The first thing kids often want to do after a long day at school is plop in front of the TV or a video game. Not this year! Keep your kids learning and growing outside of school with this expansive list of after school activities. You’re sure to find something you love, and that they love!
The Mazza Museum
1000 N. Main St.
419-434-4560 | mazzamuseum.org
Sunday Funday at Mazza Museum is a day of fun, art and literature all for free! Families can enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, storytelling, snacks, shopping and more. Funday Sunday is from 1:30-3:30pm at Mazza Museum located on the campus of The University of Findlay. Explore a different theme each month. See the schedule of events online.
Rolling Thunder Skating & Family Fun Center
2225 Keith Parkway| 419-422-7227
At Rolling Thunder Skating & Family Fun Center, family fun is what we’re all about! From skating, to our arcade, to our high energy light show, and our Cafe with sandwiches, pizza, French fries and more, we are confident your family will have a blast at Rolling Thunder. New this year, Rolling Thunder is offering S.T.E.M. Educational field trips for grades K-12, Family Nights on Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm and karaoke every Saturday night. Don’t forget we are a great place to host your birthday parties. Watch our web site at rollingthunder-findlay.com or our Facebook page as our hours increase Sept. 3.
Hancock Park District
1424 E. Main Cross St.
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com
The Hancock Park District has much to offer kids and families of all ages. Hayrides, horseback riding, self-guided float trips, along with numerous free programs and events will be offered in the Hancock Parks this fall. Email us at email@example.com, call 419-425-PARK/7275, like and share us on Facebook, or visit HancockParks.com for more information.
208 Broadway St. | across from the library in downtown Findlay
419-957-4868 | Director, Amanda Sprague
A Music Together class is a group of children, with their parent or caregiver, learning, exploring and actively making live music. Children learn to sing in tune and to keep rhythm by singing songs and chants, each song accompanied a finger-play, small or large motor movement, or by a rhythm instrument such as egg shakers, rhythm sticks, hand drums, wrist bells, and tambourines. Class times are Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m.Tuition is $125 for a 10-week session of 45 minute classes, an illustrated songbook and two copies of the CD.
Findlay Family YMCA
Downtown Branch: 300 E. Lincoln St.
East Branch: 1400 Manor Hill Rd.
419-422-4424 | Findlayymca.org
The YMCA offers programming for children of all ages. This fall, some of the classes offered for members or non-members include: swimming, dance, cheerleading, tumbling, gymnastics, racquetball, tennis, judo, art, gym for homeschoolers, a basketball league and a flag football league. Fall session #1 programs from Sept. 6 to Oct. 22.
Awakening Minds Art
502 South Main St.
awakeningmindsart.org | 419-302-3892
Awakening minds art is a nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic and educational art to students of any age and ability. Fall programming begins in Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 30.
Classes are: Wednesdays 2D Mixed Media, 5:30-6:30pm; Thursdays Sensory Explorers, a painting class for toddlers with an adult, 10:30-11:30am; Fridays Drop and Date Open Studio (ages 4 and up) 6-8 pm; and Saturdays painting class 10-11am. $10 per class, walk in only.
Project H.O.P.E. Equine Therapy
6645 TR 215 | Findlay
419-469-1415 | projecthope-equinetherapy.org
Come support a great cause at Project H.O.P.E.’s Silent Auction (10:30am-2pm) and Spaghetti Dinner (12:30pm) on Sept. 25. The auction will feature more than 40 items from restaurants, gift baskets, fine jewelry, photos and and more. Pony rides available, and the dinner includes spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert for a donation. Project H.O.P.E. is a nonprofit Equine Assisted Therapies program offering people of all ages professional counseling services. Event to be held at St. Mark’s Methodist Church Dock, 800 S. Main St., Findlay.
Children’s Museum of Findlay
1800 Tiffin Ave.
cmfindlay.com | 567-250-9616
The Children’s Museum located inside the mall is a favorite for kids of all ages. It brings to life pretend play, stimulates the brain through STEM challenges, and lets kids explore and imagine in a world just their size.
Y-Guides through the Findlay Family YMCA
Open House at Camp Mosshart | McComb
419-560-0632 | Brent Cassata
Y-Guides is a program designed for daughters or sons ages 5 to 11 to make lasting memories with their dads. Activities are usually monthly and include a fall, winter and spring campout, ice skating, pinewood derby, laser tag, Ninja training at XT Fitness, swimming, a Toledo Mud Hens game, and more. Cost is $20 per person for YMCA members and $25 per person for non-members for the whole year, running from September to June. Check out Y-Guides during their free open house Sept.17 from 2-6 pm at Camp Mosshart, where dads and kids can play capture the flag, check out hiking trails and try their hand at fishing and canoeing. Sign up at the YMCA, the YMCA’s website (findlayymca.com), or in person at the upcoming open house. Financial assistance is available.
Little Red Schoolhouse
8884 CR 236
hancockhistoricalmuseum.org | 419-423-4433
Take a step back in time and experience what life was like for students from another century. Kids will love sitting in the little desks, writing on slate boards, and maybe even taking a turn in the “dunce cap.” Reservations to visit should be made through the Hancock Historical Museum.
2725 N. Main St. | 419-306-8425 | Jim Steffen
Come try the obstacles from the hit show on NBC, American Ninja Warrior! Kids Open Gym training sessions on Thursdays from 3:30-4:45pm, $15 per child. No registration necessary. Three instructors, two of whom have been on the show, will be available to teach the kids technique and how to best maneuver the obstacles. For ages 10 and up, contact Jim Steffen if your child is younger. XT Fitness – making fitness fun for our kids.
618 S. Main St.
artspartnership.com | 419-422-4624
The Arts Partnership in Findlay offers several exciting and educational experiences for students. The Youtheatre program gets kids involved in drama, both on-stage and off. And through the School Day Performances lineup, kids can see incredible performances on all kinds of subjects!
The Academy of Martial Arts Studies
102 Crystal Ave. | Suite A
419-422-9262 | martialartsstudies.com
The Academy of Martial Arts Studies offers programs for both kids and adults. The Tiny Tigers program, for kids ages 3-6, focuses on basic motor, listening and socialization skills. The Karate Kids program is for ages 6-15, and classes are available for beginner and intermediate, as well as advanced. Training includes traditional Japanese “close in” style Karate, street self-defense, avoidance tactics and how to turn anything into a weapon. Kids also learn important values such as honesty, respect, patience and kindness. Adult classes also available, as well as private lessons. Chief Instructor Kevin Cullen is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal body guard every year in Columbus at the Arnold Classic – and he has been training students from toddler to special forces for 40 years!