Youth (5-10 yrs) Fall Programs

Chess

  • Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov. 
  • No class on half days or when school is not in session.

Chess Club Before & After School with Silver Knights Chess

Learn how to play chess from highly rated professional chess instructors, who have coached many state and national champions! Time is evenly split between lesson and play. Lessons range from learning the rules to advanced tournament strategies. Open to all levels. Play time is structured to pair against opponent of similar skill. All chess supplies provided.

Chess Wizards Before & After School

Want to learn chess in a fun, engaging and interactive way? Curriculum
is designed by teachers and comedians to impart many benefits – critical thinking, sportsmanship and learning from our mistakes in a challenging and exciting way. In addition to lessons and traditional gameplay, variations of chess games are incorporated to build teamwork and improve logic, planning, discipline, judgment and self-control. All skill levels welcome and are grouped accordingly for lessons and game-play.

Cooking

  • Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.
  • No class on half days or when school is not in session.

I’m the Chef Too After School - The Playful Chef

Come get creative with your food! Take fruits, veggies and protein-packed dishes and transform them into food art! Use kitchen tools to create animals, faces and more. Bring your imagination to bring your artwork to life!

I’m the Chef Too After School - The Culinary Chemist

Grab a beaker, pick up a whisk, and get ready to cook up chemistry! Using ingredients as our tools, measure, weigh, combine, and mix your way through the kitchen. Discover atoms, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, and polymers!

I’m the Chef Too After School - Baking Around the World

Take your taste buds on tour while learning about geography, history, and world culture! Learn to make delicious global goodies and pastries from various countries while mastering core techniques of baking.

I’m the Chef Too After School -  The Creative Kitchen

Get inspired by creativity and out-of-the box thinking while exploring edible STEAM creations! Learn through inquiry-based learning; create edible arts & crafts and interactive cake designs; use what you learn to whip up your own recipes!

Crafts & Fine Arts

  • Abrakadoodle Art Info: Cindy Ochs, 410-313-4681 or cochs@howardcountymd.gov.
  • KidzArt Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov. 
  • No class on half days or when school is not in session.

Abrakadoodle Art After School

Class is about fun and creativity! Use your imagination while using a variety of materials such as wire, clay, and more. Explore artists, techniques, and world cultures! Session 1 - America the Beautiful: Travel the USA through paints, watercolors, oil pastels and more! Paint Midwest landscapes, California redwoods, D.C. monuments and more! Learn how artists Helen Chellin and Lee Kelly are inspired by their states. Session 2 - Wow Effects: What kind of story does your artwork tell? Give artwork a WOW effect! Explore soft, colorful impressions with chalk pastels, bold impressions with Pop Art design, sculpt with model magic and bring those sculptures to life.

KidzArt After School

Enjoy a fun, unique, confidence-building art experience. This drawing-based curriculum delivers engaging and educationally rich, creative experiences that amaze and delight. Create a masterpiece each week. Explore artist-grade mediums (Prismacolor ArtStix, oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoal, watercolor, clay, copper, textured papers and more)! Bring a nut-free snack to be eaten while supervised between school dismissal and class.

Dance

  • Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

Dance Basics for Boys by Kinetics Dance

Enjoy an intro to dance and tap skills designed for boys. Learn basic ballet steps, build loco motor skills and learn to develop rhythmic patterns using imagery and themes such as animals, superheroes, outer space and more! All children must have a parent/guardian on the premises while in class.

Beginning Princess Ballet: Rhythm & Steps

Dance with scarves to the music of your favorite princesses. This class combines basic ballet steps with the imagination of creative movement and helps dancers establish basic skills in locomotion, imagination and music appreciation. Leotard, tights and leather ballet shoes (no satin slippers) required.

All That Jazz & Tap by Kinetics Dance Theatre

In this co-ed class, discover tempo, balance, strength, and style through tap and jazz dance technique. Groove to the music while learning about rhythm in this beginner-level class that balances fun with learning. No experience is required. Wear comfortable clothing; tap and jazz shoes required.

Ballet/Jazz After School by Cindee Velle Ballet

This 90-minute dance class introduces basic barre exercises: leg, feet and arm positions and first forms of classic center work. The jazz portion includes contemporary movement from a range of American dance styles such as Broadway, lyrical and funk. Girls, wear black leotard, pink tights & ballet shoes (leather or canvas) and black jazz shoes. Boys, wear white t-shirt, black shorts or sweat pants, black ballet shoes (leather or canvas) & jazz shoes.

Back Beats with Nysia Carter

This fast-paced, high-energy, hip-hop class emphasizes body isolation movements, intricate rhythms and individual expression. Come learn basic hip-hop, popping and break dancing techniques to develop your own unique style. Wear comfortable clothes. Sneakers required.

Language

  • Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov. 

Spanish After School

Learn Spanish as you explore the culture and traditions in Spanish speaking countries. Enjoy playing games, singing songs, reading poems, and creating crafts. Classes taught by native speakers that are engaging, fun and motivating.

Music & Theater Arts

Music 

  • Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

Learn Now Music

The mission is “to create a positive, musical experience for all of our students!” Enjoy musical instruction and theory. Enjoy musical games, special extension curriculum based activities, musical listening excerpts, and more! You may borrow a rental instrument and materials throughout each session at no cost.

Learn Now Music After School

The mission is “to create a positive, musical experience for all of our students!” Enjoy musical instruction and theory. Enjoy musical games, special extension curriculum based activities, musical listening excerpts, and more! You may borrow a rental instrument and materials throughout each session at no cost.

Creative Songwriting at Olenka School of Music

Can you read and hear music written on paper first, just like Mozart did? Speak, read and write in the language of music by generating, exploring and developing ideas into original compositions. Learn to build your own melodies in a variety of styles with accompanying lyrics. Prior music experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Guitar Beginners at Olenka School of Music

Learn music as a universal language: speaking, reading and writing in music will help you to play guitar, improvise melodies and add chords. Bring your own guitar or rent one for $25. No previous music experience necessary.

Vocal Starz with Olenka School of Music

Voice is our first musical instrument! The approach of learning music as a language will start a great music foundation for vocal technique. Beginner vocalists will share their love of singing in a fun, engaging and collaborative environment. No prior vocal training required.

 

Theater

  • Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.
  • Complete schedules: www.howardcountymd.gov/drama

Beginning Acting: Tales of the Snow Queen by DLC

“Let it Go!” Enjoy this beginning acting class with beloved characters coming to life on stage. Learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as you work as part of a theatrical team. Program meets weekly for 6 classes, 2 evening dress rehearsals, and 2 performances.

Musical Theatre: Disney’s Aladdin Kids
by Drama Learning Center

It’s a “whole new world”! Learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as you work as part of a theatrical team. Program meets weekly for 8 classes, 2 evening dress rehearsals, and an evening performance.

Elf Jr! Drama After School by CCTA

Join Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities case him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to NYC to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Join us as we take on this comedic misadventure! Students, learn the fundamentals of musical theater including choreography, character development and stage direction. The program culminates with a full stage production complete with theatrical sets, lighting, costumes and sound! At the final class, a 7pm
performance for friends and family ends the season. Students, eat a snack while supervised between school dismissal and when class begins.

Greatest Showman Drama Showcase After
School by Drama Learning Center

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for! Come let your creativity shine. Session culminates in a short showcase performance, complete with circus-style flair! No class on half days or when school is not in session. Six classes with an evening performance at the end of the 6th class.

Home School Musical Theatre:
Disney’s Frozen Jr! by DLC

If the cold never bothered you anyway, be a part of this exciting area premiere as the characters in Arendelle comes to life on the DLC stage. Learn and improve singing, dancing and acting skills as they work as part of a theatrical team. Program meets for 9 classes, 5 dress rehearsals, and 2 performances.

On Stage: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. by Drama Learning Center

It’s a whole new world! Learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as you work as part of a theatrical team. Program meets weekly for 10 classes after school, 3 evening dress rehearsals, and an evening final performance.

On Stage: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. by Drama Learning Center

In a magical kingdom under the sea, come act with Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, and friends. Learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as you work as part of a theatrical team. Program meets weekly for 10 classes after school, 3 evening dress rehearsals, and an evening performance.

Drama Production Class: Disney’s Frozen Jr! by Drama Learning Center

If the cold never bothered you anyway, be a part of this exciting area premiere as the characters of Arendelle come to life on the DLC stage. Learn and improve your singing, dancing and acting skills as you work as part of a theatrical team. Program meets for 10 classes, 5 dress rehearsals, and 2 evening performance.

Personal Development & Enrichment

  • Info: Scott Corning, scorning@howardcountymd.gov (unless otherwise noted).

Manners to Grow On

Children’s manners say a lot about them and polite children are successful in school and in later life. Make sure your child knows how to greet people, look people in the eye, and be kind to others. In this one-hour class, your child will learn how to confidently and kindly present themselves when at play and at school.

Magic (and Life Skills) After School with Mike Perrello

Learn dozens of magic tricks. Receive custom magic props and take-home lessons. This program is open to anyone (whether or not you’ve studied magic with Mike). Professional magician Mike Perrello has specialized in educational programs for over 15 years. Info: www.mdMagicAcademy.com or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

Manners 101

Learn essential social skills through this fun and interactive program. Build leadership and confidence; practice shaking hands, greeting people, making eye contact, holding doors, and much more. Learn social nuances like when it is polite to sit, stand, and offer your seat to another.

School's Out Programs

Cooking

School’s Out I’m the Chef Too!

Winter Break - I’m The Chef Too

 

Crafts & Fine Arts

School’s Out Workshop with KidzArt!

School is out, but the fun continues with KidzArt Workshops! Come engage your imagination in a whole new way! Our format allows you to learn fine art techniques while encouraging creative thinking in a relaxed environment. KidzArtists explore a variety of artist grade materials through exciting drawings and 3D projects from popular summer camps. Breaks for snack, lunch and active play included too! Bring an apron, smock or wear old clothes.

 

Drama

School’s Out Drama Workshops - DLC

Join us for a day of drama-themed fun with arts & crafts also!

Winter Break Drama Workshops: Star Wars Jedi

Training Camp with Drama Learning Center Enjoy new drama-themed fun, arts, and crafts. Show parents and friends what you learned with a performance that concludes each day.

 

LEGO® / Science & Technology

Bricks4Kidz LEGO® School’s Out

School is out and we’re open for play! Topics vary and include the popular LEGO® themes of Extreme Gaming, Movie Mixup, Brick Zoology and Building is Awesome - Emmet’s Wild Adventure! Activities take place indoors.

Play-Well TEK: Winter Wonderland with LEGO®

Apply engineering, architecture, creativity and fun to create a magical Winter Wonderland! Build motorized contraptions (ex: snowmobiles & gondolas). Create a hilltop village with slopes for our LEGO® skiers and sledders. Design and build with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®!

Schools Out TECH Scientific Workshops

Science & Technology

  • Before & After School Programs: There are not classes on school half days or when school is not in session.
  • Programs listed by youngest age, then alphabetical.

NEW! 3D Printing After School - My Neighborhood with Idea Lab

This course introduces you to 3D printing and design. Design and print your favorite pieces of your neighborhood. Design parks, houses and even stores that are popular in their communities. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

Play-Well TEK: After School Intro to STEM with LEGO®

Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course. Info: William Banks, wbanks@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4721.

Bricks4Kidz LEGO® After School: Gadgets & Contraptions

Learn, build and play! There is nothing more fun that building a cool LEGO® model that does something! Each week, build a new model that spins, grabs, draws, and mystifies! Along the way, learn about the art and history of toys and games. Info: www.bricks4kidz.com/ellicottcity-md or Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov.

Bricks4Kidz LEGO® After School: Simple Machines

Let’s learn about simple machines! The basic difference between man and animals is our mastery of tools. We have taken simple machines
and utilized them to make our work easier, and more efficient. Discuss the six types of simple machines and how we have advanced them into the tools we use today. Each week build a cool LEGO model. Info: www.bricks4kidz.com/ellicottcity-md or Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov.

Bricks4Kidz LEGO® After School: Super Hero Science

Dust off those capes, little scientists! During this cool new session we will pull the science concepts from our favorite super hero stories. Each week, we will learn the real science behind the cool powers and gadgets of our favorite heroes and build an awesome LEGO model to go with it! Bricks4Kidz is a STEM-based program that teaches science and technology concepts using LEGO® bricks. Info: www.bricks4kidz.com/ellicottcity-md or Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov.

NEW! LEGO® Animal Explorer with Club SciKidz

Use LEGO® WeDo to create different animals. Travel to sub-Saharan Africa and build and program roaring lions. Explore ponds and build different frogs. Take to the air with the flying bird. Navigate the Northern Pacific Coast and create sea lions. Once you’ve built it, bring it to life using the WeDo computer program! Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

Little Medical School - Calling Future Doctors!

Aspiring little docs, come scrub in, glove up and immerse in the fascinating world of medicine over hours of interactive instruction. Become engaged and inspired as you discover how to use common doctor’s tools, learn how the heart, lungs, and digestive system work, practice tying knots like a real surgeon and so much more! Listen to a heartbeat using your own personal working stethoscope! Come role play, work with models, develop skills, draw, think critically and creatively, and most importantly... learn! At the end of each course, enjoy a fun graduation ceremony and receive a diploma as a graduate of the Little Medical School! Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov.

Little Veterinarian School - ABCs of Dog Care

Enjoy unparalleled opportunities to immerse ourself in the fascinating world of veterinary medicine! Begin by adopting a stuffed puppy, that you take home at the end of the course. Aspiring little vets, learn how to examine dogs and assess their health, how to treat common illnesses, and deliver immunizations. Learn about ticks and other common problems among pets. Your even learn some basic suturing skills! At the end of the course, we celebrate our little vet’s achievements in a fun graduation ceremony, where they will receive a diploma as a graduate of the Little Veterinarian School! Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov.

Science Club After School with Club SciKidz

Session 1 The Dough Lab: Come learn how to create all kinds of fun doughs and gain some science concepts! Experiments include Properties of Cloud Dough, Fizzy Egg Dough, Outer Space Cosmic Dough, and more. All doughs are taken home to continue learning/exploration. Session 2 Elementary Science Olympiad: Ten signature Science Olympiad events including Aerodynamics, Bottle Music, Don’t Bug Me, Gummi Bear Long Jump, Metric Mastery, Monster Match, Operation Egg Drop, Rock Hound, Straw Tower, and Write It Do It. Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

The Places You’ll Go with LEGO® with Club SciKidz

We always have places to go and with this new LEGO® WeDo class, we have lots of options on how to get there! If you have a need for speed, the dragster build is for you. More of a “by sea” person? Enjoy building and programing a boat. Looking to take to the air? Create an airplane and a helicopter. Enjoy tweaking the design and making it your very own creation. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

Animation using Minecraft with C3 Cyber Club

Come learn how characters move and look alive in movies and video games! Enjoy an intro in basic 2D and 3D animation techniques using Minecraft characters and stages. Expand your perception, observation, and timing skills while exercising your imagination and storytelling by studying motion in reality; then applying it to animation. Learn how animators work by completing a variety of short animation exercises and projects. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

Game Design & Production with C3 Cyber Club

Class is specifically designed to cultivate interest in game design, multimedia art, engineering, programming, and more! See how professional games are made. Use basic 3D geometry to create your own video game level. Create puzzles and challenges using jump pads, elevators, lava, and more! Acquire computer skills, mathematics, creativity and basic problem-solving skills. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

Robotics Club Before School with Silver Knights

Learn to explore robotics with confidence in this fun and engaging class using LEGO WeDo 2.0. LEGO WeDo 2.0 is a hands-on activity that combines the LEGO® brick, child-friendly software, and engaging projects which inspire children to explore the world of robotics. Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov.

Coding Club Before School with Silver Knights

Learn to create stories, games, and animations using a visual programming language called Scratch. It’s as easy to use as snapping together building blocks! With Scratch, children learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Projects like mazes and platform games make learning logic, coding, and animation fun and creative! Our curriculum teaches new coders the basics while challenging more experienced coders to create increasingly complex programs. Silver Knights provides a laptop for every child. Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or scorning@howardcountymd.gov.

NEW! Battle Royale After School with BlackRocket Productions

Make your first Fortnite® style video game! Instead of playing the game, design your own! Using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular games. Course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Your created games are available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

LEGO® Mindstorms Rescue Missions with Club SciKidz

Use LEGO® EV3 with Mindstorms software to build a rescue bot! Learn how to build a rescue bot and program different sensors to complete different rescue missions! Drive your bot into danger and pick up needed supplies. Add different attachments, motors and sensors to your rescue bot to ensure the missions are completed. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

LEGO® Mindstorms with Club SciKidz

Use LEGO® NXT with Mindstorms software to create different projects. Create a robot guitar, robot catapult and robot bumper car! Learn how to program the brain of the robot to perform different functions. Focus on multiple builds and different sensors. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4721 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.