The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 West Second Street
Offers seasonal classes in reading, writing and math for children; tutoring for students grades K-12; monthly Family Fun and Learning Nights; writing, graphic design and language classes for adults; author readings and other arts-related events designed to encourage an appreciation for all art forms. Many classes and events are free, and wherever low-cost registration fees are required, scholarships are available.
401 Lewis Hargett Circle, Suite 120
(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.
Jessamine County Public Library
600 South Main Street
Nicholasville / (859) 885-3523
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 and craft programs. For details about each month’s happenings and to register for programs, check the online calendar. This fall, the library will move to 193 Computrex Drive for approximately 18 months while the current building undergoes an expansion.
The Kidz Club
2200 Regency Road / (859) 224 0799
The Kidz Club is a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care facility that provides child care for children, birth-21 years, who have an eligible medical diagnosis. All day care as well as programming for before/after school and during all school breaks. Programming/Care includes recreation, outdoor play, field trips, nursing and therapy.
185 Pasadena Drive #115
After-school and evening sessions offer one-on-one 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.
Lexington Public Library
Various Locations / (859) 231-5500
After-school activities include book clubs for young readers, homework help and crafts at all library branches.
Newton’s Attic, Inc.
4974 Old Versailles Road
Offers after-school, hands-on engineering, science and math enrichment for students 6 to 18 years old. Age-appropriate STEM classes cover a range of subjects such as robotics, Lego Mindstorm projects, Minecraft Mod classes and other computer programming, basic engineering design processes and tool use for the creation of wood, metal and plastic projects. Students learn 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. Start any time.
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, character, contemporary dance, boys classes and performance opportunities. Classes are located at the 9,000-square-foot facility, CulturARTE, where Culture, Art & Community meet. BYB enhances 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 Street / (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.
Gist Piano Academy
3901 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 130
Offers private and group piano lessons for beginning to advanced students who may participate in performances like Halloweekend, studio recitals, and other master classes and workshops. Gifted, professional instructors help students develop playing skills and a love of music.
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.
Lexington Ballet School
161 N. Mill Street / (859) 233-3925
Provides classical ballet instruction for all abilities, ages 3 to adult. Experienced professional dancers instruct all class levels. No auditions; new students may attend free trial classes. Jazz, conditioning, pointe and partnering are included in the curriculum as students progress. Children in Ballet Level 1-8 may perform in LBC’s “The Nutcracker” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Lex. Opera House. No fees or costume purchases for performances. Need-based scholarships are available for tuition. The Lexington Ballet is celebrating its 40th season.
Lexington Children’s Theatre
418 W. Short Street / (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 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, imaginations and understanding of drama.
Living Arts & Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
LASC is celebrating its 46th 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. After-school classes on weekdays in various elementary schools, and part- and full-day classes for K-8th grade students offered 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on No-School Days for Fayette County, and during fall break for private schools and public schools in surrounding counties. Morning, evening and Saturday classes available for pre-school, K-12th and adults. Pre-registration is required.
The Mad Potter
3385 Tates Creek Road
Creative fun for everyone, including pottery painting and glass fusing, plus Tuesday Diva Nights and Saturday Family Fun & Pizza Nights.
Studio 88 Music Instruction
3270 Blazer Parkway, Suite 202
Offers group and private piano lessons (space is limited), classical and rock guitar, drum and vocal performance lessons in safe environment. Lessons 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 instructors are professional musicians who hold degrees, teach and perform in their field of expertise.
I am 3rd Basketball
Centenary United Methodist Church
2800 Tates Creek Road
(859) 269-2800 ext. 260
Through basketball, soccer, tennis and other recreation leagues, camps and activities, I am 3rd fosters 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. 25.
Legacy All Sports
261 Ruccio Way / (859) 977-8862
Central Kentucky’s largest program offering gymnastics, cheer, tumbling and dance for ages 15 months and up. Legacy is home to USAG girls and boys competitive teams, All Star Cheer and Company Dance. School’s-out day camps, lunch bunch, preschool open gym and Saturday night Super Open Gyms offered.
Lexington Dance Factory
3120 Pimlico Parkway, #118
Professional dance instruction without the professional cost. Dance classes for dancers ages 2-adult. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, flip & hop and boys. LDF also offers free Mommy & Me 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, basketball and soccer courts until June. Group lessons in figure skating or ice hockey for children 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 (Homeschool available). WiFi, tables for homework and snack bar available. Ongoing registration offered.
The Little Gym of Lexington East
3101 Richmond Road, #309
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 children channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones. Grade school gymnastics classes are segmented to allow for varying developmental abilities. Class length is 60 minutes. Several days and options available.
P.O. Box 24988, Lexington, 40524
(859) 223-5632 / www.lysa.org
Provides soccer training and play for Lexington kids ages 4 and up. Youth divisions are for ages 4 (by July 31, 2014) through 13 for fall season, and 4 through 17 for spring season. Fall games start the weekend after Labor Day; spring games begin in April. Online registration opens Dec. 1 for the spring. Clinics and camps are offered. TOPSoccer is for youth and adult players with intellectual and physical disabilities ages 4 and up. Lexington FC offers competitive play with higher skill level. Adult League has three seasons: spring, summer and fall.
1850 Bryant Road
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.
Salato Wildlife Education Center
1 Sportsman’s Lane
Frankfort / (502) 564-7863
http://fw.ky.gov (Click on Education)
Features indoor and outdoor exhibits of live animals in large, naturalistic habitats. Fishing lakes, picnic areas and hiking trails help active kids to have fun and learn something, too. Suitable for all ages.
Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy
3601 Palomar Centre Drive
Only martial arts academy in Lexington approved by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) that teaches Olympic style Taekwondo. Little Tiger classes (3-5-year-olds), youth, teen/adult and family classes along with demonstration and elite competition teams offered. Elite team members won gold and silver medals in the 2013 USAT National Championships. All skill levels welcome. Classes teach discipline and self-control.
YMCA of Central Kentucky
Various Locations / (859) 226-0393
The YMCA offers safe and fun, high-quality child enrichment programs for ages 5-13 years at various schools throughout Fayette and Scott counties. Programs offered before and after school (depending on site) and on days when school is closed. For more information or to register visit ymcacky.org/afterschool.