Five Enriching and Entertaining Afterschool Classes In Connecticut

January 13, 2012 9:00 AM

By Dani Frank

Gymnastics, Pee-Wee football, cheerleading and Chinese lessons, enriching the life of your youngster with extracurricular activities is practically law for the proactive parent. But if you’re taking away the video games and TV time for some after-school enrichment, choosing activities your kids will actually enjoy is crucial. From tap-dancing to cake decorating, these five classes will work with your child’s natural talents and help them pick up a trick or two.
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The Silo
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT 06776
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Grab your pots and pans and take a trip to the Silo, Hunt Hill Farm’s culinary school, for some culinary instruction courtesy of a Bravo Top Chef and PBS-featured chef. The Silo’s “Silo Kids” program will give kids a head start on crafting cuisine a bit more fancy than a PB&J. The Silo offers classes year-round – and kids as young as age 5 can get in on the action, with themed sessions like gingerbread house construction to Italian cooking and various culinary creations. Sign up early, as classes tend to fill up fast.

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Explore the Outdoors

Two Coyotes Wilderness School
1230 Johnson Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525
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Study Connecticut’s abundant wilderness and turn your kids into environmental experts, with a program at the Two Coyotes Wilderness School. Two Coyotes caters to kids of all ages; the Nature Skills program will ease younger children into the outdoors, and the Wildwood Rangers program teaches advanced skills, from fire making to archery. After an education at Two Coyotes, kids will leave with an education and enjoyment of their natural surroundings, as well as life-saving skills for surviving in the wild.

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All the World’s a Stage

The Enchanted Garden
165 Danbury Road
Studio One
Ridgefield, CT 06877
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The Enchanted Garden will have your child on the fast track to stardom, or at least teach them to carry a tune. Teach kids about the business of show business as early as age 3, in the Off-Broadway Kids Jr. program, with storytelling, improvisation and singing and dancing. Enchanted Garden offers a full selection of dance classes, from hip hop to ballet, as well as Shakespeare programs, a gymnastic safari for babies and even yoga. Sing, dance, or even stretch your way to stardom.

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Pincushions, Patterns and Pillows

Sew Create and Celebrate
5 Guild Drive
Norwalk, CT 06850
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The name says it all; Sew Create and Celebrate will have you celebrating your crafty kids and their handiwork, from stuffed animals to pillows to upholstering furniture. Children under 7 years old will learn patterns and create vests, skirts and more by hand. Older kids can learn how to maneuver a sewing machine as well as participate in knitting or slipcover stitching classes as they wish. Begin with a simple envelope purse and work your way up to covering couches and chairs, with the fabric and pattern of your choice.

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Small Samurais & Karate Kids

100 Percent Martial Arts
2450 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
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Ralph Macchio will have nothing on your karate kid after a few lessons at 100 Percent Marital Arts in Glastonbury. From the Small Samurai program for 3 year olds to the Core Karate session for teens, your children will be fit, focused and a pro at practicing self-defense. Performance martial arts will engage kids in high-energy routines, interspersing flips and tricks with classic poses. Enrolling the entire brood will give you the most for your money, with siblings receiving 15% off in the program of their choice within the school.

Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton, Connecticut. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, she is most happy when traversing the East Coast and beyond and documenting it all for curious readers. Read her further work at

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