Growing Outdoors Brookside
Fall Trimester Programs are Happening Now!

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Wednesday, September 8th.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-9 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into three age groups: Kindergarten, First – Third Grades, Fourth – 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, 9/1

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 8 – November 11).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Martial Arts  – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here for demo video

*This exploratory has been cancelled. We apologize for this disappointing news. We hope that you’ll take a look at our remaining exploratory options for your child!

YOUNG NINJAS: PATIENT SPIDER
For eons, people of the world recoiled in fear at the sight of a spider. But the truth, a spider’s greatest skill is its patience. To earn your YELLOW headband, you must display great PATIENCE, just like a spider. Young Ninjas is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-contact setting. KI-YAH!
Cost: $145  (6 Classes) Class Dates:  9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8  (No Class – 9/6, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1)

Yoga & Meditation – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – 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: $160  (7 classes) Class Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9 (No Class – 9/7; 10/5; 11/2)

Hip Hop Dance! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – 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: $120  (5 classes) Class Dates:   9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, 10/21  (No Class: 9/16, 10/7, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Martial Arts – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here for demo videoAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

*This exploratory has been cancelled. We apologize for this disappointing news. We hope that you’ll take a look at our remaining exploratory options for your child!

YOUNG NINJAS: PATIENT SPIDER
For eons, people of the world recoiled in fear at the sight of a spider. But the truth, a spider’s greatest skill is its patience. To earn your YELLOW headband, you must display great PATIENCE, just like a spider. Young Ninjas is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-contact setting. KI-YAH!
Cost: $165  (7 classes) Class Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8 (No Class: 9/6, 10/11, 11/1)

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LEGOs A Ticket to Ride 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Learn about the history and mechanics of favorite amusement park rides in this imaginative unit. Students will construct a Ferris Wheel, Carousel Swing, Tilt a Whirl, Loop de Loop ride, Swing Boat ride, Merry Go Round, and more! Lessons incorporate principles of physics, described in a way children can understand, such as “G-force” inertia and momentum, as well as math concepts such as “there are 360 degrees in a circle”. These engaging lessons will give students an understanding of the physical forces they experience every day.
Cost: $165  (7 classes) Class Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8 (No Class: 9/6, 10/11, 11/1)

Glass Art Fusion  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors is proud to offer a unique art enrichment program for students! During the 9 week workshop, you’ll learn about the amazing world of fused glass art and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as holiday decorations, candle holders, wall art, pendants, and much more. Each workshop teaches students how to cut, shape, and form glass – skills which can be combined with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint, and more!
Cost: $195 + $35 (Supplies Fee)  (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9,  (No Class: 9/7, 11/2)

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Yoga & Meditation – 2:40pm – 3:40pm- 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: $180  (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9,  (No Class: 9/7, 11/2)

Academic Chess – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – 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! Children participating in Academic Chess will be broken up into groups based on age and experience.
Cost: $180 (8 classes) Class Dates:  9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/10,  (No Class- 10/27, 11/3)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Golf – 1:10pm – 2:10pm- 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: $220  (8 classes) Class Dates:  9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/10,  (No Class- 10/27, 11/3)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Also known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. Computers will be available for students who have online homework to complete. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.
(On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after Academic Chess or Golf!)
Cost: $95 (50 minutes – 8 classes) Class Dates:  9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/10,  (No Class- 10/27, 11/3)

Hip Hop Dance!2:40pm – 3:40pm– 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: $140 (6 classes) Class Dates: 9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 (No Class: 9/16, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11)

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WoodWorking – Chill Chair – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – 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: $175 + $25 (Supplies Fee) (6 classes) Class Dates: 9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21  (No Class: 9/16, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11)

4th & 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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GO Game Play! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
GO Gameplay for 4th and 5th grade students is the ultimate games experience. Each week, we’ll play games that focus on building specific skills like strategy, teamwork, and communication just to name a few. You’ll get to play the classic recess games like dodgeball and kickball, but you’ll also get to create and play new and different versions of games like Ultimate Football or Extreme Capture the Flag. In addition, we challenge our older students to set and accomplish personal goals as we all work together to build our skills. Most importantly, this is a time to have fun with our friends. So, lace up your sneakers and come join us for some playground fun with other kids your age!
Cost: $120 (7 Classes) Class Dates:   9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, (No Class – 9/6, 10/11, 11/1

Glass Art Fusion – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click 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: $195 + $35 (Supplies Fee) (8 Classes) Class Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28,  10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9 (No Class – 9/7; 11/2)

Academic Chess – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – 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! Children participating in Academic Chess will be broken up into groups based on age and experience.
Cost: $180 (8 classes) Class Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/10 (No Class: 10/27, 11/3)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Golf – 1:10pm – 2:10pm- 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: $220 (8 classes) Class Dates:  9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/10 (No Class- 10/27, 11/3)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Formerly known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. Computers will be available for students who have online homework to complete. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.

(On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after LEGOs: Energy is Everywhere or Volleyball!)
Cost: $95 (50 minutes – 8 classes) Class Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 11/10 (No Class- 10/27, 11/3)

WoodWorking – Chill Chair – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – 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: $175 + $25 (Supplies Fee) (6 classes) Class Dates:   9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21  (No Class: 9/16; 10/28; 11/4, 11/11)

Additional ONLINE Options For 4th-5th Graders:
Registration Extended to September 11!

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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.

Why aren’t Discovery Kindergarten (DK) exploratories offered?

Great Question. Because DK class release times are earlier than Kindergarten and are not consistent with the rest of our programming times, we have limited space and staff on campus to supervise and support a DK program at this time. We hope to meet your child next year as they enter Kindergarten!

What happens on Wednesdays after school gets out before the exploratories begin?
Great question! After school gets out on Wednesdays and before our exploratories begin, there is a 25 minute window of time where Growing Outdoors provides lunch supervision on the quad. At 1:10 our staff gathers all of the students enrolled in our programs and gets the afternoon fun started!
What happens if my child participates in Club Oak Park?

At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in Club Oak Park from their exploratory to the appropriate location and transfer their care to the Club Oak Park staff.

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 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. 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!
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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