Sports, tutoring, piano lessons… we all know the ‘traditional’ after school activities. So we decided to share some out-of-the-box things your kids will love to do after school or on the weekends. But shhh… don’t tell the kids they’re learning!

6 Awesome Things to Do After School (or on the Weekends!)

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Earth Treks | Hampden | 410.759.8330 | Website

Sure, your kids have climbed a rock wall. But we guarantee it hasn’t been one like this! Earth Treks recently opened a new bouldering facility at Union Collective in Hampden. What’s bouldering? Rock climbing without a harness. Kids can learn to climb — and perhaps even more important — learn how to fall. Make it a family affair! Families can schedule an Intro to Bouldering session and learn to climb together. Day passes are $22 and a first climb includes complimentary rental gear. Kids under 13 must climb with a parent.

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S.T.E.A.M Fun

Idea Lab Kids | Columbia | 240.207.1779 | Website

Idea Lab Kids integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Art concepts into fun design-based learning environments that feel nothing like “school!” From tinkering and engineering to art to cooking class to robotics, Idea Lab Kids offers classes that all kids will love. The end goal? To help kids “rock their grey matter.” Because smart is definitely (cool).

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Master Chef

Baltimore Chef Shop | Hampden | 443.869.5121 | Website

Homemade pasta, dim sum, sushi, and more! Baltimore Chef Shop will help your mini master chef become a kitchen ninja. In addition to cooking camps, the Hampden culinary studio offers Parent- and-Me classes for kids ages 8-17 to take with their favorite adult. Class fees are all-inclusive. That means Baltimore Chef Shop provides all ingredients, equipment, aprons, and tools! If your child has a group of friends that want to take a class, consider booking a private Parent-and-Me class. (Just be sure to invite us, too, ok?)

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Rock Lessons

STAGES Music Arts | Cockeysville | 443.353.5300 | Website

Does your child secretly (or maybe not-so-secretly) binge watch America’s Got Talent or The Voice? Then enroll them in lessons at STAGES Music Arts! The state-of-the-art audio and video production, distribution, and music education facility offers a variety of instruction for kids. Kids can take private lessons, group lessons, receive rock band instruction, or learn how to write and record their own music.

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Creative Dance Moves

Towson University Community Dance | Towson | 410.704.3495 | Website

Towson University Community Dance is an extension of the university’s dance department. Their mission? To foster “Dancing for a Lifetime.” Classes are offered for ages 3 through adult. Your child (or you!) can benefit from the University’s renowned faculty and take classes in ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, or even pilates. Creative movement and dance fundamental classes are offered tor littles!

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Kids Club

Athletic Learning Center | Cockeysville | ​443. 895-4133 | Website

Looking for structured fun that’s all about physical activity? Check out Athletic Learning Center’s new Kids Club! This afternoon program is designed for preschool-aged kids and combines sports activities, cooperative play, arts activities, and more. Kids will have a chance to learn through exploration while having lots of opportunities to hone developmental skills. The drop-off program is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 PM – 2:45 PM in the fall.