Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum
175 Beasley Road, Versailles
Entertaining and educational, the railroad museum and train rides in antique railroad equipment show how the railroads helped to mold our country and aid in its expansion. Open weekends from April through October. Museum, model trains and gift shop open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with 90-minute train rides at 2 p.m.
Bricks 4 Kidz – Lexington
Lexington & Central Kentucky
Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an atmosphere for children where they learn, build and we play…with LEGO Bricks. Programs are designed by engineers and architects and built around proprietary model plans and project kits that motivate children by reinforcing S.T.E.M. based principles. Each 1-hour class includes a lesson, model building with instructions, and creative build time.
The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 West Second Street
(859) 254-4175, ext. 21
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, dyslexia and ADHD. Staff includes certified dyslexia specialists, speech-language pathologists and teachers. Services include ACT Prep, reading intervention, cognitive therapy, math intervention, writing, study skills and test-taking strategies.
Eye Level of Lexington-West
4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd Suite 165
Eye Level is an after-school program offering both enrichment and remediation in math and English for children ages 3-18. Built on an educational philosophy and method where self-directed learning and critical thinking are at the core, Eye Level provides a customized learning experience that helps children develop academic skills and build confidence.
Jessamine County Public Library
193 Computrex Drive
Nicholasville / (859) 885-3523
Offers a variety of age-appropriate programs for children and teens from newborns through grade 12. For details about each month’s happenings and to register for programs, check the online calendar. Downloadable material and information also available at the web site. Library will be closed from Nov. 25 until the beginning of January, 2016 to move back to its home at 600 South Main Street.
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 3 through adults, creative movement, pre-ballet, eight levels of ballet, pointe, partnering, adult ballet, modern, character, contemporary dance, boys classes and performance opportunities. We also offer piano lessons. 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.
Cut and Paste Craft Studio
220 Ruccio Way, Ste. 180
Get your craft on at Cut and Paste! Offering drop-in crafting, preschool workshops, after school Craft Clubs, Mom’s Night Out Crafting, birthday parties and scouting outings.
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.
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 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 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, imaginations and understanding of drama.
Living Arts & Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
LASC is celebrating its 47th 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 are offered 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on No-School Days for Fayette County. These include fall break, election day, holiday and spring breaks as well. Morning, evening and Saturday classes are 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
1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles
Enjoy a large and unique playground with a 90-foot slide, five-decker treehouse, climbing walls, giant straw pyramid, 40-foot small slide. Kids can feed animals in the animal center and pick berries and fruits in season. Fall season will include hayrides, cornmaze, pony rides and the popular train ride. Treat the kids to an apple cider doughnut and wash it down with an apple cider slush while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the farm from a shaded back porch.
Dr. Kim’s World 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 are 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.
I Am 3rd Sports
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. Various locations. Registration deadlines are: Tennis, Sept. 25. Basketball, Oct. 27. Equine, available all year long. Soccer, fall season underway. Spring season registration opens in December.
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 are offered. New, online registration. First class is free.
Lexington Ice Skating & Recreation Center
560 Eureka Springs Drive
Offers public skating and ice skating lessons, three outdoor 18-hole mini-golf courses, plus basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer courts. Group lessons in figure skating or ice hockey for ages 4 and up and all levels of abilities. Classes are offered four days per week (Homeschool available). Ongoing registration offered. WiFi, tables for homework and snack bar are available.
The Little Gym of Lexington East
3101 Richmond Road, #309
Offers after-school classes for children of all ages, including gymnastics, dance (tap and ballet) and sports skills. Parents/Child and Pre-K classes help children channel their energy and reach developmental milestones. Grade school gymnastics classes are segmented to allow for varying developmental abilities. Class length is 45-60 minutes. Several days and options available
P.O. Box 24988, Lexington, 40524
(859) 223-5632 / www.lysa.org
LYSA provides soccer training and play for more than 3,000 Lexington kids ages 4 and up. Youth divisions are for ages 4 (by July 31, 2015) through 15 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.
Red River Gorge Zipline
455 Cliffview Road, Campton, Ky.
Red River Gorge Zipline in Cliffview Resort is an exhilarating five-line course. The first three lines take you through a canopy tour in which guests wiz through the trees and check out the local flora. The last two lines are the tallest and longest, soaring to heights of 350 feet and for lengths up to 2000 feet over the Cowan Fork Gorge. Expert guides ensure both guest safety and guest entertainment. Open seven days a week. Reservations highly recommended.
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.
YMCA of Central Kentucky
Various Locations / 859-254-9622
The YMCA offers safe, fun, high-quality child care programs for ages 5-13 years at various schools throughout Fayette and Scott counties. Programs are offered before and after school (depending on site) and at YMCA facility locations on days when school is closed. To register, visit ymcacky.org/afterschool.