After-School Classes for Kids in Oakland, Berkeley and Beyond - 510 Families

After-School Classes for Kids in Oakland, Berkeley and Beyond

Looking for kids’ classes and lessons that will introduce your child to music, sports, and languages, or just keep them safe and happily busy after school? This guide to East Bay extracurricular activities is for you. Read on to find classes for makers, dancers, acrobats, and kids who need academic support.

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These listings represent PreK-12th East Bay on-site, in-person classes, for after-school and weekends.

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Adoptees Connecting Club (ACC) at the FAD PAD

ACC is a fun, safe and creative place for adoptees, 7-12, to explore their adoption story in a supportive and playful way through drawing, cooking, tai chi, movement, mindfulness, creative visualization, & drama. 4-8 kids only. Sat. from 1-5pm, 10/5, 11/2,12/7, 2024. Join the 17th season!

Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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Berkeley City Ballet

Berkeley City Ballet is Berkeley's premier school for classical ballet training. They offer Pre-Ballet classes for dancers ages 2.5 and up, weekly Youth Ballet classes for ages 8 and up, and a Pre-Professional Program for dancers ages 7 and up.

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

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Ceramics After School

Make CERAMICS! The kids create out of clay and glaze every week in this fast-paced class, so a lot of finished pieces come home. Materials and firings included. Beneficial socialization of different aged kids from 2nd to 8th grade in 9-week sessions. No right/wrong in art, only success & confidence.

Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School

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Club Kesher

Club Kesher is an after school program at Temple Sinai Oakland for K-5th graders. Club Kesher offers enriching programming that includes art, music, homework help and much more with pick up from local schools. 3-day, 4-day and 5-day options! Full day care when schools aren't in session.

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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Corner House Studio

Designed to build confidence, weekly mixed media art classes for ages 4-10 to explore drawing, painting, & sculpture in a supportive environment. 10% sibling discount.

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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El Cerrito Martial Arts

Transport picks up from Harding, Madera, Kensington, Ruth Acty, Thous. Oaks, Cornell, Marin, Ocean View. Classes run Monday through Saturday for ages 4-5 and 6-11. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (No Gi), fun Jiu-Jitsu games, techniques and sparring. Beginner friendly.

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

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FAD PAD After-School Enrichment Creative Classes for K-5th

The FAD PAD is a wonderful, creative, safe, magical outdoor space for fun, art, drama, cooking, storytelling, cooperative games, fabric crafts, fairy lore and starwitz (Harry Potter). Hammock, swings, tree to climb, and gardens to explore. 4-8 students, 1-3 days per wk, 16 weeks.

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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Firecracker Math

Ignite your child's passion for math. This dynamic enrichment program for ages 6-16 transforms challenging problems into intuitive and accessible concepts. Kids develop problem-solving skills and confidence through theoretical instruction + hands-on exercises like games, puzzles, and magic tricks.

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

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Luna Dance & Creativity

Luna Dance & Creativity invites kids ages 4-12 to a new light-filled, ADA-accessible, mirror-free studios for Creative Dance and Improvisation classes. Kids explore all the ways their bodies can move, learn to craft and share their own unique dances, and are celebrated as art makers.

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School

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Mr. D's Music Club - The Creative Spaces

The Creative Spaces at Mr. D's Music Club offers a performing arts enrichment after-school program for kids aged 8-12. In a supportive environment, kids explore singing, acting, and dancing, build confidence, and expand their artistic skills. No prior experience required. Trial classes available.

Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School

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Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir

With classes for ages 5-18, their mission is to advance the choral arts through education, performance, and collaboration at the highest artistic level, fostering individual development and international relationships. Lift your voice to connect, inspire, and unite through music!

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

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Soundwise Piano Studio

Join a community of creative pianists! Private Lessons, Piano Partner Lessons, and Group Classes available Monday-Saturday, with highly qualified teachers and a well-rounded curriculum. Trial lessons available now for fall enrollment.

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

theMADE Video Game Classes

At the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, industry professionals teach a wide range of free Saturday morning classes from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Children get hands-on experience and access to the all-playable video game museum floor both before and after class!

Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School

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Way to Glow Kids Yoga

At Way to Glow Kids Yoga, they playfully explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, mindfulness, cooperative games, and relaxation techniques. They work together to build strong bodies, open minds, peaceful hearts, and compassionate kids!

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School

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Writopia Lab

At Writopia Lab, they foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing. Workshops are run by published authors and are 15 weeks long and meet for 1.5 hours each week after-school.

Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

Discount code:

Register before 10/1/24 for a complimentary private writing session.

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Yama Kids Yoga

The YAMA KIDS YOGA curriculum is designed for kids ages 2 to 18. As children grow, programs adapt to their changing bodies and minds. Every class includes postures, breathing, mindfulness, meditation, and fun!

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

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Save $10 off first class with code YKY510CLASS

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Connection, community, and creativity through dance and martial arts | Photo: Destiny Arts

After-school activities for Pre-K-12 kids by type

Looking for younger kids? Here’s our (slightly outdated but still hecka useful) guide to toddler and baby classes >

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Best Art Classes for Kids in the East Bay

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Coding Classes for East Bay Kids

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Academic Support & Enrichment for East Bay Kids

Find academic support in math, reading, or study skills in the East Bay. Build confidence in group work or one-on-one ...
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K-12 World Language classes for East Bay kids

There are so many places in Oakland, Berkeley, and nearby that will immerse your school-age child in Spanish, Mandarin, French, ...
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Theater & Performing Arts Classes for Kids in the East Bay

Looking for musical theater or acting classes for kids or teens? Here are the Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda programs that ...
Dance Classes for Kids in the East Bay

Dance Classes for Kids in the East Bay

East Bay studios with afterschool and weekend dance classes for kids ...
BandWorks Oakland kid band

Music Classes for East Bay Kids

Looking for group-based music lessons for kids or teens? Here are the Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda programs that let kids ...
Youth Martial Arts at DJ's Martial Arts

Martial Arts Classes for East Bay Kids

There are so many places in Oakland, Berkeley, and nearby that will teach your school-age child the discipline and fitness ...
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Parkour and Ninja Warrior Classes for East Bay Kids

Gyms around the East Bay offering physical challenge classes that engage kids in parkour and ninja warrior training ...
Bandworks participants perform rock on the stage

Places Where Kids Can Rock Out: Music Camps and Classes in Oakland and Berkeley

Afterschool classes and summer camps that offer group music classes in the rock genre to school-aged kids in a handful ...

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2 thoughts on “After-School Classes for Kids in Oakland, Berkeley and Beyond”

  1. At the Oakland Zoo, ZooKids is a Saturday morning class for animal lovers age 5-6 that provides a fun and safe environment for children to have an independent experience at the zoo. A typical day includes a zoo tour, craft, meeting a small animal up close, and a snack. Sells out!

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