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Winter Trimester Exploratories are Happening Now!

Winter Trimester Registration CLOSED on December 29th

Winter Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Winter Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, January 3rd.
  • 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 3 – March 4).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Winter Trimester
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Yoga & Meditation with Miss Julie!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm –  Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each week children will learn age appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $140 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  January 3, 10, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28 (No Class: December 20, 27; January 17; February 21)

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Viridian Art – Winter Wonderland!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm –  Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come learn real fine art skills taught by talented and experienced Viridian Art instructors. Create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, including drawing, watercolors, acrylic painting, sculpting, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Magical Winter Wonderland!”
Cost: $175 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  January 3, 10, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28 (No Class: December 20, 27; January 17; February 21)

Minecraft Engineering with LEGO – 1:30pm – 2:45pm (75 minute exploratory) – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in Kindergarten-1st Grade*

Venture into the world of Minecraft in our unique LEGO® experience. Get ready to build your base, craft your tools, use your Minecart to harvest raw resources, and battle to stop the Ender Dragon from ending the world. Come explore the endless possibilities of LEGO® with a trained Play-Well instructor.
Cost: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1 (No Class: December 21, 28)

Super Soccer Stars!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through an age-specific curriculum, soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace while having a blast!
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2 (No Class: December 22, 29)

Sky High Dance  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring youth to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every dancer’s confidence. Our class is open to all students of ALL LEVELS! 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: $180 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3 (No Class: December 23, 30)

Detective Science with Professor Egghead!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_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: $200 (8 Classes) Class Dates:  January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4 (No Class: December 24, 31; February 18)

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

Yoga & Meditation with Miss Julie!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each week children will learn age appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $140 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  January 3, 10, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28 (No Class: December 20, 27; January 17; February 21)

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Viridian Art – Winter Wonderland!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come learn real fine art skills taught by talented and experienced Viridian Art instructors. Create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, including drawing, watercolors, acrylic painting, sculpting, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Magical Winter Wonderland!”
Cost: $175 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  January 3, 10, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28 (No Class: December 20, 27; January 17; February 21)

Minecraft Engineering with LEGO – 1:30pm – 2:45pm (75 minute exploratory) – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in Kindergarten-1st Grade*
Venture into the world of Minecraft in our unique LEGO® experience. Get ready to build your base, craft your tools, use your Minecart to harvest raw resources, and battle to stop the Ender Dragon from ending the world. Come explore the endless possibilities of LEGO® with a trained Play-Well instructor.
Cost: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1 (No Class: December 21, 28)

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Minecraft Master Engineering with LEGO – 1:30pm – 2:45pm (75 minute exploratory)- Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 2nd-5th Grade*
Bring your favorite Minecraft adventures to life with our enthusiastic Play-Well instructors. In a Minecraft world powered by LEGO® resources, we will build shelters to keep out Creepers, craft mystical items that only true masters can wield, and perfect our crossbow skills to stop the Wither from taking over! If you can imagine it, we can build it.
Cost: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1 (No Class: December 21, 28)

 

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TGA Tennis  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus! Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program. Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student-athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1 (No Class: December 21, 28)

Super Soccer Stars!  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through an age-specific curriculum, soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace while having a blast!
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2 (No Class: December 22, 29)

 

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Academic Chess  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
We are 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 the chess club receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook, prizes for good sportsmanship and participate in the “BIG TOURNAMENT” on the last day where all kids take home a prize! New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $180 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2 (No Class: December 22, 29)

Sky High Dance  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring youth to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every dancer’s confidence. Our class is open to all students of ALL LEVELS! 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: $180 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3 (No Class: December 23, 30)

Glass Art Fusion -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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Growing Outdoors and Fireglass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program this fall! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass art and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, wall art, pendants, and much more.​ Come learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $185 + $35 Supplies Fee (8 Classes) Class Dates:  January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4 (No Class: December 24, 31; February 18)

 

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Woodworking – Windmill Project!  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Whoosh… whoosh… whoosh – can you hear that? That’s the sound of windmill sails spinning in the breeze! Windmills have been used for centuries to convert wind power to energy, grinding wheat and grain to make flour, pumping water out of the earth surface, and even sending electricity to our homes! In this after-school woodworking class, you’ll get to make your own windmill model out of wood, complete with spinning blades and hidden compartments inside. Trained instructors teach students how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more, and at the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your windmill one of a kind!
Cost: $210 + $35 Supplies Fee (8 Classes) Class Dates:  January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4 (No Class: December 24, 31; February 18)

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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Covid-19 Procedures for Growing Outdoors?

All exploratories will take place outside, and only during inclement weather will we move indoors for that day of class. Indoors or outdoors, all students, instructors, and Growing Outdoors staff will wear masks while near each other and participating in our programs. Students may step away from the group for a “mask break” at any time, and are welcome to drink water whenever they like.

In order for Growing Outdoors to be back on campus, we have agreed to follow all rules and regulations regarding Covid that has been put in place by district, county, and public health officials. Under this guidance, any student who is under “quarantine” or “modified quarantine” is not permitted to participate in Growing Outdoors exploratories until they have been released from quarantine by their school.

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 Alec at 818-889-8383 ext, 704 or alec@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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