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.

Thank you to our sponsors for underwriting this guide to after-school activities: FireCracker MathJunior Center of Art and ScienceMr. D’s Music Club, Future Star Baseball, BlackBox Studios, Way to Glow Kids Yoga, Kate Campbell Piano Studio, Pacific Boychoir, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Creations Berkeley, Ceramics After School, FAD PAD Creative Enrichment, Open Minds Early School, Future Star Baseball, The People’s Conservatory, and San Francisco Girls Chorus. Sponsors are indicated with logos. All other entries are based on publicly available information and may be evolving.

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

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A Life Worth Learning - OMES After School

Reggio-Emilia inspired classrooms that offer academic enrichment for TK-5th graders looking to explore empathy & collaboration through creative movement, visual art, writing, and conversation. Located in Montclair. School pickup offered! 3-5 days a week. Sessions are 10-12 weeks long.

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

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Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

From acting and improv to filmmaking and musical theatre, they offer after school and weekend classes for students of all ages, skill levels, and interests. Berkeley Rep’s programming allows students to harness their creativity while learning from peers and professional theatre artists!

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

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BlackBox Studios

BlackBox Studios provides high quality dance training in an inclusive space. Dancers of all backgrounds, abilities, identities, orientations, races, & body types are welcome! All classes are taught by experienced teachers, who are professional dancers. Dance classes offered for students ages 3 & 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 in 9 week sessions. No right/wrong in art, only success & confidence.

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

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Creations Berkeley

Elevate your child's after-school experience with dynamic dance classes and enrichment. Focused on skill development and creativity, they offer a safe and inspiring environment for children to thrive.

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

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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, gardening, storytelling, cooperative games, fabric crafts, fairy lore and starwitz (Harry Potter). 4-8 students. Hammock, swings, tree to climb, gardens to explore and more!

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

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FireCracker Math

Math enrichment program for challenge-loving kids ages 6-16 that focuses on understanding fundamental mathematical concepts and problem solving. Math games, logic puzzles, and magic tricks help to spark kids’ interest in math while boosting their skills and self-confidence.

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

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Future Star Baseball

Players improve all aspects of baseball through fun games and drills with access to 2 playfields and a number of cages. Players at different ability levels will be separated to work on different aspects of the game based on what they need to work on.

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

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Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS)

Create and explore with Junior Center after school. Classes are engaging hands-on fun for young artists, makers, and inventors aged 6-15. Classes are small, student-centered experiences where youth can build skills, experiment, and connect with their creative selves

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

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Kate Campbell Piano Studio

Join a community of creative pianists. Individual Lessons, Piano Partner Lessons, and Beginner Group Class 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

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Mr. D's Music Club - Creative Spaces

The Creative Spaces is an arts enrichment program where kids (8-12) explore singing, acting, dancing, and art; learn creative techniques; foster a love for creativity; and build an artistic foundation of inspiration. No experience or formal training is required. Fall session begins 8/28/23.

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

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Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA)

After School foundational music classes and training for boys and girls ages 4-18. PBA's Grammy-winning choirs provide opportunities to perform locally, regionally, and internationally. Choristers form life-long friendships and high levels of musical expertise.

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

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SADC @ BANDALOOP Studios

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is offering 25 hours per week of programming at the BANDALOOP Studios on 18th Street, including 8 new classes for youth ages 3-18. Classes include hip hop, folk, and creative expression.

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

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San Francisco Girls Chorus & Prep Chorus

The Prep Chorus provides young singers ages 4-5 the opportunity to develop their voices and musicianship in an exciting, positive, age-appropriate atmosphere. Emeryville prep meets Mondays at 4 pm (age 4) and at 5 pm (age 5). No audition is required!

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten

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The People's Conservatory

TPC Fall Semester begins September 19th. Join a robust after school arts program with some Oakland’s most incredible master arts facilitators. Classes include Dance, Drawing & Animation, Hip Hop Arts, Storytelling, Visual Arts & Puppet Theater.

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

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Way to Glow Kids Yoga

Way to Glow Kids Yoga playfully explores yoga poses, breathing exercises, mindfulness, cooperative games, and relaxation techniques. Classes for kids and families are primarily held outdoors. By practicing yoga, kids learn skills to help them be strong, flexible, peaceful, and compassionate.

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

Aikido of Berkeley

Aikido gives children a way to learn about themselves, their bodies, and their environment. Currently offering classes for 8+

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

Alameda Ballet Academy

Children's Ballet classes beginning at age 3 up through pointe-level classes meet after school and on weekends.

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

Albany Music School

Group Music Class curriculum is designed for kids at the age of 4 and expands to individual instruction in piano, violin, guitar, drums, and other instruments. Private lessons also available.

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

Amabile School of Music

Amabile School of Music in Moraga offers a "Little Mozart Group Class" for beginner students aged 4 & private music lessons to students age 5+ including adults. Offering piano, cello, guitar, ukulele, drum, clarinet, voice, and violin lessons.

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

ANTS Sports

ANTS Sports leads fun after-school classes for small groups of K-5th graders in tennis, basketball, flag football, soccer, yoga, and martial arts.

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

Aquatech Swim

AquaTech Swim School specializes in small group swim lessons for children aged 6 months through 12 years.

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

BandWorks

BandWorks offers year-round workshops for kids and teens as well as intensive musical summer camps. Children form a band for the duration of their 8-week session, work with a mentor, learn together, and perform in a gig.

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

Bay Aerials Gymnastics

Gymnastics classes for all ages and all skill levels, starting with sweetpeas (6 months+). Girls gym is ages 6-18, Fremont Ninjas is ages 6-12, and aerial classes are ages 7-adults.

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

Bay Island Gymnastics

Gymnastics for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced. After-school classes guide students aged 6-17 in the basic fundamentals of fitness and gymnastics in a fun and goal-oriented manner. Also offer toddler classes up to age 5.

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

Bay Language Academy

Bay Language Academy in Alameda offers an array of classes in many languages including Spanish, French, Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic, and Korean.

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

Berkeley City Ballet

Ballet classes for all ages and experiences, ranging from pre-ballet to pre-professional.

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

Destiny Arts Center

Movement arts programs for youth 3-18. Nobody is turned away who cannot pay.

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

East Bay German International School (EBGIS)

Extracurricular classes open to all students who would like to strengthen their German language skills in grades 5 to 11. Focus on literature and drama in German.

Grades: 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

Éducation Française Bay Area (EFBA)

90-minute after-school French lessons at several school sites throughout the East Bay which welcome children from non-attending schools. EFBA playtime for K to 5th.

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

El Cerrito Martial Arts

El Cerrito Martial Arts has an after-school martial arts program from 1-6 pm daily (rolling drop off and pick up).

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

Feisty Fingers Music

Piano and voice lessons for adults and children aged 5 and up. Also French coaching.

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

Girls on the Run Bay Area

Get outside, run, socialize and learn safely! Girls on the Run has chapters around the Bay Area that gets children in 3rd-8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Ages 16 to 18 can coach.

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

Golden Lion Martial Arts Academy

Cubs (age 4-7) and Youth (age 7-10) learn age-appropriate skills in the art of Kung Fu developing strength and balance after school and on Saturdays.

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

Guitar Center Music Lessons

Offering lessons in piano, drums, keyboard, guitar, vocals, dj skills, and bass.

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

Gurus Of Dance (Bollywood Style)

Gurus of Dance is Bay Area's Biggest and Best Bollywood Dance School. Classes are offered at 5 locations across the Bay Area starting as young as age 3.

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

Han Martial Arts

Children learn self-defense and fitness while having fun in a positive environment starting at age 4-7 (Tiny Tigers) in Montclair Village. Martial arts instruction in Judo, Taekwondo, and Yongmudo.

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

Hanwen School 瀚文學堂

Hanwen offers after-school Mandarin Chinese program, weekend enrichment, and immersion summer camps. They offer abacus, Chinese art, and other cultural activities such as lion dance and pop dance.

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

Head Over Heels Athletic Arts

HOH Afterschool Club runs from 3 pm to 6 pm Mondays through Fridays.

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

Inspire Behavioral Learning Tutoring and Classes

Student-centered tutoring for Pre-K, TK, K-12, and older students in English Language Arts. Additional subjects, too

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

JCC East Bay Afterschool & Club J

K-5 Afterschool program is all about supporting and mentoring youth as they grow to become impactful, engaging citizens. Lots of playtime, enriching classes, homework support. Offers 3, 4, and 5 days/week options. Some transportation. Pick up at 6 pm.

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

Kairos Music Academy - Youth Choir

Youth Choir serves children aged 6 to 15 years old with a superb musical education and the exhilarating experience of performing choral music and musical theater.

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

Kala Art Institute

Fun and interactive art classes for all ages. After school program is designed for young artists in grades 1-5, and teen studio program is designed for grades 6-12th.

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

Katie's Dance Studio

Katie's offers dance classes in jazz, tap, hip-hop, acrobatics, and ballet to children, teens, and adults. The class levels range from beginner to professional.

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

Kids 'N Dance 'N Theater Arts

Dance and circus arts are offered for kids in blocks of 8 or 9-week sessions, after school or on weekends. 18 months to 16 years.

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

Kids Go Mandarin

Classes increase kids’ enthusiasm for learning Mandarin and music at the same time through multi-sensory creative teaching including music, movement, and play for ages 0-6.

Grades: TK or bridge kindergarten, Kindergarten

Kumon Math & Reading Program

Kumon helps children actively develop critical thinking skills while progressing independently through a carefully crafted curriculum. The Kumon Math and Reading programs cover everything from counting to calculus, and phonemics to Shakespeare for ages 3+.

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

Lindamood-Bell Instruction

Lindamood-Bell serves children with learning challenges or a previous diagnosis such as dyslexia or autism spectrum disorder as well as those seeking to enhance skills. One-on-one diagnosis and instruction available.

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

Liv & Chiu Art Studio

Liv & Chiu Art Studio offers an array of exciting art classes for ages 7+.

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

Luna Dance Institute

Luna Dance Institute provides young dancers, ages 5 through 17, with a course of study to play, express, and develop their creativity as dance-makers.

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

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

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Thank you to our sponsors for underwriting this guide to after-school activities: FireCracker Math, FAD PAD Creative Enrichment, Junior Center of Art and ScienceMr. D’s Music Club, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, BlackBox Studios, Ceramics After School, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Way to Glow Kids Yoga, Kate Campbell Piano Studio, Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Open Minds Early School, Creations Berkeley, and The People’s Conservatory.

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