Growing Outdoors Red Oak
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 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.
  • 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 12).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Playground Plus! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Playground Plus is the ultimate playground experience for Kindergarten students. As a Kindergartner, you will get to play fun and creative games! Find out how to play Doctor Dodgeball, Sharks & Minnows, Mr. Fox, and more! Each week, our games will focus on a different skill like strategy, creativity, teamwork, or sportsmanship, just to name a few. So come join us after school to play some games, make new friends, and have lots of fun!
Cost: $120 (7 classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 9 (No Class: September 7, 28; November 2)

ChemKidz!  12:45pm – 1:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Chemistry is amazing! Conduct physical and chemical experiments and learn what makes them work. Make your own desiccators and Elephant Toothpaste, grow copper sulfate crystals, and get ready for an instant snowstorm! (All reactions are done outdoors and students wear protective goggles.)
Cost: $195 (7 classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22; October 6, 13, 20; November 10 (No Class: September 29; October 27; November 3)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 12:45.

Viridian Art! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm –  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: $140 (5 classes) Class Dates: September 9, 23; October 7, 14, 21 (No Class: September 16, 30; October 28; November 4, 11)

Martial Arts – Patient Spider Session! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm –  Click here for demo videoAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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: $170 (7 classes) Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 8, 15, 22; November 12 (No Class: October 1, 29; November 5)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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A LEGO Ticket to Ride! LEGO Amusement Park – 2:35pm – 3:35pm – 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: $185 (8 classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 9 (No Class: September 7; November 2)

Woodworking – Chill Chair Project! (1st-5th Grade) – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – 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! (This class is also open to 4th-5th grade students)
Cost: $235 + $25 Supplies Fee (8 classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 10 (No Class: October 27; November 3)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

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Hip Hop Dance! (1st-5th Grade)– 1:00pm – 2:00pm – 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! (This class is also open to 4th-5th grade students)
Cost: $190 (8 classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 10 (No Class: October 27; November 3)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

TGA Lacrosse! – 2:35pm – 3:35pm – 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: $160 (6 classes) Class Dates: September 9, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21 (No Class: September 16; October 28; November 4, 11)

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Viridian Art! – 2:35pm – 3:35pm – 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: $165 (6 classes) Class Dates: September 9, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21 (No Class: September 16; October 28; November 4, 11)

Martial Arts – Patient Spider Session! – 2:35pm – 3:35pm – Click here for demo videoAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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: $185 (8 classes) Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22; November 12 (No Class: October 29; November 5)

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Academic Chess! – 2:35pm – 3:35pm– 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: $170 (8 classes) Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22; November 12 (No Class: October 29; November 5)

4th & 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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LEXT Robo Academy – Battle Bots! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Students make autonomous LEGO robots with the goal of pushing their opponents off a round competitor’s ring! Robots are equipped with sensors and innovative attachments that help your bot outsmart and out-maneuver your opponent. Students work together in teams of 2-3 and use teamwork and communication to build their autonomous robots!
Cost: $195 (8 classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 9 (No Class: September 7; November 2)

Woodworking – Chill Chair Project! (1st-5th Grade) 1:00pm – 2:00pm –  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! (This class is also open to 1st-3rd grade students)

Cost: $235 + $25 Supplies Fee (8 classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 10 (No Class: October 27; November 3)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

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Hip Hop Dance (1st-5th Grade) – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – 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! (This class is also open to 1st-3rd grade students)
Cost: $190 (8 classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 10 (No Class: October 27; November 3)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

TGA Lacrosse! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm 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: $160 (6 classes) Class Dates: September 9, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21 (No Class: September 16; October 28; November 4, 11)

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Viridian Art! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm 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: $165 (6 classes) Class Dates: September 9, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21 (No Class: September 16; October 28; November 4, 11)

Academic Chess! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – 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: $170 (8 classes) Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22; November 12 (No Class: October 29; November 5)

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Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to the credit 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 lunch period at the lunch tables; Growing Outdoors staff will be there to supervise. At 1:00 we get the afternoon fun started! Kindergarten will get started a little earlier at 12:45 and will eat lunch under our supervision in their own yard.
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 release them to the care of 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 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!
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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