Frugal Family: Picking the Perfect After-School Activity
Programs in Monmouth County to keep your kids busy this fall.
It's back to school here in Monmouth County and while your days may not be as fun-filled as they were this summer, there's still plenty for the kids to do this fall. This week, we're going to take a look at some fun places your kids can go for after-school activities that will allow them to have fun, make friends, and stay active.
The following are just a sample of what we have available for kids in our area, so keep your eyes out for other creative outlets that will suit your child.
The Art Room Studio & Gallery
Registration is still being taken for The Art Room's fall 2011 classes, which begin on September 12. Classes for kids as young as three years old are just as fun as those scheduled for teens adults. Students become engaged in the art activities they're pursuing, and the teachers enable everyone to shine at their own pace. Classes are available Monday through Saturday from mornings through evenings. Please call 732-842-0027 for more information.
Small Factory Productions Fall Classes
Since 2008 Small Factory Productions, located on 560 River Road, Suite C in Fair Haven, NJ, has helped build innovative minds through its award-winning children's arts and technology programs. This fall, the company launches Small Factory School of the Arts with an Open House of free activities and consultations on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Contact Small Factory at 732-212-1088 or email@example.com with questions or to register your child(ren) for the free day of activities. Free parking on site. Visit www.mysmallfactory.com for a full listing of School of the Arts classes, rates and schedules.
Freehold Academy of Performing Arts
Girls and boys from every corner of Monmouth County make Freehold Academy of Performing Arts (or FAPA as it's affectionately known), their home for everything entertainment. Known for premier instruction in all types of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, acrobatics, modern, hip hop, street, and pop and lock, FAPA's staff of hands-on instructors bring out the best in your child.
The school offers classes for children ages three years to adult. Classes are scheduled throughout the week and Saturdays, from mornings, through afternoons and evenings. Call 732-625-0900 for more information.
Count Basie Theatre's Performing Arts Academy
Registration is now available for Count Basie Theatre's Performing Arts Fall session. Each session is approximately ten weeks long, and consists of performing arts specialties such as chorus, musical theater, Broadway basics, beginning acting, junior and senior pop/rock vocal ensembles, acting for television, a comedy workshop and much more. All your child needs is the ability to want to learn more. It's a perfect place for the child that needs to come out of their shell a bit more, the child who has no problem with shyness, and everyone in between! Please call 732-842-9000 for more information, or visit countbasietheatre.org/education for more.
Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts
- Cambridge Square Mall, 280 Route 9, Marlboro
- Kohl's Shopping Center, 798 Route 35, Middletown
- Office Max Plaza, 35 South St., Eatontown
One of the hottest forms of the martial arts is MMA, or mixed martial arts. Tiger Schulmann's takes three of the most popular types, Muay Thai, boxing and Jiu Jitsu and puts them under the same roof, so you can see which one is a perfect fit for you. Their latest trial offer promotion comes with a free pair of gloves and a free class. They also offer a kids martial arts program in which children learn determination, get greater confidence, and gain improved focus. For more information, call 1-866-891-1955.
One of the most interesting places to learn the art of sports in Monmouth County, Frozen Ropes takes sports to an entirely new level. Their curriculum and teaching philosophy is based on over 20 years of experience in player development. From their 3-4-year-old program called Born to Play, to programs for elementary, middle, high-schoolers and college-bound seniors, there's something for everyone and many different techniques available to help your child perfect whatever sport they are interested in.
Frozen Ropes even have a program called Brain Day for baseball and softball players, ages 12-18, which helps youngsters deal with competitive anxiety. Please call 732-380-0400 for more information.