BEYOND TEAM SPORTS: COOL EXTRACURRICULARS FOR KIDS

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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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COMBO FACILITIES (ARTS & SPORTS)

 

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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COOKING

 

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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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

 

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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GYMNASTICS/CHEER

 

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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PERFORMING ARTS

 

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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MARTIAL ARTS

 

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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SWIMMING

 

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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VISUAL ARTS

 

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