2018 After School Activities Guide for Kansas City Kids
Kansas City After School Activities & Programs Guide
We’ve all heard dreaded, “I’m sooo bored”, coming from our kids after school. Kids sit pretty much all day at school, so why not find fun after school activities for kids?
We made after school programs easy to find!
After School Activities & After School Programs:
According to the Washington Parent, “Studies indicate that kids involved in after-school activities have higher achievement and attendance rates, are less prone to depression and burnout and experience dropout less often. They keep children safe and protect them from risky and negative behavior” (Gayla, 2016)
After school activities are great for kids, but find after school programs your kids will enjoy. Check out the after school activities in Kansas City below:
You can also purchase a POGO Pass that includes 16 KC kids activities for only $39.95 with code ifamilykc! Jump at Sky Zone, enjoy 2 KC Mavericks games, play at Paradise Park, explore the Kansas City Zoo, & other fun after school activities included in the pass.
Physical After School Activities
Sports, gymnastics, dance, & dodge ball….there are so many ways to get active after school!
Sports practice is a great after school activity – your kids get active while also having fun! i9 Sports offers many sports programs throughout the Kansas City metro including:
- Zip lacrosse
- Flag football
As well as additional sports programs in specific locations. There are options for kids of all ages & skill levels! You can even find the nearest program locations to you online.
Aerial fitness & yoga classes are a unique after school activity to get your kids moving. Learning2Fly offers a wide variety of classes including:
- Intro to Aerial Skills – with different levels
- Beginner Aerial Skills
- Teen Aerial Skills Class
- Toddler Play Skills
- Aerial Yoga
- Aerial Conditioning
- Parent & Child Aerial Fitness Classes
Your kids will love coming to class each week! There is also Kids Yoga Club each Wednesday from 4:45 to 5:45 if you are looking for a weekly after school activity. You can even sign-up for classes online – it’s hassle free!
Lee’s Summit, MO
Do your kids love animals? Sunset Trails provides the horses & experienced trainers, you show up for fun! Horseback riding lessons are offered for youths to adults; beginners to skilled riders. Choose from:
- Beginner Horsemanship Lessons (6+)
- Beginner Horseback Riding 1 & 2 (6+)
- Texas Tots Horsemanship 1 & 2 (Ages 4-5)
- Ride On Lessons (must have completed beginner riding 2)
They also offer trail rides if you are looking for a one-time after school activity. Ride reservations must be made at least one day in advance.
Get your kids comfortable in and around water with swim lessons from Aqua Tots Olathe. There are group class (4 kids max), private classes, or semi private classes. Their swim instructors also provide special needs and adult swim lessons.
Flexible class schedules make it easy to change the time/date of your swim lessons, so you don’t have to stress about the kids’ after school activities. You have options of 1-3 classes per week depending on your schedule.
The swim school is open weeknights until 7 pm. You have plenty of time to get there after school. Swim lessons are a fun and beneficial after school activity, so why not?!
Overland Park, KS
There are many different swim programs offered at Goldfish Swim School. Swim instructors teach group lessons, family swim, and swim lessons with a max of 4 kids. There are also toddler & infant swim lessons offered. Fill out this online swim assessment to see exactly what swim program fits your child.
Flexible scheduling allows your family to participate in swim lessons year-round without the hassle & stress.
You can even cancel a single swim class online as needed. After school activities have never been this easy!
This is a fun after school activity for kids in the Northland. Kids can exercise in dodge ball tournaments and jump during open jump after school. There is also toddler time regularly for your younger kiddos. Activities include jousting, air bag, dodge ball, jumping, and the basketball dunk.
Get your kids active after school at Above All!
Pro-tip: Adult fitness classes are offered at 7 pm on Wednesday nights. During the class your kids can bounce for only $5! Why not exercise while your kids enjoy their after school activities?
Sky Zone has locations in Kansas City, KS and Lee’s Summit, MO so kids across the metro can bounce around after school. Activiteis in clude Skyslam, Ultimate Dodge ball, Foam Zone, Ultimate Volleyball, Skyladder, Warped Wall, Free Climb, Freestyle Jump, & more activities to come. Kids can also participate in dodge ball leagues & toddler time.
Sky Zone also offers Homeschool P.E. for kids who need school activities during the day!
Overland Park, KS
Urban Air opens at 4 pm on weekdays, making it the perfect after school activities for South Johnson County families. Activities include dodgeball, drop zone, tumble track, warrior obstacle course, tubes playground, slam dunk zone, & open play. They even have a little kids area for kids 7 & under!
Check the Urban Air Activities Calendar to find weekly programs like Dodgeball Night, Air456, Teen Night, & Open Play.
There are YMCA locations across the metro that offer after school sports activities. They offer programs for kids as young as 3 years old all the way through high school. Find programs in soccer, martial arts, flag football, gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, & more. Find locations for each sports program now!
Kids can participate in sports leagues year-round through the Guadalupe Center in KCMO. Sports include Softball, T-Ball, Volleyball, Futsal, Basketball, & Biddyball. These sports activities are provided at a very minimal cost so kids can have access to these after school programs. Check it out now!
The Parks & Rec Department offers kids many after school activities & sports programs like cheer, martial arts, karate, volleyball, soccer, yoga, and youth boxing. They also offer art classes like ceramics, quilting, and urban art.
Check the 2018-2019 programs guide for a full list of offerings- there are so many!
Jackson county offers a wide variety of sports including archery, junior golf, soccer, softball and other sports. There are also other outdoor activities for after school that are not organized programs. Check out their website for all the county offers!
Depending on which area of KCMO you live in, there are different after school activities & programs available. The Youth Zone: After School Program is provided at certain community centers within the department. Youth Zone After School program is $40 per year and open to kids 6 to 17 years old.
There are also aquatic classes, dance classes, yoga, girl scouts, running clubs for kids, and other kids activities. Check out your local community center today for after school ideas.
Overland Park, KS
There are 3 programs for different ages: AKK for kindergartners, After School Program for grades 1 through 5, and KC Kids for kindergarten carpoolers. All programs start from school dismissal time & end at 6 pm, except KC Kids. These programs are available to area schools and HBHA students.
The Johnson County parks & rec department offers a wide variety of after school activities for kids. There are programs for sports like basketball, kickball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, football, tennis, and softball leagues. However, there also after school programs for the below activities:
Cooking After School Programs
Taste Bud’s Kitchen offers one-time cooking classes, private classes, family classes, and group programs. There are also caregiver & kids cooking programs and classes for younger kids (ages 2-5) to complete with a parent or other adult.
Find out more about upcoming after school programs and other cooking classes on their website. Their wide variety of classes & times offers an option for every family. Explore baking, cooking, sushi, pastry, desserts, and everything in between at Taste Bud’s. They even have classes on Saturdays!
Lee’s Summit, MO
Cooking classes will inspire your kids to bake & cook. (hopefully for you)
Cooking Station offers one-time cooking classes or packages of 10 cooking classes. Kids can learn to make homemade pizza dough in Mini Me Cooking Class (4-5 year-olds), or baking skills in a themed cooking class. There are so many classes to choose from, your after school schedule will be packed!
They also offer Tot & Me Classes for 2 to 3 year-olds, Family Feast Classes, Homeschool Classes, and adult cooking classes. Check out the cooking class calendar for a full list of activities.
Overland Park, KS
There are cooking classes for kids ages 2 to 14. Kids can learn basic cooking skills, food groups, sensory aspects, and also develop more complex cooking skills in Junior Chefs classes.
Young Chefs offers weekly cooking classes after school as well as workshops and camps. Kids as young as 4 can participate in their Kindercooks class.
Lee’s Summit, MO
This cooking studio offers classes and programs for kids and adults of all ages. There are fun cooking decorating classes & hearty holiday meals to be made. You can even sign up for classes online!
The Lenexa Public Market offers cooking classes for kids, families, and adults. Classes are booked weeks in advance, so check online often.
Art, Theater & Music After School Activities
If your kids like to create, KC Sewing Academy is a fun after school program for them. There are classes and camps throughout the year, focusing on different projects and skill levels. Check out your after school options for Fall Sessions, Winter Sessions, and beyond.
Most sewing classes begin at 5:30, so you have plenty of time to get there after school. There are also options for Kid & adult classes together, adult only classes, and kids private lessons. Explore all they offer now!
Lori teaches kids piano classes to K5, 1st & 2nd Grade students. She also offers private lessons for ages K5 and up. There are new classes opening year-round, so check out Lori’s Facebook page for even more info.
She is enrolling students now! Call Lori to reserve a time slot 816-478-4838.
Music Programs: There are many different music opportunities offered by the Parks & Rec department. Find the perfect match for your kid’s curiosity online.
KATA helps young artists come out of their shell through theater. Programs and enrollment change throughout the year, so check back for updated info year-round.
Tutoring & Enrichment After School Activities
There are many after school activities that promote learning and enrichment.
Find additional STEM opportunities through the KC STEM Alliance.
Drop-learning with the Code Ninjas Core Program allows families the flexibility they need, while providing students a solid foundation. Kids 7-14 can learn coding, math, problem solving, and other technology skills while creating a video game. This allows students to build and learn at their own pace. It also takes the stress out of after school activities…no more speeding to make it to class on-time.
The center is open 3:30 to 8 pm Monday to Thursday, so there is plenty of time to get there after school! Ensure your child has a great STEM education with Code Ninjas! Day camps are also offered throughout the year.
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Learn about science, technology, space, & dinosaurs all at Science City. Your kiddos will be running around all evening exploring the hands-on exhibits. Check out the Science City attractions like the Maker Studio, Dino Lab, Test Kitchen, Demo Area, & more!
Also explore the Science City Events – there are special exhibits, traveling activities, & other fun themed events every month.
There are girl scout troops all across the Kansas City metro. This after school program provides a wide variety of activities for girls including healthy living, sports, travel, camping, sewing, cooking, arts, culture, STEAM, & fun! The cost of joining is minimal. It is a great way for your kids to spend time learning with other girls their age.
Kids learn many life skills in Boy Scouts. Scout troops are active throughout Kansas City, so find a scout troop near you today!
The BGC of KC offers after school programs for kids that follow the whole child program model. This includes topics in healthy lifestyle, technology, education & enrichment, and public speaking/leadership development. Kids can engage in sports, career development, digital arts, robotics, & other topics.
There are 6 KC locations across the metro in Independence, Olathe, KCMO, and Kansas City Kansas.
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers TONS of programs, classes, and activities for kids to excel in every aspect of life. The Young Achievers Program prepares high school & middle school children to be successful in college & beyond through life skill classes. There is also the Before and After School Y Club (Kindergarten – 6th Grade) in different schools around KC. Find the closest Y Club After School Program now!
Kansas City, MO
This after school program includes homework help, a hot meal, & enrichment programs for kids. The program runs Monday to Friday, from school dismissal until 6 pm each evening.
The after school program is open to all student, no matter the income. Friendly staff is made up of teachers who speak multiple languages, so kids do not need to know English as a first language. The organization will not turn away any students until their capacity is met so, reach out today!
Kids 4-14 can experience the fun of science, technology, math & engineering with these hands-on activities. Kids can participate in after school programs for coding, robotics, engineering, & other STEM subjects. There are also camps & classes available throughout the year.
Afterschool science programs are offered at different Kansas City area schools throughout the year. These are fun, hands-on after school activities! Check the calendar to find out if your child’s school offers Mad Science after school programs this year, or find the school nearest to you.
Kids ages 5 to 13 come to Operation Breakthrough for before and after school programs that provides a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty.
- Tutoring, homework help, book club meetings, supervised outdoor play, peer support groups and special programs
- Smart Lab- robotics, electronics and graphic arts
- Maker Space- textiles, construction/toy hacking, studio arts, chef’s corner, the green screen and code world/robotics
- Outdoor Classroom
Guadalupe Centers: KCMO
Kids are provided an after school snack, educational sessions, arts & crafts, culturally centered projects and nutritional culinary classes in addition to many other fun activities. Explore the center today!
These after school programs tutor kids in different subjects including reading, math, financial education, & cultural awareness. They also offer summer programs, field trips, and other enrichment programs.
There are 4-H programs throughout Kansas City.
The 3 types of 4-H programs kids can join are: Community, Project, or SPIN Clubs (special interest clubs). Community clubs are for kids that live in/around your community. Kids are engaged in a variety of activities including community services, recreational activities, & activities to improve communication. Project clubs are for kids that share a specific interest.
You can find all active Johnson County community and project clubs.
Find community book groups throughout KC, Play & Learn programs, Teen Book Groups, technology classes, Tai Chi classes, as well as Storytime for toddlers, preschoolers, and families. The MCPL branches have all different kinds of classes!
Kids can also get homework help and play games like Are You Smarter Than a Librarian?
Teens also have many after school options like Anime Club, Teen Create Club, & Makers.
While the library does not provide weekly programs specific to after school, there are tons of things to do at KCK libraries. Check the library events calendar to find educational events, kids activities, art exhibits, and other fun things to do at the libraries.
Kids Cafe – Kids enjoy a healthy snack from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
Tinker Time – The North-East library branch offers after school STEAM programs for kids. The hands-on activities are every Monday, so show up any time during the 2 hours! (ages 5-12)
Kids can participate in Book Groups, homework help, reading to dogs, coding clubs, 3D Thursdays, Storytime for different age groups & families, & arts and culture activities like teen journaling meetups and makers groups.
The Johnson County Libraries offers a wide variety of after school activities & other kids activities throughout the week. Find a full list of library activities and events on their Event Page.
Leisure After School Activities
Kansas City, MO
Create a masterpiece for free at Kaleidoscope any day of the week! Plan your trip now.
Overland Park, KS
Decorate pottery, make glass fusion art, or create with clay classes at Ceramic Cafe! Bring the kids after school for a fun activity…or come anytime! There are also Kids Night Out classes where kids can create & have a fun night out.
Overland Park, KS
Come create after school! Paint, Glaze, & Fire offers pottery, glass fusing, clay, painting, and other art forms. Explore options for art classes, boy scouts & girl scouts, open studio time, and special events. Paint, Glaze, & Fire even offers special discounts for scout groups!
Special events include Kids Night Out (4th Friday of every month), Family Fun Night (2nd Friday), Girls Night Out, & Paint Me a Story for Kids.
Kansas City, MO
You can schedule many different nature & science programs at the Nature Center. Explore Nature Center programs like wildlife programs, outdoor hikes, Magic Woods, Hike with a Naturalist, and opportunities for scouts.
They also have a nature scavenger hunt you can complete inside the nature center. What a fun after school activity!
Lee’s Summit, MO
Want to play? Head to Paradise Park for a fun family night after school. Paradise Park attractions include go-karts, mini golf, arcade games, escape rooms, laser tag, foam play, gem mining, batting cages, and bumper cars. Also check out their calendar for special events & promotions. They even host Children’s Museum Field Trips.
Check out the current Paradise Park coupon now! There’s something fun to do for everyone in the family.
Bounce around at Jump City for only $8 Monday to Thursday. You can also check out the Jump City coupons for $5 Open jump Tuesday to Friday! That’s a pretty cheap after school activity if you ask us!
Jump City is a kids ultimate playground!
Blue Springs, MO
Come jump at Giggles-n-Jiggles for $9 all day/every day. Adults & kids who cannot walk are free. Or, come bounce around at the City Market on weekends for only $6! Check the Giggles-n-Jiggles coupon for $2 off admission & other great deals!
Kids can explore the sport of basketball & learn about college basketball history through interactive exhibits at the College Basketball Experience. Why not get a work out, learn something, and have fun at the same time?
The Kansas City Metro area has so much to offer, when it comes to after school activities. There are after school programs offered at most schools and many organize other after school activities for kids as well.
Some of the other benefits of being involved in after school activities are:
- Enhances and supports academic learning
- Better physical and mental health
- Less likely to engage in risky behaviors
- Teaches important life skills such as teamwork, time management, maintaining friendships
- Teaches time management skills
- Creates a sense of belonging
- Takes some stress off working families
- Explores new interests and hobbies and develops personality
We have all heard the saying “busy kids are happy kids”, but what does this mean? Just as much as our kids need structure and education, they also need to have fun.
Finding a cure to your kid’s boredom has an easy fix. There are so many kids activities to choose from in the metro area!
Don’t forget to check out our Things to Do section for more kids activities. You can also sign up for The Scoop! You will receive exclusive invites to Kids Club Events (for FREE or at least 50% off), movie premieres, and other fun things to do in Kansas City. Don’t miss a beat.
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