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After School in Minneapolis Northwest

The kids are back in school! What a relief. But with a new school there are new worries, one of the biggest being what should your kids do after school? Whether you work until 5pm or just want your kids to get some extra homework help or more time socializing, there are lots of programs to choose from. Find one that works for you and your children!



This is a unique, mobile program offered at schools and other community locations in Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, New Hope, Plymouth, and Champlin and offers new and varied art mediums and a multi-cultural curriculum. With the help of instructors, students learn how to draw and create original works of art. KidzArt offers a nurturing, safe, non-competitive environment, easy-to-learn drawing techniques, focus exercises, a no mistake philosophy that allows students to think outside the box, techniques to relax through art, and so much more. KidzArt believes that anyone can create art, they give your children new skills, increase your child’s confidence, and lets your kids experiment with new and exciting art materials. For more information on classes and prices go to their website.


Children’s Learning Adventure


“Where learning is the greatest adventure of all”. With a still new location in Maple Grover, this is childcare like you’ve never seen it before. With a variety of programs, including after-school, your child will have the opportunity to learn in specialized classrooms like “Imagination Island”, “Laboratory Lagoon”, a multimedia room, “Picture Paradise” with a mock TV studio, “Nature’s Nook”, “Reading Reef”, and beyond. Children’s learning adventure offers private Kindergarten, transportation to and from local elementary schools, and gives parents detailed reports on their child’s activities and progress. For more information or to plan a visit:


Kid Zone After-School


Zanewood Recreation Center in Brooklyn Park provides homework help, healthy snacks, and recreational activities for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. The program is Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., but they also provide Out of School Time (OST) programs that follows Osseo School District 279’s non-school days and breaks. Teen programs are also available. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information or to register:


BCS United (Formerly 21st Century)


As the recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant, Brooklyn Center is able to provide a variety of before, and after-school programs. Programs are offered Monday-Friday and include: AM Homework Club, Sr. High Homework Lab, Math Homework Lab, tutoring, a media center, Karate Club, B-Boys & B-Girls, Screen Printing, and more. There are licensed teachers available to help each day for tutoring and homework help. To see the calendar of activities and choose some for your child, check out the website.


Maple Grove Elementary PTA


Offered through third part services, the Maple Grove Elementary PTA offers a nice variety of before and after-school programs to keep your kids engaged and learning. They have pottery & ceramic workshops, Photography classes, Kindergarten and 1st grade Spanish, American Sign Language, and Abrakadoodle, an after school art class. For dates, price and registration information click here.


Brooklyns Connect


This one isn’t a specific program, rather it is a tool that helps you located quality youth programs in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. You can search with keywords, address, type of program, cost, gender, languages, dates, and more. Try it for yourself at:

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