Learning doesn’t have to end with the school day! Keep your kids growing and learning outside of school with this list of after school activities. You’re sure to find something that you (and they) love!
Campfire Northwest Ohio
305 W. Hardin St. | 419-422-5415 | campfirenwohio.com
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Parents, no need for a babysitter! Join Camp Fire for a fun filled school day out program! Camp Fire provides social interaction, a wide variety of activities from arts & crafts to learning how to synergize with their peers. Camp Fire staff provides a fun and inviting environment for communication and skill development.
At Camp Fire Northwest Ohio, they know that every child has unique skills, talents and interests that might not fit into your school day. If you are looking for the place where your interests or sparks can be explored, then Camp Fire is for you. They offer after school club programs at some school locations and at the Camp Fire office at 305 W. Hardin. Club pairs a trained staff and volunteer leader with a group of youth who work with youth on homework help and through a Camp Fire curriculum. Clubs typically go on field trips, undertake service projects and do other activities to earn beads and learn life skills. They will have a Club Kick-off Information meeting on September 6th beginning at 6pm. They also offer School Day Out Programs.
Children’s Mentoring Connection
305 E. Lincoln St. | 419-424-9752 | Cmchancock.org
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Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County is a youth mentoring agency that serves youth ages 6-14 living in Hancock County. They have school-based programs in five area schools which provides mentoring with students after school or during the child’s lunch period. Volunteer mentors are High School Students and families and couples can volunteer together. It is their vision that every qualified child needing services will be actively engaged in a mentoring relationship designed to enhance their personal growth as competent, caring and confident individuals. Children’s Mentoring Connection is accepting applications for youth and volunteer mentors.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
2244 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo | 888-350-5090 | Gswo.org
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In a safe all-girl space, Girl Scouts develop important soft skills, including confidence and perseverance, as well as hard skills, setting girls up for success and preparing them to take action for a better world. Today’s youth are more vocal than ever about the change they want to see, and Girl Scouts are the most equipped with the skills needed to make a real impact. The results are proven: girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more than twice as likely to exhibit community problem-solving skills than girls who don’t. The unique Girl Scout environment provides fun, exciting and essential experiences that carry into girls’ future careers and life success.
1000 N. Main St. | 419-434-5521 | mazzamuseum.org
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Founded in 1982, the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum celebrates the original art of picture books using education, exhibits, events and artist visits. Giving world-renowned artists a platform to share their creative process, the Museum invites people to explore the art within the story through its programs for children, adults and educators. The Museum, located in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, is home to more than 11,000 pieces of artwork from picture books, making it one of the largest and most diverse collections of picture book art in the world.
Beginning in October Mazza Museum offers Funday Sunday. Funday Sunday at Mazza Museum is a day of fun, art and literature all for free! For information on all events, tours and more visit mazzamuseum.org.
3430 N. Main St. | 419-424-7176 | “The Cube” on Facebook
The Cube is an indoor ice rink which is open seasonally from September to late March and May to July. They offer Public Skate every Saturday from 1-2:50pm and Sunday from 3-4:50pm starting September 8th. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $3. And you can take learning to a whole new level with skating lessons which are available starting September 8th and run for five weeks.
200 W. Main Cross St. | 419-423-2787
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Youtheatre is open to all area youth in grades 1-12. The mission of Youtheatre is to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting appreciation of the arts.
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.
12505 C.R. 99 | 419-423-2995 | nworrp.org
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The Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. offers special weekday pumpkin train opportunities for school groups, preschools and other elementary aged student groups. These special runs are arranged by appointment and can be booked starting Sept 17th through late October. Fieldtrips can be booked by contacting either Steve Wilch at 419-889-9626 or Mike Schroeder at 419-348-1303. The museum’s main number can be used during their normal hours on Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm.
They also offer railroad education programs including a team building exercise where up to four teams work together to assemble a locomotive. They have a program that explains how a steam engine works as well as a railroad safety program for children. These educational programs are offered either at their museum or at the class/groups location. The programs that are provided at the museum can also include the model train displays and a ride on their 1/4 scale train.