We Are Working To Adjust The Schedule For The Last Classes Of The Fall Trimester! Stay Tuned!

Brookside
Winter Trimester Registration
IS OPEN!

Winter Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Winter Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, December 3rd.
  • Exploratories will meet 7 – 9 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into three age groups: Kindergarten, First – Third Grades, Fourth – Fifth Grades.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

Registration for the Winter Trimester WILL CLOSE on November 27.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Winter Trimester (December 3 – February 13).

Kindergarten Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Space Cadet Academy! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come have fun with this award winning program that is STEAM with an emphasis on the A for ART ! Kids grab your spacesuit and get ready to explore our solar system and beyond! Land on our star the Sun then on to each of the orbiting worlds and finally to distant galaxies. Draw planetary and galactic landscapes in mixed media with brilliant color. Be inspired by images from Hubble and the planetary missions. All lessons are created and taught by an accredited NASA educator, Mrs. Diamond!

Cost: $165 + $25 Supplies Fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31, 1/21, 2/4)

Cooking: European Favorites – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Enjoy delicious and healthy foods as we take a culinary journey through Europe! Your kids will learn to make Italian classics like Creamy Pasta Marinara and Italian Chopped salad, Spanish favorites like Veggie Paella, Greek staples such as Greek Salad and Shish Kabobs, and we’ll finish in France with a Ratatouille Stew and Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Fruit. Each lesson, students will develop their culinary skills while learning about nutrition, culture, and even dining etiquette. Get hungry to learn the art of cooking!

Cost: $210 (8 classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1, 2/5)

Spanish Fun Club! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm 
¡Hola! ¿Estás listo para jugar? This exploratory was a hit for Growing Outdoors kindergartners last year and we’re thrilled to be offering it to our Growing Outdoors families once again! It’s all about playing games while learning and practicing our Spanish! Think Spanish class but without learning from textbooks at desks… we’re thinking, discovering, translating, singing, and playing on our feet all while we learn some basics of this exciting and very useful language. So come join the fun and sign up for Spanish Fun Club!

Cost: $140 (7 classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3, 2/7, 2/14)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Space Cadet Academy! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come have fun with this award winning program that is STEAM with an emphasis on the A for ART! Kids grab your spacesuit and get ready to explore our solar system and beyond! Land on our star the Sun then on to each of the orbiting worlds and finally to distant galaxies. Draw planetary and galactic landscapes in mixed media with brilliant color. Be inspired by images from Hubble and the planetary missions. All lessons are created and taught by an accredited NASA educator, Mrs. Diamond!

Cost: $185 + $25 Supplies Fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31, 1/21)

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Golf 2:40pm – 3:40pm Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.

Cost: $185 (8 Classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31, 1/21)

Winter Fun LEGOs! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Bring the winter fun indoors and pair up to build interactive LEGO® models of some popular winter activities such as horse and sleigh, snow mobile, and snow plow. Through STEM based lessons, we’ll also learn the science behind winter sports such as skiing and ice hockey. No snow? No problem – all you need to create these winter memories are our bricks and your imagination.

Cost: $205  (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)

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Cooking: European Favorites – 2:40pm – 3:40pm  – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Enjoy delicious and healthy foods as we take a culinary journey through Europe! Your kids will learn to make Italian classics like Creamy Pasta Marinara and Italian Chopped salad, Spanish favorites like Veggie Paella, Greek staples such as Greek Salad and Shish Kabobs, and we’ll finish in France with a Ratatouille Stew and Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Fruit. Each lesson, students will develop their culinary skills while learning about nutrition, culture, and even dining etiquette. Get hungry to learn the art of cooking!

Cost: $235 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)

Glass Art Fusion! – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 Click here to view some student made glass art projects!
Growing Outdoors is proud to offer a unique art enrichment program to Brookside Students! During the 10 week workshop, students will learn the amazing world of fused glass art and mixed media and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as photo frame, candle holders, wall art, pendant and many more! Each workshop we will teach how to cut, shape and form glass and combine it with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint and more. If you want to take your creative brain to the next level, then this is the exploratory for you! Returning students to this exploratory will have opportunities for different and more advanced projects to keep things fresh and new!

Cost: $225 + $35 Materials Fee (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Robotics – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Design and Build NEW Robots, Robotic Vehicles, Robotic Creatures and BattleBots with unique new tasks, challenges & time-trials based on California & National Science Standards on numerous new platforms including targets, interlocking sectionals, Mars terrains, obstacle courses & more. Attendees will use many applications of Math & Science. The kids will build with creativity and imagination using real motors, controllers, cables, parts and a new R/C Program to develop their own creative hands-on initiative in a fun, educational and entertaining environment with individual, team and group situations.

Cost: $235 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Also known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. Computers will be available for students who have online homework to complete. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.

On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after Glass Art Fusion or Robotics!
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)

Woodworking 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Knock knock! Who’s there? Wood… Wood who? Wood you like to come and build a Log Cabin with us??? Log Cabins have been around for thousands of years! They were made by the settlers, the first generation of home builders! But no axe or chisel needed to build this Log Cabin. In woodshop you will learn how to safely use the saw, clamps, sandpaper, and glue to build your project. This Log Cabin doubles as a bank to save your money and treasures. If time allows, you can add windows, tables, and chairs, and whatever else you would like as well. Register for woodshop today, and show all of your friends and family your very own Log Cabin – that you built!!!

Cost: $200 + $25 Materials Fee (8 classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3, 2/14)

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Mad Science – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to get engrossed in entomology, the study of bugs? To investigate and analyze crime scene evidence to solve a mystery? To DIG in to Earth Science? We’ll see what physical and chemical changes take place in and around your kitchen and discover how simple machines make our lives easier. Movie Effects gives you a chance to sit in the director’s chair and discover why science is the real star of the big screen. What makes toys work? Test and play with spinning tops, building gears, and gravity toys. Finally, conduct hands-on experiments to understand how and why weather occurs!

Cost: $185 (8 classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3, 2/14)

4th & 5th Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Golf  3:00pm – 4:00pm Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities!

Cost: $185 (8 Classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31, 1/21)

Yoga! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Miss Kimberly is back for Yoga! Join this fun and inspiring yoga class designed specifically for 4th and 5th grade students! Learn tools to improve flexibility, and strength, build confidence and courage, and cope with stress, while engaging in creative yoga, mindfulness and meditation practices. New and returning students are welcome to develop and improv their yoga skills!

Cost: $185 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)

Glass Art Fusion! – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flier Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32Click here to view some student made glass art projects!
Growing Outdoors is proud to offer a unique art enrichment program to Brookside Students! During the 10 week workshop, students will learn the amazing world of fused glass art and mixed media and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as photo frame, candle holders, wall art, pendant and many more! Each workshop we will teach how to cut, shape and form glass and combine it with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint and more. If you want to take your creative brain to the next level, then this is the exploratory for you! Returning students to this exploratory will make some new projects!

Cost: $225 + $35 Materials Fee (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Critter Squad’s Indoor Safari – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Let your child go “Zoo Wild” with this completely hands-on experience unlike any other! Students will explore animals and reptiles of all shapes, sizes and colors as we bring our indoor safari to the palms of their hands. Don’t miss out on this incredible animal experience!

Cost: $195 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Formerly known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. Computers will be available for students who have online homework to complete. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.

On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after Glass Art Fusion or Critter Squad Indoor Safari!
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)

Woodworking 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Knock knock! Who’s there? Wood… Wood who? Wood you like to come and build a Log Cabin with us??? Log Cabins have been around for thousands of years! They were made by the settlers, the first generation of home builders! But no axe or chisel needed to build this Log Cabin. In woodshop you will learn how to safely use the saw, clamps, sandpaper, and glue to build your project. This Log Cabin doubles as a bank to save your money and treasures. If time allows, you can add windows, tables, and chairs, and whatever else you would like as well. Register for woodshop today, and show all of your friends and family your very own Log Cabin – that you built!!!

Cost: $200 + $25 Materials Fee (8 classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3, 2/14)

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on Wednesdays after school gets out before the exploratories begin?

Great question! After school gets out on Wednesdays and before our exploratories begin, there is a 25 minute window of time where Growing Outdoors provides lunch supervision on the quad. At 1:10 our staff gathers all of the students enrolled in our programs and gets the afternoon fun started!

What happens if my child participates in Club Oak Park?

At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in Club Oak Park from their exploratory to the appropriate location and transfer their care to the Club Oak Park sraff.

What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?

Please call us as early as possible (before 11 is preferable!) at (818) 889-8383. The Growing Outdoors adminstrative staff will be creating daily attendance sheets for each exploratory, so it would be helpful to have that information as early as possible. If a child that is expected does not show up for their exploratory, we will first check with the school to confirm that they were in attendance that day, and then we will call the parents to confirm their child’s safety.

Why are the exploratories divided into trimesters?

We feel that students will get the most out of each exploratory when they have consistent time to be with the same students and the same instructors to build a rapport. By making each trimester eight to ten weeks in length, students will have three opportunities during the school year to try different exploratories. Each trimester will offer different class options for the various age groups!

Why does registration close before the first day of each exploratory?

Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after school enrichment program. Therefore, we need time to train and prepare our staff, in addition to reviewing each child’s health form, prior to the first day of each exploratory.

Why are the exploratories priced differently?

The price of all of our exploratories is based on number of class meetings, supply costs, staffing needs, and specialized instructor costs. By basing it on these factors, you can rest assured that you are getting what you pay for!

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