School’s out for the day, but the kids still need something to do! We’re here to rescue you with seven great suggestions of after school activities this fall. From a structured place to get some wiggles out (with some room for homework), to a wild adventure scaling a wall or learning wilderness skills, these cover it all! Want your kid to learn a new language? Oui! Read on for more!

Campfire Columbia

Known for their fireside fun at Camp Namanu, Campfire Columbia also hosts before and after school care at many sites across the metro area. Starting as early as 7am and extending after school until 6pm, kids will enjoy a loosely structured place to finish up homework, develop leadership skills, and get involved in activities like creative arts, sports, and experiential learning. Campfire aim is to help all kids “find their spark.”

Starts at $283/monthly
Various school locations
Online: https://campfirecolumbia.org/

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The Children's Gym

With gymnastics classes for the littlest to the biggest kids, The Children’s Gym knows how to get your kids moving. Their after school program offers pick up from four Portland-area schools, and runs until 6pm every night. While there, your kids will jump into a movement or gymnastics class to work out all their energy, and also have some downtime for homework, snacks, and quieter activities. Offered for ages 5 and up, you can also choose 1-5 days a week.  

Starting at $33/day
1625 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
Online: childrensgym.com/after-school-care/

Portland Rock Gym

If your little one has been climbing the furniture since they could crawl, it might be time to give them a bigger (and safer!) challenge. Get them to the Portland Rock Gym! The gym’s afterschool program is designed for kids ages 6-18, giving them the chance to learn and improve their skills while making friends. A fun supportive environment encourages kids to try, and challenges them gently. And for those who are all-in, they can join the competitive team!

Ages 6-11: $100-$200 for 1-2 days/week
Teens: $135/month
21 NE 12th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-232-8310
Online: portlandrockgym.com/afterschool/

Trackers Earth

Your kids will get a healthy dose of wild adventure with Trackers Earth--dedicated to teaching kids outdoor skills like archery, woodworking, blacksmithing, ceramics and even wilderness survival. Your kids will enjoy the adventurous classes with excellent instructor-to-student ratios, while you’ll enjoy the flexible options like school pick up or drop off and 1-5 days a week. These classes range in age from as young as Kindergarten up to 10th.

Starting at $135/mo
4617 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR
503-345-3312
Online: trackerspdx.com/youth/after-school.php

Ethos Music Center

This nonprofit music center has been named one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the U.S. six times since 2003! With those shining accolades, your budding musicians will shine at this supportive and creative place that brings music to all kids across socioeconomic barriers. Group classes are a collaborative 10-week introduction involving 4-6 students, and individual offerings cover an A-Z range of instruments, from Accordion to Ukulele (ok, A-U).

Group classes start at $120, with discounts offered for student who qualify for their school’s reduced lunch programs
2 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR
503-283-8467
Online: ethos.org

One With Heart

This studio provides Martial Arts for all ages (including adults), but they shine in their after-school care. Focusing on self-esteem and respect, they teach skills that carry throughout life. The after school care program is a daily offering that includes school pick-up, snack, homework time, and a variety of martial art classes for different skill levels. Students in grades 1-5 learn self-defense, focus, coordination and balance in a safe environment.

$449/month, Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
4231 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
503-231-1999
Online: onewithheart.com/afterschool-program

Kids Like Languages

Holding class in over 50 schools around Portland, this after-school program makes it easy on working parents by cutting down the travel and bringing up the fun. Teaching languages like Spanish, French, Mandarin, American Sign Language, or more (whatever the school requests, actually!) the classes combine top-notch teaching with native speakers, fun activities, and lots of enthusiasm. It’s well-researched that school age is one of the best times to learn a new language, so why not sign your kinder or niños up now?

Around $17/class, 25 classes/term
Classes in over 50 Portland area schools
503.492.1700
Online: kidslikelanguages.com/pages/after-school-classes

—Katrina Emery

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