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7 After School Programs Sure To Entertain Your Kids

Oct 03, 2019 01:24PM ● By Gabrielle Varela
According to The New Hampshire After School Network: 67% of parents agree that afterschool
programs help children gain workforce skills and 84% of parents agree that afterschool
programs help parents keep their jobs. So, here are seven of the best after school programs
New Hampshire provides:

1. ART STOP! Ava Gallery, Lebanon, NH.

ART STOP! is a free after school program that encourages youth in grades 5 through 8 to take inspiration from AVA Gallery’s ongoing exhibitions to create their own drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The club meets weekly on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:15 PM during the academic calendar, Sept 17 – June 2, 2019.

2. Monteshire Museum, Norwich Vermont.

Their mission is to help reveal and encourage kid’s inner scientist. Offered to grades Kindergarten to grade 5. Various programs include engineering projects like programming robots and hands-on real experiments exploring science and nature. This unique program is sure to foster a lot of creativity and adventure!

3. Kids On Kampus, CCBA, Lebanon, NH.

Offered to grades K through 2 opened to all children in the Upper Valley. Kids on Kampus provides a safe, nurturing and fun environment where children can unwind after their school day. Children participate in outdoor play, games, arts & crafts, swim time and special activities. The program runs 3pm-6pm.

4. STEM Robotics, Hanover, NH.


STEM Robotix is a year-round facility for Upper Valley grades 3-12 students to explore, develop
and progressively learn the key concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).
Classes are offered in three trimesters (Fall, Winter and Spring) during both after school and
early evening. Introductory classes focus on robotic systems and visual programming and more
advanced classes teach general computer programming languages and algorithm development.
New educational offerings include robotic art construction. Throughout the program, students
will design, build and program increasingly sophisticated robots. Both in-class and off-site
challenges and competitions create a fun atmosphere in which to learn and grow.

5. Upper Valley Haven After School Program, White River Junction, VT.

The Haven After-School Program runs Monday through Friday throughout the school year. It is specifically for children and teens who are current or former shelter guests. The Haven provides a safe environment for children to receive homework help and to engage in enriching activities. Volunteers are an essential part of the program, providing homework help one-on-one or in small groups. Volunteers also supervise and participate in games, activities, and special events. The Haven encourages all volunteers who have special interests (piano, art, science, martial arts, cooking, etc.) to share their talents with the kids.

6. YES, Jr. Northern Stage, White River Junction, VT.

YES, Jr. is a program designed for students with a passion for theater in grades 4 – 6. From November to March, YES, Jr. students participate in group days at the theater with master classes and post-show conversations. Beginning in January, students take six after school classes to train and prepare for the February Vacation Play. Classes include “Audition Day”; “Read Through and Book Work”; “Building a Character” and other classes that focus on the various stages of acting and preparing for a play to be put on for February Vacation. This is the perfect program for young thespians who love to perform.

7. Kids After School Time (KAST), Hanover, NH

Children at KAST are encouraged to use their creativity, learn to make decisions, try new activities with children beyond their regular play circles, and learn to participate as a non-competitive team member. Activities at KAST include outdoor sports and games, playground and gym activities, arts and crafts, cooking, special monthly themes and activities, homework help and (for Adventurers) field trips. Children help prepare and serve snacks provided. Offered to children K-5. Hours of the program are from the close of school until 5:30 p.m.

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