School is back in session, which means the lawless summer days of unstructured play and festivities has come to a close. But that doesn’t mean your child’s free time can’t be spent on new ventures or hobbies any longer.
The Oswegoland Park District offers over 2,500 programs annually. From acting classes to beginner’s guitar, residents are faced with no shortage of options to enroll their child in.
But if you’re curious as to what else Oswegoland has on offer or are desirous for something a little different for your child to engage in, take a look at what sorts of programs and classes exist as opportunities for after-school fun.
There are a variety of studios in Oswego that offer a range of training in the disciplines of marital arts, from Jiu-Jitsu to Taekwondo to self-defense. Many of these classes have programs for both children and teens and focus on attention-span, discipline, self-control, balance, safe conflict resolution, and even anti-bullying. While enrolling in these programs can be extremely beneficial to any child of any age, those who struggle particularly with behavior or learning development, focusing, self-esteem, or maintaining control of their physical space are especially encouraged to give this a try.
Premier Gymnastics offers classes for tots as young as 18 months, with classes upgrading throughout a child’s kindergarten to school-age experience. Phenom Gymnastics offers similar classes, along with tumbling. Both locations offer competitive team programs as well and invite both boys and girls to join. Proven to increase a child’s flexibility, sense of balance, and overall athleticism, getting involved in gymnastics at any age is a fun opportunity for children’ to challenge themselves
Fox River Academy of Music and Art
Offering private music lessons and the opportunity to be part of an ensemble, the Fox River Academy allows any age group to explore their love of music. Ensembles and Performance Groups are available in guitar, piano, chamber voice, rock, and more, while a Community Chorus is open to ages 10 and up. Art workshops and classes are also available for children as young as preschool, with the academy offering programs in illustration, watercolor painting, printmaking, crafts & sewing, and general art. The opportunity to explore a creative space of self-expression is ideal as an after-school program.
Oswego Youth Tackle Football & Cheer has been operating for 40 years and is open to kids aged 8-14. Squads develop their team-working skills and gain an experiential edge if they want to pursue football or cheer at the high school levels. OYTF allows youth to experience a competitive team setting before they reach high school and is worth checking out for your own student.
…the craft store? Yes! Did you know Michael’s offers weekly programs for both kids and families to engage in screen-free craft fun? Check out their website (and make sure to select your location) to see what’s on offer. If you’re looking for a non-committal way to get your child involved in an activity that is engaging and creative, taking advantage of their low-cost classes may be for you!