. All classes are taught by USA Archery certified coaches. www.amherstarchery.com

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Art Always

Florence, MA ♦ Art Always is an art school offering after school art classes, private lessons, and birthday parties for kids ages 5-17. After school class themes include Sculpture, Drawing and Painting, and Art Exploration, and are focused on creative play. Kids love the relaxed studio setting where they are free to uniquely express themselves through art and learn the skills they need to be more confident as young artists. Classes run September through May in 6-8 week sessions. View the schedule at art-always.com or email lindsayfoggwillits@gmail.com for more info!

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CyclePottery

Florence, MA ♦ Fall wheel throwing and hand building classes at CyclePottery’s new studio in Florence (42 Maple St.) begin in September 2017. Fall/Winter session begins in late October 2017. All levels of instruction are offered to kids, teens and adults, instructed by Kathryn Kothe Roszko, master potter Andrew Quient, and CyclePottery trained instructors Ben Morris and Jocelyn Gozdowski, plus visiting instructors. One day vacation workshops and weekend workshops for kids/teens will be offered. Visit www.cyclepottery.com for more info or contact Kathryn:413-219-9594; Kathryn@cyclepottery.com.

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Whole Children

Hadley, MA ♦ Whole Children offers a wide range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for children and teens of all abilities, particularly those with special needs. The emphasis in all classes is on finding and celebrating children’s individual strengths, having fun, and making and sustaining friendships. From Kung Fu to Gymnastics, Minecraft to Theater, Whole Children has something for everyone to enjoy. Fall session classes begin October 2, 2017. Register for classes at www.wholechildren.org or call 413-585-8010. Whole Children is located in the Inclusive Community Center at 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA.

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HooteNanny

Northampton, MA ♦ A delightful music class for children age 0-5 and their grown-ups, created and taught by national recording artist, Katryna Nields. All songs are hand-selected by Katryna and Nerissa Nields. In HooteNanny, participants sing, play, and dance and make wonderful friendships. Come spend playful, enriching, connected time with your child and be part of the wonderful HooteNanny community. Fall session begins September 27/28, 2017. Free trial class on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 10am. For more information go to www.hootenannyfamily.com or write to hootenannymusicclass@gmail.com.

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Nerissa Nields Local Chorus

Northampton, MA ♦ Nerissa Nields runs a Local Chorus for ages 5-13, a performance group in 3-part harmony. Rehearsals are Mondays 4-4:45pm at Jackson Street School starting September 18, 2017 and running for 10 weeks (no meetings on school holidays). Cost: $125. nerissanields.com

 

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Valley Performance Playground

Northampton, MA ♦ Looking for a creative outlet for your kid after-school? Check out Valley Performance Playground’s newest class, Creative Drama, taught by Sarah Marcus. Who: Students ages 7-11. What: weekly after-school class where students will play theater and improvisation games and explore vocal and movement exercises as they create and develop original characters. When: Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15pm, Sept 19-Dec 5, 2017. Where: Arts Trust Building, Lower Level, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. Cost: $225. More info: www.valleyperformanceplayground.com. Email: sarah@valleyperformanceplayground.com

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Learn in Motion

Pioneer Valley, MA ♦ Learn in Motion gets kids playing and learning through enrichment programming for schools, libraries and museums, educational introductory sports classes, and special events. Programs get children off screens, active, learning and having a ball. They encourage children to socialize and practice important life skills such as sharing, listening, following directions, working as a team, and overcoming obstacles. Through their programming, Learn in Motion also teaches traditional academic content such as letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. For more information about their schedule, programs and offerings, visit www.learninmotionma.com, email learninmotionma@gmail.com or call 413-244-2073.

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Ohana School of Performing Arts

South Hadley, MA ♦ Ohana means family! Ohana School of Performing Arts is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance. It’s a place where you can experience life-enriching, all-inclusive classes that inspire children and adults to express themselves through movement, dream big, and change the world. Ohana believes that each and every human being deserves the chance to experience dance. Join their family and help them to spread peace and positivity through performance. Email them at Ashley@ohanaperformingarts.com or call 413-539-9996 for more information. Located at 470 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. www.OhanaPerformingArts.com

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Starlight’s Youth Theatre

Sunderland, MA ♦ Theatre classes for grades K-12! Starlight’s Youth Theatre welcomes students from all over the valley under the direction of the Cyn Strycharz. Starlight’s Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing quality education and production of children’s theatre. Their priority is the development of the child, using theatre as the tool to build self-esteem, communication, and confidence. Focusing on process over product, they invite children to enter, enjoy, and expand their imagination in the world of theater. Offering Fall, Spring, & Summer programming, everyone can be a star at Starlight. Classes & rehearsals are held at Mapleridge Community Center at 659 Amherst Road (Route 116). More info: starlightsyt@gmail.com; www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

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The Animation Course

Online ♦ Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers 12 week LIVE – online animation courses for 11-18 year olds. He also teaches online drawing classes for multiple ages as well. Weekly classes are one hour long and include personal video reviews by professional animators for individual learning. The cost is $300 for the full 12 weeks. Fall, Spring and Summer sessions available. Classes tend to fill up very quickly, so if you can, register soon. You can hold your child’s spot with a non-refundable $50 registration fee. Please send inquiries to kayla@theanimcourse.com or check out their website: theanimcourse.com

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Hilltown Families is committed to the economic development of our region, and by offering this special fall program post, local businesses can thrive and provide a much needed service to our local community. All descriptions have been submitted and all links are provided as a courtesy and not as an endorsement.

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