The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 West Second St.
Offers seasonal classes in writing, graphic design, reading clubs, world languages for kids and parents; tutoring for students grades K-12; vibrant youth and family programs and exhibits; readings and other arts-related events designed to encourage an appreciation for all art forms and for learning in general. Many classes and events at the Carnegie Center are free, and wherever low-cost registration fees are required, scholarships are available to help those in need.
Curious Edge: The Reading Room
3306 Clays Mill Road, #203
(859) 899-EDGE (3343)
Provides after-school therapy sessions for students struggling academically, specializing in language processing disorders and dyslexia. Staff includes certified dyslexia specialists, speech-language pathologists and teachers. Services include reading intervention, cognitive therapy, math intervention, writing, study skills and test-taking strategies.
Gist Piano Academy
3901 Harrodsburg Rd., Suite 130
Offers private and group piano lessons for beginning to advanced piano students. Students have opportunities to participate in performances like Halloweekend, studio recitals, and other master classes and workshops. Gist offers each student a relationship with a gifted, professional instructor who will help students develop their playing skills and a love of music.
Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council
2277 Executive Drive
(859) 293-2621 or (800) 475-2621
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Open to all girls ages 5-17.
Jessamine County Public Library
600 South Main Street
Nicholasville / (859) 885-3523
Library offers a variety of age-appropriate programs for children and teens from babies through grade 12, including storytimes, Family Game Nights, Teen Animé & Manga Club, Lego Club, craft programs and many more. For complete details about each month’s happenings and to register for programs, check the online calendar.
The Kidz Club
1721 Maywick View Lane
The Kidz Club, a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care facility that provides child care for children who are medically fragile, offers programming before and after school and during all school breaks. Programming includes recreation, outdoor play, field trips and individualized lesson plans.
Lexington Public Library
Various Locations / (859) 231-5500
After-school activities include book clubs for young readers, homework help, crafts and more at all library branches.
185 Pasadena Drive #115
After-school and evening sessions offer cognitive skills training to help students perform better in school. The program exposes each student to a customized series of intense mental workouts, forcing the brain to strengthen, reorganize and even create new neural pathways.
Newton’s Attic, Inc.
4974 Old Versailles Road
Offers after-school, hands-on engineering, science and math enrichment for students 8 to 18 years old. Age-appropriate classes cover a range of subjects such as robotics, Lego Mindstorm projects, flying gadgets, basic engineering design processes and tool use for the creation of wood, metal and plastic projects. Students will hone skills such as critical thinking, engineering design, the application of basic science knowledge and craftsmanship.
3061 Fieldstone Way
Offers after-school help for study skills issues such as organization and test preparation, as well as help with homework subjects such as calculus, Spanish and chemistry. Individualized test preparation is available for the October ACT and SAT tests. The Tutoring Club helps students catch up or get ahead in math, reading or writing. Start any time.
Academy for Creative Excellence
UK Opera Theatre / (859) 494-3937
The A.C.E. programs train students to be lifelong learners in the performing arts, providing incremental, fundamental training in voice, theatre, dance, classical music, musical theatre and opera. Now in its fifth year, A.C.E. offers classes in individual and group vocal training, triple threat, acting tools, dance technique, tap, jazz, hip hop and a variety of audition and training workshops. Opportunities to perform include musical theatre productions, participation in local and national workshops, year-end recitals and collaborative performances with other arts organizations.
Bluegrass Youth Ballet
1595 Mercer Road, Suite 150
The after-school program serves ages 2 through adults, offering baby ballet, creative movement, pre-ballet, eight levels of ballet, pointe, partnering, adult ballet, modern and performance opportunities. New: boy classes. Lessons in Suzuki classical guitar, Suzuki violin, voice and piano are available. Spanish-spoken. TaeKwonDo classes available. Classes are located at the 9,000-square-foot facility CulturARTE, where Culture, Art & Community meet. The mission of BYB is to enhance lives by providing dance education in a positive environment for all youth through high-quality training, innovative performance and cultural experiences.
Explorium of Lexington
440 W. Short St. / (859) 258-3253
For more than 20 years, the Explorium of Lexington has offered hands-on exploration in science and the arts for kids of all ages. Enjoy favorite exhibits such as the Bubble Zone and Moonscape, or make your own art in the Explorium’s art gallery. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Lexington Ballet School
161 N. Mill St. / (859) 233-3925
Lexington Ballet School has provided classical ballet instruction for all abilities, ages 3 to adult, since 1974. Experienced professional dancers instruct all class levels. No audition is required and new students may attend free classes for level placement. Classes in jazz, pointe, and pas de deux are included in the curriculum as students progress. Students in Level 1-8 classes may perform in Lexington Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” and “Snow White.” There are no fees or costume purchases for performances, and limited need-based tuition scholarships are available.
Lexington Children’s Theatre
418 W. Short St. / (859) 254-4546
LCT offers after-school theatre classes and workshops for children ages 4-18. Classes are geared toward age groups and meet weekly during the fall, winter, spring and summer. LCT’s Theatre School is a unique and exciting opportunity for young people to explore the beauty, diversity, complexity and challenges of the world around them through the dramatic process. Students develop their own unique creative voices, their imaginations and their understanding of drama.
825 National Ave. / (859) 389-9681
Weekly clay classes for children ages 6-14. Handbuilding, sculpting and wheel-throwing projects for creative learning. Scout programs and parties also available.
Living Arts & Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
LASC is celebrating its 45th year of providing children, teens and adults with creative and unique classes, workshops, exhibits, field trip programs and participatory events in the arts and sciences. LASC offers after-school classes on weekdays in various elementary schools, and part- and full-day classes for K-8th grade students are offered 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on days that Fayette County schools are not in session. Morning, evening and Saturday classes are available for pre-school, K-12th and adults. Pre-registration for classes is required.
The Mad Potter
3385 Tates Creek Rd.
Creative fun for everyone, including pottery painting and glass fusing, plus Tuesday Diva Nights and Saturday Family Fun & Pizza Nights.
3270 Blazer Parkway, Suite 202
Offers group and private piano lessons (space is limited), classical and rock guitar lessons, drum lessons and vocal performance lessons in a safe environment. Lessons are offered to children, teens and adults in groups of four of the same age and/or level on full-sized, top-of-the-line digital pianos. All of the instructors at the studio are professional musicians who not only hold degrees and teach but perform in their field of expertise.
The Little Gym of Lexington East
3101 Richmond Road, #309
The Little Gym offers after-school classes for children of all ages, including gymnastics, dance (tap, ballet and hip hop), and sports skills. Preschool and kindergarten classes help your children channel all their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones. Grade school gymnastics classes are segmented to allow for varying developmental abilities, giving students the chance to tackle new challenges at their own skill level. Class length is 60 minutes. Several days and options are available.
I am 3rd Basketball
Centenary United Methodist Church
2800 Tates Creek Road
(859) 269-2800 ext. 260
I am 3rd is based on a simple belief that Christ is First, Others are Second, and I am 3rd. Through basketball and other recreation activities, I am 3rd works to foster athletic and spiritual development for all involved. Registering now for basketball leagues for kindergarten through 12th grade boys and kindergarten through eighth grade girls. Registration ends Oct. 28.
Kiddie Kapers & Company Dance
Lexington Park & Recreation
Tates Creek Community Center
Offers dance instruction for ages 2 to 18. Registration is underway for the 2013-2014 season. Classes begin the week of Sept. 23 and run through May 2014.
Legacy All Sports
261 Ruccio Way
Legacy All Sports is Central Kentucky’s largest program offering gymnastics, cheer, tumbling, freestyle gymnastics and dance for ages 15 months and up. Legacy is home to USAG girls and boys competitive teams and All Star Cheer. Also offered are school’s-out day camps, lunch bunch, preschool open gym and Saturday night Super Open Gyms.
Lexington Dance Factory
3120 Pimlico Pkwy, #118
Professional dance instruction without the professional cost. Offers dance classes for dancers ages 2-adult. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, and flip & hop. LDF also offers FREE Mommy & Me and boys’ dance classes.
Lexington Ice Skating & Recreation Center
560 Eureka Springs Drive
Offers three, 18-hole mini-golf courses until late September, plus ice skating lessons and public skating, as well as basketball and soccer courts until June. Group lessons in figure skating or ice hockey for boys and girls of all ages and abilities. Children work through a series of levels and are rewarded with sew-on badges and sticker progress books. Classes are offered four days per week (Home- school available). WiFi, tables for homework and snack bar available. Ongoing registration offered.
P.O. Box 24988, Lexington, 40524
(859) 223-5632 / firstname.lastname@example.org
LYSA provides soccer training and play for Lexington kids ages 4 and up. Youth divisions are for ages 4 (by July 31, 2013) through 15 for the fall season, and 4 through 17 for the spring season. Fall games start the weekend after Labor Day, and spring games begin in April. Online registration opens Dec. 1 for the spring. Information about clinics and camps is available at www.lysa.org. LYSA also offers TOPSoccer for players with intellectual and physical disabilities ages 4 and up. It also offers LFC for players interested in a competitive league with a higher level of play, and an Adult League with three seasons: spring, summer and fall.
1850 Bryant Road
Monkey Joe’s is a fun-filled inflatable play center with wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses that will keep your kids active, happy and healthy. Suitable for kids 12 years old and younger. Includes a Mini Monkey Zone toddler play area.
Premier Athletics of Lexington
1850 Bryant Road
Premier Athletics is home of the Kentucky Elite Allstars and Gymcats. Premier also offers a wide variety of cheerleading, gymnastics and dance classes throughout the week. From age 2 to adult, there is a class for everyone at Premier Athletics.
1210 Bel Mar Lane
Offers riding lessons to all ages and competition at horse shows. Lessons offered Tuesday-Sunday and year-round in indoor arena. Students will learn on show-quality lesson horses and ponies in either private or semi-private lessons that are tailored to suit each rider’s goals and skill level. Stable is on Bel Mar Lane, just off Tates Creek Road, a short drive from downtown Lexington.
194 N. Limestone Street
Spartan multi-sport camp options offered this fall for rising second through fifth graders. The camps begin in August and will feature baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, x-country and golf. For more information or to register visit www.sayreschool.org/athletics.
Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy
3601 Palomar Centre Drive
Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy is the only martial arts academy in Lexington approved by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) that teaches Olympic style Taekwondo. Also available are little tiger’s classes (3-5-year-olds), and youth, teen/adult and family classes along with demonstration and elite competition teams. Elite team members won 19 medals, including 11 gold medals, in 2012 U.S. Open national competition. All skill levels welcome. Classes teach discipline and self-control.
YMCA of Central Kentucky
School Age Care Program for children ages 5-13. Safe and fun, high-quality child care programs at various schools throughout Fayette, Jessamine and Scott counties. Programs offered before and after school (depending on site) and on days when school is closed.