Daily Archives: September 1, 2016


kid activities blog

Parenthood, in general, is a balancing act, isn’t it? From discipline to diet, screen time to structure, we’re always trying to measure out just the right ingredients — in the right amounts — to create a well-rounded childhood for our offspring. Extracurricular activities are no exception.

There are countless schools of thought on how much is too much, but most of us can agree that at least some form of after-school and/or weekend activity is good for kids. Why? It cuts down on electronics, builds confidence, relieves stress, teaches time management (where homework is concerned), and it expands their horizons by allowing them to explore various interests.

Many of us have at least introduced our kids to team sports as an easily accessible activity, with varying results. Some kids go on to have long, illustrious careers (at least in the youth sports arena), some kids do it just as a hobby, and some kids are just plain not interested. No matter where your kid falls on that spectrum, it’s not a bad idea to look beyond the standard sports paradigm for a little more variety.

Here are are whole bunch of options to explore on both shores. Categories are combo facilities (offering arts and sports), cooking, foreign languages, gymnastics/cheer, martial arts, performing arts, swimming, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and visual arts.  

(Please note: many of these facilities offer holiday camps, so be sure to check into that if you’ll be in need in the coming months.)

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Lakeview Creative Arts (New Orleans)

http://www.lakeviewcreativearts.com/(504) 288-3124

NORDC New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (Multiple Locations)

http://nordc.org/home/(504) 658-3052

YMCA New Orleans (Belle Chasse, Metairie, Covington)

http://www.ymcaneworleans.org/(504)392-9622 (Belle Chasse); (985)893-9622 (Covington); (504)888-9622 (Metairie)


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National Food and Beverage Foundation (New Orleans)

http://natfab.org/kids-in-the-kitchen/(504) 267-7490


Culinary Kids (Mandeville)

http://culinarykidsns.com/; (985) 727-5553


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Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans)

http://af-neworleans.org/; (504) 568-0770


Vamanos (New Orleans)

http://www.vamonosnola.com/(504) 495-2345


Casa de Espana (New Orleans)

https://casanola.com(985) 664-9793


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Crescent City Gymnastics (New Orleans)

http://www.crescentcitygymnastics.com/(504) 861-1740


Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music, and Theatre (Harahan)

http://www.dancetumblemusic.com(504) 737-5977


Ivanovs Gymnastics (Metairie)

http://www.ivanovsgymnastics.com; (504) 889-9800


Mandeville Sports Complex (Mandeville)

http://mandevillesportscomplex.com(985) 727-7277


New Orleans Cheer and Tumble Academy (Harahan)

http://ltcatigers.com/(504) 733-7811


New Orleans Outlaws (Kenner)

http://www.neworleansoutlaws.com/; (504) 465-3311


NOLA Gymnastics (New Orleans)

http://www.nolagymnastics.com/(504) 782-6462


North Shore Gymnastics (Mandeville)

http://www.northshoregymnastics.net/(985) 624-8310


Ochsner Kidsports Elmwood (Harahan)

http://www.ochsnerfitness.com/(504) 733-1200


Studio G Dance & Gymnastics (New Orleans)

http://www.studiogdanceandgymnastics.com/(504) 994-8857


Spirit Professionals (Hammond)

http://www.spiritprofessionals.com/; (985) 345-4383


Tumblebus Big Easy (New Orleans)

http://www.tumblebusbigeasy.com/; (504) 891-9615


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Anthony Bean Community Theater & Acting School (New Orleans)

http://anthonybeantheater.com/(504) 862-7529


Ballet Paetrei (Mandeville)

http://balletapetrei.com/wordpress/(985) 624-3622


Body Expressions Center of Performing Arts (Mandeville)

https://bodyexpressionsdance.com/(985) 674-2174


Cindy Ory Dance (River Ridge)

https://www.facebook.com/Cindy-Ory-Dance-Studio-140707789283020/; (504) 737-3345


City Park Movement & Art (New Orleans)

http://www.cityparkmovementandart.com/(504) 390-7482


Conservatory Ballet Aviv (Mandeville)

http://balletaviv.wix.com/balletaviv1(985) 727-4445


Creative Arts of St. Tammany (Abita Springs)

http://www.dramaandmusic.com/(985) 276-9727


Creative Dance & Music (Harvey)

http://www.creativedanceandmusic.com/; (504) 390-2552


Dance Company, Ltd (Metairie)

http://www.dancecoltd.com/; (504) 415-6943


Dance Consortium of Louisiana (Covington)

http://www.thedcla.com/(985) 234-9451


Dancer’s Only Dance Studio (Metairie)

http://www.dancers-only.net/; (504) 304-4589


Dancer’s Pointe Dance Studio (Metairie)

http://dancers-pointe.com/; (504) 455-5975


Debby Dillehay Dancers (Kenner)

http://debbydillehaydance.com/(504) 468-3368


Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music, and Theatre (Harahan)

http://www.dancetumblemusic.com/(504) 737-5977


Fusion Dance Center (Metairie)

http://fusionpac.vpweb.com/(504) 461-4757


Himel Dance Conservatory (Marrero)

https://himeldanceconservatory.com/(504) 298-4743


Lafargue Pianos, Ltd. (Metairie)

http://lafarguepianos.com/(504) 831-3008


Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts (Covington, Harahan, Mandeville)

http://www.laapa.com/(985) 590-4545 (Covington); (985) 674-2992 (Mandeville); (504) 738-3050 (Harahan)


Maureen Bersuder Academy of Dance Arts (Slidell)

http://maureenbersuderdance.com/(985) 863-7048


Mini Art Center (Algiers)

http://www.miniartcenter.com/(504) 510-4747


New Orleans Ballet Association (New Orleans – Multiple Locations)

http://www.nobadance.com/(504) 522-0996


Pembo Cieutat Academy of Dance (Mandeville)

http://www.pembocieutat.com/(985) 778-6189


Studio Kids! At New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans)

https://noma.org/(504) 658.4100


Tada! Young Actors & Artists Studio (Marrero)

http://www.tadastudionola.com/(504) 319-5174


Talent-N-Training Dance Facility (New Orleans)

http://www.tntarts.com/; (504) 592-7877


Upturn Arts (New Orleans)

http://upturnarts.org/(504) 390-8399


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Art Monroe’s Taekwondo Plus (Mandeville)

http://trma282.tigerrockmartialarts.com/(985) 624-3455


Church’s Karate Academy (New Orleans)

http://churchskarateacademy.com/(504) 309-6138


Iron Bridge Martial Arts Academy (Mandeville, Covington)

http://karatecovington.com/(985) 778-2181


Just for Kicks Martial Arts (Mandeville, Chalmette, Covington)

http://just4kicksata.com/(985) 224-3815


Louisiana Karate Association (Metairie)

http://www.lkakarate.com/(504) 835-6825


Mid-City Martial Arts & Fitness Academy (New Orleans)

http://www.midcitymma.com/(504) 309-7018


Mike Storms Karate (Mandeville)

http://www.stormskarate.com/(985) 674-7887


NOLA Aikido (New Orleans)

http://nolaaikido.com/(504) 208-4861


Shogun Martial Arts (Metairie)

http://www.shogunnola.com/(504) 982-1371


Stephanie Haydel’s Northshore Taekwondo (Mandeville)

http://www.northshoretkd.com/(985) 778-0750


Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of New Orleans (Metairie)

http://trma340.tigerrockmartialarts.com/(504) 831-1110


Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of the West Bank (Gretna)

http://www.westbanktigerrock.com/(504) 394-0008


XS Martial Arts Dojo (New Orleans)

https://www.xsmad.com/(504) 558-9850


Yonsei Martial Arts Academy (Kenner)

http://www.yonsei.us/(504) 465-5353



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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)


Bricks for Kidz LEGO Activities (Various locations, both shores)

http://www.bricks4kidz.com/louisiana-covington-mandeville/(985) 705-0805


Genesis Reading Center (Kenner)

http://www.genesisread.com/(504) 463-5756


IDIYA (New Orleans)

http://myidiya.com/(504) 252-9327


STEM NOLA (New Orleans)

http://www.stemnola.com/(504) 391-0760


Sylvan Learning Centers (Mandeville)

http://www.sylvanlearning.com/(985) 871-9771 


Technology & Learning Center (Mandeville)

http://www.spidertechnologysolutions.com/(985) 778-2828


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Little Fins Swim Academy (Harahan)

http://www.littlefins.net/(504) 416-0431


Love Swimming (New Orleans)

http://loveswimming.com/(504) 891-4662


Mandeville Sports Complex (Mandeville)

http://mandevillesportscomplex.com(985) 727-7277


Mr. Fish (Metairie)

http://www.mrfish.biz/general_information.html(504) 455-4101


Northshore Swim (Mandeville)

http://www.northshoreswim.com/(985) 626-9456


Ochsner Kidsports Elmwood (Harahan)

http://www.ochsnerfitness.com/(504) 733-1200


Pelican Athletic Club (Mandeville)

http://www.thepac.com/(985) 626-3706


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Art Time (Mandeville)

http://www.arttime.biz/(985) 674-2023​


City Park Movement & Art (New Orleans)

http://www.cityparkmovementandart.com/(504) 390-7482


Mini Art Center (Algiers)

http://www.miniartcenter.com/(504) 510-4747


Posh Paint Pub (Metairie)

http://www.poshpaintpub.com/(504) 835-4155


St. Tammany Art Association (Covington, Mandeville)

http://www.sttammanyartassociation.org/(985) 892-8650


String A Bead (Metairie)

http://www.stringabead.com/(504) 780-7575


Studio Kids! At New Orleans Museum of Art (New Oreans)

https://noma.org/(504) 658-4100


Upturn Arts (New Orleans)

http://upturnarts.org/(504) 390-8399