2nd Grade After-School Exploratories
Late-Fall Quarter! 
(Registration Closes on Saturday, October 31)

Late-Fall Virtual Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Exploratories will begin on Monday, November 2nd.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-8 times, depending on the exploratory and  designated weekday.
  • Exploratories are divided based on the grade that student(s) entered in the fall of the 2020-2021 school year (Please note: some exploratories may be offered to combined grade levels).
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

Click Below for our Downloadable Weekly Schedule!

Block A (1:30pm – 2:15pm)
(Click on the Tabs Below for Exploratory Information)

*This exploratory is only open to  1st & 2nd graders who are released from distance learning early on Wednesdays, in addition to TK/DK & Kindergarten students

Soccer Stars! (DK/TK-2nd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Check out these alternatives to sports equipment that can be found around the home!
Our Soccer Stars @HOME Virtual Classes will take learning to the next level, with fully interactive sessions using Zoom screen share. We literally bring our physical location classes straight to your computer or smart device! Signup for a class that will run the same day, same time, and with the same coach each week all while in a small group setting no larger than 20 kids.

Cost: $110.00 (7 Classes): November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No Class: November 11, 25; December 23, 30)

Block B (2:50pm – 3:35pm)
(Click on the Tabs Below for Exploratory Information)

Martial Arts: Young Ninjas Skills & Drills! (DK/TK-2nd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Click here to watch the Demo Video!
Young Ninjas livestream classes are led by our high-energy Sensei’s from all over the city who introduce children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all-important KI-YAH! By following along with your Sensei, each class children will participate in skill training, fun games, and creative challenges using little to no equipment children can find at home. KI-YAH!

Cost: $105.00 (7 Classes): November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 11 (No Class: November 23; December 21, 28; January 4)

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Creative Yoga & Guided Meditation (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Creative Yoga and Guided Meditation is an expressive arts class where children can relax, breathe, and cultivate calmness. In addition to practicing a wide variety of age appropriate yoga poses that develop flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination, children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence, compassion, concentration and patience – tools that will last a lifetime. Towards the end of each class, Miss Julie will lead a Guided Meditation that invites children to engage their imagination while resting in stillness.

Cost: $105.00 (7 Classes): November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 11 (No Class: November 23; December 21, 28; January 4)

Martial Arts: Young Ninjas Skills & Drills! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Click here to watch the Demo Video!
Young Ninjas livestream classes are led by our high-energy Sensei’s from all over the city who introduce children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all-important KI-YAH! By following along with your Sensei, each class children will participate in skill training, fun games, and creative challenges using little to no equipment children can find at home. KI-YAH!

Cost: $120.00 (8 Classes): November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15; January 5, 12 (No Class: November 24: December 22, 29)

Capoeira – Brazilian Martial Art! (DK/TK-2nd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Capoeira is a fantastic martial art from the South American country of Brazil! Kick, jump, run, spin, headstand, handstand, and flip your way into the awesome world of capoeira! Did we mention the rhythms of handmade instruments and Brazilian music that the movements will follow? Timing is key, and students will improve coordination, focus, balance, and more. Come learn capoeira in a fun-filled, high-energy hour online! It’s all happening here, don’t miss out!

Cost: $95.00 (7 Classes): November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No Class: November 11, 25; December 23, 30)

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Creative Yoga & Guided Meditation (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Creative Yoga and Guided Meditation is an expressive arts class where children can relax, breathe, and cultivate calmness. In addition to practicing a wide variety of age appropriate yoga poses that develop flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination, children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence, compassion, concentration and patience – tools that will last a lifetime. Towards the end of each class, Miss Julie will lead a Guided Meditation that invites children to engage their imagination while resting in stillness.

Cost: $120.00 (7 Classes): November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No Class: November 11, 25; December 23, 30)

Hip-Hop Dance! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Rock out with the Funky Divas & Dudes! Get great exercise and have fun right from your home! This Hip-Hop dance class is designed to help students gain confidence and self-esteem. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun-physical activity that encourages self-expression through music and movement. We teach age appropriate dance routines to all the best tunes. We’ll perform our Rockin’ dance routines on the last day of class, record it via Zoom, and send it to families for a great keepsake! Let’s get funky!

Cost: $145.00 (8 Classes): November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14 (No Class: November 26; December 24, 31)

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Computer Coding: Programming Stories with Scratch (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
*This exploratory requires access to a PC, Mac, or Chromebook computer

Do you love to write and illustrate your own stories? Students will embark on an adventure to create multimedia projects, bringing their creations into the digital world. We’ll use digital design tools and the Scratch programming language to create games and stories to share with family and friends. Students will learn how to create custom art assets, develop exciting story narratives, and code their projects to make interactive adventures.

Cost: $145.00 (8 Classes): November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14 (No Class: November 26; December 24, 31)

My Gym Gymnastics (2nd-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
My Gym LIVE brings our amazing curriculum to your living room, backyard, or home dojo. We will get those kiddos moving through fun games, gymnastics, skills, relays and so much more! These are NOT prerecorded videos; this is LIVE interactive instruction from your favorite My Gym teachers… and we can’t wait to see you!

Cost: $145.00 (8 Classes): November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 15 (No Class: November 27; December 25; January 1)

Block C (3:45pm – 4:35pm)
(Click on the Tabs Below for Exploratory Information)

3D Paper Art: Expedition Around the Globe! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
In this unique class, we’ll take a trip around the world, using folded-paper to help us explore countries and cities around the globe! As we learn about different cultures and places, our instructor will guide students through cutting, folding, and shaping sheets of paper into some of earth’s greatest and most wonderful landmarks, buildings, and natural features. We’ll dive into history, seeing how ancient civilizations have left their mark on the earth, and also see many modern day features and lifestyles that countries are known for. So hop on board as we fold our way through this 3D paper adventure across the globe!

Cost: $95.00 (7 Classes): November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 11 (No Class: November 23; December 21, 28; January 4)

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Woodworking – Chill Chair Project! (2nd-5th Grade) – 3:45pm-4:45pm ~ full hour class! – Click here to view the flier!
As the air starts to get chilly, let’s remember the summertime sun with this session’s Chill Chair woodworking project! Rest your tube of sunscreen or your flip-flops in this inviting model-sized beach chair, or grab your coins from the secret compartment inside of the wooden cooler when you hear the ice cream truck coming through your neighborhood on its last warm-weather rounds!

At LogN Craft, we take pride in safely teaching your children woodworking skills such as following directions and hand-eye coordination that they can use and incorporate in their everyday lives. Just like in-person woodshop, you’ll use woodworking hand-tools and wood, guided virtually by our trained instructor over zoom, where you will learn how to safely use the saw, clamps, sandpaper, and glue to build your project. We provide the tools and wood pieces you’ll need! Register for woodshop today, and show all of your friends and family your very own Chill Chair – that you built!!!

Cost: $260.00 (7 Classes): November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 11 (No Class: November 23; December 21, 28; January 4)

Performing Puppets! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Come join us for games, songs, and puppet fun in this high energy puppet performing class! Together, we will learn how to think creatively, explore our imaginations, and become different characters through the puppets we create with our friends! That’s right, you’ll get to construct your very own puppets out of all kinds of fun materials, and you and your puppets will be the stars of the show! New and classic performing arts games alike will help us tell stories together using our imaginations and feel confident while sharing ideas and creating cool and wacky puppet personalities with you. So, get ready to have fun and get silly together while we learn, grow, and explore the world of Performing Puppets!

Cost: $110.00 + $10.00 Supplies Fee (for your very own puppet-making kit) – (8 Classes): November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15; January 5, 12 (No Class: November 24: December 22, 29)

Drawing with Color! (DK/TK-2nd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Learn to draw using a toolkit of colorful materials and open up a world of artistic possibilities! Follow along with a real-life artist to create bright and exciting drawings in a full spectrum of color. Through the use of included materials, let your artistic abilities soar as you learn the tips and tricks of drawing using all the colors of the rainbow.

Cost: $95.00 + $20.00 Supplies Fee (for your very own art kit) – (7 Classes): November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No Class: November 11, 25; December 23, 30)

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Growing Outdoors?

We are a local after-school enrichment program that partners with elementary schools in the Agoura/Oak Park/Thousand Oaks area to provide a variety of quality after-school enrichment programs that focus on the physical, intellectual, and emotional skills of students from Kindergarten through grade five. We do our best to offer a wide variety of class programs, which we call “exploratories,” because we know that each child is different, and it is our goal to find and offer programs that engage your student and make them want to explore more!

Though our exploratories have always taken place on campus and in person during the school year, with schools closed for the time being, we are excited to offer virtual programming after-school this fall! We have been hard at work since the end of last school year building curriculum and finding exploratories that translate well to virtual learning, and we hope you find something in our exploratory offerings that sparks your child’s interest!

Will my child be with their school classmates in their virtual programs?

Our virtual programs are open to all children who have entered Discovery Kindergarten (also known as Transitional Kindergarten) to Fifth grade for the 2020-2021 school year. This includes students from all of our partner schools, and also families from outside that sphere who may be joining us for the very first time! We value these opportunities to make new friends and work with new people, and we are excited to support your child’s growth as they strengthen old friendships and build new ones!

Can my Covid-19 School Closure Household Credit from spring 2020 be applied to the fall virtual programs?

Yes! If your household received credit for any cancelled Growing Outdoors Spring Trimester 2020 exploratory meetings that we were not able to move online, you may choose to apply your credit to our virtual programs, or hold on to it for future school-year programming with Growing Outdoors. Just follow the instructions once you reach the payment option section of your registration, and we will do the rest to ensure that your credit is applied!

Click here to read our March 31st letter to families regarding household credits

Why does the online program use Zoom as the virtual platform?

By using Zoom, Growing Outdoors can set up links that we only make available to registered families at the email address that you have provided to us. Zoom also allows us to control who can enter the exploratory meetings, ensuring that our meetings are safe and only attended by those who have registered to join us.

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

Please call us as early as possible (before 10:00am 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. 

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

Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after-school enrichment program to your family. Therefore, we need time to prepare our instructors 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, 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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