I was recently told about a relatively unique after school/weekend activity for kids: Chinese Dance Lessons. The source showed me videos and told me the teacher is wonderful. I was so impressed with the simple beauty and grace of the dances, and how they involved the dancers’ whole bodies and facial expressions. I am always looking out for other interesting after school ideas.
My kids currently do: Roller Skating Lessons (fun/very cheap), Ballet Lessons, Piano Lessons and Swimming. These activities fluctuate by time of the year and the amount of energy my wife and I have to spend driving them around. We’ve done gymnastics in the past as well.
Other popular sports activities:
If you’re interested in academic activities for the gifted and talented kids, I have heard great things about Johns Hopkins Gifted Youth Program. They have interesting courses after school, in the summer and on the weekends. Also, for young kids who don’t attend preschool, Glenelg Country School has activities for kids during the week. There is also after school academic programs in math and science.
What ideas do you have? By the way, here is a list of places to hold a birthday party in Howard County–many of them would also be great after school activities!