Beyond Team Sports: Cool Extracurriculars for Kids

Beyond Team Sports: Cool Extracurriculars for Kids
While there’s plenty of debate over how much is too much, most people can agree that some sort of extracurricular activity is good for kids. Why? It cuts down on electronics, builds confidence, relieves stress, teaches time management (where homework is concerned), and it expands their horizons by allowing them to explore various interests.
There are certainly plenty of opportunities for kids to participate in team sports after school and on weekends, but what about the non-sports kids, or kids who want or need more variety?
We’ve put together a whole bunch of “beyond team sports” options to explore on both shores, including indoor sports, academics, performing arts, martial arts, and more. Be sure to check their websites for registration periods and deadlines — and don’t forget to check on holiday camps. That season is going to pop up quicker than we think!

Academics/Languages/STEM

Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans)
http://af-neworleans.org/; (504) 568-0770
Casa de Espana (New Orleans)
https://casanola.com/; (985) 664-9793
Bricks for Kidz LEGO Activities (Various locations, both shores)
http://www.bricks4kidz.com/louisiana-covington-mandeville/; (985) 705-0805
IDIYA (New Orleans)
http://myidiya.com/; (504) 252-9327
Learning Etc (Harvey)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Learning-Etc/138406099540347; (504) 328-5535
Phillips Kids Tutoring (Kenner)
http://www.phillipskidstutoring.com/; (504) 305-2322
Spidersmart Learning Center (Jefferson)
https://www.spidersmart.com/; (504) 881-1788
STEM NOLA (New Orleans)
http://www.stemnola.com/;  (504) 391-0760
Sylvan Learning Centers (Mandeville)
http://www.sylvanlearning.com/; (985) 871-9771
Technology & Learning Center (Mandeville)
http://www.spidertechnologysolutions.com/; (985) 778-2828
Vamanos (New Orleans)
http://www.vamonosnola.com/; (504) 495-2345

Combo Facilities (Arts, Sports & Outdoors)

Lakeview Creative Arts (New Orleans)
http://www.lakeviewcreativearts.com/; (504) 288-3124
NORDC New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (Multiple Locations)
http://nordc.org/home/; (504) 658-3052
Pony Tales
http://www.ponytalesbirthdays.com/; (504) 469-0148
YMCA New Orleans (Belle Chasse, Metairie, Covington)
http://www.ymcaneworleans.org/; (504)392-9622 (BC), (985) 893-9622 (Covington), (504) 888-9622 (Metairie)

Cooking

National Food and Beverage Foundation (New Orleans)
http://natfab.org/kids-in-the-kitchen/; (504) 267-7490
Culinary Kids (Mandeville)
http://culinarykidsns.com/; (985) 727-5553

Dance & Performing Arts

Ballet Paetrei (Mandeville)
http://balletapetrei.com/wordpress/; (985) 624-3622
Body Expressions Center of Performing Arts (Mandeville)
https://bodyexpressionsdance.com/; 985-674-2174
Cindy Ory Dance (River Ridge)
https://www.facebook.com/Cindy-Ory-Dance-Studio-140707789283020/; (504) 737-3345
City Park Movement & Art (New Orleans)
http://www.cityparkmovementandart.com/; (504) 390-7482
Conservatory Ballet Aviv (Mandeville)
http://balletaviv.wix.com/balletaviv1; (985) 727-4445
Creative Arts of St. Tammany (Abita Springs)
http://www.dramaandmusic.com/; (985) 276-9727
Creative Dance & Music (Harvey)
http://www.creativedanceandmusic.com/; (504) 390-2552
Dance Company, Ltd (Metairie)
http://www.dancecoltd.com/; (504) 415-6943
Dancer’s Only Dance Studio (Metairie)
http://www.dancers-only.net/; (504) 304-4589
Dancer’s Pointe Dance Studio (Metairie)
http://dancers-pointe.com/; (504) 455-5975
Dance Consortium of Louisiana (Covington)
http://www.thedcla.com/; (985) 234-9451
Debby Dillehay Dancers (Kenner)
http://debbydillehaydance.com/; (504) 468-3368
Drama Kids NOLA (Metairie)
http://dramakids.com/kenner-metairie-new-orleans-la/; (504) 383-5773
Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music, and Theatre (Harahan)
http://www.dancetumblemusic.com/; (504) 737-5977
Fusion Dance Center (Metairie)
http://fusionpac.vpweb.com/; (504) 461-4757
Himel Dance Conservatory (Marrero)
https://himeldanceconservatory.com/; (504) 298-4743
Lafargue Pianos, Ltd. (Metairie)
http://lafarguepianos.com/; (504) 831-3008
Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts (Covington, Harahan, Mandeville)
http://www.laapa.com/; (985) 590-4545 (Covington); (985) 674-2992 (Mandeville); (504) 738-3050 (Harahan)
Maureen Bersuder Academy of Dance Arts (Slidell)
http://maureenbersuderdance.com/; (985) 863-7048
Mini Art Center (Algiers)
http://www.miniartcenter.com/; (504) 510-4747
New Orleans Ballet Association (New Orleans – Multiple Locations)
http://www.nobadance.com/; (504) 522-0996
New Orleans Children’s Chorus (New Orleans)
http://www.neworleanschildrenschorus.org/; (504) 482-2883
Pembo Cieutat Academy of Dance (Mandeville)
http://www.pembocieutat.com/; (985) 778-6189
Upturn Arts (New Orleans)
http://upturnarts.org/; (504) 390-8399

Gymnastics/Cheer

All-Star Gymnastics (Harvey)
http://allstargymla.com/; (504) 328-3838
New Orleans Outlaws (Kenner)
http://www.neworleansoutlaws.com/; (504) 465-3311
Crescent City Gymnastics (New Orleans)
http://www.crescentcitygymnastics.com/; (504) 861-1740
Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music, and Theatre (Harahan)
http://www.dancetumblemusic.com/; (504) 737-5977
Ivanovs Gymnastics (Metairie)
http://www.ivanovsgymnastics.com/; (504) 889-9800
Mandeville Sports Complex (Mandeville)
http://mandevillesportscomplex.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx; (985) 727-7277
New Orleans Cheer and Tumble Academy (Harahan)
http://ltcatigers.com/; (504) 733-7811
NOLA Gymnastics
http://www.nolagymnastics.com/; (504) 782-6462
North Shore Gymnastics (Mandeville)
http://www.northshoregymnastics.net/; (985) 624-8310
Kidsports at Ochsner Fitness Center (Harahan)
http://www.ochsnerfitness.com/; (504) 733-1200
 
Sky Zone Metairie Trampoline Park (Metairie)
https://www.skyzone.com/metairie;  (504) 900-9663
Spirit Professionals (Hammond)
http://www.spiritprofessionals.com/; (985) 345-4383
Tumblebus
thetumblebus@bellsouth.net; (504) 621-4617

Martial Arts

Art Monroe’s Taekwondo Plus (Mandeville)
http://trma282.tigerrockmartialarts.com/; (985) 624-3455
Iron Bridge Martial Arts Academy (Mandeville, Covington)
http://karatecovington.com/; (985) 778-2181
Just for Kicks Martial Arts (Mandeville, Chalmette, Covington)
http://just4kicksata.com/; (985) 224-3815
Louisiana Karate Association (Metairie)
http://www.lkakarate.com/; (504) 835-6825
Mike Storms Karate (Mandeville)
http://www.stormskarate.com/; (985) 674-7887
Shogun Martial Arts (Metairie)
http://www.shogunnola.com/; (504) 982-1371
Stephanie Haydel’s Northshore Taekwondo (Mandeville)
http://www.northshoretkd.com/; (985) 778-0750
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of New Orleans (Metairie)
http://trma340.tigerrockmartialarts.com/; (504) 831-1110
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of the West Bank (Gretna)
http://www.westbanktigerrock.com/; (504) 394-0008
Yonsei Martial Arts Academy (Kenner)
http://www.yonsei.us/; (504) 465-5353
XS Martial Arts Dojo (New Orleans)
https://www.xsmad.com/; (504) 558-9850

Swimming

Little Fins Swim Academy (Harahan)
http://www.littlefins.net/; (504) 416-0431
Mandeville Sports Complex (Mandeville)
http://mandevillesportscomplex.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx; (985) 727-7277
Mr. Fish (Metairie)
http://www.mrfish.biz/general_information.html; (504) 455-4101
Northshore Swim (Mandeville)
http://www.northshoreswim.com/; (985) 626-9456
Ochsner Kidsports Elmwood (Harahan)
http://www.ochsnerfitness.com/; (504) 733-1200
Pelican Athletic Club (Mandeville)
http://www.thepac.com/; (985) 626.3706

Visual Arts

Art Time (Mandeville)
http://www.arttime.biz/; (985) 674-2023​
City Park Movement & Art (New Orleans)
http://www.cityparkmovementandart.com/; (504) 390-7482
Mini Art Center (Algiers)
http://www.miniartcenter.com/; (504) 510-4747
NOLA Wax Hands (New Orleans)
http://www.nolawaxhands.com; (504) 828-7567
Posh Paint Pub
http://www.poshpaintpub.com/; (504) 835-4155
St. Tammany Art Association (Covington, Mandeville)
http://www.sttammanyartassociation.org/; (985) 892-8650
String A Bead (Metairie)
http://www.stringabead.com/; (504) 780-7575
Studio Kids! At New Orleans Museum of Art (New Oreans)
https://noma.org/; (504) 658-4100
Upturn Arts (New Orleans)
http://upturnarts.org/; (504) 390-8399