Now parents, this year I want you to do something different. I want you to ask your children what they want to do after school this year. It seems that we just figured out what they were doing for the summer, and now we are getting ready for school. Let The Santa Barbara Independent help you find just the right activity for your precious offspring. Whether it’s trying something new or honing a natural skill, do yourself a favor and ask your child what they want to do — they may surprise you. Here’s to a new school year!
AHA! (Attitude. Harmony. Achievement.)
After-school groups for teens teach social-emotional intelligence and build community across lines of clique, color, and socioeconomic status through an original curriculum that incorporates short learning segments, interactive discussion, council-circle sharing, team-building games, community service, and creative projects. Interested families should attend one of the fall enrollment meetings on Sept. 8, 15, 22, or 24 from 4-5pm at the AHA! Office. A mandatory orientation will be held Sat., Oct. 3, 10am-noon at Jefferson Hall.
Creative Group: Mon., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 5-Jan. 11, 2016; Girls’ Group: Mon., 3:30-5pm and 5:30-7pm, Oct. 5-Jan. 11, 2016; Ally Training Group: Tue., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 6-Jan.12, 2016; Wed., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 7-Jan. 13, 2016; Peace Builders: Thu., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 8-Jan. 14, 2016; Guys’ Group: Thu., 5:30-7pm, Oct. 8-Jan. 14, 2016; Super Fitness: Fri., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 9-Jan. 15, 2016; Dedicated Music: Fri., 3:30-5pm, Oct. 9-Jan. 15, 2016. Creative Group and Ally Training Group: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara St.; Peace Builders, Girls’ and Guys’ Group: AHA! Office, 1209 De la Vina St.; Dedicated Music and Super Fitness: TBD. All groups are offered by donation. Ages 14-19. Call 770-7200 x3 or visit ahasb.org.
Franklin Youth Drop-In Center
The Franklin Youth Drop-In Center is a safe place for neighborhood youths to socialize and build relationships through a variety of activities, organized learning experiences, and skill-building opportunities. Activities are offered daily throughout the year. These youths are oftentimes the driving force behind the implementation of activities including community-service projects that build leadership skills and serve to deter inappropriate behavior.
Mon.-Fri., 2:30-5:30pm. Franklin Youth Drop-In Ctr., 1126 E. Montecito St. Free. Grades 6-12. Call 897-2582.
LGBTQ and Ally Youth Group
This youth program provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth and allies. A combination of social and educational activities provides young people with a space to share, connect, and have fun! Events and activities, from Pride Prom to the 90 Days of Summer Program, are free and open to all.
Fri., 4-5:30pm. Pacific Pride Foundation, 126 E. Haley St., Ste. A-12. Free.
Ages 13+. Call 963-3636 x117 or visit pacificpridefoundation.org.
Santa Barbara Police Activities League (SBPAL)
This organization provides quality educational, cultural, and athletic programming for the youth of S.B. in order to foster a positive relationship between the police department and all members of the community.
Sept. 14-Nov. 20. Flamenco Dance: Tue. and Thu., 4:30-5:30pm; Fitness Boot Camp: Mon. and Fri., 4-5pm; Golf: Wed., 4-5:30pm; Guitar: Mon. and Fri., 5-6pm; Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu: Wed., 4-5pm; Tutoring: Mon.-Fri., 3:30-6:30pm. Twelve35 Teen Ctr., 1235 Chapala St. Free. Ages 11-17.
Call 962-5560 or visit sbpal.org.
Building with LEGOs
On the third Tuesday of each month, the library will offer students the chance to take part in unstructured LEGO building with friends. Prompts will be provided, but imagination is encouraged. No registration is needed for this drop-in activity.
Tue., 3:30-4:30pm. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Ages 5+. Call 964-7878 or visit sbplibrary.org.
Farm Days! After-School Program at Fairview Gardens
Our after-school program is an exciting opportunity for children to develop a long-term relationship with our land as they experience the turn of the seasons, from fall to winter and spring to summer. Participants will visit the farm weekly and contribute to farm chores, plant and harvest snacks, design long-term experiments, and create lasting works of art.
Wed. and Thu., 3-5:30pm, Sept. 24-Dec. 3. Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. $420/season, $35/week. Ages 4-9. Call 967-7369.
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara After-School Program
Girls Inc.’s structured programs, delivered by trained professionals, focus on the special needs of girls and are designed to equip girls to be strong, smart, and bold! Girls learn life skills, science, healthy living, cooking, sports, reading, and more in a fun, safe environment. There is a new teen center at Goleta Valley Center for girls in grades 7-9. Free transportation is available to the two locations.
Mon.-Fri., 3-6pm, begins Aug. 26. Santa Barbara Ctr., 531 E. Ortega St., 963-4017; Goleta Valley Ctr., 4973 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 967-0319. $35/day, $60/week part-time, $100/week full-time. Financial assistance and sibling discount available. Grades: transitioning K-9. Visit girlsincsb.org.
Party in Your Pajamas! Kids Night Out
Kids can enjoy a night of creative fun while parents go on a date. Activities include Art From Scrap projects, games, storytelling, movies, and dinner.
Fri., Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, 6-10pm. Watershed Resource Ctr. at Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr. $25-$30. Ages 3-12. Call 884-0459 or visit exploreecology.org.
Poppins Family Services
This is an elementary-age after-school care program offering homework support and personal-enrichment classes.
Mon.-Thu., 1:30-5:30pm. 3803 Connie Wy. $195-$615/month.
Grades K-6. Call 448-6289 or visit poppinsfamilyservices.com.
Rainbow School After-School Care
In addition to providing care to infants, toddlers, and preschool and pre-K children, Rainbow School offers an after-school program for school-age children. The children enjoy arts and crafts, cooking, special theme days, board games, outdoor activities and games, and homework time in a relaxed and inviting environment.
Mon.-Fri., 1:30-5:30pm (all-day care available during elementary school holidays). Rainbow School, 5689 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $29.50/day for kindergarten; $24.50/day for grade-schoolers; $39.50/all day care. Grades K-6. Call 964-4511 or visit rainbowschoolsb.com
Rancho Palomino Personal Enrichment
On this private family farm, permaculture such as gardening, composting, harvesting, animal husbandry, art, archery, horse training, grooming, and riding will be offered. There will be professional instructors on-site.
Begins Sept. 21. Rancho Palomino, 1051 Palomino Rd. Prices vary. Ages 7-17.
Call 570-5075 or visit ranchopalominosb.com.
Read to a Dog
Patient, kind, and nonjudgmental furry friends love to be read to by young readers. This is a great way for new and/or reluctant readers to practice reading aloud. Registration is required for this weekly event.
S.B Central Library: 40 E. Anapamu St., 564-5603. Tue., 3:30-5pm; Goleta Library: 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, 964-7878. Tue., 4-5:30pm; Thu., 3-5pm; Carpinteria Library: 5141 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 684-4314. Wed., 3-4pm; Solvang Library: 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-4214. Thu., 3:30-5:30pm. Free. Visit sbplibrary.org.
Recreation After-School Program
The City of S.B.’s Parks & Recreation Department offers a multitude of sports and activities for students to enjoy after they leave school for the day. All activities and leagues are coed unless otherwise stated. City residents receive discounted prices with proof of residency. This program is offered until 5:30 p.m. the entire school year. Youth sports leagues and enrichment activities are also offered.
Call 564-5495 or visit santabarbaraca.gov/register for current class descriptions and sign-up information.
S.B. Family YMCA After-School Child Care Programs
The Y offers a state-licensed after-school child-care program designed with the working parent in mind. Children will realize their potential through a curriculum design that encourages strong character development. They will have fun participating in a variety of activities that include sports, games, craft making, field trips, and swimming. With a staff of mature, caring professionals, children are sure to grow while having fun each and every day.
Mon.-Fri., 1:30-6:15pm. Monte Vista Elementary, 720 N. Hope Ave.; Hope Elementary, 3970-A La Colina Rd. $215-$435/month part-time; $390-$620/month full-time. Grades transitioning K-6. Call 687-7720 or visit ciymca.org/santabarbara.
Art, Dance, Theater and Music
The Adderley School for the Performing Arts’ After School Musical Theatre Program
As part of California’s premier after-school musical-theater program, students will participate in 14 weeks of age-appropriate singing, acting, and dance workshops culminating in a final abridged version of a Broadway show. Young actors become emboldened and empowered in a joy-filled community of creative self-expression. Sing! Dance! Act! Shine! One- to two-hour workshops meet one day a week.
Mon.-Fri., 3:30-6:30pm; Sat., 10:30am-1:30pm; begins Aug. 31. Adderley School for the Performing Arts, 316 State St., Ste. A. $500-$650/semester. Ages 4-13. Call 899-3680 or visit theadderleyschool.com.
After School Rock Band
Girls Rock S.B. will hold a 14-week program that encourages girls to be confident and follow their passions. Students will learn vocal, drums, guitar, bass, or keys; form bands; write original songs; record tracks in a professional studio; and perform in a live showcase.
Mon. and Wed., 3:30-6pm, begins Aug. 31. Mackenzie Adult Bldg., Mackenzie Park, 3111 State St. $490; financial assistance is available. Ages 8-12. Call 861-8128 or visit girlsrocksb.org.
Amplify After School
Girls Rock S.B. will hold a 14-week program that encourages girls to be confident and follow their passions. Students will learn vocal, drums, guitar, bass or keys; form bands; write original songs; record tracks in a professional studio; and perform in a live showcase. This program is for teens with one year of instrument experience.
Tue., 3:30-6pm, begins Aug. 31. Santa Barbara Jr. High, Rm. 123, 721 E. Cota St. $490, financial assistance is available. Ages 13-17. Call 861-8128 or visit girlsrocksb.org.
Art From Scrap Art Workshops
Come alive with themed workshops. Make art out of discarded materials. Resources will be saved, and imaginations will be stoked! Unleash your inner eco-artist. Open to artists of all ages and abilities.
Sat., 10am-noon. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. $8. Call 884-0459 or visit exploreecology.org.
The S.B. area’s premier DanceSport studio offers dance classes for kids and adults. They specialize in social and competitive ballroom dance for all ages. Whether you seek the best training for competition or just a fun way to get fit and learn some new steps, they will help.
Mon.-Sun., times vary. S.B. Dance Ctr., 127 W. Canon Perdido St. $70-$150/month; prices vary depending on course. Ages 4+. Call 512-0332 or visit sb.dancefeverstudio.com.
Earthlight Pictures Filmmaking Teletraining
Instruction for all levels of animated and live-action motion picture production. All-live videoconference classes will be timed to match registrants’ schedules year-round.
Prices vary depending on format selected. Ages 10+.
Call (503) 697-7914 or visit earthlightpictures.com.
Goleta School of Ballet
This school offers a solid foundation in classical ballet and is dedicated to teaching at all levels with a genuine fondness for music and dance. With annual performances, this comprehensive ballet training school has been teaching students in the community for 30 years.
Mon.-Fri., 3-7pm; Sat., 8:30am-12:30pm, begins Sept. 3. Goleta School of Ballet, 303 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. $50-$299/month ($30 yearly registration fee due upon enrollment). Ages 3-18. Call 328-3823 or visit goletaschoolofballet.com.
The Granada Theatre Video Workshop
Independently and in groups, students will learn to use video cameras and editing software to create short films for community nonprofits. Participants will also earn up to 48 hours of community service for the projects they create. Past projects have included videos for the S.B. Zoo, DAWG, the Maritime Museum, and many more.
Mon. and Wed., 3:45-5:30pm. S.B. County Education Office, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Rd. $160. Grades Jr. high and high school. Email email@example.com for registration form.
Gustafson Dance offers a full curriculum of ballet for all ages. There is a graduated program for children beginning at age 2½ with creative dance, followed by pre-ballet and then eight levels of ballet. In addition, there is a graduated program of jazz. Student performances of The Nutcracker, Rudolph, and a story ballet will accompany the program.
Mon.-Sat., times vary, begins Sept. 14. Gustafson Dance, 2285 Las Positas Rd. $370-$1,040. Ages 2½+. Call 563-3262 x1 or visit gustafsondance.com.
iCAN Music Program
The Incredible Children’s Art Network will hold classes in winds, strings, brass instruction, full orchestra rehearsals, and performance opportunities. The Music Program is inspired by El Sistema, where orchestra is used as a vehicle for training excellent musicians while promoting social development. Students must be enrolled at Adams, McKinley, Monroe, Harding, or S.B. Community Academy. Commitment from students and parents is mandatory.
Mon., 3-6pm; Tue., 3-5:45pm; Wed., 2-5pm; Thu., 3-5:45pm; Fri., 3-5pm, begins Sept. 8. Westside Neighborhood Ctr., 423 W. Victoria St. Free. Grades 3-6. Call 845-5142 or visit icansbc.org.
Kindermusik with Kathy & Friends
Give your child the gift of music for life with Maestro Kathy Hayden & Kindermusik Educators who have been inspiring young minds through music, singing and movement for over 17 years. In-depth instrument instruction with music theory, piano, ukulele, guitar, recorder, singing-choir, creative dance … and more!
Begins Sept. 7, First United Methodist Church S.B., 305 E. Anapamu St.; St Joseph’s Church, 1532 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Goleta Valley Church, 595 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta; Maravilla Senior Living Ctr., 5486 Calle Real, Goleta. Prices vary. Ages 4-10. Call 680-0749 or visit kindermusikwithkathy.com for the online schedule.
Momentum Dance Company
Classes in tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, acro, and improv will be offered by dance-industry professionals from Los Angeles and S.B.
Mon.-Wed., 3:15-9pm, Aug. 31-Dec. 16. Adderley School for the Performing Arts, 316 State St., Ste. A. $15/one-hour class. Ages 5-18. Call (323) 684-7725 or visit momentumdanceSB.com.
Montecito Family YMCA Itty Bitty Ballet
YMCA encourages your child to express themselves through the art of dance. Your child will learn basic ballet movements and proper techniques and will make lots of new friends. Each class focuses on a classical ballet scene, and participants are encouraged to share, take turns, and learn how to work together.
Thu., 3:45-4:30pm. Fall I: Sept. 8-Oct. 25; $43-$81. Fall II: Nov. 2-Dec. 20 (no class Nov. 26); $37-$69. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Ages 4-6. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito School of Ballet
The Montecito School of Ballet offers after-school classes including pre-ballet, classical ballet, and contemporary dance. This school will present The Night Before Christmas as the annual Christmas performance and a separate year-end performance. Students are able to receive independent PE credit through their school if approved.
Mon.-Fri., 3:30-7pm; Sat., 11am-3pm, begins Aug. 26. Montecito School of Ballet, 529 E. Gutierrez St. $54-$182/month. Ages 4-18. Call 451-0553 or visit montecitoschoolofballet.com.
Notes for Notes Studios
Aspiring young musicians will explore, create, and record music at either studio locations. Studios are packed with electric and acoustic guitars, drums, keys/synthesizers, and more. Schedule lessons and book rehearsal space and recording sessions.
Mon.-Fri., 3-7pm. Notes for Notes Studio West, 602 W. Anapamu St.; Notes for Notes Studio East, 632 E. Canon Perdido St. Free.
Call (888) 390-0493 or visit notesfornotes.org.
S.B. Dance Arts
Dance Arts has been inspiring confidence in young people for the last 18 years. They offer professional training for all levels and ages in a fun and nurturing environment. Classes include jazz, hip-hop, tap, Broadway, aerial, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, tiny tots, tumbling, and Disney Dance. There is also a performance company and competition team. Classes fill up quickly, so call now to register.
Mon.-Sat., times vary, Sept. 8-May 25. S.B. Dance Arts, 531 E. Cota St. Prices vary depending on course. Age 2+. Call 966-5299 or visit sbdancearts.com.
S.B. Festival Ballet
Bringing the gift of classical ballet to our community for more than 50 years, S.B. Festival Ballet is dedicated to training through practicing safe and correct technique, developing artistry, and providing a supportive and dignified environment for your student. Classes include creative movement to pre-ballet to professional-level classes. Students range from toddlers to adults, from serious pre-professionals to recreational dance lovers.
Mon.-Sat., times vary, begins Aug. 24. S.B. Festival Ballet, 1019 Chapala St., Ste. B. Prices vary depending on course. Ages 1½+. Call 966-0711 or visit santabarbarafestivalballet.com.
S.B. Museum of Art After School Classes
Students will paint, sculpt, and construct works inspired by the Museum’s fall contemporary exhibitions during this 12-week program. Many different art materials such as printed vinyl and DayGlo acrylic paint will be incorporated to allow students to explore the elements of design, reimagine ancient and futuristic architecture, and reinvent gallery spaces.
Begins Sept. 15, 3:30-5:30pm. SBMA’s Ridley-Tree Education Ctr. at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. $300/members; $350/nonmembers. Ages 6-12. Call 884-6441 or visit sbma.net/kidsfamilies.
A boutique variety of ballet school where the focus is on the unique path of each student. All classes are taught by Miss Jen, the director and former principal ballerina, in a new studio where parents can watch through the full-length windows. Weekday classes are available for all levels by appointment.
Pre-Ballet: Sat., 9-9:50am; ages 3-5. Ballet I: Sat., 10-10:50am; ages 6-9. Westside Dance, 2009 De la Vina St. $10/class. Call 637-8773 or visit westsidedancesb.com.
Young Singers Club
Weekly inclusive classes include solo and group training, costumed caroling, voice lessons, and skill-building.
Mon.-Thu., 3:05-6:30pm, Sept. 14-Nov. 7. Young Singers Club, 4713 Chandler St. $200-$325/quarter. Ages 4+. Call 681-7078 or visit youngsingersclub.com.
Young Singers Club Children’s Showchoirs
Weekly inclusive classes include vocal training and performance shows. Show choirs are broken up into three age groups, and members must audition.
Sept. 30-Dec. 19. Skylarks: Wed., 3:45-6pm; ages 7-10. Dynamics: Fri., 3:45-5:15pm; ages 10-12. Beach Girls: Fri., 3:45-5:15pm; ages 12+. Young Singers Club, 4713 Chandler St. $325/quarter. Call 681-7078 or visit youngsingersclub.com.
Sports and Nature
After-School Enrichment Soccer Programs
one. Soccer Schools’ After-School Enrichment Programs are designed for elementary schoolchildren. Students will have fun developing the essential technical and tactical skills needed for soccer, improving their hand-eye coordination and experiencing higher levels of fitness in a familiar and trusted school environment. Program length and costs vary.
Days and times vary. Mountain View Elementary, Washington Elementary, Montecito Union, Cold Spring School, Peabody, Roosevelt Elementary, Adams Elementary. $90+/session. Grades K+. Call 845-6801 or visit onesoccerschools.com for the online schedule.
Buff Platt Golf Instruction Jr. Golf Players Club
Playing lessons are an excellent way for juniors to improve their game. Instructor Kyle Marme will help gain on-course experience through various formats of play. This class is for golfers who have participated in the First Tee program and want to continue golf.
Mon. and Wed., 3:30-5pm, begins Sept. Twin Lakes Golf Course,
6034 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $30/class; $200/8 classes. Ages 10-14.
Call 570-9853 or visit buffplatt.com.
Bully Proof Aikido with Ki and Judo
Learn before playing any other sport during these programs. Protect the brain and prevent other injuries. Kids and adults will learn solid defense moves such as ukemi, the art of falling, rolling, and flying; footwork; and ota, special exercises for strength and agility. The weapons class teaches weapon forms, throwing, and pinning (weapons include staff, sword, and knife). The ki/chi class teaches breathing exercises and meditation focusing on inner calm.
Kids’ Class: Tue. and Thu., 4-6pm; ages 6-13. Adults’ Class: Tue. and Thu., 6:45-8:15pm; Sat., 9:30-11am. Weapons Class: Tue., 6-6:30pm. Ki/Chi Class: Thu., 6-6:30pm. The Cultural School, 255 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. Prices vary depending on course. Children: ages 6-14; adults: 14+. Call 967-3103 or visit goletaaikido.net.
Professor Chin will instruct pupils in this class in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines music and acrobatics.
Tue. and Thu., 4:15-5pm, ages 3-6; Mon. and Wed., 4-5pm, and Sat., 10am, ages 7-11; Mon. and Wed., 5-6pm, and Sat., 10am, ages 12+. Capoeira Sul da Bahia, 1230 State St., Ste. C. $55/month. Call 637-5355 or visit capoeirasantabarbara.com.
Club FitKidz Beyond the Bell
These recreational classes offer children a fun all-sports program (soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, baseball, and more) designed for children to SEE (Specialize in Experiencing Everything) and are designed to educate, motivate, and inspire children to develop a love for sports, physical fitness, and health.
Mon.-Fri. Goleta, S.B., and Montecito area elementary schools and parks. $75-$120/week. Ages 4-12.
Call 705-1661 or visit fitkidz.club.
The First Tee Advanced
The golf skills in this class focus on advanced putting and short game skills, course management, competitive play, and a more intense instruction in the rules of golf. Develop goals for golf games and work independently to achieve those goals.
Tue., 3:30-5pm, Sept. 15-Nov. 10. Twin Lakes Golf Course, 6034 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $150. Ages 10-14. Call 570-9853 or visit buffplatt.com/firstTee.php.
The First Tee Beginner
This class is designed to give students an understanding of the fundamentals of golf as well as an introduction to the First Tee Life Skills curriculum. Be exposed to all aspects of the game basics as well as on-course play, etiquette, and traditions of the game.
Thu., 3:30-5pm, Sept. 17-Nov. 12. Twin Lakes Golf Course, 6034 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $100. Ages 7-12. Call 570-9853 or visit buffplatt.com/firstTee.php.
Girls Inc. Gymnastics
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Gymnastics offers recreation through competitive-level gymnastics, cheer and tumbling, birthday parties, camps, private lessons, and more! There are a wide variety of classes for girls and boys of all ages.
Mon.-Sat., morning and afternoon classes, begins Aug. 31. Girls Inc. Santa Barbara Ctr., 531 E. Ortega St. Call 963-4492 or visit girlsincsb.org for pricing and other information.
iSurf After-School Program
iSurf believes that the physical activity of surfing promotes a healthy mind. Its after-school program takes your child to various locations, looking for surf that’s appropriate to his or her skill level. Students are picked up from school and returned home by 6:30 p.m.
Mon.-Thu., after school-6:30pm. Various locations. $60/session. Ages 6-16. Call 699-5371 or visit isurfschool.com.
Junior Tennis Clinics
Swell Club instructors will help beginners and intermediates (Red, Orange, Green) learn to rally, participate in fun games and drills, and develop athletic skills. Advanced players (Juniors and Varsity) will learn the winning patterns of play, how to beat pushers and moonballers, advanced footwork skills, and more.
Red: Mon. and Wed., 3:30-4:30pm; Sat., 10-11am; ages 6-8. Orange: Mon. and Wed., 3:30-5pm; ages 8-10. Green: Tue. and Thu., 3:30-5pm; ages 8+. Junior: Tue. and Thu., 5-6:30pm; ages 9+. Varsity: Mon. and Wed., 5-6:30pm; ages 13+. Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, 5800 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Goleta. $140-$260/month. Call 964-7762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit swellclubs.com.
Martial Art of Aikido
Children will learn discipline, focus, confidence, health and fitness, respect, and much more in a safe, fun, and positive environment. Times vary depending on age group.
Mon. and Wed., 3:45pm, 4:15pm, and 5pm; Tue., 4:15 and 5pm. S.B. Veterans Memorial Bldg., 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd.; Goleta Valley Community Ctr., 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $69/6 weeks. Ages 3-15. Call 870-5437 or visit aki-usa.org.
Montecito Family YMCA Adult/Teen Swim Lessons
Adult lessons are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Beginners work on the fundamentals, while advanced swimmers can improve endurance and stroke technique. Fear cases are welcome.
Mon. and Wed., 5-5:45pm. Session I: Sept. 8-Oct. 24; Session II: Oct. 26-Dec. 12. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $63-$123/session. Ages 13+. Call 969-3288 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Homeschool Swim Class
Sign your children up for homeschool lessons, and they can receive PE credit. YMCA offers lessons one to two times a week for swimmers. Work toward kicking, front and back floating, breath control in Polliwog, and refining strokes in Guppy.
Tue. and Thu., 10-11:30am. Session I: Sept. 8-Oct. 24; Session II: Oct. 26-Dec. 12. Montecito Family YMCA,
591 Santa Rosa Ln. $63-$123 (siblings get $10 off).
Ages 6-14. Call 969-3288 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Inline Skate Class
YMCA skate class brings quality instruction and fundamentals. Your young skater will develop improved motor skills and better balance. Basic skills are at the core of this program, including stopping, turning, safe falling techniques, and street skating awareness. From beginning to advanced, all are welcome.
Wed., 4:15-5:15pm. Fall I: Sept. 8-Oct. 25; Fall II: Nov. 2-Dec. 20 (no class Nov. 26). Montecito Family YMCA,
591 Santa Rosa Ln. $43-$81; financial assistance available. Ages 5-12. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Itty Bitty Sports
This Itty Bitty Sports program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of soccer and/or basketball and encourage character development. Teamwork and sportsmanship are at the core of all the youth sports programs. Your child is sure to make new friends, develop new skills, and have lots of fun! Soccer will take place during Fall I, basketball during Fall II.
Wed., 3:15-4pm. Fall I: Sept. 23-Oct. 21. Fall II: Nov. 11-Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25). Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $23-$37/session. Ages 3½-5. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Karate
Y instructor Brian Jordan offers one of the best karate programs in town. Karate is an effective way for children to build self-esteem, muscle coordination, and character. This program emphasizes self-defense and self-control in an environment that is caring and progressive. Come join the fun!
Tue., 4:40-5:10pm. Fall I: Sept. 8-Oct. 25. Fall II: Nov. 2-Dec. 20. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $43-$81/session. Ages 6-13. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA NFL Youth Flag Football League
The Y teams up with NFL Flag to provide three divisions of football: 1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, and junior high. The goals are to teach kids basic football skills, promote teamwork and sportsmanship, and have fun doing it! Registration ends August 29. Practices are held after school, and games are played on Saturday at various locations.
Sept. 8-Nov. 13. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $101-$131. Grades 1-8. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Otters Swim Team
Continue to improve your child’s swimming ability by developing strong competitive strokes, turns, and racing concepts. Have fun in a team environment, and opt to compete in YMCA swim meets. Participants must have completed the swim lesson program or have the appropriate skills to pass a tryout.
4:15-5:30pm. Novice: Tue. and Thu.-Fri.; ages 6-12. Advanced: Mon., Wed., and Fri.; ages 6-14. Session I: Sept. 8-Oct. 2; Session II: Oct. 5-30; Session III: Nov. 2-Dec. 11. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $60-$92/session. Call 969-3288 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Private Swim Lessons
Lessons can be arranged for all levels from beginner to advanced with individual instruction designed to meet personal needs and goals. Fear cases welcomed.
30-minute lessons, year-round. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $125-$175/set of 6 classes. Ages 3+.
Call 969-3288 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Tumbling
Kids can stay active and have fun in tumbling. Class includes the basics of tumbling and helps children develop social skills, reinforce spatial concepts, and enhance gross motor skills. Children are encouraged to share in a group dynamic in an effort to develop confidence while focusing on Y core values.
Tumbling I: Mon., 4-4:30pm; ages 4-6. Tumbling II: Mon., 4:30-5pm; ages 6-9. Fall I: Sept. 14-Oct. 25; $37-$69. Fall II: Nov. 2-Dec. 20; $43-$81. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Youth Basketball League
Did you know that basketball was invented at the Y in 1891? Help continue this rich tradition, and join the after-school basketball league. Your child will sharpen their essential skills and learn some new ones. After-school practices and games will focus on basic skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. There are five divisions according to age.
Registration takes places Oct. 1-Dec. 18. Season runs early January to mid-March. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $101-$131. Grades K-8. Call 969-3288 x109 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Montecito Family YMCA Youth Swimming
Watch your child develop independence in the pool. The group lessons are designed to give your child the confidence to perform basic water skills independently. Lesson plans include pool safety and emphasize chapter development. Levels include Water Babies, Pike, Eel, Polliwog, Guppy, and Minnow.
45-minute sessions, Mon.-Thu., 3:30-5:45pm, and Sat., 11:15am-1:30pm. Session I: Sept. 8-Oct. 24. Session II: Oct. 26-Dec. 12. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $63-$123/session. Ages 6 months-12 years.
Call 969-3288 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
Ocean Explorers After School Camp
Interact with the ocean to learn about conservancy; whales, seals, dolphins, and other marine animals; ocean safety; marine ecology; and fun. Activities include kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, beach play and cleanups, and more.
Mon. and Wed., 3:30-5:30pm, begins Sept. 14. Paddle Sports Ctr., 117 Harbor Wy., Ste. B. $50-$60/week. Ages 7-14. Call 617-3425 or visit paddlesportsca.com/camps.
Page Youth Center Basketball Clinic
Young b-ballers will refine their skills on the court with PYC’s guided basketball clinics.
Girls: Tue., 3:45-5pm, Sept. 8-Oct. 13. Boys: Thu., 3:45-5pm, Sept. 10-Oct. 15. $100. Grades 2-8. Page Youth Ctr., 4540 Hollister Ave. Call 967-8778 or visit pageyouthcenter.org.
Page Youth Center Coed Volleyball Clinic
Practice your bump, set, and spike techniques this fall with PYC’s coed volleyball clinics.
Wed., 3:45-5pm, Sept. 9-Oct. 14. Page Youth Ctr.,
4540 Hollister Ave. $100. Grades 2-8. Call 967-8778 or visit pageyouthcenter.org.
S.B. Roller Hockey
Develop skills in recreational roller hockey. Volunteer coaches will be there for Learn to Skate to Varsity High School teams and everything in between. There will be about a one-hour practice and one-hour game per week. PE credit will be given for varsity players.
S.B. Soccer Club Players’ Academy After-School Program
The Players’ Academy is delivered by nationally certified educators and held in conjunction with area soccer organizations. The program offers players, parents, and coaches a soccer educational platform for life. The program incorporates technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of player development with a “holistic” approach to your child’s lifelong growth.
Three seven-week sessions, Fri., begins Sept. 11, Oct. 29, and Feb. 29, 2016. Primo: 3:30-4:30pm; ages 3-5. Choice: 4:30-6pm; ages 6-9. $80-$120/session. Hollister School, 4950 Anita Ln. Call 705-4199 or visit playersacademy.net.
S.B. Tennis Club Jr. Development Program
Participants will be introduced to the awesome sport of tennis. They will learn great foundation and coaching to excel at all levels of the game in a fun and exciting environment.
Begins Sept. 1. Beginners: Tue. and Thu., 3:30-4:30pm; ages 4-8. Intermediate/Advanced: Tue. and Thu., 4:30-6pm; ages 10-15. High performance: Mon. and Wed., 3:30-5:30pm; ages 8-18. S.B. Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Rd. $20/hour. Call 680-4941 or email email@example.com.
Surf Happens After-School Program
Surf Happens offers continuing education and weekly training sessions for beginning and advanced surfers looking to improve their surfing and catch a ride to the premier spots with friends. Each vehicle transports no more than four surfers to any given spot with a 1:4 instructor-to-student ratio. Participants are picked up from school and dropped off at home after each session. Also offered is a stationary class located at Leadbetter Beach. Fun team events are included in the program throughout the year.
Mon.-Fri., 2:30-6:30pm, begins Aug. 31 and Jan. 4, 2016. $50-$100/session. Ages 6-14. Call 966-3613 or visit surfhappens.com.
Instructors at Swell Clubs are highly qualified with backgrounds in competitive swimming, water polo, and triathlons. Using their experience and knowledge, they will instruct proper stroke technique and water-safety skills for all levels. Children will be assigned to the instructor that matches needs and personality. All lessons are scheduled by appointment.
Swell Club instructors will divide students into groups and teach proficiency in the four competitive strokes, help improve technique through regular swim sets, and help build endurance and speed.
Pre-Swim: Tue.-Fri., 3:30-4pm; ages 5-8. $65-$75/month. Novice Swim: Tue.-Fri., 3:30-4:15pm; ages 7-12. $85-$95/month. Age Group: Mon.-Fri., 4:15-5:30pm; ages 9-14. $105-$115/month. Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, 5800 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Goleta. Call 964-7762 x226, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit coac.swellclubs.com.
Teen climbers will learn everything from beginner climber safety to climbing techniques to advanced bouldering skills. Skilled staff will support climbing goals by providing coaching and a positive learning experience.
Tue., 4-6pm; Sun., 10am-noon. S.B. Rock Gym, 322 State St. $400/10-week session. Ages 10-14. Call 770-3225 or visit sbrockgym.com.
Youth Climbing Teams
Young climbers will be able to cool off after a long day at school by being active and learning to climb. Learn the basics of climbing.
Mon. and Wed., 4-6pm. S.B. Rock Gym, 322 State St. $170/month. Call 770-3225 or visit sbrockgym.com.
Zodo’s After School Special
Get active at Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond. Every weekday, children can bowl one game and get rental shoes for cheap.
Mon.-Fri., 2:30-5pm, begins Sept. 8. Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond, 5925 Calle Real, Goleta. $6. Ages 17 and under. Call 967-0128 or visit zodos.com.
Tutoring and Education
California Learning Center of Santa Barbara
The CLC is a full-service tutoring, SAT/PSAT/ACT/SSAT/ISEE test-prep, test proctoring, and college-counseling resource center. This business has expanded to include college advising and educational consulting. Students receive quality instruction tailored to meet their individual needs.
Mon.-Sat., flexible hours. California Learning Ctr., 3324 State St., Ste. L. Prices vary depending on the course. Grades K-college. Call 563-1579 or visit clcsb.com for full online schedule of classes.
Dubin Learning Center
This Santa Barbara leader in education has helped thousands of students, ranging from the underachiever to the gifted, to reach their potential. Dublin provides educational therapy for students with learning differences, ADD, and dyslexia; tutoring in all subjects; and test prep for SAT, SSAT, and ISEE. Individual sessions are scheduled according to needs.
Mon.-Sat., 9am – 6pm. Dubin Learning Ctr., 112 W. Cota St. $75-$90/hour. Grades K-college. Call 962-7122 or visit dubinlearningcenter.com.
Gateway Educational Services After-School Tutoring
GES offers assessment-based assistance for all grade levels and designated subject tutoring for all areas of math, reading comprehension, writing, and exam preparation.
Mon.-Thu., 1-6:30pm. Gateway Educational Services, 4850 Hollister Ave., Ste. C. Prices based on a sliding scale. Grades K-12. Call 895-1153 or visit gatewaycamps.com.
Homework Help and Reading Buddy Program
Trained volunteers will assist students with understanding and completing homework assignments. They will also encourage and work with children to build their reading skills. Books are always available at the library. Preregistration is required.
20-minute sessions, Mon.-Tue. and Thu.: 3:30-6:30pm; Wed.: 2:30-6:30pm. S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Grades K-6. Call 564-5603 or visit sbplibrary.org.
Santa Barbara Math Ellipse (An Eccentric Math Circle)
S.B. Family School will host fun and challenging, extracurricular and advanced, exploratory mathematics activities for students who enjoy math. Older groups include competition preparation.
High school group: weekends. Other groups: 90 minutes on weekday afternoons. Held in a private residence in Goleta. $20/week. Grades 1-12 with separate groups for grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12. Call 680-9950 or visit santabarbaramathellipse.org.
San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop
This is a half-day cooperative preschool and parent education program. Based on promoting learning through play in all areas of early childhood, kindergarten readiness skills, gentle separation, and an organic daily snack, this program celebrates and supports development of the family.
Mon.-Fri., 8:45am-noon, Sept.-June 2016. San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. $50-$250/week. Ages 2-5. Call 964-8994 or visit smpcw.org.