Guide to Richmond After-School Activities

After-School Activities GuideEvery year when my kids go back to school, there is at least a moderate amount of excitement. For them, the excitement is mostly about getting to see friends after a long summer. For me, the excitement is in thinking that, finally, I won’t hear “I’m bored” every five minutes. But, without fail, we all seem to forget the long hours that come after school.  Fortunately, Richmond offers a wide range of after-school activities for those hours, including sports, educational opportunities, artistic ventures and even programs for children with special needs. So whether you’re seeking full-time before and/or after school care or just need some added enrichment programs or physical activities to round out your child’s development, there is truly something for everyone in the Greater Richmond Area.

Take a look at our list of local after-school activities and enrichment programs and find the ones that work best for your children’s interests and your scheduling needs. And, of course, if there’s an after-school activity that we might have overlooked, be sure to let us know about it at cs@richmondmom.com!

Quick links:
Dance Classes
Sports Programs and Sports Skills Classes
Music Classes
Creative Arts and Activities
Academic and Tutoring
Multi-Activity Programs
Week-Long and Community-Led Programs
Special Needs Programs

 

DANCE CLASSES:

The Dance Studio takes pride in being known as Richmond’s traditional dance school.  Join in the fun, joy, and discipline of the art of dance and find out what keeps dancers coming back year after year.

Grace Arts is an organization making sure that the arts are available to all children in Richmond, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Through classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, drama, art, and more, Grace Arts is fostering creativity, teaching kids to believe in themselves, and building a community…one affordable class at a time. They serve individuals ages two to adult, and welcome anyone and everyone into their family! Many classes are available after 4 pm to allow for school schedules.

Heart of Ireland School of Dance is the choice for Irish dance instruction in Richmond. Located in Midlothian, they offer solo and ceili classes for all ages and abilities. All weekday classes are offered after 5 pm to accommodate school schedules and Saturday classes are available, as well.

Henrico PAL Dance Program is a FREE Dance Program for girls ages 6-16 years old sponsored by the Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL). Participants will learn fundamental dance warm-ups, stretches, techniques, and routines. All participants should have a real interest in dance, be willing to learn and be dedicated to attending classes. Dance Program takes place on Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Adams Elementary School.

J’Adore Dance Studio accepts students from the age of three up to the age of 18. Whether you have a beginner or an experienced dancer looking to further their skills, J’Adore has classes that can be taken during after school hours Monday through Friday at one of their two convenient Midlothian locations.

Liquid Performance Arts takes your dancer to the next level with a focus on training dancers through superior technique and showmanship. Their methods are designed to help your children pursue their dreams through well thought-out class offerings, flexible schedules, dedicated training, and FUN.

Regency Dance Academy was voted “Best Dance Studio for Children and Adults” in Richmond by Virginia by Richmond Magazine and “Favorite Dance Lessons” in the Family Favorites Issue by Style Weekly. They offer classes in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Modern/Contemporary.

Richmond Dance Center offers quality instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Dance Exercise and Creative Movement for children and adults. Since they began in 1976, they have been regarded on local, regional and national levels and were voted Best Dance Studio for Children in 2015 by Richmond Magazine. Full-year, fall and spring semester instruction is available with an annual recital in May.

The School of Richmond Ballet offers superior training for young people who aspire to have a professional ballet career, as well as those students who simply wish to enrich their lives through dance. Classes for school-age children are available in the afternoon to accommodate school schedules.

TwirlyQ offers baton twirling classes in private and group sessions. Their season runs from September until April and includes an end-of-season recital, as well as special performances throughout the year. Whether you are interested in learning figure-eights or becoming Miss Majorette of America, TwirlyQ is the baton club for you!

The Village Dance Studio believes that every child should have the opportunity to grow and develop in ways that only the arts can provide. Located on Parham Road in Richmond, their program educates, challenges and inspires in a personal, non-competitive atmosphere of learning and fun. Classes are available for boys and girls, ages 3 -18, and features both winter and spring recitals.

The West End Academy of Dance offers programs in ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz and tap for ages 3 ½ to adult. WEAD prides itself on being “your local neighborhood studio,” offering dance classes for all levels of experience with flexible class times to facilitate school schedules.

 

SPORTS PROGRAMS AND SPORTS SKILLS CLASSES:

ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers allows kids finish homework, have a snack and enjoy a wide array of after-school activities including swimming, crafts, and sports activities. Their after-school programs are available to members, as well as non-members, and provide transportation from select schools, including Bettie Weaver Elementary, Bon Air Elementary (after school only), Greenfield Elementary, Robious Elementary, and Robious Middle. With both before and after school care available for many area schools, ACAC gives children access to their Adventure Central space, which includes a game room, media room, creative center, theater and clubhouse, as well as outdoor turf, playgrounds and a pavilion.

Aerial East Gymnastics prides itself on being Mechanicsville’s only full-service gymnastics facility. As part of their class offerings, they provide specific classes geared towards school-aged children that allow kids to explore movement, tumbling, and flexibility in an after-school environment. Children will be divided into classes based on age and ability level.

CORE Kids Academy offers a wide variety of gymnastics classes for every age group, skill set, and schedule. Their lesson plans can be easily modified to the individual needs of each child, allowing instructors to incorporate students of all gymnastics abilities and backgrounds. Classes are grouped by age and skills are taught through personal coaching in a group setting.

Endorphin Fitness provides personal and team coaching for kids ages 5-19. Their team training consists of the Youth Development Team for ages 5-15 and a Junior Elite Team for ages 13-19. Both programs are coached by nationally recognized coaches and are designed to develop fitness, performance, and self-confidence. The Youth Development Team is open to all levels and provides flexibility to choose between one to five practices per week. The Junior Elite Team is for athletes who have met qualification standards and desire to prepare for national level competitions.

Grandmaster Dong’s Studio teaches children physical fitness, weight control, self-control, increased concentration, and respect for others through their Tae Kwon Do programs at four Richmond area locations. Family classes are also available at flexible times.

Henrico PAL: Free Open Gym Night takes place every Wednesday night from 6pm to 8pm and provides youth (ages 9 to 17 years old) with a safe haven to play basketball, a variety of other indoor sports, and hang out with other well-behaved youths.

i9 Sports is the first and fastest growing franchise of youth sports leagues in the United States. They offer youth sports leagues, camps, and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. To achieve their mission of helping kids succeed in life through sports, i9 Sports provides a youth sports experience unlike any other, teaching the importance of good sportsmanship on the field and in life.

Little Gym of Glen Allen doesn’t just cater to the younger kids! They also offer classes gymnastics, dance, sports skills and karate classes for children up to the age of 12 in a safe, fun and nurturing after-school environment.

Martial Arts of West End offers after-school programs that focus on building confidence and self-discipline, improving grades, teaching respect for self and others, and developing a “Yes I can!” attitude. They provide transportation from your child’s school to their facility, as well as time for training, study, fun activities and more.

Martial Arts World of Chesterfield teaches focus, respect, discipline, and self-esteem in a safe environment that will prepare your child for success both in and out of the classroom. Their unique after-school program provides transportation from your child’s school to their facility and offers snack time, structured study time, skill development, activities and daily martial arts training. Full-Day, Winter and Spring Break Camps are also available. Martial arts training has been proven to improve listening skills, self-discipline, test-taking, and grades.

Martial Arts World Midlothian helps to develop self-esteem, confidence, and athleticism with their special After School Program. Transportation is provided from your child’s school to the facility where your child will receive daily training, complete homework, participate in exciting activities and more.

Other Martial Arts World locations include Glen Allen, Chester, Hopewell, Hanover, and Powhatan.

Overtime Athletics provides a wide array of after-school sports programs to enhance your child’s athleticism, teach teamwork and build self-confidence. They work with your parent organization or school administration to set-up before and after school programs with online registration and payment capabilities for families. They can have flyers created for your school and dropped off in bundles in each classroom – all free of charge to the school. See what programs are available or learn how to get your school involved here.

Richmond City Youth Programs are offered by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. They offer programs for city youth in fitness, athletics, aquatics, and dance. Athletic programs include dance, football, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, boxing, cheerleading, tennis, and track and field.

Richmond Ice Zone offers hockey and skating instruction for youth ages 4-18 with classes available for all skill levels, including parent/child options. Trial skating lessons are available and many camps are available throughout the year, in addition to regular classes.

Richmond Olympiad has four area locations that offer multi-level gymnastics classes from Intro Gymnastics classes to Medalist Programs for advanced gymnasts. See specific class schedules for each location here: West End / Gaskins Centre, Hanover, Trade Road / Southside, Chesterfield Airport.

Richmond Traditional Martial Arts serves the Hanover / Mechanicsville area with an after-school activities program that provides school pick-up, homework supervision, a snack and an organized break period – all in addition to daily martial arts training!

Richmond Twisters offers All-Star Competitive Cheerleading, as well as team and recreational gymnastics classes in a fun, positive, instructional environment. Gymnastics classes are available for ages 1 ½ to 18 to accommodate all skill levels. All classes, including Mommy & Me and preschool classes are available after 3:30 pm to facilitate work and school schedules.

River City Youth Fitness strives to create an environment where children can develop a positive attitude towards physical activities and create healthy habits that will last a lifetime. RCYF has a wide selection of gymnastics classes for children of all ages, including specific classes designed for school-aged children.

Skate Nation Plus offers hockey and skating instruction for youth ages 4-18 with classes available for all skill levels, including parent/child options. Trial skating lessons are available and many camps are available throughout the year, in addition to regular classes.

Twist Gymnastics emphasizes physical fitness, strength, and flexibility to allow students to master basic gymnastics skills and progress to intermediate and advanced levels. With both recreational and team levels available, girls of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the benefits of gymnastics as a fun, after-school activity.

Upward Sports’ programs are available nationwide for a variety of sports including soccer, flag football, basketball, and cheerleading. Their recreational and performance sports’ programs teach sports skills and values and with family-friendly schedules. Click here to locate an Upward Sports’ program in the Richmond area.

Virginia Outside After School Enrichment provides on-site and off-site outdoor adventures in the Greater Richmond area. Their programs include enrichment programs on-site at local schools for mountain biking, fishing, and outdoor adventure. These programs are completed in partnership with the schools. But if your school doesn’t offer their programs, your child can still participate in off-site after-school activities for mountain biking, fishing, and outdoor adventure. All programs offer a guided environment that allows kids to have fun while discovering their own abilities, creating self-esteem and building character. After school programs provide transportation from school and to various outdoor sites. They currently have programs planned at Steward School, St. Michael’s School, Fox Elementary and the JCC in Richmond. Click here to learn more.

 

MUSIC AND INSTRUMENTS:

The Academy of Music’s mission is to provide everyone, no matter their age or experience, an enriching music education through instrumental or vocal study, ensemble participation and/or music classes.  Private instruction and group classes available.

Bach to Rock makes learning music fun. Private and group lessons are available for any instrument, any style, for any age. Students can join a band and take advantage of supervised band-coaching sessions, which, in turn, lead to public performances, recording sessions, and Battles of the Bands.

BGA School of Music offers transportation to and from school, piano lessons, drum lessons, dance lessons, homework assistance, a snack, and more! To ensure that every child has access to their before and after school program, BGA School of Music accepts social services.

The Center For Creative Arts hosts private lessons in guitar, piano, drums, flute, violin, voice and more at their Shady Grove United Methodist Church location in the Far West End. In addition to music, they also provide lessons and training in ballet for young dancers (ages 3 ½ to 6 years), as well as chess classes and art lessons for children and teens. Lessons are taught by professionals who work with each student to meet their artistic goals and develop their skills.

Friends Association for Children offers music education as a weekly component of their early Child Development Program in toddler and pre-school classes. However, they also provide school-age children with free private music lesson instruction or the opportunity to participate in various dance, sign-language, and handbell groups.

Greater Richmond Children’s Choir offers boys and girls ages 8-18 the opportunity to excel through the graduated study and performance of high-quality choral music with the Richmond area’s finest vocal ensemble for children.

Greater Richmond School of Music, located in Mechanicsville and at St. Benedict School in Richmond, offers private lessons and group classes for children and teens in many areas of study.  They also have a comprehensive homeschooling program.

Grove Avenue Piano School is Richmond’s fastest growing music lesson program. They now offer private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, drum, mandolin, bass, and banjo at their Westhampton location, as well as piano at their Fan and Central Montessori School locations. Their dedicated staff teaches to all ages and experience levels. Visit them at the link above to learn more about their online portal and mobile app that allows students at all locations to schedule lessons and book piano tunings.

The Lesson Studio at Music and Arts provides customized lesson plans built to fit all levels, ages, and genres of music. Their goal is to support musicians from beginner to advanced with professional instruction in a fun environment. In addition to lessons, they also offer instrument sales, rentals, and repairs. Click here to request private lessons at their Richmond location.

Midlothian Music Lessons is committed to providing the kind of teachers who can help any student gain lifelong music skills if they are willing to spend their time learning. Lessons are available in guitar, woodwind, violin, piano, cello, and drum.

Musikgarten of the West End has been teaching classes since 1996 and offers music & movement and keyboard for children from birth to age 10.  Nurturing everyone’s music aptitude by engaging children and their families through singing and movement activities.

Richmond Piano has supported the local music and arts community for the past 35 years. From young students to adults, beginners to advanced musicians, their instructors are dedicated to helping each student achieve his or her musical goals.

 

CREATIVE ARTS AND ACTIVITIES:

All Fired Up is a hands-on clay-painting workshop that is fun for kids and parents alike. Their after-school clay programs are ideal for building special relationships, developing problem-solving skills and fostering holistic thinking, as well as helping to bring out children’s creativity and sense of expression. They offer eight different clay building programs that can be used as after-school enrichment by schools, as well as an in-studio after-school program that offers lessons in pottery painting, glass fusing, wet clay building, and wheel throwing at either their Midlothian or Short Pump location.

ART IS FUN! offers art lessons in Richmond’s West End for beginning or advanced students, ages K-Adult.  Have fun while learning serious art skills and techniques.  All mediums are offered, including pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, pastels, oil pastels, acrylic, oil painting, printmaking, and mixed media. All classes, workshops, and summer camps are taught by an experienced, award-winning professional artist. K-12 classes are offered Monday – Thursday at 3 pm and 5 pm. Click here to learn more.

Center for Creative Arts offers art lessons for everyone from children to adults. Their professional instructors help children and teens refine their creativity and enhance their creative expression. In addition to art classes, they also offer chess classes and ballet for young dancers, as well as private instruction in guitar, piano, drums, flute, violin, voice and more at their location at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in the Far West End.

Character Works is a non-profit after-school theater program for students ages 4-19. They are committed to honoring Christ, building character and creating community through quality theater. They host a wide variety of core classes in drama, voice, and dance, plus specialty classes during fall, winter and spring sessions.  During the final class week of each session, a high-energy “SHOWCASE” is presented by each class where students will perform songs, scenes, dances and other forms of performance to show what they’ve learned. Students participating in classes are also eligible to audition for main-stage productions.

Color Me Mine is a ceramics painting studio that offers in-house after-school enrichment in their studio, in addition to kiln room tours, basic hand-building with clay, Paint Me A Story, reading incentives and more. Plus, they provide in-school enrichment classes in local area schools. Classes can be one session or more than six week and can be tailored to your budget and curriculum.

The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen offers visual arts classes and pottery for kids on both weekdays and weekends at their location in the old Glen Allen School. Select classes are available for youth (ages 8+) and teens as one-time workshops or in ongoing sessions.

Drama Kids International has provided innovative programs to tens of thousands of children in the USA since 1999. The local Drama Kids chapter offers classes for multiple age levels in locations throughout Richmond, Glen Allen, Henrico, Hanover, Chester, and Chesterfield.

Edible Education is a cooking school for youth. They travel to schools, community centers and events with all the food and equipment necessary to provide hands-on cooking instruction and school enrichment in five or six-week sessions. In the summer, they offer Camp C.H.E.F. where kids cook up fun all week long. Contact them to learn about enrichment programs in your school or group, or visit their class schedule to sign your child up for individual classes.

HATTheatre has been located in RVA’s far west end since 1993 and is the only professional theatre in RVA that offers year-round classes for all ages. Their after-school enrichment programs offer fun, exciting, low pressure, non-competitive theater training and acting opportunities for kids ages 5 to 18. Explore comedy, drama, improv, musical theatre, behind the scenes, and much more in an environment where everyone gets their moment to shine. HATTheatre on-stage performance training provides life skills and confidence that lasts a lifetime.

Richmond Young Writers is a creative writing incubator for ages 9-17. They offer once-a-week fall and winter/spring after-school workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, comics, and other topics. Be sure to check back in the summer, as well, for 18 different week-long creative writing camps that include guest author appearances, snacks, deep thoughts, and lasting relationships with other young writers.

SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) offers a graduated performing arts curriculum for beginners, experienced students and advanced young actors at locations throughout Richmond. Classes are available for pre-K through twelfth grade and teach singing, acting, dancing and more.

Swift Creek Academy of the Performing Arts (SCAPA) is located in Midlothian and offers classes in dance, drama, instrumental and vocal music for students ages 3 to adult.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers after school art classes for kids ages six to 14. Examples of class offerings include Learn to Sew, Metal Creations, Digital Photography, Imaginative Movie Making and much more. After school classes run one weekday per week from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Weekend workshops run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For teens aged 15 to 18, Art League offers an immersive art experience for teens who want to extend their artistic practice and potentially prepare portfolios for the art school admission process.

Young Chef’s Academy’s weekly classes are designed to help young chefs explore cuisines while building upon basic skills. Classes are available for age groups ranging from 4 to 18 years old. Each class adds a heap of kitchen safety, a scoop of etiquette, a handful of table setting, a pinch of menu planning and laughter to taste. See their special offers for great deals on classes.

 

ACADEMIC & TUTORING:

Bricks 4 Kidz’ after-school classes build on the universal popularity of LEGO® bricks to deliver a high quality of educational play. Kids construct a new model each week based on exciting themes from space to sports, amusement parks to animals. They offer centers in Henrico, Midlothian, and Chester. Click here to find your nearest location.

Championship Chess offers chess camps and after school enrichment classes at elementary and middle schools throughout the Richmond metro area. Open classes are currently available at Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond every Friday from 3:50 pm – 4:50 pm during the school year.

Club SciKidz offers after-school STEM programs with carefully designed inquiry-centered lessons that provide hands-on activities to capture children’s curiosity, stimulate their interest in science, and teach them important scientific principle and critical thinking skills. Call them at (804) 548-4787 to learn more about current after-school locations.

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring, operating in Richmond since 2004, offers one-on-one tutoring for all grades and subjects.

College Nannies and Tutors of Richmond provides trained, professional tutors for one-on-one help for all grades and subjects. College Nannies and Tutors of Richmond hires local tutors who know your student’s curriculum and can create a customized approach to everything from test taking to essay writing.

CommuniKids language enrichment programs offer weekly classes in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for children aged 18 months to 8 years. Their unique curriculum and teaching style creates a playful and nurturing environment that immerses students in a second language.

The Development Center is a children’s technology lab designed to teach kids of all ages and skill levels. Their after-school program provides transportation to the center where kids will enjoy a nutritious snack, homework assistance, quiet reading time, and an exciting guided Technology class where they will learn the fundamentals of technology and be introduced to coding and much more. The program is open until 6:30 pm with no extra fees for non-school days and early dismissal days.

Engineering for Kids offers after-school enrichment programs at schools in the Greater Richmond area. Click here to learn more about local school offerings or to find out how to get your school enrolled in their pre-K through 8th grade programs.

Henrico PAL Chess Program is a free chess club for boys and girls ages 6-18 years old. While it helps for participants to have some familiarity with the game of chess, it is not mandatory. Informal lessons will be provided to beginners. The Chess Club meets on Friday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Henrico County Training Center.

Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading academic enrichment program. Their personalized approach helps children learn math and reading concepts based on their ability, rather than their age or grade. Richmond offers five area locations, including Midlothian at Westchester Commons, Glen Allen at Short Pump, Henrico at West Tower, Richmond at Regency and Richmond at Pocono Crossing. Click here to find the location nearest you.

Lama Learning promotes the idea that in order for children to be successful, they must have a strong foundation. LAMA (Language Arts & Math Associates) Learning is a student-centered, educational service company dedicated to providing students with the highest level of language arts and math instruction; K-12 tutoring in all subjects; and a variety of educational workshops. Their unique and creative approach to teaching and learning will help any child build confidence and achieve success in school.

Language Artists uses arts and crafts to create new language skills. Located in Chesterfield County, they currently teach French language classes to children ages 3-12 years old. Most classes are taught in small groups with a maximum of seven children. There are weekly classes, spring break specials, pop-in days, and off-site preschool enrichment and after-school programs. Transportation is even available for select areas. Contact them at (804) 489-1605 to learn more!

Mad Science after-school enrichment provides fun, interactive and educational hands-on activities for grades K through 5. Their programs allow children to touch, see, hear, feel and taste what science is all about. Mad Science provides over 90 area schools and community centers with enrichment classes held after school and on weekends. They provide printed flyers, online registration and payment processing and class rosters at no cost to schools. Clubs can run for four-, six- or eight-week sessions and offer over 50 different class topics.

Mathnasium’s goal is to significantly increase your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject. They offer six Richmond area locations including Tuckahoe, Mechanicsville, Chester, Short Pump, Midlothian and Wood Lake. Click here to find the one nearest you.

Short Pump Reading & Math specializes in tutoring for students who have difficulty with reading, spelling or math or who have dyslexia.  I offer one-to-one tutoring for students ages 5-adult using the Orton-Gillingham approach which is a systematic, structured, explicit, multi-sensory approach that is proven to greatly benefit students who have had difficulty learning to reading and spell using traditional approaches.  Your child will gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a confident reader and speller.

Smart Solutions Tutoring is a local tutoring group that focuses on writing skill and creates customized goals for students ages 8 to 18 based on his or her individual needs and desires. Classes focus on building confidence and finding a voice both on and off the page. They offer six-hour contracts throughout the school year and summer with flexible scheduling.

Sylvan Learning Center motivates your child to succeed and thrive by making learning personal. Sylvan provides math tutoring, reading tutoring, writing tutoring, study skills help, homework help, summer camps, SAT/ACT® prep, state test prep and college prep. Their innovative approach teaches kids how to learn in a personal way, so they build their confidence and get inspired to do great things! Visit their Midlothian location website to get started.

Teachigo is a free online resource that helps you find tutors in your area. Browse a wide range of tutors to find the one that is right for your child, then select, message and arrange lessons through their safe, free internal messaging system.

Tech Em Studios is an after-school technology program that offers classes, camps and training focused on applied computer science and computer-aided design. With courses in coding, 3D printing, software design and device building, Tech Em’s instructors teach students at all levels the critical STEM-related skills required in the 21st century. By emphasizing art in technology, Tech Em helps students understand the exciting and evolving relationship between technology and art. Classes are available for elementary through high school students, as well as adults.

Tutor Doctor offers trusted in-home tutoring for the Chesterfield and Midlothian areas. They understand how important a well-rounded education is to future success and that habits and attitudes learned early in life are likely to follow your child throughout his or her life. To facilitate your child’s learning, Tutor Doctor evaluate every student closely to identify his or her needs and track progress. They offer tailored learning plans, customized tutor-matching, collaboration with teachers, flexible scheduling, and in-home convenience.

Tutoring Club provides tutoring for students of all academic levels, kindergarten through 12th grade. Tutoring Club offers individualized instruction in exclusive TutorAid programs for math, reading, writing, SAT and ACT preparation, study skills, and more. They offer personal tutors in the Glen Allen / Short Pump area.

 

MULTI-ACTIVITY PROGRAMS:

Challenge Discovery offers after-school programs designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Challenge Discovery’s After School Enrichment Programs focus on creative interaction, playful challenges, and teamwork.  Their activities are unique, comprehensive and follow a thorough curriculum that lasts between 4–6 weeks, culminating with a final experience that will keep the kids talking.

Greater Richmond YMCAs after-school programs provide children and teens with a safe environment where they can learn values and positive behaviors while exploring their unique talents and interests. YMCA offers programs in youth sports, music, arts and more to help children realize their potential.

Mary and Frances Youth Center – VCU (Lobs & Lessons) offers afterschool programming five days a week. Youth in the program are participants with one of several community partner organizations. Participants will receive specialized help with homework, college and career exploration and prep, and one-on-one and team tennis instruction.

Sabot Stony Point Beyond The Classroom offers an array of extracurricular after-school activities that provide opportunities for children and adults to delve deeper into particular interests, dabble in unfamiliar techniques or pastimes, and embark on entirely new ventures.

Weinstein JCC offers exciting and dynamic after-school activities designed to meet the demands of today’s working families. Programs are available for preschool, elementary school, middle school, and families. Their facility offers nurturing and enriching quality childcare for children both after school and on “School’s Out” days.

 

WEEK-LONG AND COMMUNITY-LED PROGRAMS:

Bright Horizons, Short Pump offers a wealth of enrichment activities that engage the interests of school-age children before and after school. Their relaxed setting allows children to live, learn and socialize outside of school and is also available for school closings and holidays, as well as for backup care.

ChildTime Learning Centers offer five before and after school “Clubhouse” programs to meet the needs of busy families. They offer a fun, educational way to start and end each school day for school-age children (up to 12 years old), featuring activities focused on goal-setting and reflection, as well as providing homework support, team-building, and physical activity. Click here to schedule a tour at one of their eight area locations.

City of Richmond Parks and Rec After School Program allows children who are in kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in educational and recreational after-school activities, including arts and crafts, music, dance, nature and the environment, games and sports, and much more. They promote the “learning is fun” philosophy with care available from the end of the school day until 5:30 pm every day that school is in session.

Friends Association for Children provides a Youth Development Program at the John C. Purnell, Jr. Child Development Center for children ages 6 to 18 years of age who live in the Jackson Ward community. The program offers activities designed to increase students’ physical, emotional, social and intellectual skills, as well as providing homework assistance and tutoring, after-school activities, and a chance to learn citizenship, character, and leadership.

Greater Richmond ARC’s After school activities provide structured recreational and leisure opportunities – both in the community and center-based – for school-aged persons with developmental disabilities. ARC has two after-school sites – on Richmond City’s Northside and at Camp Baker in Chesterfield County.

Henrico PAL After School Program provides Henrico County youth with a safe environment in which to explore a wide variety of educational and recreational opportunities. The program encourages participants to broaden their horizons and focuses on developing positive relationships between police officers and youth while engaging in enriching experiences. The first hour of the After School Program is solely dedicated to homework and studying. Each location is supervised by police officers, school teachers, athletic coaches, and college students. See a complete list of participating schools and register here.

Higher Achievement’s Afterschool Academy provides homework coaching, an elective, dinner, and two hours of intensive small group academic mentoring in math, literature, and seminars. Designed for middle school students, the program nurtures an environment of high achievement with the goal to have all participants graduated from high school and ready for college by 2030. Click here to find the Richmond Area Achievement Center nearest you.

Jack and Jill School’s after-school activities provide homework assistance, supervised play, computers, Drama, Music, stretch ‘n’ grow, playground time and more in a safe, stimulating and relaxed environment. Transportation is available from the following elementary schools: Ridge, Pemberton, Skipwith, Maybeury, Tuckahoe, Pinchbeck, Jackson Davis, Crestview, Three Chopt, Gayton, and Carver.

La Petite Academy offers before and after school programs for school-age children up to the age of 12. Their programs are designed to provide a great start and finish to every day with healthy breakfasts and snacks, plus fun, educational activities. They offer three convenient Richmond area locations on Springfield Road in Glen Allen, Old Hundred Road in Midlothian, and Church Road in Richmond. Click here to schedule an online tour.

The Launch Academy offers a safe and affordable place to come for after-school activities. Located at the Richmond Community Church, they provide enrichment opportunities by partnering with local programs like Engineering for Kids and Smart Solution Tutoring. Homework is completed daily with degreed and certified teachers. You can drop your child off daily, or transportation is provided from the following elementary schools: Shady Grove, Rivers Edge, Kaechele, Twin Hickory and Colonial Trail Elementary Schools. Please visit their website to learn more.

Skipwith Academy delivers quality before and after school care for school-age children, including complimentary transportation to and from local schools, breakfast and snacks, and enriching educational and physical activities. Their Youth Zone program offers opportunity to complete homework assignments in quiet areas, as well as various clubs based on their interests such as jewelry making, step dancing, art, chess, sports, and soccer or basketball. Children also have the time to work on special projects together like robotics, movie making, pottery making, and games. Visit the school locator to learn more about their ten area locations.

Tuckaway Child Development and Early Education Centers provide comprehensive before and after school care for families in the Greater Richmond area. Click here to see a complete list of schools that offer after-school transportation to each of Tuckaway’s six area locations.

The Village at Rainbow Station’s multiple locations throughout Richmond offer your school-age child (up to age 14) stimulating recreational activities and homework supervision. Their nationally accredited school aged recreation program is designed to meet the changing academic, recreational and social needs of children. Staffed by specially trained and degreed recreational counselors, recreational instructors, and recreational assistants, the program encourages and promotes choice while instilling leadership skills and values.

The Youth Life Learning Center provides safe and structured after-school activities for children. Certified teachers and trained volunteer mentors instruct children daily from 2:30 pm – 6 pm to encourage them to complete their homework successfully and strengthen their academic skills. Click here to see a list of programs or contact the Youth Life Foundation Learning Center nearest you.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS:

Brain Balance Achievement Centers provides comprehensive supplemental care for children with special needs ranging from ADHD to autism. They establish a unique plan for each child that includes sensory motor work, eye tracking, core exercises, academic skill training, healthy nutrition and many other activities that work to bolster a child’s developmental deficits. What is unique is that Brain Balance brings all these activities together in one program, including monitoring and reporting on a child’s progress. To learn more or to see if your child can benefit from Brain Balance’s programs, request information online or contact one of their centers in Midlothian or Glen Allen.

Dominion Youth Services enriches the lives of the people they serve by instilling in them a belief that they have the capabilities to achieve their goals. They provide programs that allow individuals to develop the skills necessary for success with a supportive, caring staff. They provide a broad array of services to include mental health, education, intellectual disabilities, and autism. Click here to learn more.

FAITH (Furtherance of Autism with Interventions, Treatment and Health Services) offers in-home training, at school assistance (if applicable), and community setting training to teach skills that will help your child meet typical developmental milestones. Program development is customized to your child’s needs and uses positive training techniques. FAITH uses both BCBA services and behavioral technician tutors to help you and your child reach their goals.

Greater Richmond ARC’s after school activities provide structured recreational and leisure opportunities – both in the community and center-based – for school-aged persons (up to the age of 21) with developmental disabilities. They provide exciting activities like field trips to restaurants, museums, libraries, and parks; golfing, swimming and bowling outings; and volunteer opportunities at animal shelters and recycling centers. The program is open everyday school day until 6 pm, including early release days. Holiday and summer care is also available. For more information, call (804) 358-1874.

Next Steps Behavioral Center provides high-quality, customized, and person-centered Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) therapies for children, teenagers, and young adults. They serve individuals diagnosed with Autism and related disabilities or who are seeking help for either reducing problem behavior or increasing skill acquisition. In addition to therapy, they offer social skills groups, educational seminars, training, and consultation.

Sarah Dooley Center for Autism is part of St. Joseph’s Villa’s comprehensive care program. The center prepares students with autism for the fullest possible life as adults. Serving children and youth ages 5 to 22, they focus on building real-world skills that lead to self-sufficiency, all in a structured, nurturing environment. Local school systems from across Central Virginia place students in the Sarah Dooley Center and in many cases, tuition is paid by the student’s local school system with no charge to the parent(s).

Short Pump Reading & Math offers specialized tutoring for students who have difficulty with reading, spelling or math or who have dyslexia. They provide one-to-one tutoring for students ages five to adult using the Orton-Gillingham approach. This method is a systematic, structured, explicit, multi-sensory approach that has been proven to greatly benefit students who have difficulty learning to read and spell using traditional approaches.  Your child will gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a confident reader and speller.

St. Joseph’s Villa After School and Day Support program is available for weekday after-school and all-day programs, providing recreational services when school is not in session. To best serve individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, the staff-to-client ratio does not exceed 1:4. Day support programs are available for both children and adults.