With school’s start just around the corner, it’s not a minute too soon to search for great after-school activities to challenge your children academically, socially, and physically. The Independent’s annual After-School Guide has programs divided by age group and type: After-school care centers, sports groups, and myriad of arts programs, as well as enrichment programs and work-experience programs for teens. Our guide will provide you with fun and creative options for the after-school hours. Read on and find the program that will offer an enriching experience for your child outside of the classroom.
Girls Inc. of Greater S.B.
Inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold. After-school program offers computer, dance, cooking, homework help, gymnastics, and more. Grades K-8. School pick-up available. Open until 6pm. Two locations: 531 E. Ortega St. and 4973 Hollister Ave. Call 963-4017 (S.B. Ctr.) or 967-0319 (Goleta Valley Ctr.) or email email@example.com.
Discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls working together. With the support of adult volunteers, girls develop strong values, leadership skills, and social awareness. For more information about joining Girl Scouts or volunteering, call (800) 822-2427 x114, or visit www.gstc.org.
The Great Escape Camp
Tennis, swimming, hiking, field games, day trips, arts and crafts, and more. Most activities take place in city parks. Camp counselors are well-trained, first-aid and CPR-certified, caring staff from after-school programs. Grades 1-6. Mon.-Fri., Dec. 17-21, 7:30am-5:30pm. Drop-off 7:30-9am; pick-up 4-5:30pm at Monroe School, 431 Flora Vista Dr. $160/$148. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com or call Youth Activities at 564-5495.
Isla Vista Children’s Center
Provides after-school care for kindergarteners, open year-round. Activities include reading time, arts and crafts, dramatic play, field trips, and playground time. Snack provided. Flexible scheduling, low tuition, and scholarships. Care provided for ages 3 mos.-6 yrs. Breakfast and lunch served. 6:45am-5:45pm, 6842 Phelps Rd. Call 968-0488.
Isla Vista Youth Projects
After-school enrichment program at Isla Vista Elementary School. Grades 1-6. $45/month; scholarships available. 6875 El Colegio Rd. Call 968-1624.
Life After-School Sports and Recreation Program
Life After School is designed to give students an opportunity to try a variety of sports and diverse activities in an environment that de-emphasizes competition and focuses on participation and fun. Santa Barbara, La Colina, La Cumbre, and Goleta Valley Junior High Schools. Complete schedule with class codes, sessions, and fees available Aug. 25-June 6 at each of the junior highs above. For info, call 564-5495. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com.
Junior High After-School Sports and Enrichment Program
All after school sports and enrichment programs are free to students at Santa Barbara, La Cumbre, La Colina, and Goleta Valley Jr. High Schools. These programs are endorsed by the Santa Barbara School District and cosponsors include City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation, PAL, and Club West. Register at the school or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For more info, call 564-5495 or your school office.
Montecito Family YMCA After School
Licensed after-school program offering arts and crafts, swim lessons, group sports, cooking projects, values training, and homework assistance. 35 day options. 36pm. Scholarships available. Montecito Family YMCA. Contact Yvonne Rubio at 969-3288 x17 or Yvonne.Rubio@ciymca.org.
Santa Barbara Kids’ Club
Kids’ Club provides year-round fun, learning, and friendships for K-6th graders. Students do homework, play outdoor games, and take specialty courses like cooking, science, music, and crafts. Kindergarteners enjoy a separate, spacious area. After school-6pm. Camps for school holidays also available. 401 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Call 967-3937.
Santa Barbara YMCA Afterschool Care
Licensed program that offers homework help, arts and crafts, and games. Hope and Monte Vista Schools, Grades K-6. After school-6:15pm. Available 2-5 days/week. Contact Andrea Opfer at 687-7727 x266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
S.B. Parks & Recreation After-School Program (RAP)
Provides crafts, clubs, field trips, sports, special programs, and homework assistance to children grades 1-6 who attend Cesar Ch¡vez, Monroe, Open Alternative, Roosevelt, or Washington elementary schools. RAP is principal-endorsed and provides a supervised, fun program after school. Scholarships and financial assistance available. Each 30-day registration session fee is $120; six 30-day sessions available. A Drop-In RAP Card (10 days of attendance per card) is $60 and can be used throughout the school year. For info, call 564-5495.
Preschool, Toddler, and Baby and Me Programs
Montecito Family YMCA Preschool
Year-round licensed program offering curriculum that nurtures each individual child cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Ages 2-5. 7:45am-5:30pm. 35 day options till 12:45, 3, or 5:30pm. Scholarships available. Montecito Family YMCA. Contact Yvonne Rubio at 969-3288 x17 or Yvonne.Rubio@ciymca.org.
Santa Barbara YMCA Preschool
Year-round, licensed program offers creative play based curriculum focusing on a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Ages 2-5. 7:30am-6pm. 3- to 5-day per week options. Scholarships available beginning in June. Santa Barbara YMCA. Contact Jenny Flores at 687-7727 x263 or Jenny.Flores@ciymca.org.
SBParent.com is a family resource that links parents from pregnancy through the teen years to kids’ classes, camps, birthday party resources, babysitters, event calendar, kids’ classifieds, moms nights out, and more in S.B. Links to more than 300 local businesses and nonprofits, including schools and libraries. For help finding after-school programs or preschools for your child, visit SBparent.com or contact email@example.com or 448-2426.
Art from the Heart
Dream big, build self-esteem in your children and help them to discover their unique purpose in life at a young age. Karen Putnam offers creative fun through drama, dance, music, photography, face painting, and American Sign Language. Stories, parachute games, costumes, puppet play, and art projects go along with each unique theme. Preregistration required before first day of class and material fee due on the first day of class. All classes at Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 966-9078 or 897-2519, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Under the Sea: Ages 6 mos,-8 yrs. Mondays starting Sept. 22 at two locations: Maravilla Retirement Community (10-11:30am) and at Riviera Assisted Living (3:30-5pm)
• Paint Swirls & Body Twirls: Ages 3Â½ -8 years. Wed. afternoons starting Sept. 24. Carrillo Recreation Ctr.
• Garden Dance: Ages 6 mos.-8 yrs. Mondays starting Jan. 26 at two locations: Maravilla Retirement Community (10-11:30am) and at Riviera Assisted Living (3:30-5pm)
• Garden Dance: Ages 3Â½ -8. Wednesdays starting Jan. 28 at two locations: Maravilla Retirement Community (10-11:30am) and at Riviera Assisted Living (3:30-5pm)
• Jingle Your Bells: Ages 6 mos.-8 years. Dec. 1-17 plus party on Dec. 22. Mondays & Wednesdays, 3-30-5pm, Carrillo Recreation Ctr.
• Winter Break Camp Holiday Hearts: Ages 3Â½ -8. Dec. 22-23, Mondays & Tuesdays, 9:15am-4:30pm (ask Karen about half-day options).
• Spring Break Camp Flowers & Frogs: Ages 3Â½-8. Mar. 30-Apr. 2, Mon.-Thu., 9:15am-4:30pm (ask Karen about half-day options).
After School ArtVentures
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Second Saturdays, AfterSchool ArtVentures, and Parent/Child Classes resume in October. For more info, call 962-1661, visit sbma.net/programs/education/artclass.asp, or email email@example.com.
Ages 9-adult. Animation and Live-Action moviemaking training at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, with technical instruction, history, and one-on-one coaching in production of students’ own movies. Year-round tele-training with our innovative live-interactive closed-circuit television classroom direct to your desktop (see Animation Magazine feature article at earthlightpictures.com) and summer workshops in Santa Barbara. Guest speakers, special group and private instruction options, and field trips to major animation studios. For info, call (503) 697-7914 or email JT@earthlightpictures.com.
S.B. Parks & Recreation Ceramics
Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr. (234 E. Cabrillo Blvd.) boasts a terrific waterfront studio location offering a full range of low-fire materials in an inspiring, fun, and educational atmosphere.
• Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel: Ages 7-12 and 12-17. In these four-week sessions, potters will make functional pieces and are encouraged to do hand built projects as well. Limited to 10. Classes meet on Wed., 3:30-5:30pm, starting Oct. 1 for ages 7-12 and Nov. 5 for ages 12-17.
• Colors of the World: Learn about the “geography of color” in this four-week workshop and create pieces that reflect the individuation of a colored habitat. Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm; Sept. 8-29.
• Clay Animals Workshop: Ages 7-12. One-day workshop where children create a variety of animals/creatures and their respective environments using different hand building techniques. Three Thu. sessions, Sept. 19, Oct. 23, Jan. 15, 3:30-5:30pm
• Tile Making Workshop: Ages 7-12, 12-17: In this four-week session, students will design and produce their own set of ceramic tiles using a variety of techniques. Mon., 3:30-5:30pm; starting Oct. 6 for ages 7-12 and Nov. 3 for ages 12-17.
• Halloween Clay Workshop: Ages 7-12 A hand-building Halloween workshop. Kids make pieces to keep for spooky Halloween displays-witches, pumpkins, and more. Thu., Oct. 11, 3:30-5:30pm.
• Winter Solstice Ceramics Workshop: Ages 7-12: A hand-building Halloween workshop. Kids make pieces to keep for spooky Halloween displays-witches, pumpkins and more! Thu., Oct. 9, 3:30-5:30pm.
• Valentine Clay Creations: Ages 7-17: Artists use hand building techniques to make ceramic pieces with a Valentine’s Day theme. Thu. Jan. 22, 3:30-5:30pm. Classes are small; personal attention guaranteed by experienced instructors. Register at 620 Laguna St. or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 897-1982.
Ceramics Parties for Children
A unique party idea where children celebrate at the Chase Palm Park Crafts Ctr., a special place to make a project with a friend. Instructor-led activities last 90 mins. Birthday cakes, refreshments, and decorations provided by the parents. Parties must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and require a $25 nonrefundable credit card deposit. Cost: Up to 15 children: $210; $10/child beyond 15. Maximum 20 children.
Programs for Girl Scouts
Classes for Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts to learn about ceramics. Junior girls earn Ceramics and Clay badge; Cadette and Senior girls complete several requirements toward the Artistic Crafts Interest project. Projects tailored to meet badge requirements. Open to all currently registered Girl Scout troops. All girls must be chaperoned. Cost: $210 for up to 15 participants for 90 minutes. $12/student beyond 15. Maximum 20 students. Call 897-1982 for information.
Creating Clay is the Way
You and/or your family and friends can form your own class or workshop. Call Cultural Arts at 897-1982. Private throwing lessons are also available for $35/hr.
Dance & Music
Children’s Ballet for ages 3-5, 3-6, and 6-10. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St.
Four sessions for ages 3-5 and 6-10, starting Aug. 29. Sessions for ages 3-6 start on Sept. 24. Register at online at sbparksandrecreation.com or in person at 620 Laguna St. For more info, call instructor Susan Manchak at 451-2304.
Santa Barbara Dance Arts
Learn the latest moves and proper technique from our amazing staff comprised of Broadway veterans and internationally trained professionals, with classes for ages three to adult and encompassing jazz, hip-hop, Broadway jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and tiny tots. Classes start Mon., Sept. 22. S.B. Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle Cesar Ch¡vez, Ste. #100. Call 966-5299 or visit sbdancearts.com.
Goleta Valley Community Center School of Ballet
Kids ages 4-18 learn classical ballet with a carefully graded syllabus from creative movement to pre-professional. Two performances during the school year. Lessons for students ages 4-9 are Thu.-Sat. (see Web site for times) at the GVCC, 5679 Hollister Ave. Cost begins at $36-$42/month for one lesson per week. For more info, call Lisa Abshere at 683-0871, or visit gvccschoolofballet.com.
Gustafson Dance offers ballet instruction to all levels of advancement ages 3 and up, and creative dance for ages 2 to 3, jazz, and children’s tap. Present an annual Children’s Nutcracker and Holiday Show at the Lobero Theatre and end the year with an original ballet at the Lobero. For info, call 965-6690 or visit gustafsondance.com.
Linda Vega Dance Studio
Specializing in Fiesta activities, this dance studio focuses on Spanish dance. Children ages 3 and up; levels range from beginners to professionals. 215 W. Victoria St. For info, call 963-0073.
Beginning Flamenco Dance Ages 5-8 and 9-11
An introduction to the art of flamenco focusing on technique and style. Experience the basics of flamenco using the rhythm of rumba as the basic foundation. Open house Aug. 15. Three sessions starting Aug. 18; Ages 9-11: Mon. 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 5-8: Mon. 4:30-5:30pm. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Register at 620 Laguna St. or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call Antoinette Lopez at 453-6264.
Sandcastle Music Together
For infants through 4 yrs. and their parents. Nurture the musical growth of your child regardless of your own musical ability. Classes build on children’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. The program provides children with the basic music skills needed to enjoy any kind of musical activity. Classes start Sept. 6. For info, call 964-3940 or visit sandcastlemusictogether.com.
Cheerleading with the S.B. Spirit Academy Ages 4-7 and Ages 8-14
Learn basic, age-appropriate cheerleading movements integrated with tumbling, hip-hop dance, and group performance techniques. This class includes some basic stretching and conditioning. Participants may perform at local events. 6-week sessions start Thu., Sept.25. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. For info, call Kristen Wreesman at 654-9453.
Joy of Music-Ages 4-8
Your child will discover the joy of music in this enriching class. Singing, creative movement, learning rhythms, and exploring music with instruments from around the world are all explored using a supportive group circle format. Musical instruments provided. Erin Cross is currently director of the Joy of Music Children’s Choir. Classes meet for 12-week sessions with no drop-ins starting Thu., Sept. 25. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. For info, call 897-2519.
Joy of Music-Children’s Choir Ages 9-14
Share the joy of singing with a group of peers. Learn to sing, play rhythms, and explore music with instruments from around the world with instructor Erin Cross. Classes meet for 12-week sessions with no drop-ins. Musical instruments provided. Thu., Sept. 25. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. For info, call 897-2519.
Youth Acting Program-Ages 6-17
Youth acting classes are led by experienced instructor Brendan Fleming. Class size of 10 or fewer participants provides personalized attention. Four 6-week sessions starting Tue., Sept. 23 at the Carrillo Recreation Ctr. 100 E. Carrillo St. Register at 620 Laguna St. or visit sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 569-2852.
Nature and Sports
Bullseye Archery Clinic: Ages 8-11, 12-17
A great program for kids that promotes mental concentration and self-esteem. All equipment provided. Lou Rovtar is an NAA Level 1 instructor at the Santa Ynez Bow Club. Two sessions on successive Mondays, 4-6pm. Dwight Murphy Softball Field. $70/$60. Ages 8-11, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1; Ages 12-17, Oct. 8 and 15. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422.
PONY League Baseball: Ages 8-14
Cosponsored by the City of S.B. This program offers kids the opportunity to have fun while receiving instruction from experienced coaches in four age divisions: Coach-Pitch (8-9); Mustang (9-10); Bronco (11-12); Pony (13-14). For info, visit sbpony.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
T-Ball Clinic: Ages 4-5
Parents are encouraged (not required) to participate. Hitting, fielding, and base running are taught in a fun, encouraging environment. At the end of the season, your child will feel confident and ready to join the T-Ball League the following year. Sat., Apr.18-June 6, 9-10:30am. $88/$80. Santa Barbara High softball fields. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or visit sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422.
T-Ball League (Coed): Ages 5-7
Play Saturday games with your friends. Emphasis is on fun and skill development. No score is kept. Learn how to throw, catch, hit, and run bases. Sat., Apr. 18-Jun. 6, 10:30am-2pm. $106/$88. Santa Barbara High softball fields. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: Mon., Mar. 30.
Basketball League (Indoors): Ages 9-12
Represent your school team and have fun with your friends. Teams developed from the schools attended. Introduction to fundamental basketball skills in a highly energetic, fun environment. One or two practices each week; and one game each week on Sat. SBCC Gym. Season runs Jan.-Mar. Divided by grade. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: Sun., Dec. 7.
Little Hoopster Basketball: Ages 5-9
Introduction to fundamental basketball skills in a highly energetic, fun environment. After-school practices one day per week and one game each week after school. 8-foot rims, small basketballs, and modified rules for maximum fun. Franklin School Gym or Westside Boys and Girls Club Gym. After school from Jan.-Mar. Ages 5-7 or 7-9. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: Sat., Jan. 10.
Doggone Fun Basic Obedience Class: Ages 9-14
All kids and dogs that are well-behaved around others are welcome. Kids will learn how to be responsible pet owners, learn obedience training, and have fun with their pets. Please bring your dog with a 6-foot leash, a 15-foot lead leash, water bowl, and dog treats. Program is limited to a minimum of 6 kids and a maximum of 8 kids. Instructor: Cliff Siber, CDT. Eight Sat. sessions, 9am-noon, Oct.-Dec. or Jan.-Mar. $175/$192. Mackenzie Park. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: One week prior to start of program.
Beach Stars Gymnastics
Beach Stars Gymnastics in Carpinteria is a recreational gymnastics club that teaches technical gymnastics in a creative, fun way. There’s a 62-foot ocean mural behind a large boat that houses a trampoline, foam pit, bungee harness, and a rock climbing wall. Boys and girls 18 mos.-16 years of age are given instruction on bars, beams, trampolines, tumbling, trapeze, and rings each week. Only 10-12 kids are in the “Beach Gym” at a time. For info, visit members.cox.net/beachstarsgym or call 684-9900.
S.B. Gymnastics Club
Ages 18 mos.-adult. Competitive boys and girls teams, birthday parties, camps, and much more. Located at 4179 State St. For info, call 683-1724.
Presidio Fencing Club
Presidio Fencing Club offers after-school fencing classes for children and young adults ages 8 and up. Students will learn and practice bladework, footwork, strategy, and sparring in the Olympic style of fencing. Beginners to advanced fencers are welcome. All equipment is provided. For class schedules and pricing, visit presidiofencing.com or call 403-6895.
Flag Football Fall League: Grades 3-4 and 5-6
Students attending S.B. School District elementary schools can join their school’s flag football team for free. Weekday practices held at your school campus. Games either at local school fields or SBCC. Sept.-Nov. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. Registration deadline: Fri., Sept. 5. For info, call 564-5422.
Team Handball: Grades 1-6
An introduction to this great team sport. Play 2-on-2 and learn skills to improve teamwork, footwork, and hand/eye coordination. Practice and team play weekly after school Tues. & Weds. starting Sept. 23 at local school facilities. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: Fri., Sept. 5.
S.B. Blacktop Basketball League Grades: Girls Grades 4-6, Boys Grades 3-4 and 5-6
Students attending S.B. School District elementary schools can join their school’s basketball team for free. Practices are held one day each week at your school. One game is played each week at local school outdoor basketball courts. Practices and games, Jan.-Mar. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registaration deadline: Fri., Dec. 19.
Martial Arts Family Fitness
Martial Arts will help your child be a better student and develop valuable life skills. Character-building programs in a safe, secure, and fun environment. Children develop leadership skills while building confidence, self-control, and concentration. Dynamic programs for children ages 3-6 and 7-12; great programs for families. Martial Arts Family Fitness, 122 E. Gutierrez St. For info, call 963-6233, email email@example.com, or visit kickboxers.com.
Bully-Proof Aikido/Ki and Judo
Discipline, self-confidence, focus, and respect are stressed while learning this nonviolent but powerful martial art. Classes for girls and boys. Associated with the Cultural School. 255 Magnolia Ave. For info, call Ken or Miye Ota at 967-3103.
South Coast Karate
Ongoing classes provide students with the skills in life that make a difference. Tiny Tigers class offered to ages 3-6 yrs. Call Brian Jordan at 687-5001 for a free guest pass and see why South Coast Karate has been voted the Best Martial Arts Studio for four years in a row. Mention The Independent to get a special family rate.
Mommy, Daddy & Me Soccer: Ages 2-3
Introduce yourself and your toddler to soccer and develop their large motor and socializing skills. A variety of activities will be played each week. The fun happens on the field and you won’t have to watch from the sidelines. Dwight Murphy Softball Field. 8:30-9am. Begins Sat., Sept. 27. $94/$87. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: One week prior to start of program.
Tot-Soccer: Ages 3 -4
Encourage motor skill development through soccer games that are fun while introducing small children to a group setting. Little players will enjoy running and kicking just like the big kids. Shin guards are required after the first meeting. Begins Sat., Sept. 27. $94/$87. Dwight Murphy Softball Field. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: One week prior to start of program.
Pre-Soccer: Ages 4-5
Kidz Love Soccer program teaches basic techniques of soccer while building self-esteem through fun soccer activities. Children will learn to follow instructions in a nurturing, age-appropriate environment. Begins Sat., Sept. 27. $94/$87. Dwight Murphy Softball Field. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: One week prior to start of program.
Soccer 1: Ages 5-6
Players learn dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, age-specific defense, etc. Fun skill games are played at every session, and every participant will have a ball at his/her feet. Small-sided soccer matches will be introduced gradually. Begins Sat., Sept. 27. $94/$87. Dwight Murphy Softball Field. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: One week prior to start of program.
Soccer 2: Ages 7-9 & Soccer 3: Ages 9-12
Play the exciting game of soccer in a structured, nurturing environment. Be challenged by real soccer situations while venturing into the fun, tactical side of scrimmaging. Players 7-12 years old will enjoy age-appropriate soccer matches. Attack and score goals. Pace and possession. Defense and transition. Saturdays, 11:05am-12:05pm; Dwight Murphy Softball Field. $94/$87. Soccer 2: Ages 7-9, begins Sat. Sept. 27. Soccer 3: Ages 9-12, begins Sat., Sept. 27. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline: One week prior to start of program.
Girls’ Softball: Ages 9-14
Girls learn how to pitch, throw, catch, hit, and run bases. Fast-pitch and coach-pitch during games. Grades 4-6 and 7-8. Tue. or Thu., Apr.-Jun., beginning at 5:30pm at SBHS softball fields. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5422.
Afterschool Learn to Swim Ages 3-7
Non-swimmers and beginners learn to swim for safety at Ortega Park Pool, 600 N. Salsipuedes St. Three levels. Half-hour classes weekday afternoons Sept. 2-Sept. 12. $50/$45. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 966-6110.
Santa Barbara Swim Club: Ages 5-21
Swimmers improve technique and develop new friendships and team camaraderie with the opportunity to compete. Los Ba±os Pool, 401 Shoreline Dr. Register at 620 Laguna St. or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 966-9757 or visit sbswim.org.
Tennis Classes: Ages 4-17
Levels range from beginning with basic eye/hand coordination instruction and stroke production to advanced drills. All classes taught by a USPTA-certified instructor. Four to six students. Las Positas and Municipal Tennis Courts. $46/$41 for 4 classes. Register at 620 Laguna St., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5573.
Saturday Tennis Clinics: Ages 7-17
Cosponsored by the City of S.B. Parks and Recreation and Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons. Drop in any Saturday morning and find out from a professional instructor what the game of tennis is all about. All equipment is provided; just bring yourself and be ready to have fun. Saturdays, 10am-noon. Municipal Tennis Ctr. First time free; then $7/clinic (financial assistance available). Register at 620 Laguna St. or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5573.
Advanced Tennis Drills: Ages 7-17
Fast-paced, fun, competitive, high-performance workout for the tournament-minded athlete. Intermediate-advanced levels. Players are separated into appropriate playing groups. 4-12 students. Wed., 4-5:30pm and Sat., 9-10:30am. $78/$70. Las Positas Tennis Courts. Register at 620 Laguna St., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5573.
Private Tennis Lessons
Create your own class. You set the time and place for individual or group instruction with USPTA/PTR certified professionals. Las Positas and Municipal Tennis Centers. Register at 620 Laguna St., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, call 564-5573.
Ages 2 to 12. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Ty Warner Sea Center take kids on a memorable quest as they laugh and learn about science, nature, and their role in this world. Nature Adventures is a unique program designed to allow children to experiment, experience, and observe the natural world around them, while engaging in the scientific process. Explore and discover natural wonders through classes, workshops, and camps. For info about upcoming Nature Adventures programs call 805-682-4711 ext. 171 or visit sbnature.org/education/natadv.php. You can even download a registration form to fax back to 569-3170 or mail to SBMNH Attention: Nature Adventures at 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
• Tykes (Ages 2-3): Classes include stories, games, puppetry, and hands-on activities. Preregistration required. Classes take place at the Ty Warner Sea Ctr., 211 Stearns Wharf or the S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Cost per class (1 child and 1 adult): members $15; nonmembers $20.
At the Ty Warner Sea Ctr.:
• What Lives in a Tidepool? Sat., Sept. 20, 10:15-11am.
• How Many Fish in a School? Sat., Oct. 25, 10:15-11am.
At the S.B. Museum of Natural History:
• What is a Rock? Wed., Sept. 24 and Thu., Sept. 25, 10:15-11am.
• What are Teeth For? Wed., Oct. 1 and Thu., Oct. 2,10:15-11am.
• Is It Alive? Wed., Oct. 8 and Thu., Oct. 9, 10:15-11am.
• What is a Dinosaur? Wed., Oct. 15 and Thu., Oct. 16, 10:15-11am.
• What Does a Bird Do? Wed., Oct. 22 and Thu., Oct. 23,10:15-11am.
• What Comes Out at Night? Wed., Oct. 29 and Thu., Oct. 30, 10:15-11am.
• Explorers (Ages 4-6): Classes foster curiosity through experimentation, use of senses, and real opportunities for direct investigation. Preregistration required. Learn how to experiment with what you find in your refrigerator and cupboards. Prepare solutions, study reactions, and have fun with wild and wacky experiments. Cost (per child): Members $80; nonmembers $90. The Kitchen Lab, Mon. and Wed., Sept. 29-Oct. 15 or Tue. and Thu., Sept. 30-Oct.16, 3:15-5pm (6 sessions per class). S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol.
Nature Adventure Weekend Workshops
• Silly Shorebirds (Ages 4-6): Have you seen birds with long bills probe the sand? Who are the birds that crash dive into the ocean? What do silly shorebirds do? Flock together with friends as you walk, eat, and fly like a shorebird. Sat., Sept.13, 10:15am-12noon Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $20. Ty Warner Sea Ctr., 211 Stearns Wharf.
• Species 101: Sea Urchins (Ages 8-10): Take a walk on the spiny side of life. More than just a favorite meal for sea otters, sea urchins are fascinating organisms. Come discover these bizarre animals and the interesting way they live their lives. Sat., Oct. 4, 10am-noon. Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $20 Ty Warner Sea Ctr., 211 Stearns Wharf.
• The Fun of Birding (Ages 10-14): Do you like spending time outside? Hone your skills as a naturalist by learning to bird with local expert Rebecca Coulter. Pry into the lives of local birds, by identifying them, their calls and their cryptic behaviors. Sat., Oct. 11, 9-11am. Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $20. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol.
• Mesozoic Monsters (Ages 6-8): The Mesozoic was the Age of the Dinosaurs, but they weren’t the only animals on Earth during this time. Learn about dinosaurs and the other creatures that flew, swam, or walked alongside them millions of years ago. Sun., Oct. 12, Time: TBD. Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $20. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol.
California Learning Center
Individualized tutoring in reading, writing, math, algebra, test prep, and study skills for students of all ages. Also assists with homework support in most subjects. Open Mon.-Fri., 9am-7:30pm and Sat., 9am-noon. Prices vary. Call 563-1579 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dubin Learning Center
The Dubin Learning Center has been bringing its knowledge, caring, and experience to the Santa Barbara community for 29 years. It provides educational therapy for learning differences, including dyslexia, ADD, and the gifted, the Fast Forword programs, academic tutoring, SAT and GATE preparation, and a daily morning program. For info, call 962-7122, or visit dubinlearningcenter.com. 112 West Cota St.
Huntington Learning Center
Every student can benefit from professional academic assistance. Huntington determines what skills each student requires and designs a detailed program to develop those skills. Huntington builds academic skills that will last a lifetime. Test preparation including: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and the high school exit exam. Call 898-3948 for a free, no obligation consultation, or stop by 3905 State St. #6, or visit santa_barbara.huntingtonlearning.com.
Kumon Math and Reading Centers
Kumon is an after-school math and reading program. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses a systematic approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. 3230 State St. Ste B. For info, call 687-5944 or visit kumon.com.
Putting It Back
PIB is a tutorial program helping students meet the basic CST standards for 3rd and 4th graders. Program locations include: Cesar Ch¡vez, Cleveland, and Franklin elementary schools. Mon.-Fri., 3-5:15pm. Nurturing growth and changing lives one life at a time. 1136 E. Montecito St., Ste. 2. For info, call 730-3347 or visit eyc4kids.org.
Science, Math, Engineering & Technology
In collaboration with UCSB Leaps Program, SMET is a tutorial program to elevate interest and excitement in the sciences for 7th and 8th graders. Program locations include: La Cumbre Middle School and Santa Barbara Jr. High. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 3-5:15pm. 1136 E. Montecito St., Ste. 2. For info, call 730-3347 or visit eyc4kids.org.
Winter Break Camps
The Great Escape Camp
Grades 1-6. Trained and certified staff will work with your child on a variety of activities including holiday games, crafts, and walking field trips. This program offers the flexibility for your child to come and go according to your needs over the holidays. Register early as space is limited! Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-5:30pm. Dec. 22-Jan. 2. Drop off, 7:30-9am and pick up at 4-5:30pm at McKinley School. Register online sbparksandrecreation.com or call Youth Activities at 564-5495.
Ages 8-10 and 11-13. Enjoy winter break playing basketball and improving your skills. Focus on dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defense. Daily scrimmaging with adult supervision. Mon.-Fri., Dec. 22-Jan. 2, 1-5pm. $120/$100. Santa Barbara City College Gym. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com or call the sports office at 564-5422.
Winter Ballet Camp
Ages 3-6. These week-long camps focus on ballet fundamentals while teaching excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker. Instructor Susan Manchak. Attire: Form-fitting leggings and T-shirt or leotard and tights. Ballet slippers or jazz shoes. Tue.-Fri, Dec. 16-19, noon-2pm. For info, call 897-2519 or 451-2304.
Clay Camps: Ages 7-14
Week-long, 3-hour camps increase children’s studio time. Camps emphasize “throwing” techniques. Curriculum includes: Throwing on the Wheel, Tile Making, Clay & Culture, Contemporary Clay. Mon.-Fri., Dec. 22-Jan. 2, 9am-noon and 12:30-3:30pm. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 234 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com or call 897-1982.
Skate Clinic: Ages 7-12
Popular skateboard clinic for kids with Director Steve Fancher teaches skaters to fly like the pros. Exclusive access to Skater’s Point during clinic time. Groups organized by skill level. Helmet, knee, and elbow pads required. Mon.-Fri., Dec. 22-Jan. 2, 8:30-11:30am at Skater’s Point. $126/$115. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com or call Youth Activities at 564-5495.
Spring Break Camps
Bullseye Archery Clinic
Ages 9-12 and 13-17. A spring break clinic that promotes mental concentration and increased self-esteem. All equipment is provided. Class size is limited to a maximum of 10; early registration recommended. Instructor Lou Rovtar is an NAA Level 1 instructor at the Santa Ynez Bow Club and great with kids. Mon.-Fri., 8:15-11:45am and 12:15-3:45pm. Transportation from S.B. will be provided. Drop off and pick up at the Cabrillo Bathhouse. Santa Ynez Archery Range. For info and dates, call 564-5422.
Week-long, 3-hour camps increase children’s studio time. Camps emphasize “throwing” techniques. A flexible curriculum includes: Throwing on the Wheel, Tile Making, Clay & Culture and Contemporary Clay. Mon.-Fri., 9am-noon or 12:30-3:3pm. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 234 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 9am-noon and 12:30-3:30pm. For info and dates, call 897-1982.
The Great Escape Camp
Tennis, swimming, hiking, field games, day trips, arts and crafts, and more for grades 1-6. Most activities take place in city parks. Camp counselors are the well-trained, First-Aid and CPR-certified, caring staff from our after-school programs. Mon.-Fri., Mar. 30-Apr. 3, 7:30am-5:30pm. Drop off, 7:30-9am; pick up, 4-5:30pm at McKinley Elementary School Cafeteria, 350 Loma Alta. For info, call 564-5495.
Ocean and Dolphins: Ages 4-7
Swim and dive deep into your imaginary ocean. Mon.-Thu., 9:15am-12:15pm; 1:30-4:30pm. $132/$120 plus $40 materials fee includes: hula hoops, balls, T-shirts, photos, art supplies. Classes at Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Register at 620 Laguna Street or 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., or online at sbparksandrecreation.com. For info, email email@example.com, or call 966-9078 or 897-2519.
Skate Clinic: Ages 7-12
Popular skateboard clinic for kids with director Steve Fancher teaches skaters to fly like the pros. Exclusive access to Skater’s Point during clinic time. Groups organized by skill level. Helmet, knee, and elbow pads required. Ages 7-12. Mon.-Fri., 8:30-11:30am. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com or call Youth Activities at 564-5495.
Girls ages 9-12. Learn how to pitch, throw, catch, hit, and run bases in a nurturing environment. Fast-pitch and coach-pitch during daily scrimmages. Apr.-June, Mon.-Fri., 9am-noon; grades 4-6. Santa Barbara High Softball Fields. $110/$100. For info, call 564-5422. Registration deadline Thu., Mar. 12.
Kidz Love Soccer Camp: Ages 4Â½-12
This camp focuses on dribbling, passing, receiving, and shooting drills for younger players and includes advanced moved and attacking the goal for older players. Each participant receives a soccer ball and spring break camp T-shirt. Participants should bring a full water bottle and a snack. Mon.-Fri., 9am-noon. Dwight Murphy Soccer Field. For info and dates, call 564-5422.
Spring Ballet Camp: Ages 3-6
This week-long camp focus on ballet fundamentals while teaching excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker. Instructor Susan Manchak. Attire: Form-fitting leggings, T-shirt or leotard and tights. Ballet slippers or jazz shoes. Tue.-Fri., 12-2pm, Mar. 31-Apr. 3. For info, call 897-2519 or 451-2304.
Santa Barbara Youth Council
Teens 13-18 serve as an advisory board to the mayor, Santa Barbara City Council, and the Park and Recreation Commission. They also serve as a teen advisory group to Teen Programs and are instrumental in the development and opening of a new Teen Center at 1235 Chapala St. More than just a collection of community service hours-it is community service and leadership at its highest level. The Youth Council meets the first and third Mon. of the month at 5:15pm. For info, contact Teen Programs at 897-2650 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/teens.
Twelve35 Teen Center
Drop in and check out S.B.’s teens only facility at 1235 Chapala St. in downtown Santa Barbara. Twelve35 is the only place teens have access to XBOX 360, PS3, Wii, full DDR system, the Internet, air hockey, pool table, Foosball, free wi-fi, snack bar : and to top it all off-a recording studio-all under one roof. Weekly activities, classes, and special events are offered throughout the year. Community service opportunities available for teens and adults. Mon.-Thu., 2:30-7pm; Fri., 2:30-9pm; Sat., 1-6pm. Closed on Sun. and holidays. For info, call 882-1235.
Activities at Twelve35
• The Music Box: Electric guitars, drum kits, deejay turntables, keyboards, vocal station, all the equipment you need to record and mix your own CD. Sign up for music lessons or learn to add effects and your voice to create your own song. Open daily from 3-6pm. For info, call 882-1235.
• Back 2 Basics Audio Workshop @ Studio35: Our new Audio Basics 101 series will certify you in our recording studio that includes programs Audio Engineering, Pro Tools, Beat Making-Reason, Fruity Loops XXL Producer’s Version, Ableton Live and Sound Forge. If you have a flare for music, an ear for audio, the need for beats, and are eager to improve your skills or just want to try something new, come be a part of Back 2 Basics. Audio Basics I: Tue. and Thu., Sept. 2-Oct. 7, 6-7pm. Audio Basics II: Tue. and Thu., Oct. 14-Nov. 18, 6-7pm. For info, call 882-1235.
• Notes for Notes @ Studio35: The staff of Notes for Notes can help you develop your musical skills in all areas of music making. Classes are offered weekly. For private lessons or other learning opportunities, call the Recording Studio at 882-1235. Guitar, Mon. 3-4pm; Drop-in, Tue.; Drums, Wed., 3-4pm; Drop-in, Thu.; Keyboard/Turntables, Fri. 3-4pm. For info, call 882-1235.
• Everybody Dance Now Hip-Hop Class: Hip-hop basics, swing, and Latin dance are taught to the latest hip-hop jams and salsa sounds. You’ll learn combinations, dance routines, and all the latest steps. Class is offered free to the first 15 Teen Center members. Hip-Hop Basics: Tue., Sept. 9-Nov. 11, 4-5pm. Swing/Salsa: Wed., Sept. 10-Nov.12, 4-5pm. For info, call 882-1235.
• Live, Local & Loud: Listen to live and loud musical performances by Santa Barbara-area bands, deejays, and dancers. If your band is interested in performing, call 882-1235 to sign up.
• Jr. High Jumpoffs: Every second Friday of every month. Exclusive parties for junior high students only. Come party with the best deejays in town. 7:30-10pm. $5 at the door. School ID required; dress code enforced. All dances at the Carrillo Gym,100 E. Carrillo St. 882-1235. Jump-Off dates: Fri., Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, and Mar. 13.
• October’s Frightful Events: Join Teen Programs as we venture into the world of amusement park horror. Magic Mountain Fright Fest. The scary bus will leave Fri., Oct. 31, at 6pm.
Winter Break Teen Excursions
All excursions and events start and end at the Twelve35 Teen Ctr., 1235 Chapala St. For info. Call 882-1235.
• Holiday Shopping Trip: Last minute shopping needs? Spending your Christmas dollars early? Join us as we head down south for a cool day of shopping. Sat., Dec. 20, 9am-9pm.
• Holiday Gift Workshop: Give a gift that counts! Learn to design and create your own personal style with an arts and crafts gift. Mon., Dec. 22, 4-6pm.
• Secret Santa Exchange: Come party for Christmashanuka-wanzaka! Members are free. Nonmembers, $3. Tue., Dec. 23, 4-7pm.
• Disneyland: Make your holiday season unforgettable! Families are welcome on this magical trip. Trip starts and ends at 1235 Chapala St. Sat., Dec. 27, 8am-11pm.
• Magic Mountain: Get in some last-minute fun with friends before the school bell rings again. Sat., Jan. 3, 9am-10pm.