After School / Weekend programs in and around Houston for Fall 2014 | Kids Out and About Houston

After School / Weekend programs in and around Houston for Fall 2014

After School / Weekend programs in and around Houston for Fall 2014

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

Back to School also means Back to After-School! This is KidsOutAndAbout's special annual newsletter on extracurricular programs for the 2014-2015 year! This resource is guaranteed to give you ideas for programs you never even knew existed! But we've organized it soit's not overwhelming. YOU'LL WANT TO SAVE THIS NEWSLETTER, so keep it in a handy place where you can refer to it often as you're considering options for your kids' enrichment. (If you get this at work, you might want to forward it to your home address.)

We have descriptions from several programs that have chosen to be featured in this resource; they are for every age and interest, from babies through teens. Get some great ideas for after-school and weekend stuff your kids can do!  Our Master List of Extracurricular Classes, by Subject, is a portal to hundreds of organizations that offer classes in our area.

Happy back-to-school!

Debra Ross, Publisher,



Academic - overall Organizations
    After-school/wraparound Organizations
    Creative Writing Organizations
    Tutoring / Test prep Organizations
    History Organizations
    Science Organizations
    Technology/Computers Organizations
    Mathematics Organizations
    Reading Organizations
    Nature/Outdoors Organizations
    Foreign Language Organizations
    Chess Organizations

Movie Making Classes After School at Joy Kids Studio!

After school Movie-Making classes at the Joy Kids Studio, located in West University! Students learn to write, direct, film and star in movies they make. Our program helps to build confidence and creativity. Student films are showcased at the historical River Oaks Theater where kids walk the Red Carpet and are Stars for the evening! Click here for lots more information.

Techno Chaos
At Techno Chaos in Sugar Land, our mission is to build future innovators: tech-savvy leaders who are inspired learners, problem-solvers and creators. Much of our activity is in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), so we offer summer camps, after-school and weekend classes and clubs, and special events. Parents and students say we have the best classes around! We believe learning should be fun, so we offer drop-in play with LEGO bricks, birthday parties and other fun events. 
Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids
Complement your child's traditional science classes at school with a superb after-school science program developed by a real polymers chemist.  It will simply feel like 50 minutes of pure fun to the kids but will actually be giving them the concentrated hands-on experience needed to really drive home the week's key concepts and learning. Always with our trademark hands-on activities, Little Beakers students will also learn the how, why and what of molecules through the use of molecular model sets, use microscopes, study the Periodic Table, and follow up hands-on experiments with the completion of reports showing their results, observations and conclusions.

Madam Newton Einstein Science Academy for Kids
Madam Newton Einstein Science Academy for Kids is a 3000 sq ft. hands-on science facility. Our goal is to bring hands-on, fun, creative and out of the box experiences to children between the ages of 4 -14 in an effort to create a lifelong curiosity.

Learning Rx
LearningRx is a successful nationwide network of brain training centers. We are a family of concerned and passionate educators, professionals, and local business owners who want to help kids and adults learn & perform faster, better, and more easily.
LearningRx - Colorado Springs, CO
Play Smarter Technologies brings the latest in children's education and development through fun and exciting enrichment classes! Our dynamic classes incorporate science, robotics, electronics, and art to schools, after school programs and preschools from Conroe to Houston. Parents can join in the fun with our online learning lab for a complete overview of our custom curriculum, projects, and extra activities the whole family can do together. To start Playing Smarter at your child's school, visit us at!

Futura Language Professionals
Futura Language Professionals is a community-based organization dedicated to teaching the Spanish and Chinese languages and promoting enthusiasm for the cultures they represent to children after school and during summer camps!
Futura Language Professionals of Wisconsin


Classes for preschoolers Organizations
Classes for Babies Organizations
9:00-9:45am 2-4-year-olds with parent: Preschool Partners at Pinkies Up is our program developed to promote early development by emphasizing movement, art, music and creative play. Weekly classes help your child achieve new milestones and prepare for more advanced challenges. You will be right there to celebrate every discovery. Choose your day Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for a 3-week session.

Arts: Performance 

Arts: Performance - overall Organizations
    Dance Organizations
    Drama/Musical theater Organizations
    Music - all Organizations
      Piano Organizations
      Strings (violin, etc) Organizations
      Wind/brass Organizations
      Guitar Organizations
      Drums/Percussion Organizations
      Voice/Chorus Organizations

Upstage Arts Youth Theater

We are dedicated to offering children the full theater experience in a positive and supportive manner. Upstage Arts encourages student participation in every aspect of each production including building and painting sets, running the technical booth, selling concessions, and working backstage during performances. Children who are responsible and show enthusiasm for creating an outstanding performance have the opportunity to perform in lead roles and even direct in our summer workshops. Situated in Webster, we offer Shows, Classes, Individual Voice and Acting classes, and programs almost every day of the week.
Please see the website for schedules and offers.

Crescendo Family Music
Crescendo family music offers Music Together classes for kids ages birth to 5 with (at least one) adult. We focus on bringing Music, Family, and Community together.We have added additional weekday classes starting in the fall, including Wednesday and Thursday mornings. See for more information, to sign up for a free trial class, and to register for our Fall session. We have a great time and hope you'll join us! In the words of one parent, "I know there are other classes that are closer to us and I have actually tried some out, but in my experience they haven't measured up to this one."

School of Rock - The Woodlands
At School of Rock - The Woodlands, we believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. 
Houston Family Arts Center (HFAC)
The HFAC Mainstage produces a broad mix of high-quality, family-friendly musicals, comedies, dramas, and new works. Its award-winning Actors Academy offers year round acting, singing, dance and musical theatre classes and productions.
Houston Family Arts Center - Houston, TX

Arts: Visual

    Arts: Visual - overall Organizations
        Film Organizations
        Painting/sculpture Organizations
        Photography Organizations
        Arts and Crafts Organizations

Movie Making Classes After School at Joy Kids Studio!
After school Movie-Making classes at the Joy Kids Studio, located in West University! Students learn to write, direct, film and star in movies they make. Our program helps to build confidence and creativity. Student films are showcased at the historical River Oaks Theater where kids walk the Red Carpet and are Stars for the evening! Click here for lots more info!
Young Picassos Houston is an Arts & Inspiration program for kids ages 6+. Our after-school programs focus on helping children gain the art skills,knowledge and confidence needed to create healthy expressions. Our mission is to promote compassion, empathy, build self-esteem, and confidence all through the making of art projects. It is our goal to inspire a lifetime of creativity. Classes begin September 4th. Galleria area. Professional art studio. Register on-line or 713.364.9214

Houston Center for Photography
Houston Center for Photography strives to connect people with photography. HCP offers year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, classes, and is home to a library housing more than 2,500 books on photography.
Houston Center for Photography - Houston, TX

Exercise & Health 

Exercise & Health - overall Organizations
    Canoeing and Kayaking Organizations
    Hiking Organizations
    Gymnastics Organizations
    Tennis Organizations
    Healthful Living/Yoga Organizations
    Horseback Riding Organizations
    Martial Arts Organizations
    Skating Organizations
    Skiing Organizations
    Swimming Organizations

Vault Houston: Aerial Circus Classes for Kids
You've visited the circus, now learn to be a part of it! Vault Houston offers a whimsical, wonderful way to stay active—Circus Arts.  Kids, age groups 7-9, 10-12, and 13-17, can learn aerial fabric, trapeze, hoop, hammock, and harness from professional aerialists in a fun, safe environment.  Students build strength and self-esteem while learning proper technique, skills, and combinations.  We’re conveniently located off I-10 on Spring Street in the Heights. Fall classes start mid-September. For more information about our Kids Program or to enroll in the upcoming session, visit us at  Don’t wait; space is limited! 

Does your child want to be a TRIATHLETE? SelecTRI can help your child achieve their goal in a fun and friendly environment! SelecTRI is a coaching company that provides individual and group triathlon training for youth and junior athletes, ages 6 to 19! SelecTRI’s MISSION is to inspire outstanding young multi-sport athletes to develop the necessary skills to seek challenges, unlock their full potential so they will succeed in life, as well as work together as a team to advance their community. Contact SelecTRI today for more information @ or 281-731-6474!

The elegant sport of fencing, always popular in Europe, is now gaining phenomenal popularity in the United States and in the Greater Houston area. Many Americans are discovering the benefits of fencing such as helping young people gain admission and scholarships to prestigious universities as well as providing a life-long sport in which physique and age are not limitations. Fencing is often referred to as Physical Chess. It develops both your mind and body. Alliance Fencing Academy is focused on providing a rewarding experience that will build confidence, reinforce teamwork and inspire the personal growth necessary for your child to take the next step in life.

ATA Taekwondo
ATA Taekwondo is a full-service family friendly Martial Art Academy changing lives in our community since 1985, voted by The Woodlands Online as the number 1 Martial Art Academy in North Houston. Tiny Tigers, for ages 3-6, teaches how to listen and follow directions in a fun and educational way. Our Karate for Kids program specializes in Self Confidence, Bully awareness, Self-Discipline, Self Defense, and how to set and achieve goals. Our Kickboxing Program, powered by Warrior X-Fit, helps each individual achieve their fitness goals and develop a winning attitude that can be used in everyday life. We also offer traditional training for Adult Martial Arts through our Adult Taekwondo Program. We offer a free one-on-one private lesson for anyone considering becoming involved in the best activity around called martial arts.
The Karate School
Learn self-defense while building confidence, patience, and respect. Training for school-aged children and for adults. You won't believe the benefits you and your child will receive while training with us. We are not just a "karate school" or simply a "day care".  We are both and we blend our programs together with exceptional results.  We offer after school pick-up for local schools.  This service includes three to four karate classes a week, homework time, and playtime/activities.  Enrich the life of your child with martial arts training, discipline and respect during normal day care hours.
Kuk Sool Won of The Woodlands West provides high-quality Martial Arts instruction in a positive, safe, and encouraging environment. Our kids program is an education, not a sport. We teach you to respect yourself and others and to do what is right. In our program, only positive reinforcement is used, and no child sits on the bench. We offer weekday and Saturday classes for kids, families, and adults, and a free 1-month no-obligation trial program. Kuk Sool Won™ is a systematic study of all of the traditional martial arts, which together comprise the Martial Arts history of Korea. As such, Kuk Sool Won is extremely well organized and seeks to integrate and explore all aspects of the traditional Korean martial arts. Contact us today: 281-259-6333.


Hands-on - overall Organizations
    Arts and Crafts Organizations
    Cooking Organizations
Young Chefs Academy Sugarland
Young Chefs Academy Sugar Land, TX offers cooking classes, summer camp and FUN and tasty Birthday Parties to kids & teens in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity.
Young Chefs Academy
Nature Discovery Center
We ignite lifelong curiosity, understanding, & respect for nature through education - science & nature based programs for children, adults, families, school & scout groups. We offer discovery rooms, classes, camps, birthday parties, & more!
Nature Discovery Center - Bellaire

Home Schooling

Home Schooling - overall Organizations


Religious - overall Organizations

Special Needs

Special Needs - overall Organizations
Brain Potential Institute
Brain Potential Institute offers brain training to help people with cognitive deficiencies such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism and more. Training can be done virtually through Skype for anyone in the world.
Halter, Inc.
HALTER provides special needs children an opportunity to ride, train, and love a miniature horse. In addition to the over 50 miniature horses at the HALTER facility, HALTER uses, rabbits, cats, sheep and goats in their pet therapy program.


Sports - overall Organizations
    Soccer Organizations
    Basketball Organizations
    Baseball Organizations
    Football Organizations
    Lacrosse Organizations
    Rock Climbing Organizations

The Woodlands SoccerCity
On 4+ acres on FM1488 at SH242, a unique blend of two air-conditioned indoor soccer fields and a future outdoor all-weather field. It’s a new 32,000 sq. ft. indoor facility set in a safe, welcoming environment where all the family will feel at home.
The Woodlands Soccer City - Conroe, TX
YMCA of Greater Houston
38 YMCA facilities and hundreds of program sites throughout the Greater Houston area provide character enrichment and fun activities for people of all ages, cultures and abilities. In 2010, more than 900,000 people in Houston were served through values-based Y programs such as child development and education, older youth and teen programming, health enhancement, wellness, camping, sports and recreation, community development, wellness, fellowship, refugee resettlement and affordable housing.