Check out our guide of fun and enriching after-school programs.
Piano lessons for all ages and levels! Beginning & intermediate students learn foundational skills for a broad range of styles, advanced students study classical. Students participate in OMTA festivals, syllabus program (optional), and studio recitals. Preschoolers and students with special needs welcome! Andy is a concert pianist with 10 years teaching experience and masters degrees in music and early childhood education. Contact for a free trial lesson!
Location: 2730 SE 16th Ave., Portland
Ashkenazy Classical Ballet specializes in establishing solid foundations for serious students. Does your child love dance, structure, and movement? ACB offers a year-round, intensive program with detailed instruction and small class sizes. A strong focus is placed on grace, etiquette, refinement, confidence, discipline, friendship, and artistry.
Register now for fall session: 8 spots available for incoming Level 1 students. Check out ACB’s website to register. Classes begin September 10th!
Location: Sherwood, Oregon (8 miles from Cooper Mountain and only 13 miles from Portland’s West Hills)
Go Play Outdoors! From summer camps to year-round STEM workshops and leadership development curriculum, the inclusive Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA programs grow leaders of tomorrow who are connected to nature, family and community. Designed for families with children ages 5 – 20, these iconic programs connect youth to outdoor adventure camps, fun year-round experiential learning events and civic service.
Location: Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America provides multiple camp properties and convenient facilities across the region.
Children of the Sea Swim School offers swim lessons for babies and children (4 months to approximately 10 years old). We offer swim lessons 7 days a week, every half hour until 8:00 pm. Please check out our website for the class schedule and more information!
Ages: 4 months to approximately 10 years old
Location: New location near Hwy 26 & Hwy 217 coming late Fall!
The Circuit offers age appropriate instruction that focuses on technique, strength, and problem solving. Climbers learn the ins and outs of climbing in a fun, team-like environment and regular progress reports keep track of their improvements. Classes are available for kids ages 4-14.
Location: Kids Clubs are available at The Circuit NE, SW, and Tigard locations! Find more info at www.thecircuitgym.com.
Jump, tumble, dance and fly! The Circus Project offers classes in aerial and acrobatics for all ages and abilities. Their classes cultivate strength, body awareness, confidence and artistry through the joy and creativity of circus skills. In beginner-friendly circus classes, students explore trapeze, aerial fabric, handbalancing, tumbling, partner acrobatics and juggling. Experienced students are able to develop their passion in specialty classes like Duo Aerial and Contortion. Watch your child soar!
Location: 1420 NW 17th Avenue, Suite 388, Portland
Give your 3rd-5th-grader a great foundation by enrolling them in a new program designed to develop creative and critical thinkers. Fun games and interdisciplinary arts activities invite students to explore, imagine, and create. Includes end-of-session showcase for family members.
Location: Two SW Portland locations: Tuesdays 3:45-5:45 pm in Garden Home and Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm in Tigard
Do you have a daughter in grades 6-8? Please join Devi Yoga every Sunday in October for a fun afternoon filled with Yoga, Mindfulness and Journaling! The last session includes an Ayurvedic cooking class! Gain skills of Empowerment + Mindfulness to stay grounded. Participants will leave with an enhanced sense of strength (body + mind) and compassion.
Ages: Grades 6-8
Location: 2500 SE 26th Ave., Portland
Forge Parkour offers year round classes and open gyms for all skill levels! Students will learn Parkour in a welcoming environment and leave with a feeling of accomplishment while gaining body awareness, coordination, and confidence. Come try out this exciting and fun sport, and learn to explore the world in new ways!
Location: Located in SE Portland
The Franciscan Montessori Earth School/St. Francis Academy offers a Remarkably Different education to children in the pre-school, elementary and middle school levels. Small class size, before/after care, and a curriculum including foreign language instruction, gardening education and Earth Experiences are available on 10 picturesque acres in SE Portland.
Ages: Pre-K to Grade 8
Location: Outer SE Portland, near SE Division and SE 148th
Gracie Barra SW Portland is offering all kids ages 4-15 a free intro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. Jiu Jitsu is great for kids helping with agility, self confidence and self defense. Gracie Barra doesn’t limit their teaching to techniques; from the beginning, students learn that the fundamentals for good Jiu-Jitsu are also the fundamentals of good character. Call (503) 831-9123 to schedule your free class today!
Location: 17700 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., suite 135, Portland
Have fun at Journey theater classes! Drama, dance, voice, musical theater, stage combat, tap, costuming and more exciting classes! Sign up for their 8 week classes and audition for their Broadway style shows! First time families receive $25 off with discount code: PDX25.
Location: Eastridge Covenant Church, 14100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, plus three more locations in Vancouver and Beaverton.
Great program for tennis fundamentals in Portland from beginner to advanced. They focus on providing a fun, fast-paced, and game-based approach. Their approach adds excitement and enjoyment for the kids as they learn through a progression of drills and games specific for each of the levels of play. K-Lean’s teaches with passion, loads of energy, and space for kids to realize and attain their potential on and off the court.
Location: Glendoveer Golf Course between 140th & 148th on NE Glisan Street
Sparking Imaginative Learning! Mad Science offers engaging and entertaining science education programs for children aged 4-12. They have after-school programs, camps, workshops, special presentations and birthday parties
Location: 1522 N. Ainsworth St., Portland, plus they partner with more than 50 local schools, parks and recreation departments and local businesses
Math Gamers provides original, fun games (board, dice, logic) whose goals match common cores! In each 6-week session, students play 6 different games, each focusing on various common core themes. Kids also create math crafts after game play! These apply concepts such as geometry, symmetry, and sequencing, which helps students see, in a hands-on way, that math is everywhere!
Location: Locations in the Portland Metro Area
Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house nearly 900 computer stations for the public and a collection of two million books and other library materials.
Keep them excited and curious all year long with live online homework tutors, games and afternoon programs that nurture creative minds.
Ages: All ages
Locations: 18 locations throughout Multnomah County
NWCT offers theater classes for all ages and skill levels. Their explore classes introduce the magical world of drama through themed play and games, and skill classes help students hone specific technique. They also offer playlabs, where students experience the thrill of putting on a fully-costumed play from start to finish.
Ages: Toddlers to Teens
Location: 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland. Outreach classes in your community may also be available.
OCT’s classes for 3 ½ to 18-year-olds are designed to challenge and inspire. They have something for students at every level of experience! Their teachers are passionate educators working actively in their field and will guide you to a deeper understanding of the power of your imagination, confidence, and curiosity as you expand your skills both onstage and off! Classes fill quickly; registration begins July 30!
Location: OCT Headquarters, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
OGA provides a top quality gymnastics education to children of all ages and abilities. Structured lesson plans, skill breakdown, and hands-on coaching allow for athletes to leave class feeling successful and accomplished. Additionally, gymnasts will acquire skills transferrable to school and playground atmospheres including improved balance, coordination, and self-confidence.
Location: 16305 NW Bethany Ct Ste 109, Beaverton
The Oregon International Ballet Academy (OIBA) offers classical ballet and contemporary dance programs for all levels, beginner to advanced in a creative, supportive and structured environment. Internationally acclaimed Prima Ballerina Xuan Cheng leads OIBA’s team of nurturing master teachers who cultivate beauty, confidence, health, love and responsibility, inspiring young dancers to fulfill their dreams. OIBA students improve physical development, social awareness, cognitive skills, emotional maturity, and artistic sensitivity, all while having fun and making friends!
Location: Cedar Hills: 10226 SW Park Way, Portland
Clay classes designed to inspire kids to create a body of artwork that is unique to each child. Kids will be introduced to hand-building techniques using earthenware clay and surface embellishment through drawing and painting with colored glazes. The child is the visionary! After school and Saturday classes. Also, look for their December Winter Camp! Ages 6-12
Location: 3506 NE 57th Ave., Portland
Learn Spanish with Portland Early Learning Project! PELP offers a variety of play-based Spanish classes including: parent-child; preschool; after school; and private. Their classes are fun AND functional!! And don’t forget to check out their signature FREE Spanish Story & Play Times at various venues all around PDX. PELP’s classes are taught by an elite team of bright, talented, and engaging teachers. Join them!
Location: Classes throughout greater Portland, primarily onsite at preschool and elementary schools, but also at community centers and libraries.
Portland Metro Arts is an independent nonprofit arts school, offering classes in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts Monday-Friday after school, and Saturday mornings. Their mission is to provide everyone the opportunity to learn, perform, and experience the arts!
In addition to classes, PMA offers affordable, arts-integrated childcare to students, along with transportation from select area schools. Visit their website to learn more!
Ages: Ages 3.5 and up
Location: 9003 SE Stark Street, Portland, just off I-205 and adjacent to Trimet line 15
RecTennis works with local schools to bring Tennis Afterschool Zone (TAZ) to their students. Their TAZ curriculum combines fun activities with lessons in leadership, teamwork, + other important concepts and principles while teaching children tennis basics. Sessions start after school and are typically held in a school’s gymnasium. Programs run through all seasons of the school year. Tennis equipment provided. Learn beginning rallying + scoring. Incorporate life skills like teamwork + sportsmanship.
Ages: Grades 1-5 (varies by location)
Location: RecTennis is offered in several locations in Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro.
Science Matters provides quality after-school STEM programs at local elementary schools with six different curriculum a year; they also offer exciting science summer camps, birthday parties, and assemblies.
The Science Matters goal is to ensure every child has meaningful hands on STEM experiences throughout their academic career.
Ages: Grades K-6
Location: After-school clubs in 30 schools across the following districts: Portland Public Schools, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Sherwood, Newburg, Tualatin, Lake Oswego
Let Trackers Earth fill afternoon hours with outdoor exploration or traditional wilderness craft. With programs for grades K-12 and small class sizes, Trackers expert educators can give individualized attention to students of all levels. Train in archery, martial arts, or photography; join epic-role play stories; or journey to greenspaces for nature-based explorations. Create your own schedule from 1-5 days a week of hands-on learning and adventure, and pick up as late as 6:00 p.m.
Ages: Grades K-12
Location: Trackers Earth Headquarters, 4617 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland
Yoga Playgrounds offers school based yoga and mindfulness classes to kids ages 2-12. Their fun and engaging classes are a perfect compliment to a busy school day and give kids the tools they need to live happier, healthier and more peaceful lives. Registering now for fall classes. Visit their website for more information and to register.
Location: Multiple schools in Portland
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