Northeast Ohio Enrichment Activities Guide

Northeast Ohio Enrichment Activities Guide

Enrichment activities for kids in Ohio

From arts, music, theater and dance to tutoring, nature, sports and more, here’s the rundown of what your child can do after the last class bell rings.

Boy Scouts
Get your Passport to Adventure for a full year of exciting and fun activities with Cub Scouts. Scouting wants to welcome your son and whole family this fall; come join the fun. Archery, camping, hiking, campfires and s’mores — and more — are ready for you, so visit now.

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Little Leaf Wednesdays take place at 5 p.m. and run from Sept. 6 through Oct. 25. Join for leaf-based art projects with a different nature theme each week in Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Hershey Children’s Garden this fall. Free with admission. 216-721-1600,

Cleveland City Dance
Nurture your passion and talent with inspiring teachers in an encouraging and professional environment. Experience the joy of dance, develop confidence, poise and social skills in small classes for personal attention, encouraging each student’s maximum potential. Classes available for children and adults with performing opportunities, including the “Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker.” 216-295-2222,

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center offers after school speech-language therapy, as well as reading and written expression therapy with individual and group therapy for all ages, led by a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). Locations in South Euclid, Broadview Heights and University Circle. 216-231-8787,

Dance Beatz
Dance class for boys and girls ages 2 and older. Registration for the 2017-18 dance year begins Aug. 2. Registration hours are Monday and Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Dancers gain self-confidence, grace, determination, coordination, overall discipline, and lifelong friendship. Schedule of classes and registration information available online. 330-784-3822,

Early Steps Learning Center’s School Age Academy
Now enrolling children for before and after school programs located in Richmond Heights and Wickliffe. Providing an enriched learning environment using a formal curriculum. Homework and tutoring assistance is available. Enjoy a fun-filled program with computer, art and crafts, Wii games, and more. Open during all school closings.

The Fine Arts Association
The Fine Arts Association is a non-profit arts organization offering classes, workshops and private instruction for all ages and ability levels in the disciplines of music, art, dance, theatre, and music and art therapies. Fine Arts also presents a full season of theatre performances, concerts and cultural activities. 440-951-7500,

French Creek Theatre Actor Training
Starting Monday, Sept. 11 from 6-7 p.m., children in grades sixth through 12th will learn performance skills and staging techniques to encourage and promote the budding actors and actresses within. Group meets Sept. 11, 18, and 25. cost is $15 for all dates. Please pre-register by Sept. 6 at 440-949-5200.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Offering hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, with abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills, Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. Plus, it’s backed by more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field. Visit to learn more.

Goldfish Swim School
Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (4:1 student to teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, open enrollment, flexible scheduling and a generous make-up policy. Goldfish also offers weekly family swims and party packages. Cleveland East Side: 216-364-9090, Fairview: 440-333-5393, Hudson: 234-380-4400;

Greater Cleveland Aquarium
ZZZs in the Seas overnights, Fish Feeding Adventures, Small Fry sensory exploration and Stingray Art experiences — whether your daughter is a budding marine scientist or your son just loves sharks, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium offers interactive programs for kids who are inspired by the underwater world. 216-862-8803,

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Students in grades first through fourth are invited to explore Huntington Reservation, learn from wildlife rehabilitation experts and visit space with resident astronomers at Explorers Club. Students will meet monthly after school from September through November at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. 440-871-2900,

Lawrence School
At Lawrence School, students have the opportunity to participate in more than 30 extracurricular clubs and leadership organizations, as well as a full array of sports teams, in a way that allows them to explore their diverse personal interests, give back to the community, and help shape their school experience. Lower School 440-526-0003, Upper School 330-908-6800;

Math Monkey
Is your child bored in math class or need a boost in confidence? Math Monkey is unlike any other math enrichment program. The program is designed to get students excited about math. Combining game-based lessons with savvy mental strategies gives your children the confidence they need to succeed. Schedule your free trial. 440-914-0060,

The Music Settlement
The Music Settlement offers all-ages music instruction and music therapy weekdays and Saturdays, plus early childhood education and Arts for the Young. Best of the East “Best Music Instruction” winner in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Dance classes for all ages with Inlet Dance Theatre. Coming Fall 2018 to Ohio City! Sort by age and enroll online. 216-421-5806 ext. 100,

Music Therapy Enrichment Center
More than 16 years of the highest quality traditional, adapted, and pre-music lessons, individual and group music therapy, and early childhood music classes. MTEC makes music accessible to all ages and abilities. Open Monday through Saturday. Contact MTEC for your free evaluation. 440-250-0091,

Royalton Music Center
Royalton Music Center’s nationally recognized lesson program is dedicated to providing the best in music education with over 40 degreed instructors. It offers private lessons on more than 20 different instruments, from piano and guitar to voice, flute, ukulele and more. RMC also features recitals, master classes, group classes and ensembles. Youngsters ages 0-6 can take Kindermusik music and movement classes. 440-237-9400,

Thrive Arts Center
Thrive Arts Center celebrates each child — beginning with Kindermusik and extending into instrument and voice lessons, dance, theatre, and visual arts. It offers individually-curated experiences that allow your child to grow and learn and love what they do here. Thrive knows what makes hearts beat a little faster — how to find that on-switch that lights up faces — and staff looks forward to each and every opportunity to do just that. Enrolling now for fall classes and lessons. 216-991-1063,

Tutor Doctor
Experience the Tutor Doctor Difference. Tutor Doctor provides a personalized one-to-one, in-home tutoring service to students of all ages. The company understands that everyone learns differently, so it offers a unique approach and customizes its program to fit your needs. 440-328-4166,

What kids do after school is as important as what they do at school. YMCA Before and After School Programs help children to reach their full potential by providing academic support and hands-on enrichment experiences in a safe and structured environment. Located across Northeast Ohio, the Y offers individualized programs that include homework assistance, healthy snacks, and activities that encourage learning and positive interaction. Designed for students from kindergarten through sixth grade and administered by certified Y professionals, the before and after school enrichment programs provide a safe, engaging environment that reinforces the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. Programs are offered at schools and other venues throughout Northeast Ohio. Transportation is available at select locations. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ready for the best school year ever? Visit to find a location in your area.

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