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The Six Best Afterschool Activities in Rockland & Bergen

The Six Best Afterschool Activities in Rockland & Bergen

We all know that school is important, but what kids do after school is also a big part of their development. Afterschool activities and  programs in Rockland & Bergen come in all varieties: sports, art, music, gymnastics, crafts, dance, theater, bowling and so much more. Whatever interests your child, you will find a program in Rockland & Bergen for it. Here are some of our favorites!

The Best Afterschool Activities in Rockland & Bergen

Bright Beginnings

60 East Madison Avenue, Pearl River, NY
6 Charles Street, New City, NY
2 Mountain View Court, Pomona, NY
914-420-5785, [email protected]
Bright Beginnings of Rockland is celebrating their twelfth year providing quality childcare and education for infants through pre-schoolers and wonderful after school care programs for school age children. This year they have added a new location in Pearl River in addition to their other two great locations in New City & Pomona. Their after-school care program in Pearl River can include bus service for those in the Pearl River school district.  After-school activities include crafts, music, homework time and outdoor play when weather permits. Childcare and preschool programs include full & half day and before and extended day options. The warm, comfortable atmosphere of Bright Beginnings makes your kids feel like they are at their home away from home. Owned and operated by an NYS-certified elementary teacher, they follow a full NYS pre-K curriculum and all staff is NYS-licensed/NAFCC accredited facility and CPR and first aid certified.


Coupe’ Theater Studio

430 Market Street, Nanuet, NY
845-623-2808, [email protected]
Coupe’ Theatre Studio has been setting the standard for arts education programs for over 50 years. Established by Broadway performer/teacher, Diane Frankel, Coupe’s mission is to provide the best dance and theater education to local families at affordable prices. They specialize in teaching students the joys of dance, while learning correct technique along with style and performance quality. Coupe’ Alumni can be seen on Broadway Jersey Boys, Aladdin, Little shop of Horrors, A Bronx tale, to name a few, and have traveled all over the world performing in Ballet and Modern dance companies. The studio caters to recreational dancers and pre-professional students alike, offering classes in all genres of dance and theater. Their professional teaching staff all have a degree in dance education or have had professional performing careers. They offer classes for all ages in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acro and more.


New City Bowl & Batting Cages

90 N. Main St, New City, NY
New City Bowl & Batting Cages offers a variety of bowling programs for different ages & abilities. Did you know that bowling can help earn scholarship money? No tryouts or sitting on the bench, everyone gets to bowl. Fall programs include their Brandon Smith Junior Gold League, starting September 16, Saturdays at 11am for 8 weeks, and bowlers can win a chance to qualify for the Junior Gold Tournament and scholarships. In the Felix Festa league, Mondays 4pm starting in October, kids are bussed directly from school to New City Bowl. The Town of Clarkstown Bowling Program meets on Fridays (details available at clarkstown.gov). Special needs bowling league with coaching meets Fridays at 3:45pm, starting September 15.  Junior/Adult leagues meet Sunday mornings at 10:30am starting September 10. Join a league and become a VIB member (Very Important Bowler). Join one league and bowl for $3 per game or join two leagues & bowl for free when lanes are available.


Premier Martial Arts

77 Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Looking for a place where you and your kids can be your best self and have fun while doing it?   At Premier Martial Arts in Park Ridge, NJ, your children will participate in an after-school activity that is much more than just a class. Their programs help students of all ages build confidence, develop discipline and character, all while providing a fun, safe physical activity. Children’s classes combine styles of Sports Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, and Kickboxing designed to develop a well-rounded martial artist. Premier Martial Arts programs help children and adults become physically active and mentally fit, benefiting all areas of their life. In addition to weekly & summer classes, they offer amazing birthday parties, parent’s night out and other events that are fun, interactive and educational. They also offer a full roster of adult and teen classes so the whole family can gain the benefits of martial arts.


Stage Left Children’s Theatre

111 Route 303, Suite #113, Tappan, NY
845-365-9000, [email protected]
For over two decades, Stage Left Children’s Theatre has been fulfilling their mission of providing local youth with high-quality, innovative, participatory theatre arts training taught by theatre professionals and teaching artists. In this fun, safe and caring environment, students can hone their public speaking, self-confidence and teamwork skills, as well as foster talent in singing, dancing, acting and behind the scenes crew experience. With courses spanning all grade levels, regardless of prior experience, children can blossom and grow in this open and accepting community, forming tight-knit bonds within the Stage Left family to last a lifetime. Camp is offered in addition to fall and spring semesters, and an audition-only, big budget, mainstage musical each spring that has been wowing audiences for more than two decades. Be sure to check out their brand new Shakespeare Shakedown for middle and high schoolers, as well as their preschool class, Acting Out Your Books.


Tumble-Bee Gymnastics

401 Market Street, Nanuet, NY
845-623-2553, [email protected]
Tumble-Bee gymnastics is where your child can build confidence, coordination, gross and fine motor and social skills all in a fun, safe environment. The gym offers developmentally age-appropriate obstacles for children aged 10 months to 12 years. Classes for children 10 months to 3/3.5 years include parent participation. For children aged 3.5 to 5 years, classes are independent while parents watch in the waiting room or drop off. For gymnasts aged 5 to 12 years, Tumble-Bee utilizes the nationally recognized Fun ‘N Fit Progressive Gymnastics Program. Gymnasts work at their skill level and ability. This recreational, non-competitive program teaches gymnastic skills in tumbling, bars, balance beam, trampoline, vault, mini-trampoline, p-bars, rings and dance. Tumble-Bee’s energetic staff love working with kids, are highly trained on safety, child development, progressions and students with special needs, and are First-Aid/CPR certified. Tumble-Bee also offers open gyms, special needs classes, birthday parties, special events, and more. Trial classes are available.


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