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The Six Best Afterschool Activities in Rockland

The Six Best Afterschool Activities in Rockland

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 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 for it. Here are some of our favorites!

The Best Afterschool Activities in Rockland

Bright Beginnings Pre-school & Daycare

6 Charles Street, New City, NY 
2 Mountain View Court, Pomona, NY
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Serving Rockland County families since 2011, Bright Beginnings of Rockland is thrilled to be celebrating its eleventh year providing quality childcare & aftercare programs - including many wonderful afterschool programs for young children! They currently have two great locations in New City & Pomona to meet your preschool, childcare, and after-care needs for infants to school-age children. 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. Bright

Beginnings offers half-day and full-day programs and before and after-school care. For school-aged children, they offer coverage when schools are not in session due to holidays, snow days, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Bright Beginnings understands that providing quality childcare & after-school care is a community effort. They are available to work with you to help your child thrive in a fun, engaging and safe environment. Some fun after-school activities include crafts, music, homework time and outdoor play when weather permits.  The warm, comfortable atmosphere of Bright Beginnings makes your kids feel like they are at their home away from home. For more information, visit, email [email protected], or call 914-420-5785.

Coupe’ Theatre Studio

430 Market Street, Nanuet, NY
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Coupe Theatre Studio has been setting the standard for afternoon arts education programs for over 50 years. Established by Broadway performer and teacher Diane Frankel, Coupe’s mission is to provide the best dance and theater education to Rockland County families at the most affordable prices. They specialize in teaching students the joys of dance, while learning correct technique along with style and performance quality guaranteeing Coupe students will stand out at any local or professional audition.

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 in Ballet Companies (Miami City Ballet Pittsburgh Ballet,) on Broadway (Evita, Victor Victoria, Contact) and at Radio City as the famous Radio City Rockettes. Join us for our 2022 season whether you are 3 or 83 we have a class for you, Ballet, pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro and More!

Tumble-bee Gymnastics

401 Market Street, Nanuet, NY
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Tumble-Bee’s goal is to teach gymnastics in a warm, fun environment while building confidence, coordination, gross & fine motor and social skills. The gym offers developmentally age-appropriate obstacles for children aged 10 months-12 years. Classes for children 10 months- 3/3.5 years, include parent participation & new themes every two weeks. For children aged 3.5 to 5 years, classes are independent while parents watch in the waiting room or drop off and also follow theme weeks.

Children learn gymnastics skills by going through all of the obstacles & apparatus in the gym including the floor, bars, balance beam, and in ground trampoline.  For gymnasts aged 5 - 12 years, Tumble-Bee utilizes the nationally recognized Fun ‘N Fit Progressive Gymnastics Program. Gymnasts work at their skill level and ability. Every gymnast has a chart on file so instructors can help track completed skills over time and share progress with parents.  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. Sign up for your free trial class today! 

Stage Left Theatre

111 Route 303, Suite #113, Tappan, NY
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Bringing the joy & experience of live theatre to children is an honor at Stage Left Children’s Theatre.  For over 22 years, Stage Left Children’s Theatre has had the pleasure of fulfilling their mission of providing local youth with high-quality, innovative, participatory theatre arts training taught by theatre professionals & teaching artists. In this fun, safe & caring environment, students can hone public speaking & teamwork skills, as well as foster talent in singing, dancing, acting & behind the scenes crew experience. In cultivating enthusiasm for the arts at Stage Left, kids gain confidence, self-esteem, communication & social skills, while creating tight knit bonds within the Stage Left family to last a lifetime.

With courses spanning all grade levels, regardless of prior experience, children can blossom & grow in this open and accepting community.  In addition to full fall & spring semesters, camp is offered, as well as an audition only big budget Mainstage musical performances each spring that has been wowing audiences for more than two decades.

School of Rock Orangeburg

135 E. Erie Street, Blauvelt, NY  
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School of Rock is the largest music education company in the world. They teach tens of thousands of students each year around the globe. Their mission is to transform kids’ lives through music they love to play. They inspire and challenge their students to work hard and they provide the Classic Rock framework that makes it fun. 

The conventional method of music instruction is that you must master musical concepts before you move on to play songs that actually inspire you. Their approach is different. You start by learning to play and perform the songs that inspire you and through that process you will develop mastery of music theory with the added benefit of knowing how to play with others.

This unique approach helps young musicians find themselves, hone their talents and build the confidence they need in their lives. School of Rock is a safe place for kids to learn, develop friendships, and carve out a niche for themselves in a world where they might never have felt a sense of belonging before. 

At School of Rock Orangeburg, they teach Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, and Voice. Call them at 845-977-0275 to schedule your free trial lesson and tour of the school!

New City Bowl & Batting Cages

90 N. Main St, New City, NY

New City Bowl and Batting Cages offers a variety of bowling programs for different ages & abilities. Did you know that bowling is a great way to start your child’s college education fund? No tryouts or sitting on the bench, everyone gets to bowl. Fall programs include their new Brandon Smith Junior Gold League- starts Sept 17th, Saturdays 1pm for 8 weeks- win a chance to qualify for a spot in the Junior Gold Tournament and scholarships. Next session will be Fridays 5:15pm starting TBT. Felix Festa league - Mondays 4pm -get bused directly from school to New City Bowl. Starts in Oct.  Town of Clarkstown Bowling Program- Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Check website for details. Special needs bowling league with coaching- Fridays 3:45pm –   Starts Sept 16th.  Jr/Adult league Sunday mornings @ 10:30am starting Sept 11th.  

When you join a league, you become a VIB member (Very Important Bowler).  Join 1 league and bowl for $3.00 a game or join 2 leagues & bowl for FREE when lanes are available. It pays to be a VIB member! For more information about our leagues or parties please call Alice or Jen at 845-634-4977 or visit our website


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