Growing Outdoors at MATES
Winter Trimester Registration – Now Open!
(Fall Trimester Exploratories Continue Through December 8th)

Winter Trimester Registration is Open!

Winter Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Winter Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, January 8.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-9 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 two age groups: Kindergarten and First-Fifth Grades
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.
  • If you have credit left over from the school closures in March 2020, it will apply automatically when you check out.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Winter Trimester (January 8 – March 8).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Winter Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)

Snapology: Kinderbots!  – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Build simple models using LEGO® tech bricks and learn the fundamentals of Robotic design. Discover the ways that gears and pulleys create movement while building helicopters and robotic dogs!
Cost: $190 (7 Classes) Class Dates: January 8, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 4 (No Class: January 15; February 19)

Viridian Art – Jurassic Friends! – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to Kindergarten-5th Grade students! There will be two exploratory groups: Kindergarten-1st Grade & 2nd Grade-5th Grade
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, mini sculptures, and more.
Cost: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5

Great Math Foundations: Mathnasium! – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Math games and problem solving activities so students can exercise “math muscles” and build number sense! All skill levels welcome!
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7

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Professor Egghead: Egghead Detectives! – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Something mysterious is happening at the Academy! Cookies have been snatched, trophies have been taken, a mascot is missing, a notebook has vanished into thin air, and most importantly – Professor Egghead’s prized portrait has been STOLEN! Come join the Egghead Detective Squad this session as we dust for prints, decode messages, analyze DNA, and use real forensic science techniques to crack the cases. The best part? Eggheads take everything home at the end of each class! All Eggheads will also get their Detective ID card, authorizing them to use real science to solve mysteries. At the end of the session, every Egghead will get their official Egghead Detective Degree, using science of course!
Cost: $245  (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7

Sky High Dance! – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_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! New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $195 (8 Classes) Class Dates: January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 23; March 1, 8 (No Class: February 16)

1st – 5th Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)

Snapology: Science of Superpowers!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Learn about the science behind your favorite Superheroes’ powers using LEGO® bricks and other materials. Get to know about gravity, aerodynamics, forces, motion, and much more
Cost: $190 (7 Classes) Class Dates: January 8, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 4 (No Class: January 15; February 19)

Viridian Art – Jurassic Friends!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to Kindergarten-5th Grade students! There will be two exploratory groups: Kindergarten-1st Grade & 2nd Grade-5th Grade
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, mini sculptures, and more.
Cost: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5

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KinFlow!  – 1:40pm – 2:40pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Click here to watch a KinFlow video!
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th Grade students!

KinFlow is a new and engaging mindful team sport. Based on the principles of collective flow states, KinFlow is a breath of fresh air in the world of youth sports. For more info on the field disc sport, please visit www.kinflow.com
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5

Sports Club with Coach Russell! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Coach Russell is back at MATES along with assistant coach Amanda! We will play a new sport or game out on the playground every Thursday. Sportsmanship and teamwork will be emphasized, and age-appropriate rule structures will be utilized to ensure the safety of all students. A game or sport will be introduced and then we will do some skill development and learn about the general rules as well. Then, we will play several great rounds of games!
Cost: $185 (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 6


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Woodworking: Robot Project!  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Do you like Robots? How about Woodworking? Join the Winter Woodworking exploratory as you create your very own Robot. This unique exploratory offers a hands-on experience where you get to create your own robot entirely out of wood! Our trained instructors will teach you how to cut, glue, sand, and more to be able to complete the project using the skills you learn. At the end of the session, you will add your own touches to bring your robot to life!
Cost: $240 + $45 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 6

Great Math Foundations: Mathnasium! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Math games and problem solving activities so students can exercise “math muscles” and build number sense! All skill levels welcome!
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7

 

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Professor Egghead: Egghead Detectives! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Something mysterious is happening at the Academy! Cookies have been snatched, trophies have been taken, a mascot is missing, a notebook has vanished into thin air, and most importantly – Professor Egghead’s prized portrait has been STOLEN! Come join the Egghead Detective Squad this session as we dust for prints, decode messages, analyze DNA, and use real forensic science techniques to crack the cases. The best part? Eggheads take everything home at the end of each class! All Eggheads will also get their Detective ID card, authorizing them to use real science to solve mysteries. At the end of the session, every Egghead will get their official Egghead Detective Degree, using science of course!
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7

Sky High Dance! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_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! New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $195 (8 Classes) Class Dates: January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 23; March 1, 8 (No Class: February 16)

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Glass Art Fusion!
– 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here for a neat video about Fireglass Studio!
Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, holiday ornaments, small dishes, suncatchers, and much more. Come learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $225 + $25 materials fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 23; March 1, 8 (No Class: February 16)

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Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to the credit I received when schools closed in March 2020?
All credits have been applied to their corresponding accounts on our online registration site. When you register your student, you will see the credit applied on the payment page. If you think this information is incorrect, or if you have any questions about credit, please contact Sam at 818-889-8383 ext, 701 or sam@growingoutdoors.com.
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.
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!
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. 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!
What does my exploratory tuition pay for?
There are many factors that affect Growing Outdoors exploratory prices! These might include:

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! 
  • There is a Growing Outdoors Exploratory Leader in each class! Our trained staff person is there to focus on the students’ well-being, while the Vendor or Program Specialist will handle the instruction of the activity. 
  • We are dedicated to offering the highest quality after-school programs to our families! Each exploratory has a Vendor or Program Specialist who provides specialized and exciting instruction. To make this possible, each has a fee of their own which makes up the bulk of our exploratory pricing. 
  • Each school district requires use rental fees for all indoor and outdoor exploratory locations. These fees go directly back to your school district! 

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