Looking for After School Activities with Artistic Flair?

Whether dance, music, acting or drawing, exposure to culture and the arts benefit children’s lives in so many ways. These important classes, which are lacking in most regular school programs, can help improve motor skills and coordination, focus, problem-solving, quick-thinking and responsibility. In-turn, this can positively impact academic performance as well as social and emotional development. Early participation and engagement in such creative activities are most valuable as it allows for emotional expression, acceptance, inspiration and innovation - key aspects for a successful future.

Many studies have proven that students who engage in after-school artistic classes experience less disciplinary actions and higher academic scores. Why not register for a few of these great enrichment programs below. They are all enrolling now! Some even offer both on-line and in-person. 

Essex Youth Theatre  
Montclair’s Premiere Acting School for Kids where young actors get an equal part and the opportunity to perform in four exciting musicals, plus creative dramatics. The program offers kids great musical-theater instruction and productions in a nurturing, fun and friendly atmosphere, allowing every student to shine. Class size is small, with lots of individual attention. Improvisation, theater games and more! Ages 6-13 and taught by Artistic Director Janet Sales. 973.746.3303 or email essexyouththeater@comcast.net.

Arena STEM Pre-K Zone

Want to get a headstart on your toddler’s education? Visit Arena STEM’s brand-new Arena PRE-K toddler Zone at Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ!  Offering a variety of activities on top of an exciting STEM program that will guide your youngster on a path of great success! Your toddler will have an hour in our safe environment to learn and grow, supervised at all times by our dedicated staff. Learning activities include STEM books, arts and crafts, beginner engineer kits, building blocks, reading games, and so much more! For more information, feel free to contact us at 201-301-8144.


House of Dezign  
Unique Fashion Design Academy for all levels, kids from age 6, tweens, teens through adult. Classes offer instruction in mood boards, tailoring, designing, draping, sketching, and sewing in the hopes to nurture creativity, calm, focus, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. 973-908-3575 or email info@houseofdezign.com


Mason Gross School of the Arts  
Founded at Rutgers University and known for rigorous training with professional working artists as teachers, students can learn dance, film & animation, music, theater and art & design.  Or your child can draw, paint, and design all from the comfort of your own home!  They have online and in person programs this fall. For ages 4 and up. 848.932.1500. 

World-Class Performing Art Center with Top-Notch Performing Arts Classes offering a kaleidoscope of classes in many styles of music, dance, acting, band, Hip Hop, Jazz and theater. These Saturday performing arts programs start at $50 per class. 973-353-7058.

Spring Academy Enrichment Programs for Grades K and above
Spring Academy is a Montessori based school for PreK and K, but also offers after school programs for Grades K and above. Their after school enrichment include small classes in English Reading/Writing/Math, and tutoring. What's included: Homework Help, Foreign Language (Chinese Language study daily), Math additional practice and help, Science taught by certified Chemistry teacher teaching various science concepts using a easy to understand and fun method. Other optional programs include Language Arts, Critical Thinking, English & Math Tutoring, Middle School / High School Math. Link to learn more. Two locations: Warren and Westfield. 

So I Heard Music  
Down-to-Earth, State-of-the-Art Lessons in Piano, Drum, Guitar, Voice & Production Taught the Way Kids Learn - all levels. Get ready to learn online or in person and get inspired to play, read, write and record music you like. Music therapists are also available for those on the autism spectrum , ADD, ADHD and more. Gillette (908.991.4646) and Millburn (973.232.5111) locations. Book an online trial lesson!

School of Rock  
Performance-based Teaching Techniques in Piano & Keyboard, Guitar, Drums & Voice - all levels - inspiring your child’s inner rock star. With multiple programs to choose from your budding musician can learn technique, confidence and artistic expression online or in person. Link to all 3 locations in Chatham, Clark and Cresskill. Ask for Back To School special discount.


NJ Youth Chorus   
The New Jersey Youth Chorus, NJYC is home to choristers in grades 3-12 from various towns throughout northern and central New Jersey. This unique musical education encourages love and appreciation for choral music. This program inspires children to surpass expectations and become extraordinary. NJYC's calendar varies from season to season, but each ensemble can expect a mix of performance opportunities, workshops, festivals, collaborations, community outreach, social gatherings, and service events. Their choir groups also travel domestically and internationally. Don't miss their auditions. 973-998-5670 or email admin@njyouthchorus.org



Turning Pointe Dance Center
Nurturing Creativity and Passion through the Expression of Movement for 29 years! This facility (both locations in Springfield and Union) offers a strong dance technique while promoting self-confidence and the love of dance. Offering recreational classes as well as performance company and competitive opportunities, this studio has something for every dancer, beginner to advanced, and boys and girls ages 2 - 18. Acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, modern, musical theater, pointe and tap scheduled 6 days a week. Come sample a free trial class by calling 973.376.2111 or email info@turningpointedancecenter.com.

Wharton Institute for the Arts
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) comprises the Performing Arts School, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and Paterson Music Project as New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving 1,500 students. Based out of Berkeley Heights, they provide classes in acting, voice, instruments and more, as well as virtual programs. See their courses. info@whartonarts.org

HELP YOUR KIDS BUILD A WELL-ROUNDED WAY-OF-LIFE BY EMBRACING CREATIVITY!  We'll be adding more to this list as we learn and connect with others.  Please keep checking back. Thanks for supporting the arts! 


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