MATES Spring Trimester
Starts This Week!

Spring Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Spring Trimester Exploratories will begin on Tuesday, February 18.
  • Exploratories will meet 7 – 8 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place right after school Monday through Friday each week.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

Registration for the Spring Trimester closed on Tuesday, February 11

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Spring Trimester (February 18 – April 9).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Spring Trimester

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KinderTech: Exploring Coding – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
In a world where it’s never too early to learn programming, KinderTech: Exploring Coding is designed to foster a ‘create-over-consume’ mindset. Students receive early exposure to the principles of programming through a variety of fun, easy to use, visual programming tools.
Cost: $150 (7 Classes): February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6 (No Class: February 17)

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The Art of Nature – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Nature Artists are Biologists without the Lab Coat! With a magnifying glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, each week artists will explore a different part of the beautiful wonders of our natural world. Using a new artist’s technique each week we can express our nature adventure. Experience cool but unusual art materials that nature artists have used in the past. Let’s make our own paint from plants & flowers. Crush and mix minerals and rocks like primitive cave artists did many, many millions of years ago. Create a nature-themed masterpiece to bring home and share with your friends & family.
Cost: $130 + $25 Supplies Fee (7 Classes): February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6 (No Class: February 17)

Mamba Kickball – 1:30pm – 2:30pm  – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
A playground favorite! Our staff work with MATES Boys & Girls in grades K-5 to break down all of the skills related to this base and ball game, making sure to hit all of the fundamentals: running, catching, kicking, throwing. Then we put it all together, with some strategy, into different formats with set goals for each kickball game played. (We encourage parents to dress their child in athletic clothes and shoes that would be appropriate to play games on the grass.)
Cost: $130 (8 Classes): February 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 (No Class: None)

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Engineering with LEGOs: STEM FUNdamentals – 1:30pm – 2:45pm – (75 Minute Exploratory)  – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Motorcycles, Aircraft Carriers, and Conveyor Belts! Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas. (This class is also open to 1st-5th grade students and offers age-appropriate challenges for each age group)
Cost: $175 (8 classes – 75 Minute Exploratory): February 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 (No Class: None)

Mindfulness Yoga – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Mindfulness Yoga with Miss Julie is a haven for children after-school. In addition to learning a wide variety of age appropriate individual, partner, and group yoga poses, children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence compassion, patience, and inner calm – tools that will last a lifetime. Mindfulness Yoga reduces stress and improves concentration, flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Cost: $130 (8 Classes): February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 (No Class: None)

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Sky High Dance – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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: $150 (8 Classes): February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 (No Class: None)

Kinder Sports Club – 1:50pm – 2:40pm
Coach Russell is so excited to continue running Kinder Sports Club! We will learn about popular games, sports, and may also occasionally do simple arts & crafts or use LEGOs to help us learn about the sports that we’ll play. In each class, we  will work on some basic skill development and talk about the general rules before playing several rounds of games tailored to the motor-skill development and hand-eye coordination capacities of kindergarteners. This ensures that all students feel safe and have fun!
Cost: $110 (8 Classes): February 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9 (No Class: None)

Capoeira – 1:50pm – 2:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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 I mention the handmade instruments and Brazilian music we will play? Learn capoeira in a fun-filled, non-stop hour! It is all happening here! Don’t miss out! This class will not involve striking or physical contact.
Cost: $115 (7 Classes): February 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3 (No Class: April 10)

1st – 5th Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester

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Computer Programming with Scratch – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Learn the fundamentals of coding by starting from Scratch. Scratch is MIT’s engaging, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop programming language that introduces programming to young coders. From brainstorming to play-testing, students make interactive programs that incorporate a variety of foundational coding concepts. Draw characters and worlds on a digital canvas and make them come to life in interactive programs, animations, music videos, and more–all while building a foundation of basic coding concepts on which to grow in future classes.
Cost: $150 (7 Classes): February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6 (No Class: February 17)

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Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2 – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Take glass art fusion to the next level with Volume 2! This class will introduce students to some of the more advanced techniques of glass fusion. Students will learn to use special fiber paper for carving into glass, the magic of reactive glass that changes colors in different temperatures, how to weave glass pieces to make beautiful basket designs, and so much more! Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2 is open to students in 3rd-5th grade, and also to 1st-2nd grade students who have completed at least one session of Glass Art with Growing Outdoors (either during this school year or last school year).
Cost: $165 + $35 Supplies Fee (7 Classes): February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6 (No Class: February 17)

Mamba Kickball – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
A playground favorite! Our staff work with MATES Boys & Girls in grades K-5 to break down all of the skills related to this base and ball game, making sure to hit all of the fundamentals: running, catching, kicking, throwing. Then we put it all together, with some strategy, into different formats with set goals for each kickball game played. (We encourage parents to dress their child in athletic clothes and shoes that would be appropriate to play games on the grass.)
Cost: $130 (8 Classes): February 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 (No Class: None)

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Engineering With LEGOs : STEM FUNdamentals – 1:30pm – 2:45pm – (75 minute exploratory) – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Motorcycles, Aircraft Carriers, and Conveyor Belts! Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas. (This class offers age-appropriate challenges for each age group)
Cost: $175 (8 classes – 75 Minute Exploratory): February 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 (No Class: None)

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Viridian Art – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors is excited to offer Viridian Art classes at MATES this spring with the theme: “Dragons & Creatures!” Real fine art skills taught by experienced art instructors. Learn how to create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, starting from basic shapes.  We will add color with acrylic and watercolor paint.For young artists who are just starting to learn the basics or for those who want to continue to develop and refine their artistic skills, this is the class for you!
Cost: $205 (8 Classes): February 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 (No Class: None)

Mindfulness Yoga – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Mindfulness Yoga with Miss Julie is a haven for children after-school. In addition to learning a wide variety of age appropriate individual, partner, and group yoga poses, children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence compassion, patience, and inner calm – tools that will last a lifetime. Mindfulness Yoga reduces stress and improves concentration, flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Cost: $130 (8 Classes): February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 (No Class: None)

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Academic Chess – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Academic Chess is devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand. Children participating in our program develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, have better concentration and mental discipline, gain confidence, and have lots of FUN!!! All students in this chess class receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook and participate in the “Big Tournament” on the last day where all kids take home a prize!
Cost: $165 (8 Classes): February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 (No Class: None)

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Sky High Dance – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
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: $150 (8 Classes): February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 (No Class: None)

Sports Club – 2:55pm – 3:55pm
Coach Russell is back again at MATES! Join us on Thursday afternoons to try out a new sport or game out on the field! This class emphasizes sportsmanship and teamwork, and utilizes age-appropriate rule structures  to ensure the safety of all students. After introducing the game or sport of the week, we will do some skill development and learn about the general rules as well. Then we will play several great rounds of games!
Cost: $110 (8 Classes): February 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9 (No Class: None)

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Woodworking – 2:55pm – 3:55pm- Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Summertime Chillin! Hang out by the pool, the lake, the beach or porch, with a glass of lemonade and a good book. Get up to play some ball, go fishing or swimming, and then sit back down to relax and get a little sun. It’s time to get into the summertime mood with this spring’s woodshop project! Rest your tube of sunscreen or your flip-flops in the inviting adirondack 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! Whatever you do, we’re sure that it’ll be a summer to remember! 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. Trained instructors teach them how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more, and at the end of the session, your child will have completed the assigned project while having fun and adding their own touches to make it one of a kind!
Cost: $185 + $25 Supplies Fee (8 Classes): February 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9 (No Class: None)

Capoeira – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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 I mention the handmade instruments and Brazilian music we will play? Learn capoeira in a fun-filled, non-stop hour! It is all happening here! Don’t miss out! This class will not involve striking or physical contact.
Cost: $115 (7 Classes): February 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3 (No Class: April 10)

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Robotics – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our courses offer a unique perspective into STEM, through using parts and curriculum that can not be found anywhere else. We utilize high and low speed motors, controllers, and cables to mobilize robotic creations that are entirely designed and assembled from your student’s imaginations to combat the unique tasks and challenges they are presented with during our workshops. One of the most unique features of our in-class activities – there are no instruction manuals! We challenge all of our students’ innovation to invent the solutions to our problems themselves, rather than just following step-by-step guides.
Cost: $185 (7 Classes): February 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3 (No Class: April 10)

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Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if my child participates in the YMCA after-care program?
At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in YMCA program from their exploratory to the appropriate location.
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 site coordinator (Sam) 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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