Growing Outdoors Returns to MATES!
Registration Has Closed – Exploratories Start Next Week!

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, September 20th.
  • Exploratories will meet 9-10 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 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 applied automatically when you check out.

Registration for the Fall Trimester Closed on Wednesday, 9/15

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 20 – December 10).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Viridian Art  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm –  Click here to view 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 drawings, watercolors, acrylic, polymer clay, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Into the Desert – Desert Animals!”
Cost: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6 (No Class – October 18; November 22)

 Engineering with LEGOs – Adventures in STEM! – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Trains, Helicopters, and Treehouses. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas!
Cost: $220 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7 (No Class – October 19; November 23)

 

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TGA Golf  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7 (No Class – October 19; November 23)

Yoga and Meditation with Miss Julie  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view 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: $200 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8 (No Class – October 20, November 24)

TGA Lacrosse  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9 (No Class – October 21; November 11, 25)

Hip Hop Dance!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to ROCK! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun, physical activity that encourages self expression through music and movement. This is a performance-based class, designed to help students gain confidence and self esteem. We teach age-appropriate dance routines to pop music and classics from the past! We put on a rockin’ performance in costumes on the last day for family and friends to enjoy!
Cost: $200 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10 (No Class – October 22, November 26)

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

Viridian Art  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view 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 drawings, watercolors, acrylic, polymer clay, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Into the Desert – Desert Animals!”
Cost: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6 (No Class – October 18; November 22)

Engineering with LEGOs – STEM Explorations!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – 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: Gear Cars, Merry-Go-Rounds, and Tower Cranes. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas.
Cost: $220 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7 (No Class – October 19; November 23)

 

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TGA Golf  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7 (No Class – October 19; November 23)

Yoga and Meditation with Miss Julie  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view 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: $200 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8 (No Class – October 20, November 24)

 

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Woodworking – Chill Chair Project  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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. 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: $260 + $35 Supplies Fee (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8 (No Class – October 20, November 24)

Academic Chess  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view 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:  September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9 (No Class – October 21; November 11, 25)

 

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TGA Lacrosse  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $225  (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9 (No Class – October 21; November 11, 25)

Hip Hop Dance!  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to ROCK! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun, physical activity that encourages self expression through music and movement. This is a performance-based class, designed to help students gain confidence and self esteem. We teach age-appropriate dance routines to pop music and classics from the past! We put on a rockin’ performance in costumes on the last day for family and friends to enjoy!
Cost: $200 (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10 (No Class – October 22, November 26)

 

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Glass Art Fusion  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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: $230 + $35 Supplies Fee (10 Classes) Class Dates:  September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10 (No Class – October 22, November 26)

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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 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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