Looking for an extra-curricular activity for your budding scientist, musician or comedian? Check out these ten classes that go beyond ballet and basketball to offer Portland youth unique opportunities. From toddlers to teenagers to workshops for the whole family, this list of extraordinary activities will add fun and learning to your family’s weekly routine.

Photo: Yohann Legrand via Flickr

Hip-Hop and Funk
Does your baby beat-boxer wanna bust a move? Head over to the Laurelhurst Dance Studio or Matt Dishman Community Center for classes that will increase their agility and coordination while letting them experiencing a beat that will move their feet!

Laurelhurst Dance Studio
3756 SE Oak St.
Dishman Community Center:
77 NE Knott St.
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

Animation Classes
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is more than just a museum. They offer classes for all ages and abilities in a variety of science, math and electronics fields. Check out the upcoming Animation class for fourth and fifth graders over spring break where participants get to make their own mini-movie.

OMSI’s science and math classes range from K-12 grade and vary in price. Check OMSI’s website for availability.

1945 SE Water Ave.
Online: omsi.edu/camps

Improv and Comedy
Have a budding comedian or a shy wallflower on your hands? Both could benefit from a children’s improv class! Comedy Sportz hosts weekend classes, summer camps and even an Improv for Families workshop, where acceptance, listening and teamwork are honed in addition to lots of laughter.

Check the Comedy Sportz webpage for a listing of upcoming classes for kids age 8-18.

1963 NW Kearney St.
Online: portlandcomedy.com

Photo: Twin Buttes of Durango via Flickr

Cooking and Food Prep
Bring out the inner chef in your little kitchen helper by enrolling them in one of these classes for children ages 6 and up at Portland’s Culinary Workshop. A wide array of focus topics include: pizza, cookies, breads, sushi, and pasta from scratch. Parents can also sign up to join as well!

Prices range from $45 on up, with classes on various days and times. Check the webpage for details.

807 N. Russell St.
Online: portlandsculinaryworkshop.com

Have a child who literally runs on the walls and bounces off of furniture? Then Parkour is for them! Train to safely land, roll and use obstacles while participating in this fun form of exercise. This noncompetitive activity encourages positive collaboration and creative movement along with proper warm up and cool down.

Ages 7-14 on Wednesday or Friday evenings in February or March. Sessions range in price from $40-80 depending on the class package.

1515 SE 37th Ave.
Online: echotheaterpdx.org

Portland Rock Gym
Urban rock climbing is a thing! Kids aged 6-11 will love “hanging out” on the roped walls with a skilled staff member helping out the budding boulderers.

Kids Climb begins at 1pm and runs for 3 hours long.  Classes are available by reservation and on a first-come-first-served basis.

21 NE 12th Ave.
Online: portlandrockgym.com/kidsclimb

Photo: Rachel F. via Yelp


Playground Gym
Need to engage your energized one year old and also your 12 year old? Playground Gym has Martial Arts, Parkhour and a wide array of classes and open play for the whole family to enjoy.

Classes start at $59 a week for a month, with a 20% discount for additional family members. Individual class drop-ins are $17, space permitting.

505 NE Grand Ave.
Online: theplaygroundgym.com

Afro-Latin Drumming
Afro-Latin Drumming class and Capoeira are amongst the gems available to musicians and martial artists aged 5-9 at Ethos, a local non-profit providing music lessons and multicultural performances and workshops to more than 7,000 students across Oregon.

Check listings for choir, guitar, beat-making, ukulele and Korekara Taiko offerings! Class sessions start at $45 for free lunch students.

2 N. Killingsworth St.
Online: ethos.org

Preschool Skating
Bring your super skater (or even your tumbling toddler) to Oaks Park Skating Rink! Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings are dedicated to the littles on wheels during the Preschool Play & Skate and Kids’ Morning Skate, which feature a group lesson focused on following directions and body awareness, snack time, and (on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) a surprise visit from Chipper the Squirrel!

One adult (responsible person aged 16 or older) free with a child’s paid admission, additional adults welcome at $6.75 each.Shoes and strollers welcome on the skating floor.

7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Online: oakspark.com

Creative Art
Tumultuous teens and younger tweens will appreciate the teen art journal workshop at the 100th Monkey Studio. Participants in workshops will explore fine art media with the support of a seasoned leader, while using gentle prompts or thematic suggestions to inspire the creative process.

Ages 12-16. Workshops are held Wednesdays from 4-6 pm for $18.

1600 SE Ankeny St.
Online: the100thmonkeystudio.com

What’s your favorite weekend activity or class for kids? Tell us in the comments section below

—April Hasson