Our comprehensive guide to after-school activities in the arts, athletic and education fields, and more!

 

Studies show that kids benefit academically, emotionally and socially from just five hours of extracurricular enrichment programs each week -- including weekends. So take a look at our list and sign up your artists, athletes and scholars for an activity or two. We’ve got lots here to choose from that will meet any and all interests!

 

 

ARTS

 

City Park Movement and Art

4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans

504.390.7482

cityparkmovementandart.com

Offers a variety of classes for kids and adults, including Saturday Night Fun.

 

Contemporary Arts Center

900 Camp St., New Orleans

504.528.3805

cacno.org

Offering opportunities to become involved with performing and visual arts. FREE to children and students through 12th grade at all times; FREE  to all Louisiana Residents on Sundays.

 

New Orleans Museum of Art

One Collins C. Diboll Circle, New Orleans City Park

504.658.4100

noma.org

The Education Division at NOMA is dedicated to awakening the imaginations of children and adults through the visual arts.

 

Ogden After Hours, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

925 Camp St., New Orleans

504.539.9650

ogdenmuseum.org

The Ogden Museum is the place to go to hear great Southern music -- from blues and jazz to bluegrass and rockabilly Cajun, plus a kids’ art activity table. Thursday nights from 6-8 pm.  

 

Southern Arts Society

2619 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans

504.909.4278

facebook.com/southernartsociety

Fine art instruction studio for ages 9 and older.

 

Young Aspirations Young Artists, Inc. (YAYA)

3322 Lasalle St., New Orleans

504.529.3306

yayainc.com

Hosts free, weekly, after-school, art-making workshops for Central City youth between the ages of 5-12, plus glassblowing workshops for a fee.

 

Young Rembrandts of Southeast Louisiana

855.968.3729

youngrembrandts.com/selouisiana

Drawing lessons for children ages 3 ½ -12 as an afterschool program, visiting field trips, or weekly lessons at your school, community center, summer camp or other kid-friendly business. Week-long workshops also available. A teacher comes to your location with all materials needed.

 

 

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

 

Carrollton Boosters

Various locations throughout New Orleans

carrolltonboosters.org

A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational, intramural programs for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and lacrosse.

 

Louisiana Baseball & Softball Academy    

5620 Crawford St., Harahan

504.733.8660

louisianabsa.com

Featuring an indoor, 23,000-square-foot baseball and softball training facility for players of all skill levels and abilities.

 

 

DANCE

 

Articulate Motions Dance Academy

337 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans

504.410.6009 or 504.410.4999

amda.com

articulatemotions.com

Offers a variety of dance classes and styles, including ballet, acro, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, creative movement, cheer and choreography.

 

Creative Dance & Music Studio

2645 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey

504.390.2552

creativedanceandmusic.com

Dance classes and music lessons for all ages. Tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, voice, piano and guitar.

 

Dancer’s Pointe

5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie

504.455.5975

6268 Vicksburg St., New Orleans

504.265.8350

dancers-pointe.com

Spacious studios, marley dance floors and enrollment at an all-time high. Call to schedule a visit.

 

Dancing Grounds

3705 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans

504.535.5791

dancingrounds.org

Brings high-quality, inclusive and accessible dance education programs to New Orleans residents of all ages and backgrounds. 

 

Debby Dillehay Dance Studio

3745 Florida Ave., Kenner

504.468.3368

debbydillehaydance.com

Classes taught include tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, floor gymnastics/tumbling, and mom & tot.

 

Helena Hosch School of Dance

4631 West Napoleon Ave., Suite 1A, Metairie

504.455.3544

helenahoschdance.com

Offers classes in ballet, gymnastics, hip-hop, style and more for ages 2 to adult.

 

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

1118 Clearview Parkway., Metairie

504.885.2000

jpas.org

Featuring a Children’s Chorus & Youth Chorale, a Youth Summer Musical Theater, Theatre for Young Audiences, Theater Kids, and more.

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts

River Ridge School of Music and Dance, 2020 Dickory Ave., Suite 200, Harahan

504.738.3050

Mandeville School of Music, 316 Girod St., Mandeville

985.674.2992

Covington School of Music, 1111 Village Walk, Covington

985.590.4545

laapa.com

MiniMozart, Preschool Music and Dance, Creative Movement, piano, voice, tumbling, violin, guitar, drum. Ages 6 months to adult.

 

Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program

6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

504.865.3627

cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts/ballet

Offering classical ballet training for ages 5 and older.  Vaganova-style featuring live piano accompaniment.

 

Mari Milnar Dance Academy

900 Terry Parkway, Suite 320, Gretna

504.362.3503

marimilnardanceacademy.com

Offers Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary classes ages 2 to adult.

 

New Orleans Ballet Association

935 Gravier St., Suite 800, New Orleans

504.522.0996

nobadance.com

Tuition-free, year-round, comprehensive dance programs in 10 locations throughout Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes for ages 6-18.

 

New Orleans Dance Academy  

5956 Magazine St., New Orleans

504.899.3780

neworleansdancelessons.com

Dance training in ballet, flamenco, jazz, tap and hip hop from ages 1 ½ (Tiny Steps) to adult.

 

Off-Broadway Dance Studio

8125 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

504-861-1749

offbroadwaydancestudio.com

Degreed and professionally trained instructors offer classes to children ages 2 to adult in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop and more.

 

The Ryan School of Irish Dance
4413 N. Interstate 10 Service Road (Rhonda's Dance Studio), Metairie

irishdancelouisiana.com

Offers weekly classes for boys and girls in the traditional art of Irish step dance, from beginner to championship level.

 

Schramel Conservatory of Dance

920 Terpsichore St., New Orleans

504.210.0222

neworleansballettheatre.com

Ballet classes for children ages 3-18.

 

Upturn Arts

1719 Toledano St., New Orleans

504.390.8399

upturnarts.org

A fun and creative program that teaches children in the community to explore and build confidence in themselves as artists through visual arts, dance and theatre.

 

 

DRAMA & THEATER

 

Crescent City Lights Youth Theater

504.598.3800

crescentcitylights.org / info@crescentcitylights.org

Performing arts training in drama, voice and dance for youth.

 

Southern Rep Theatre

504.522.6545

southernrep.com

Kids ages 4-12 learn acting through performances.  After-school workshops with a twice a week musical theatre program, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center.

 

 

EDUCATION: LANGUAGE CLASSES

 

Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orleans

1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans

504.568.0770

af-neworleans.org

Little ones enter a world of speaking French. Before you know it, you’ll be hearing, “Bonjour, Maman et Papa!” Classes offered for ages 18 months and older.

 

¡Vamonos NOLA!

5818 Perrier St., New Orleans

504.495.2345

vamonosnola.com

Spanish immersion program including mommy & me, preschool classes, after-school classes, and home schooling groups.

 

 

EDUCATION: TUTORING & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

 

Kumon Math & Reading Centers

3440 Division St., Metairie

504.780.0010

1800 Carol Sue Ave., Gretna

504.368.0102;

2324 Barataria Blvd., Marrero

504.252.9130

4041 Williams Blvd., Space B6, Kenner

504.465.9952

kumon.com

The Kumon Math and Reading Programs are designed to advance your child’s comprehension and appreciation for learning – providing an edge throughout school.

 

SpiderSmart Learning Center of New Orleans

4437 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson

504.881.1788

spidersmart.com/new-orleans

An established tutoring service with nearly 30 years of experience helping kids in reading, writing, math, science and various testings.

 

 

GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING

 

All Star Gymnastics

2073 Bonn St., Harvey

504.328.3838

allstargymla.com

Classes for ages 2 and older, with a no-obligation first class.  Tiny tots, beginner gymnastics for boys and girls, and tumbling classes are offered.

 

Elmwood Gymnastics Academy

700 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite C, Harahan

504.733.4496

elmwoodfitness.com

Comprehensive instructional and competitive programs for all ages and abilities with certified coaches and instructors.

 

Empire Gymnastics Academy

4925 G Jefferson Highway, Jefferson

504.734.0644

empiregymnastics.net

8,000-square-foot facility with gymnastics equipment for ages 18 months to 18+ years. Offering  free trial classes for the first timers.  

 

Gym Rompers New Orleans and Metairie    

4000 W. Esplanade Ave., New Orleans

5212 S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans

504.481.0835

gymrompersfun.com

Weekly classes for children ages 6 months to 4 years and their caregivers. Classes use music and play to develop motor, verbal and social skills. Gym Rompers also specializes in birthdays for 1 to 5 year olds.  

 

Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy -- new home at Big Easy Sportsplex

800 Webb St., Jefferson  

504.889.9800

ivanovsgymnastics.com

Comprehensive instructional and competitive programs: gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 18 months to 15 years. Best birthday parties and holiday camps, too!

 

NOLA Gymnastics

1725 Dufossat St., New Orleans

504.782.6462

nolagymnastics.com

Beginner and Team Gymnastics for girls ages 6 and older. After-school gymnastics offered at McGehee, Sacred Heart, Ursuline and Newman.

 

 

HORSEBACK RIDING

 

Cascade Stables

700 East Drive, Audubon Park, New Orleans

504.891.2246

cascadestables.net

Lessons in a welcoming environment for horse enthusiasts of all ages.

 

Equest Farm

1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans City Park

504.483.9398

equestfarm.com

Provides a safe and wholesome environment for beginning through advanced riders. Regular lessons are offered for ages 6 and older.

 

Good Horse LLC

10639 Willow Dr., New Orleans

504.931.3166

goodhorse-llc.com

Provider of private, beginner riding lessons at their farm in lower coast Algiers. For ages 6 and older.

 

Pony Tales

156 Bertucci Lane, St. Rose

504.469.0148

ponytalesbirthdays.com/lessons.htm

Specializes in beginners and as well as those looking to move past a fear of horses. Ages 3 and older, and by appointment only.

 

 

MARTIAL ARTS

 

Church’s Karate Academy

4716 Paris Ave., New Orleans

504.309.6138

churchskarateacademy.com

Offers classes to help build confidence and self-esteem in children, so that kids can reach their full potential.

 

Hayashi Sports Clinic

5435 Laurel St., New Orleans

504.450.2353

nolajudo.com

Whether you wish to be an elite competitor, learn self-defense, or improve your fitness level, Hayashi can help you achieve your goals.

 

Louisiana Karate Association

706 Phosphor Ave., Suite C, Metairie

504.835.6825

lkakarate.com

Youth classes for 4-13 year olds, offers free uniform for beginners.

 

New Orleans Shotokan Academy

Various locations throughout New Orleans

504.432.8667

nosakarate.com

Traditional Shotokan karate for both children and adults.

 

New Orleans Karate Club

8611 Highway 23, Suite 2C, Belle Chasse

504.391.7200

neworleanskarate.net

Programs for children, teens and adults.

 

NOLA Aikido

3909 Bienville St., Suite 103, New Orleans

504.208.4861

nolaaikido.com

Offers training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and committed to helping every student, from beginner to advanced, learn and grow at their own pace. Children 4 and older, and adults.  

Tiger Rock Martial Arts International

605 Metairie Road, Suite D, Metairie

504.831.1110

trma340.tigerrockmartialarts.com

Offers youth and adult classes in Taekwondo, Xtreme Martial Arts, Traditional Weapons Training, Grappling, Hanmudo, Kisado Interval Fitness and YogaFit.

 

 

MUSIC

 

Beckwith Guitar Systems

2515 Williams Blvd., Kenner

504.559.5229

beguitarsys.com

Providing private instruction at the studio; ages 8 and older.

 

Carla’s Musikgarten New Orleans    

4600 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

938 Calhoun St., New Orleans

504.717.5044

carlasmusikgarten.com

Music and movement for babies and toddlers, music education for the young child, and piano classes.

 

Creative Dance & Music Studio

2645 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey

504.390.2552

creativedanceandmusic.com

Dance classes and music lessons for all ages. Tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, voice, piano and guitar.

 

The French Library

3811 Magazine St., New Orleans

504.267.3707

thefrenchlibrary.com

Offers weekly ukulele lessons for children ages 6-10.

 

Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra

7100 St. Charles Ave., Suite 207, New Orleans

504.861.1801

gnoyo.org

Provides young musicians the opportunity to participate in a high-quality, full orchestra program. 

 

Kindermusik with Madeline

Play & Grow Studios, 3900 General Taylor St., New Orleans

504.717.1076

playandgrowstudios.com

Kindermusik is a music and movement program for ages 0-6. Musical games and activities facilitate whole-child development in a fun, engaging parent-attended class.

 

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts

River Ridge School of Music and Dance, 2020 Dickory Ave., Suite 200, Harahan

504.738.3050

Mandeville School of Music, 316 Girod St., Mandeville

985.674.2992

Covington School of Music, 1111 Village Walk, Covington

985.590.4545

laapa.com

MiniMozart, Preschool Music and Dance, Creative Movement, piano, voice, tumbling, violin, guitar, and drum. Ages 6 months to adult.

 

Loyola Preparatory Arts Program  

6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

504.865.3627

cmfa.loyno.edu/prep-arts

Offering professional instruction in piano, violin, voice, guitar, ballet and Musikgarten.

 

New Orleans Children’s Chorus

504.482.2883

neworleanschildrenschorus.org

Through the singing of high quality music, young singers develop self-confidence, discipline and social skills, as well as musical knowledge. No child who truly wants to sing is ever turned away.

 

NATURE

 

Audubon Nature Institute

6500 Magazine St., New Orleans

504.861.2537

audubonnatureinstitute.org/youth-volunteers

Offers a variety of youth programs at the Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for junior high and high school students.

 

 

RUNNING

 

Girls on the Run New Orleans

7100 St. Charles Ave., 2nd floor, New Orleans

504.272.7786

www.gotrnola.org

Trained coaches lead small teams in dynamic discussions, activities and running games in this 10-week program for girls in grades 3-8. The program is held at schools throughout the metro area, as well as at community sites, for those children whose schools do not participate in the program.

 

 

SCIENCE/STEAM ENRICHMENT

 

Bricks 4 Kidz

Covington/Mandeville/New Orleans/Metairie

985.373.2114

985.705.0805

bricks4kidz.com/neworleans

Learn, build and play with LEGO bricks. STEM lessons for ages 3-13.  After-school classes, camps, field trips, parties and more.

 

Electric Girls

6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

505.850.7578

electricgirls.org

Offering opportunities for girls to explore their curiosity in technology by learning skills and concepts in electronics and programming. Participants will learn from other women and Electric Girls mentors, making workshops leadership and learning experiences for all.

 

Thinkerella

260 Hickory Ave., Suite D, Harahan

504.232.1394

mythinkerella.com

A hands-on, educational program for elementary and middle school girls and boys that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) experiments and activities.  

 

 

SOCCER

 

Carrollton Boosters

Various locations throughout New Orleans

carrolltonboosters.org

A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational, intramural programs for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and lacrosse.

 

FC New Orleans

5107 Venus St., New Orleans

504.288.6672

fcnola.com

Offering soccer programs, teams and training for ages 4 and older.

 

Louisiana Fire Juniors

1918 18th St., Kenner

504.465.8224

louisianafirejrs.com

A soccer program that provides players the opportunity to move from introductory play through professional development programs.

 

 

SPORTS FACILITIES

 

Ochsner Fitness Center KIDSPORTS

1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200, Harahan

504.733.1200

ochsnerfitness.com

Offers an array of exciting programs that combine fun and fitness in a safe and friendly atmosphere for ages 6 weeks-13 years.  

 

Jewish Community Center

5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

504.897.0143

3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie

504.887.5158

nojcc.org

Offers a wide variety of children’s activities, including sports leagues, ballet, martial arts, theater workshops and more.

 

Reily Center at Tulane University

31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans

504.865.5242

reilycenter.com

Swim lessons, Taekwondo and tennis lessons for members and non-members.

 

Belle Chasse YMCA

8101 Highway 23, Belle Chasse

504.392.9622

ymcaneworleans.org/bellechasse

Classes include preschool sports, martial arts, kids exercise classes and art club.

 

East Jefferson YMCA

6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie

504.888.9622

ymcaneworleans.org/eastjefferson

Offers soccer, football, martial arts, cheerleading and a youth fitness challenge.  

 

 

SWIMMING

 

Harry’s Dive Shop

4709 Airline Drive, Metairie

504.909.2220

swim-smart.net

Offering Swim-Smart, Baby & Me, and Aquababy classes. Ages 6 months and older.

 

Jewish Community Center

5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

504.897.0143

3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie

504.887.5158

nojcc.org

Stay cool in the JCC pools this summer! Adult lap swimming and lessons for all ages and abilities are available at both JCC locations.

 

Love Swimming

5221 S. Front St., New Orleans

504.891.4662

loveswimming.com

Year-round, Uptown swim school offering lessons from 6 months to adult in warm, saltwater pools.

 

Mr. Fish Swimming School

2215 Cleary Ave., Metairie

504.430.4201

mrfish.biz

Swimming lessons for ages 10 months to adult at the Elks Lodge Pool. Educating the Greater New Orleans area for 53 years.

 

NU WAVE Swim Club

teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=lawave

Year-round, competitive swim club with locations Uptown at Newman School and the Tulane Reily Center. More advanced groups practice at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Caters to swimmers at every level, from toddlers to adults.

 

Ochsner Fitness Center Aquatics

1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200, Harahan

504.733.1600

ochsnerfitness.com

First-class aquatics facilities allow a wide variety of aquatics programs for all ages and abilities.

 

Reily Center at Tulane University

31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans

504.865.5242

reilycenter.com

Swim lessons, Taekwondo and tennis lessons for members and non-members.

 

South Louisiana Swim Team

Locations in Metairie, Hammond, Laplace and New Orleans

504.256.6554

slst-seahorses.com

Year-round swim lessons, competitive swimming and technique classes.

 

 

TENNIS

 

Audubon Tennis

6320 Tchoupitoulas St., Audubon Park, New Orleans

504.895.1042

auduboninstitute.org/visit/audubon-park/favorites/tennis-lessons

Offering group, semi-private and private lessons for players ages 5 and older.

 

New Orleans City Park Tennis Center

1 Palm Drive, New Orleans

504.483.9383

neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/pepsi-tennis-center

Private and group lessons for ages 5 and older.

 

Reily Center at Tulane University

31 McAlister Drive, New Orleans

504.865.5242

reilycenter.com

Tennis lessons for members and non-members.

 

 

YOGA

 

Kidding Around

504.909.8881

kiddingaroundyoga.com/bella

Classes are geared toward kids ages 4-12. But they’re flexible -- like yoga; if you want to bring a 2-year-old or your grandmother, just ask.

 

Wild Lotus Yoga

4842 Perrier St., New Orleans

504.899.0047

wildlotusyoga.com

Classes include Mommy & Baby through age 16, plus periodic family yoga workshops.

 

Yoga Power Play

5811 Kensington Blvd., New Orleans

504.982.4778

yogapowerplay.com

Providing yoga to youth ages 4-17, their mission is for children to feel less stress, increase confidence and have fun.