After a full day of school, not much beats an afternoon of open-ended play at home or on the local playground. Sometimes, however, your little Energizer Bunny keeps going and going—and you might as well follow her lead. Whether you have a pint-sized chef or a tiny engineer who just won’t quit, we’ve found an after school class that’ll keep her stimulated until the dinner hour.

Play-Well TEKnologies 
Featuring LEGO-inspired engineering classes for kids in grades K-8, Play-Well
TEKnologies is in schools all over the DMV—just type in your zip code on their website to find the host school nearest you. Specific course themes vary, but your kids can always expect to apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects. Let them explore their craziest ideas in a supportive environment, or work on a concrete building project such as bulldozers, hovercrafts, hot air balloons, or the Great Wall of China design. Have a Minecraft fan? Give her an outlet to build a zoo, create a medieval castle, or design a tree house village! The possibilities are truly endless.

Ages: K-8th grade.
Cost: varies.
Where: varies.
Online: play-well.org

Creative Youth
Dedicated to teaching fashion design and sewing, Creative Youth’s entire curriculum is tailored to the needs of their students with a focus on self-esteem building, creativity, and fun! Classes are offered after school and on the weekends on a rolling basis (students can begin at any time, and all skill levels are welcome). Students take home all work they’ve created in class, and all supplies and materials are included in the class fee—including New York designer patterns, couture fabrics, runway images, professional art tools, and more. Give your fashionista a chance to see what it takes to be a fashion star.

Ages: 7-18
Where: 4805 St. Elmo Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Cost: $35-50 for a single class, prices vary for 4-pack classes or full fall tuition.
Online: creative-youth.com

Rockin’ Railroad 
Each week,
Kidville’s live four-piece children’s band takes you and your child on a journey through tempo, rhythm, word recognition, and sound identification, exploring different instruments and musical genres and meeting special puppet friends along the way. The class makes stops at fun destinations including Instrumentville and Grandma’s House before heading back to Kidville Station, and is divided according to age group.

Ages: 0-5 years (with caregiver)
Where: 4825 Bethesda Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Cost: $308
Online: kidville.com

Tiny Chefs 
With the philosophy of
“learning through cooking,” Tiny Chefs encourages children to discover the joys of cooking while obtaining basic educational skills and culinary techniques. Instructors teach kids to follow recipes, measure and combine ingredients, and work together in a team all while promoting personal creativity. Classes strive to instill health-conscious values in kids along with the confidence to experiment with their own creations in the future. All of these skills are mixed in with delicious food and fun. Want your kids to learn to cook at home? After a two-hour lesson in your own kitchen, your entire family could be eating Vietnamese Summer Rolls, Chicken Pot Pie Bundles, and Sweet Mango Salsa with Homemade Cinnamon Tortilla Chips (!). We’ll be right over.

Ages: varies
Where: locations vary (including in-home classes, local elementary schools, and community centers)
Cost: varies
Online: tinychefs.com

Imagination Stage Introductory Dance 
From Broadway and ballet to hip hop and
Hamilton, Imagination Stage offers a range of dance classes for all ability levels that help young dancers improve their performance skills, learn how to portray character, master choreographed routines, and develop a better understanding of history from a musical perspective. Some classes also incorporate singing, and many classes culminate in an end-of-semester final sharing.

Ages: grades K-12
Where: 4908 Auburn Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Cost: $190-525
Online: imaginationstage.org

Abrakadoodle Art Classes  
There’s truly something for every petit artist at
Abrakadoodle: toddlers can develop their sensory and fine and gross motor skills while they learn about color and texture and experiment with new, engaging materials. Preschoolers gleefully create their own masterpieces while developing school readiness skills. And elementary-age students hone their craftsmanship, build knowledge of artistic styles and art history, execute their own imaginative projects, and cultivate the power of self-expression. There are even special “themed” classes for drawing, canvas, and found art.

Ages: 20 months-upper elementary school
Where: locations vary throughout Montgomery, Loudon, and Fairfax Counties
Cost: $85-195
Online: abrakadoodle.com

The First Tee
More than a chance to drive a cart, the founders of The First Tee believe that playing golf helps to reinforce values like integrity, respect, and perseverance. Their programs are delivered at golf courses, in schools, and at youth centers. Kids who have never held a club work with coaches who are highly trained in positive youth development, and everyone gets great exercise: young people can burn up to 800 calories walking nine holes!

Ages: 7-18
Where: locations vary throughout the DMV
Cost: varies (and chapters offer full scholarships or reduced-fee programming for those with financial need)
Online: thefirsttee.org

Writopia Lab 
Whether your burgeoning Pulitzer Prize-winning
author is interested in playwriting, filmmaking, graphic novels, creative writing, photojournalism, essay writing, or private lessons, you can trust that the instructors at Writopia Lab will help stoke that fire. The age-based workshops pledge to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds.

Ages: 8-18
Where: Tenleytown, Capitol Hill, Falls Church, Rockville
Cost: varies
Online: writopialab.org

Does your kid have a favorite after school class? Tell us about it!

-Katie Brown