Brookside Fall Trimester
Registration is OPEN!

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!
(Registration Will Close on Tuesday, 9/3)

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, September 9th.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-10 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 Fall Trimester WILL CLOSE on Tuesday, 9/3

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 9 – November 21).

Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester

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Spanish Fun Club!  – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
¡Hola! ¿Estás listo para jugar? 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! It’s all about playing games while learning and practicing brand new words and Spanish phrases. Come join the fun and sign up for Spanish Fun Club!
Cost: $135 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18 (No Class: 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11)

STEAM In Space – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come join us in Hands-on and Brains-on space science and art crossover experience! All lessons were originally created by Astronaut Christa McAuliffe – the first teacher to be chosen to become an astronaut. Her lessons have been re-imagined, re-engineered, and updated to be relevant in today’s world. This Earth & Space physics program was created specifically for the students of Mrs. Diamond, Artist & accredited NASA educator.
Cost: $215 + $25 Supplies Fee (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
(No Class: 10/1, 10/29)

Kinder Playground Plus! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Playground Plus is the ultimate playground experience for Kindergarten students. As a Kindergartner, you will get to play fun and creative games! Find out how to play Doctor Dodgeball, Sharks & Minnows, Mr. Fox, and more! Each week, our games will focus on a different skill like strategy, creativity, teamwork, or sportsmanship, just to name a few. So come join us after school to play some games, make new friends, and have lots of fun!
Cost: $145 (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26,  10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 (No Class: 10/3, 10/24, 10/31)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester

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Woodworking – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Imagine lowering your head to walk beneath the whop, whop, whop of rotating blades, hearing the loud roar of the engine, climbing up into the pilot’s seat, and watching the ground move away! Well, buckle-up and register today to build your own helicopter in woodshop! With a secret compartment and all your own touches, you’ll make a one of a kind model to take your imagination flying across the sky! We hope to see you there. “10-4 Over and Out!”
Cost: $200 + $25 Supplies Fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18 (No Class: 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11)

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LEGO Life Science! 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Explore the fascinating science of living things and pair-up to build engaging motorized LEGO models of creatures, from caterpillars to dinosaurs. During this unit, students will explore topics such as how the human body stays cool, the amazing life cycle of a butterfly, and investigate the Venus Fly Trap – a plant that eats bugs! If you love creatures, this is the class for you.
Cost: $185 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18 (No Class: 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11)

STEAM In Space  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Mrs. Diamond is back to provide a Hands-on and Brains-on space science and art crossover experience! All lessons were originally created by Astronaut Christa McAuliffe – the first teacher to be chosen to become an astronaut. Her lessons have been re-imagined, re-engineered, and updated to be relevant in today’s world. This Earth & Space physics program was created specifically for the students of Mrs. Diamond, Artist & accredited NASA educator.
Cost: $225 + $25 Supplies Fee (10 classes) Class Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 (No Class: 10/29)

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Martial Arts – Spider Session! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm  – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Discover your inner ninja. Young Ninjas is a high energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, situational awareness, basic self-defense, and the all important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-competitive setting. C’mon, how cool!
Cost: $250 (10 classes) Class Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 (No Class: 10/29)

Sky High Dance – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors is so excited to bring Sky High Enrichment to Brookside for the first time! Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase.  Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $185 (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 (No Class: 10/9, 10/30)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Lacrosse – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $230 (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 (No Class: 10/9, 10/30)
*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 Sky High Dance or Lacrosse!)
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 (No Class: 10/9, 10/30)

Improv Spinoff! 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Improv Spinoff is a fun, exciting, on your feet, and energetic class for kids to learn a new and important life skill, improvisation! Improvisation (“improv” for short) is a form of live theatre in which plot, characters, and dialogue are made up in the moment. In this class, we’ll explore improv through fun workshops, games, character development, and mini shows. By practicing improv, kids can build their skills in public speaking, quick thinking, creativity, adaptability, and collaboration! Let’s have a great time after school with Improv Spinoff!
Cost: $160 (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 (No Class: 10/24, 10/31)

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Glass Art Fusion – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors and Fireglass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program for students. Participants will learn the amazing world of fused glass art and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as dishes, candle holders, wall art, pendants and much more! They will learn about the glass terms tack, full fuse, slump and drape. Each workshop also teaches students how to cut, shape and form glass and combine it with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint and more.
Cost: $225 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 (No Class: 10/24, 10/31)

4th & 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester

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Woodworking – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Imagine lowering your head to walk beneath the whop, whop, whop of rotating blades, hearing the loud roar of the engine, climbing up into the pilot’s seat, and watching the ground move away! Well, buckle-up and register today to build your own helicopter in woodshop! With a secret compartment and all your own touches, you’ll make a one of a kind model to take your imagination flying across the sky! We hope to see you there. “10-4 Over and Out!”
Cost: $200 + $25 Supplies Fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18 (No Class: 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11)

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Yoga – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Join us for Little Heroes Yoga for 4th and 5th graders at Brookside Elementary. Through mindful movement, stillness, peaceful, dynamic, and fun practices 4th and 5th graders will have the opportunity to check in and learn about their bodies and minds. Yogis will work on increasing strength and flexibility,  cope with stress and start off the year on the right track with tools they can use on and off the mat in a fun and exciting way. New and experienced yogis are welcome to develop and improve their yoga skills!
Cost: $140 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18 (No Class: 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11)

Mock Trial, Public Speaking, & Debate! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you a person of passion and conviction, with a love for critical thinking and dialogue? In this class, students learn to use logic and other rhetorical tools to support their positions and to express themselves succinctly and skillfully. Students learn to walk and talk with assuredness and purpose, overcome jitters, and deliver speeches with confidence and animation!
Cost: $200 (10 classes) Class Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 (No Class: 10/29)

Sky High Dance – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors is so excited to bring Sky High Enrichment to Brookside for the first time! Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase.  Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $185 (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 (No Class: 10/9, 10/30)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Lacrosse – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $230 (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 (No Class: 10/9, 10/30)
*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 Sky High Dance or Lacrosse!)
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 (No Class: 10/9, 10/30)

Glass Art Fusion – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors and Fireglass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program for students. Participants will learn the amazing world of fused glass art and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as dishes, candle holders, wall art, pendants and much more! They will learn about the glass terms tack, full fuse, slump and drape. Each workshop also teaches students how to cut, shape and form glass and combine it with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint and more.
Cost: $225 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 (No Class: 10/24, 10/31)

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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