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September means it’s time to discover new enrichment opportunities for your child (and you?)!  After school programs are not limited to sports and each child needs a balance – don’t forget to find the “inner” actor, or artist, or geek, or . . .  Take a moment and open this quick article presented by the CT After School Network to learn “The Value of High-Quality After School Programs.”

Tell us what you’re interested and we’ll help you research “What Kids Want to Do”! Here are our current picks:

Performing arts challenges and inspires all ages (adult classes offered, also) so contact the talented educators at Hartford Stage. It is also a way to “build community and citizenship, to promote a passion for literacy and create expression, and to encourage life-long learning.”  Fall classes start Saturday, 9/21 – they are listed on our Event Calendar and you can save 10% with (mention “kidtivity” when you register). Ask for a copy of their flyer and we’ll email it to you!

Art projects can made be created in a weekly club format Friday after school at Pottery Piazza.  Or find a Let’s Gogh class at a school near you.  Pottery on the wheel should definitely be explored with Gildersleeve Pottery in Collinsville.

Hands-on learning continues after school for one hour with Mad Science‘s Secret Agent Lab – CSI, Detectives and Spy Gadgets, OH MY!  at specific schools around the state and Western MA – find a program near you.

Don’t forget to find out what your town offers and the ones surrounding (sometimes there isn’t even a difference in fees for non residents!) – high price doesn’t mean best quality so weigh your options.   There is also the YMCAs and 4-H Clubs (look under “Local” to find the county organization near you) around the state to research.

For more after school programs contact us for more ideas by commenting on this post below, share on Facebook, and always check the Event Calendar!

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