Extracurriculars 7

Three Fun After-School Activities for Kids

Whether the kids are back in school yet or they’ve got a few weeks to go before class is in session, we’ve rounded up a few activities to occupy their free time—(Hint: Power down those electronic devices!)

As any parent knows, keeping them busy is important for keeping them out of mischief. Depending on the activity, it can also provide them with lifelong lessons and skills that can serve them well into adulthood, such as discipline, patience, appreciation and pride in a job well done.

All of these things can lead to improved self-confidence, and it all begins with fun!

1.  Ultimate Martial Arts Academy

Ages 5-plus

Let’s go to the dojo where kids learn manners and respect while developing strength and body control through this ancient form of self-defense. Besides the physical aspect, karate also promotes individuality and leadership skills while instilling the importance of working as a group. The owners have a combined 66 years of martial arts experience between them.

210 W. Cocoa Beach Crossway, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 321.652.7144, Beach-Karate.com

2. Brevard Ballet Academy

Ages 3-plus

Children interested in dance and the performing arts can immerse themselves in the world of classical Russian ballet at this prestigious school offering world-class instruction by former professionals boasting amazing credentials. FYI, ballet isn’t just about dancing. It’s also recommended for athletes (and future athletes) for improving balance, agility, flexibility and focus.

1399 Highland Ave., Melbourne, Florida, 321.622.4713, BrevardBallet.com

3. Surfside Playhouse Youth Program

Ages 7-14

Got a little ham in the family? This delightful theater program for youths in Cocoa Beach offers a creative outlet where junior thespians can gain or expand their talents—no experience necessary. Classes are overseen by Playhouse members charged with instructing the kids in theater basics, stage directions, improvisation, performing and more.

301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 321.783.3127, SurfsidePlayers.com