Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below! (Registration is closed)

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Tuesday, September 5.
  • Exploratories will meet 7 – 10 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 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 ended on Tuesday, August 29.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 5 – November 17).

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Fall Trimester After-School Exploratories
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens on Fridays after school gets out before the exploratories begin?

Great question! After school gets out on Fridays and before our exploratories begin, there is a 30 minute lunch period at the lunch tables; Growing Outdoors staff will be there to supervise. At 1:15 we get the afternoon fun started!

What happens if my child participates in the AM/PM club at Valley View Park?

At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in AM/PM club 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 will have 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!

Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester

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Animal Adventure – 1:15pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Do you love animals? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pet a cockroach or hold a slithering snake? Then Amazing Animals is the class for you! Each week we will meet amazing animals, learn incredible animal facts, and witness awesome animal behaviors. Throughout the course you will have up-close encounters with live insects, arachnids, reptiles, and mammals. Our visits will also allow for hands-on opportunities with some of our animal friends, a fun art activity, and time to answer all of your animal related questions!

Cost: $170 (7 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13 (No Exploratories 9/4, 10/9, 10/16, 10/30)

Art Masters – 1:15pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Kinder Art Globetrotting with Van Gough and Friends! Young artists learn drawing, painting and composition basics using authentic artist studio-quality materials. Blend chalk, smudge charcoal, sculpt clay, and paint, paint, PAINT! Kinder leapfrog around the world to a different place each week and learn the art masters techniques that will produce masterpieces your family will treasure forever. Art is a beautiful way to teach a child to pay attention. New lessons each week!

Cost: $195 + $20 Materials Fee (9 classes): 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14 (No Exploratories 10/10, 10/31)

Hip Hop & Jazz – 1:15pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
For girls & boys! Catch on to the latest dance craze! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. We promote a healthy life-style for kids by doing fun-physical activity that teaches kids to express themselves through music and movement.  This is a performance-based class, which helps students to gain confidence and self-esteem.  We teach age-appropriate dance routines to pop music and classics from the past! At the final class, a performance in costumes (that we provide) will be given for family and friends to show off your new moves!

Cost: $195 (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15 (No Exploratories 10/11, 11/1)

Playground Plus! – 1:15pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This Playground Plus Exploratory is the ultimate playground experience for our Kindergarten students. As a Kindergartener, you will get to play fun and creative games like Doctor Dodgeball, Sharks & Minnows, and/or Mr. Fox. Along the way, we will be learning valuable lessons and important skills, like creativity, teamwork, and sportsmanship. So, it’s time to play some games, make new friends, and have lots of fun!

Cost: $140 (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16 (No Exploratories 9/21, 10/12, 11/2)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester

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Animal Adventure – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Do you love animals? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pet a cockroach or hold a slithering snake? Then Amazing Animals is the class for you! Each week we will meet amazing animals, learn incredible animal facts, and witness awesome animal behaviors. Throughout the course you will have up-close encounters with live insects, arachnids, reptiles, and mammals. Our visits will also allow for hands-on opportunities with some of our animal friends, a fun art activity, and time to answer all of your animal related questions!

Cost: $195 (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13 (No Exploratories 9/4, 10/16, 10/30)

Go Green! (A.K.A. Environmental Engineering) – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to get down and dirty searching for solutions to some of our biggest environmental problems? Save endangered animals, help plants grow and create protection from the sun’s heat! We’ll also explore erosion, animal adaptations, plant growth and more! Together we can discover ways that engineers can help with environmental challenges!

Cost: $250 (10 classes) Class Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14 (No Exploratories 10/31)

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Playground Plus! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
In the Playground Plus program for 1st – 3rd graders, students will get to play fun and creative games like Doctor Dodgeball, Steal the Bacon, and Capture the Flag! This physical and exciting class is perfect for student who want to practice and improve their athletic ability. During our sessions, we will learn, practice, and master playground skills like sportsmanship, creative thinking, and teamwork. However, the most important rule is to have fun, and we definitely bring the fun to this exploratory!

Cost: $165 (10 classes) Class Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14 (No Exploratories 10/31)

Robot Workshop: CarCreator! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm
Do you like to build? Then join us for this exciting new exploratory where we build 3 cars: the Race Car, the Balloon Buggy, and the Camaro Concept Car! Gain knowledge of motors and gears to create super cool vehicles such as Solar Powered Cars and Fold-N-Roll Racers that you’ll compete with in the Growing Outdoors Grand Prix!

Cost: $200 + $45 Materials Fee (10 Classes) Class Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15 (No Exploratories 11/1)

Hip Hop & Jazz – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
For girls & boys! Catch on to the latest dance craze! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. We promote a healthy life-style for kids by doing fun-physical activity that teaches kids to express themselves through music and movement.  This is a performance-based class, which helps students to gain confidence and self-esteem.  We teach age-appropriate dance routines to pop music and classics from the past! At the final class, a performance in costumes (that we provide) will be given for family and friends to show off your new moves!

Cost: $210 (9 classes) Class Dates: 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16 (No Exploratories 9/21, 11/2)

Woodworking – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Design it in Wood is back and we are clear for take off! You be the pilot when you build this stealthy custom flyer. Plenty of cutting, sanding, and gluing to make your plane aerodynamic. Soar with us when you add your own landing gear, after burners, thrusters or anything else you can think of! No boarding pass needed to store your belongings in the secret compartment in the fuselage. “Turn your eyes to the sky…” and register for Woodworking! Woodworking is fun, rewarding and educational. Participants take pride in creating something out of wood and feel a sense of accomplishment as they craft their project and watch it develop into something recognizable. We teach basic woodshop skills with a focus on safety. Everyone remembers woodworking! It’s all about learning and having fun!

Cost: $220 + $20 Materials Fee (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/17 (No Exploratories 10/27, 11/3, 11/10)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:15.

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Lego Design Adventures! – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Join us as we put our engineering skills to the test to build bridges, vehicles and more. We’ll learn about different types of careers for you to explore. Want to design the next cool electric car, build colossal bridges, or engineer the next awesome amusement park ride? Well what are you waiting for? Come learn, build and experience engineering adventures with us!

Cost: $180 (8 classes) Class Dates:9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/17 (No Exploratories 10/27, 11/3, 11/10)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:15.

4th & 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester

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Architecture Academy! – 3:05pm – 4:05pm
Part math, part science, and part art, this exciting (and STEAM) class has it all! Using assorted architectural and bridge building model sets, this class teaches basic drafting, scale, symmetry, proportion, and geometry. Students will build iconic models and learn about famous architects as they explore their creativity!

Cost: $160 + $35 materials fee (8 classes)  Class Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13 (No Exploratories 9/4, 10/16, 10/30)

Art N’ Fusion (Mixed Media Glass Art Workshop) – 3:05pm – 4:05pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors is proud to offer a unique art enrichment program for grades 4-5. 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! THE FINAL CLASS WILL BE AN ART SHOW FOR FAMILIES!

Cost: $240 + $35 Materials Fee (10 classes) Class Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14 (No Exploratories 10/31)

Go Green! (A.K.A. Environmental Engineering) – 3:05pm – 4:05pm  – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Design, create, test, and refine basic solutions related to alternative energy and environmental issues. Craft an efficient wind-powered machine and explore how it can help reduce the use of fossil fuels. Discover which materials most effectively clean up oil spills. Create littleBits® inventions that help save the environment, and much more!

Cost: $250 (10 classes) Class Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15 (No Exploratories 11/1)

Smartphone Photography Studio – 3:05pm – 4:05pm 
Elementary Terrestrials iPhone Hone!
Hone your photography skills by learning the basics and hidden tricks to using a smartphone camera. Every week we will focus on having fun learning about photography. Together we will practice using and and mastering the controls built-in to the smartphone to help you take the best photograph for what you’re trying to accomplish. Subjects to include: People, Products, Action, Landscapes, Sunsets, Close up Photography with Fruits and Flowers, Pets, Animals, and Insects, as well as the power of Story Telling with photography. Taught by professional photographer and retired educator, Graham “Mr. Gray” Becker. Students may use their own (or their family’s) phone, but having a smartphone is not a requirement.

Cost: $180 (9 classes) Class Dates: 2/23, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23. 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 (No Class 3/9, 4/13)

Woodworking – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Design it in Wood is back and we are clear for take off! You be the pilot when you build this stealthy custom flyer. Plenty of cutting, sanding, and gluing to make your plane aerodynamic. Soar with us when you add your own landing gear, after burners, thrusters or anything else you can think of! No boarding pass needed to store your belongings in the secret compartment in the fuselage. “Turn your eyes to the sky…” and register for Woodworking! Woodworking is fun, rewarding and educational. Participants take pride in creating something out of wood and feel a sense of accomplishment as they craft their project and watch it develop into something recognizable. We teach basic woodshop skills with a focus on safety. Everyone remembers woodworking! It’s all about learning and having fun!

Cost: $220 + $20 Materials Fee (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/17 (No Exploratories 10/27, 11/3, 11/10)
*Growing Outdoors
provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:15.

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Playground Plus! – 1:15pm – 2:15pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Playground Plus for 4th and 5th grade students is the ultimate playground experience. Not only will you get to play the classic playground games like dodgeball and kickball, you will also get to play, create, and build on new games, like Doctor Dodgeball, Ultimate Football, and/or Extreme Capture the Flag. In addition, we challenge our older students to set and accomplish their personal playground goals. Most importantly, this is a time to have fun on the playground and field with our friends. So, lace up your sneakers and come join us for some playground fun with other kids your age!

Cost: $135 (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/17 (No Exploratories 10/27, 11/3, 11/10)
*Growing Outdoors
provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:15.

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Fall Trimester After-School Exploratories