The Hippo


May 28, 2020








Extracurricular Fun
Where kids can find afterschool adventure

By Kelly Sennott

Extracurriculars can provide a sense of purpose, for the kid who likes science and joins a robotics club, or for the wallflower who finds a way to expresses himself through a pencil or paintbrush. They give kids a chance to make friends with others who have the same interests. And they can even be good for the moms and dads, who can use the time to take a break or meet other parents. So take a look, and try something new this year. 

• Beck’s Art Express (Mill House, 5 Pine St., Nashua, 781-910-3438, offers private and small-group lessons throughout the school year on art of all forms, from clay and paper maiche to oil pastels and drawing. Come for “Family Art” for ages 2-5 Mondays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for six weeks ($54, start date TBD) or “Arty Smarties” on Wednesdays, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. ($60, start date TBD). Beck’s Arts Express also offers small-group after-school classes ($14 per week; classes last an hour and 15 minutes), where students work individually on projects ranging from watercolors to charcoal and clay, Mondays at 4 and 5:15 p.m., Tuesdays at 4 and 5:15 p.m., Wednesdays at 4 and 5:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:45 and 11 a.m.
• Currier Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 122, hosts fall classes that last five to 10 weeks, depending on the course. The fall classes span from Oct. 1 through Dec. 8. Day classes are available for students younger than 6, and after-school classes are offered in the evenings, covering media such as clay, painting, drawing, fibers and photography. Classes meet once a week, and tuition ranges from $185 to $285 for the entire year. Teens can participate in longer classes, most of which meet for about two hours and go into more depth.
• E.W. Poore Frame Shop & Art Gallery (775 Canal St., Manchester, 622-3802) offers classes for artists (and beginners) of all ages. Kids classes include “Art Group” for ages 6 and 7, which meets Saturdays, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., starting Sept. 15 (six weeks, $60); and “Drawing & Painting,” for kids ages 8 through 14, Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., or Saturdays, 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. (starts Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, four weeks, $64).
• Kimball Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St., Concord, 225-3932, offers art classes for kids, ages 8 through 12, starting the week of Sept. 17. Classes include “Introduction to Drawing” (Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 17 through Nov. 5, $220, grades 4 through 6); “The Vessel” (Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30, Sept. 19 through Nov. 7, children 8 through 12, $220); “Fun with Clay” (Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 20 through Nov. 15, children 8 through 12, $220); “Animal Adventures” (Tuesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 18 through Nov. 6, children 7 through 10, $220); and “Exploring Paint-Exploring watercolor, acrylic and oil paints” (Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 20 through Nov. 6, children 11 through 13, $220).
• New Hampshire Institute of Art (148 Concord St., Manchester, 866-241-4918) hosts a number of classes, workshops and intensives available for ages 15 and older. Courses those in ceramics, graphic design, metalsmithing, jewelry, painting, photography, etc. Visit for the course catalog.
• Sharon Arts Center (Art Exhibition Gallery, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, 924-7256, offers youth programs (for kids 13 and younger), family workshops and teen programs in professional development, clay, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry/metal, painting, photo/digital and print/mixed media/sculpture. Youth programs start artists out as young as 2 in parent/child art classes. Fall session begins in September. Tuition prices start at about $95, and most classes last six or seven weeks. Visit for times and prices.
• Talk Paper Scissors (575 S. Willow St., Suite 211, Manchester, 669-8009) has classes and workshops for kids that teach art journaling, card making, collage, jewelry, decorative lampshades, scrapbooking, mosaic serving tray and quilling. Classes are for groups of three or more at a time that fits scheduling. Most range in price from $12 to $30 per class.
Dance and Yoga
• Allegro Dance Academy (100 Factory St., Nashua, 886-7989, starts kids out at age 2 and accommodates kids who want to move, tap, ballet dance, or partake in jazz, lyrical, tap, modern dance. There are also musical theater and stretch & strength classes for dancers looking to improve flexibility, stamina and strength. The dance academy also has a personal training facility where parents can work out while they wait. Call for prices.
• Bedford Dance Center (172 Route 101, Bedford Village Shoppes, Bedford, 472-5141, Classes include pre-ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, hip-hop and modern. Weekly classes range in price from $40 to $51.40 per month, depending on class duration.
• The Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, is designed for both serious and recreational dancers, with programs for kids as young as 2 years old. Monthly fees are about $51.30 per month, which includes one hourly class each week. Students can learn ballet, jazz, theatre jazz, hip-hop or lyrical dance, or they can partake in “Stretch and Strength.”
• Capital City Dance Center (128-J Hall St., Concord,, 228-2012) offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pre-pointe, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop. There’s an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
• CKC Dance Academy (198 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 622-4252, offers classes in pre-dance, pre-ballet/ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, lyrical, pointe modern and zumba. Call for prices.
• Concord Dance Academy (26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, Dancers can begin as young as 2 years old. Fall programs begin Sept. 17. Classes teach tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip-hop, karate and more.  Tuition starts at $50 per month (for one class). Sibling discounts are available.
• Creative Dance Workshop of Bow (3 Robinson Road, Unit B2, Bow, 225-7711, offers classes in African dance, ballet, combo, contemporary funk, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, pointe/pre-pointe, tap and Scottish Highland. Call for schedules and prices.
• Dance Studio of Manchester (669-1929, welcomes all to a Fall Open House on Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 25, 9:30-11 a.m. Mom and Tot classes are available for youngsters, as are pre-dance, ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, lyrical hip-hop, jazz and contemporary dance classes. Call or attend the open house for pricing.
• The Dancing Corner (23 Main St., Nashua, 889-7658, offers classes that run from September through June, with classes in pre-dance, combo jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater, company, hip-hop, lyrical, tap and more. Tuition is based on a 35-week schedule. Tuition starts at $95 per session.
• Dimensions in Dance (575 S. Willow St., Manchester, 668-4196, offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, zumba, pointe, acro-jazz (a combination of jazz and gymnastics), partnering, tapping and more. Tuition starts at $38 per month (for weekly half-hour lessons). Each year, the company puts on a full-length production at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
• Gate City Ballet and Dance Center (125 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-0011, offers classes in “Creative Movement” (ages 2-3, $48 per month, half-hour class); “Pre-Ballet” (ages 3-6, $48 per month, 45-minute weekly ballet classes); and leveled classes. Electives are $50 per month each or $35 per month each when combined with ballet curriculum, and can include pointe, kidz, funk, jazz, hip-hop, stretch & strengthen, break dancing, contemporary/lyrical and modern.
• Londonderry Dance Academy (21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 432-0032) offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap and more. The academy hosts an open house for fall registration on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Monday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. The first day of classes is Thursday, Aug. 30. Private classes are also available.
• McKenna Dance Center (30 Henniker St., Unit 4, Concord, 706-0589, starts dancers at age 2 and older for ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and cheerleading classes. Tuition is about $25 per month.
• Miss Kelsey’s Dance Studio (351 Chester Road, Auburn; 2626 Brown Ave., Manchester, 606-2820, teaches kids ages 18 months and older. Open house dates are Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (with a free ZumbaAtomic class at noon); Monday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, and cover jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, zumba, lyrical and musical theater. Tuition is $40 per month for weekly half-hour lessons. Visit
• Moving Spirit-the Center for Yoga, Dance and Wellness (32 DW Highway, Merrimack, 886-7308, offers yoga for kids as young as 18 months. Kids will learn basic postures and movements that build strength, coordination, flexibility and balance through Creative Kids Yoga. Call for tuition prices.
• New Hampshire School of Ballet (183 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, Hooksett, 668-5330, opens for its first week of fall classes on Monday, Sept. 10. The school teaches students ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling and adagio (partnering) classes.
• Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Center (36 Arlington St., Nashua, 889-8404, offers classes in tap, jazz, ballet, repertoire, contemporary and pointe. Future community projects are in the works; holiday Nutcracker will be presented on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at the Keefe Auditorium in Nashua.
• N-Step Dance Center (1134 Hooksett Road, Hooksett; 641-6787, offers a number of programs for beginning and advanced dancers, starting with “Tiny Tots” and moving into tumbling, predance, Kindercombo, tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, break dancing and hip-hop/break dancing. Weekly classes start at $55 per month.
• Paper Moon Dance (studios in Amherst, Nashua and Concord, 429-1100), hosts classes, private lessons and dance parties, teaching beginner, bronze and silver ballroom dance classes.
• Petit Palillon School of Ballet (39 Green St., Concord, 746-2990, has an open house on Monday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m., and the first day of classes is on Friday, Sept. 10. Classes in ballet, pointe and modern are offered for kids ages 6 and older, and “Creative Movement” is offered for kids ages 4 and 5. Tuition is $48 per year for weekly class.
• Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater (Englewood Park, 19 Harvey Road, Bedford, 625-9272, starts classes for kids as young as 2 years old and offers ballet, jazz, hip-hip, modern/contemporary dance and tap. Tuition is $118 for weekly one-hour class (bimonthly tuition, divided in five equal payments throughout the school year). The company is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet, which presents three major productions each year, including The Nutcracker.
• Turning Pointe Center of Dance (371 Pembroke St., Pembroke, 485-8710, offers a monthly rate of $45 per weekly class. The studio offers private and group lessons of ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical/contemporary dance, a performance team, tap, pre-ballet, hip-hop and adult dance. The performance team focuses on learning choreography to perform at community events. There’s an open house on Thursday, Aug 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.
• Yoga Sanctuary (25 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 537-0588, has yoga classes for teens. This class teaches basic yoga postures and posture flows to help improve flexibility, strength and focus, and encourages a sense of peace and balance.
• Flipz Gymnastics (134 Hall St., Concord 224-3223) offers gymnastics classes for all ages and abilities. Drop-in registration is $18 per class, first class is free.
• Granite State Gymnastics (71 River Road, Bow, 228-8424, 35 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 935-9816, instructs girls and boys of all ages, Monday through Saturday. Basic skills are taught for beginning levels, such as bars, beam vault, floor tumbling and dance elements. Older, more advanced gymnasts can join a competitive team, as well. The gym also has a competitive trampoline team and all competitive equipment.
• Gym-Ken Gymnastics (184 Rockingham Road, Windham, 434-9060, offers classes in 10-week sessions in “Bouncing Babies,” “Tiny Tots,” “Tumbling Tikes,” “Rolling Rascals,” and “Kinder Kidz.” Open gyms for all ages are also open specific Saturdays throughout the school year. For kids, toddler through grade school.
• Gymnastics Village (13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst, 889-8092, provides instruction for both boys and girls ages 18 months through teen. Programs begin with the basic fundamentals of movement, and they proceed to the highest level of gymnastics training. Classes are held in four-week sessions, beginning Thursday, Aug. 30.
• Kelly’s Gymnastics (10 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-9821, offers recreational and team gymnastics. Beginner classes are intended for kids ages 5 through 11, and intermediate classes are for children who have mastered the basic skills of the beginner class and are ready for the longer 1½-hour class, offered in monthly periods.
• Nashua School of Gymnastics (30 Pond St., Nashua, 880-4927, offers parent/toddler classes for ages 18 months to 3 years, a preschool class (ages 3-4, 4-5, 5-6), a recreational class (ages 6 and older), a boys’ class and recreational and tumbling classes for older gymnasts. Sessions are nine or 10 weeks long.
• New England Gymnastics Training Center (5 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 880-8482, offers classes in eight-week periods ($125), for parent and tot classes (45-minute co-ed class for ages 1-3), preschool (one-hour co-ed class for ages 3 through 5), recreational (one-hour class for boys and girls ages 6 and older), cheer tumbling, private lessons ($40 per hour) and team gymnastics.
• Spectrum Gymnastics Academy (26 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-8388, offers a “Little Munchkins” class (for ages 3½ and younger, for parents and tots), a “Kinderkiddies” class (ages 5 and 6), a “Tumble-Tot” class (ages 3½ to 4½) and a “Jumping Jacks” class for kids ages 4½ to 5½. There are also programs for school-aged kids. Continuous enrollment. Classes are $63 per month.
• Tumble Town Gymnastics Academy (26 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-8388, has classes for preschoolers, school-aged kids, a “Top Tots” Pre Team, a USAG Level 4-8 gymnastics team and USAG XCEL Prep Optional Gymnastics team. The gym offers a complimentary class to potential or new students. Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.
• Voter’s Dance and Gymnastics (13-15 Delaware Drive, Salem, 893-5190) offers a Tiny Tumblers class, a preschool class (for girls and boys 3 through 5 years old), a recreational gymnastics program for girls grades K-12, and All Stars PreTeam team.
Horseback riding
• Apple Tree Farm (Hollis, 465-9592, offers private and small groups lessons for beginner riders. Lessons focus on dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, offered Tuesday through Saturday. Private lessons are $55 per hour, and group lessons are $155 per month. The farm has a saddle club, which is open to new and old ATF riders of any age to test skills with new achievement levels. Leasing options are also available.
• Gelinas Farm (471 4th Range Road, Pembroke, 225-7024, offers private lessons and clinics and group lessons.
• Lucky 7 Stables (154 Litchfield Road, Londonderry, 432-3076) is a full-service horseback riding stable offering guided Western horseback trail riding, full horse boarding and horseback riding lessons. Lessons are offered seven days a week, year round, by appointment, for ½-hour and one-hour sessions. lessons range in price from $25 to $45 per hour, depending on lesson type. Lessons are for ages 3 and older.
• Perry Hill Farm (32 Perry Road, Bedford, 471-2929, has after-school riding lessons, tailored to meet the needs of each student. Half-hour lessons are $40, and one-hour lessons are $60 (which are strongly recommended for beginning riders). Pony rides are $15. Students are required to commit at least one lesson a week. Call to register.
• Rock Hill Stable (104 Pelham Road, Hudson, 321-5628,, offers training services for young and green horses, and lessons for beginner through advanced, hunt seat, saddle seat and western. Lessons include brushing, tack up and horse safety, as well. Lessons are $30 for a half hour, $40 for an hour. Discounts available to families with multiple children.
• Sport Nature Riding and Recreation Center (40 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 236-2132,, offers hunter and jumper lessons for all ages and abilities. Prices are $50 per ½-hour private lesson, $40 per 60-minute group lesson. “Pony Lover’s” package is also available for beginner children ages 4 through 9, which offers one month’s worth (one lesson per week) of lessons for the discounted rate of $150. Leasing options are also available.
Martial arts
• Averill’s Martial Arts Academy (3 N. Main St., Concord, 223-0300, offers a mixed curriculum of martial arts built around the fundamentals of each discipline (kickboxing, grappling and traditional martial arts). Kids classes, for boys and girls ages 7 through 12, are Tuesday and Thursday, at 4 p.m. Beginner and advanced levels are available. There are also youth programs available (for ages 12 through 15) in boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and Gong fu.
•  Capital City Tae Kwon Do  (78 Fisherville Road, Concord, 227-0555, has an after-school program for children — the van will pick up kids at Beaver Meadow School and Penacook Elementary School, and students will learn good sportsmanship along with the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit). There are beginner (ages 5 through 12) classes, adult classes (ages 13 and older) and advanced classes (green/blue through junior black belt).
•  Koryu Uchinadi (15 Londonderry Road, Londonderry, 552-0589, offers Ko-ryu Kids youth classes, which meet at various times throughout the week, depending on the belt. Call for fees and details.
• Manchester Karate Studio  (5324 Bridge St., Manchester, 296-1120, has programs for kids, divided by ages 4 through 6 and kids ages 7 through 12. The studio offers children a free trial class, for opportunity to meet instructors and try out martial arts.
• Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do (, 270 Amory St., Manchester) offers traditional and concentrated workout classes throughout the week. Call 668-1813 for details.
• MLK Self-Defense Academy (138 Wayne St., Manchester) has a “Kickin’ Kids” program, which is divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups; a “Little Ninjas” program and a preschoolers’ “Little Dragons” program. Each program aims to teach martial arts and life skills, such as focus, control, teamwork, fitness, discipline, balance, memory and coordination.
• Morning Star Martial Arts (307 Elm St., Milford, 654-7701, offers a “Tiger Kids” program designed for ages 4 through 6, which meets once a week for 30 minutes; a “Juniors” program, for kids ages 7 through 14, and an adult program, with is appropriate for teens.
• Salem Self Defense Center  (224 N. Broadway, Salem, 890-3412, has a “Tots” program for children ages 4 through 6, which helps students refine gross and fine motor skills, as well as respect, self-control and concentration; the “Kids” program is for kids ages 7 and older. Teens can join groups like Krav Maga or Intro to Fight, which are for both teens and adults.
• Sidekick Taekwondo (10 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 434-4300, offers a “Tigers” kids program designed for kids ages 6 through 12. Black Belt instructors help children develop athletic abilities, self-awareness and respect, teaching blocking, kicking, punching, forms, board breaking and controlled sparring. Kids classes meet Monday through Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m.
• Taoist Arts Center (472 Amherst St., Unit 15, Nashua, 943-5806, offers classes for younger students, the “Tiger & Dragon” program for ages 4 and 5, a children’s program for ages 6 through 9 and a juniors program for ages 10 through 12.
• Terry Dow’s Academy of Martial Arts (200 Elm St., Manchester, 591-6546, has children’s programs, all of which are taught by chief instructor Terry Dow.
• Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self-Defense (143 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 889-4165; 1 Winn Ave., Hudson, 577-4560; 1338 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 641-3444; 20 Hammond Road, Milford, 672-2100, has a beginners’ fitness program for kids, which will help them develop focus, improve strength, and learn basic skills. Tokyo Joe’s kids’ programs are divided into “Little Panthers” for ages 3 and 4; “Little Dragons,” for ages 5 and 6; “Juniors,” for ages 7 through 12; and Teens, for ages 13 through 17. Class offerings and schedules are different at each location.
• Amy Conley Music (Nashua, Manchester, Milford, Merrimack, 249-9560, offers 45-minute classes in 10-week sessions, for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (and their parents), beginning Sept. 15. Classes are $105-$185.
• Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St., Concord, 228-1196, offers programs for all ages, including early childhood programs. “Music and movement” is open to all children 6 months to 7 years old, and feature programs like “Bouncing Babies,” “Singers, Stompers and Drummers,” and “Sing, Dance an Paint,” for 45 minutes each week. The school also offers a violin class (for kids starting at age 4), a percussion class (for ages 6 through 8), a recorder class (for ages 5 through 8) and vocal classes for ages 5 through 8. Chorus is available to kids of all ages (The Purple Finches for grades K-8, Teen Vocal Ensemble for grades 9 through 12), as are piano, fiddle and other instrumental instruction. Instruction is paid in 16-week periods, and group classes are $110-$156, depending on the class. Individual instruction is also available (prices start at $652).
• Leddy Center for the Performing Arts  (38c Ladd’s Lane, Epping, 679-2781, offers voice and piano lessons Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 3 p.m. for ages 6 through adult; brass and woodwind instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school; and guitar and bass lessons on Mondays and Thursdays after 3 p.m., and musical theater lessons. Classes run for 30 weeks and begin the week of Sept. 10. Tuition is $21 per 30-minute lesson, $31.50 per 45-minute lesson. The lessons conclude with an end-of-the-year recital.
• The Lidman Music Studio (419 Amherst St., Suite 2B, Nashua, 882-5456, features individualized instruction for the violin, viola and piano for kids of all ages. Classes are held weekly and cost $95 to $190 per month, depending on the duration of each lesson.
• Londonderry Piano (20 N. Broadway, Salem, 1-800-820-8845, offers piano, guitar, drum voice, trumpet and bass lessons for everyone ages 3 and older.  Group lessons are also available.
• Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester, 644-4548, comprises of music lessons and ensembles for all ages, including Suzuki violin, piano and flute programs, early childhood classes, a music technology lab and recording studio, a music therapy program four orchestras, a jazz ensemble, a wind ensemble, concert band, community band, after-school programs and more. Private lessons are also available: a six-lesson trial costs $199. Private lessons are available in woodwinds, brass, percussion, jazz piano, harp, strings, violin, cello, viola, piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, music theory, composition and voice. Lessons begin Sept. 6, and private, year-long tuition starts at $1,415 (for the full year). Financial aid is also available.
• Manchester Music Mill (377 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8022, has lessons in guitar, bass, drums, woodwind and keyboard. Tuition is $20 per week for half-hour lesson. All lessons are private. Email
• Mavro Music School (15 Olde Towne Road, Auburn, 483-5779) teaches lessons in piano, guitar, drums and electric base. The teachers meet with students (ages 7 and older)  for one half-hour each week, and lessons are $20 per lesson. Call or email mavromusicstudio@gmail.
• Music Together Portsmouth (95 Albany St., No. 9, Portsmouth, offers mixed-aged classes, with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. These weekly, 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement and instrument play. Tuition is $175 per child for 10 weeks. Classes begin Sept. 17.
• Nashua Community Music School (5 Pine St. Ext., Nashua, 881-7030, has a children’s choir (for grades 2-5, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $70), a flute choir, jazz band, trash talk percussion ensemble and African drumming classes. There are also “Harmony Road” classes, which involve ear training, singing and keyboard playing. Classes begin the week of Sept. 14. Tuition is around $70-$170, depending on the program and duration (as durations vary).
• New Hampshire School of the Scottish Arts (, 227-0207, Manchester, Concord, Exeter, Rindge, Nashua and Bow) has classes for kids in fiddle, piping, drumming and penny whistle. Prices are $30 per hour or $20 per half hour.
•  New Hampshire Pipes & Drums (, 42 Shaw Hill Road, Andover, 648-2110) holds an open house at St. Benedict Academy on Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to learn about the bagpipe, meet band members, and try it out. Information about lessons available.
• Suzuki Violin Studio (890 Valley St., Manchester, 668-7664) offers group and individual lessons in violin, guitar and cello. Call for prices.
• Ted Herbert Music School (922 Elm St., Manchester, 669-9191, offers classes in brass, drum, guitar/bass, piano, keyboard, string, vocal and woodwind. Call for prices.
• TLP Music School (1 Bryce Drive, Merrimack, 424-4116, offers voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwind and brass instrument lessons. These weekly private lessons cost $135 per month per half-hour, $250 per month for weekly one-hour lessons. Family and multi-instrument rates are available, as well.
• West Brothers Music (Amherst, Londonderry, Nashua; Tewksbury, Mass.; 438-1903, offers private lessons in piano, guitar, bass, drums, bagpipes and the penny whistle, and group sessions include vocal harmony, jazz ensemble and Celtic music. Group lesson tuition is $30 per session per meeting, and are open to all ages.
• Amoskeag Fishways (6 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-3474, offers a number of after-school, weekend and homeschool programs throughout the year. There are various family programs to attend throughout the year, as well, including “Family Friday Nights,” which are $5 per family, and Fishways Fundays (for children ages 4 and 5, accompanied by an adult, $5 per family).
• Beaver Brook Nature Association (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, is a nonprofit that offers a number of nature programs for both kids and adults. Programs cover everything from tracking animals during the fall and winter to identifying plants, flowers and bugs outdoors. Family campfires, races, trails and programming for all ages are also available. Program costs vary.
• Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America (571 Holt Ave., Manchester, 625-6431, offers information on both Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs throughout the state.
• Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford, 472-4724, offers farm camps, tours ($5 per tour), horsemanship lessons and educational programs throughout the year on sustainable agriculture.
• Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (1 Commerce Drive, Bedford, 627-4158, Visit the site or contact the main office to find out about programs available. Levels include the Daisies (K-1), the Brownies (grades 2-3), the Cadettes (grades 6-8), the Seniors (grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (grades 11-12).
• NH Audubon Center (Massabesic, 16 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045,; McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909) offers a number of educational and outdoor events throughout the year. Events and activities range from learning about lizards and snakes, owls and eagles, to snowshoeing, tracking animals and learning about animal habitats. Event admission prices vary.
• Amherst Recreation Department (4 Cross Road, Amherst, 673-6248, offers basketball, softball and soccer.
• Amherst Soccer Club ( offers a Tots program, an Early Development program, an “Upper Club,” part of the Granite State Youth Soccer League. Players have three practices and a jamboree each week.
• Bedford Basketball League (471-9273, encourages a safe, fun learning environment for players of all abilities and promotes development of athletic skills character, sportsmanship and teamwork through participation, with six different leagues for girls and boys, travel, biddy and recreational basketball for ages 1-12. Registration for the first and second grade division is $55 per player, and $75 per player afterward. (Travel team registration fees are an additional $175.) Call 471-9273 or email
• Concord Recreation Department (1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, offers most sports for Concord residents, including a field hockey league (grades 2 through 5, Sunday, Sept. 9, through Oct. 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Rollins Park, $55); soccer (Saturdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, for grades 1 through 6, $45 each); Tae Kwon Do (for ages 5 through adult, $54); yoga for kids (Wednesdays, Sept. 12, through Oct. 17, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., for grades K through 2, at the Green Street Community Center Canteen, $68); and Tennis (Wednesdays, Sept. 5 through Oct. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. for ages 8 through 10, $45). Co-ed high school soccer leagues are for players not in other leagues who wish to continue to play; games are Sept. 9 through Oct. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., and registration is $55.
• Concord Sports Center (2 Whitney Road, Concord, 224-1655, offers fall baseball, softball, flag football. In the winter, there are player development programs for soccer players. The center offers Advanced Throwing Velocity workshops with Matt Tupman, for ages 9 through 18, which meets three times a week throughout November ($125 per player); private baseball and softball instruction ($30 per athlete in group settings, for 60 minutes); and a youth flag football league (Nov. 4 through Dec. 16, $95 per player). The Lady Cannons Fall Softball League also begins this fall ($195 per player), which is open to players 9 through 12 years old.
• Conway Ice Arena  (5 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 595-2400, has public skating, a Learn to Skate program (Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:10 a.m., Wednesdays 5:20 to 5 p.m., Thursdays 1:30 to 2:10 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 to 10:10 a.m., and Saturdays 10:20 to 11 a.m.), which is once a week and costs $109 for an eight-week session. Classes meet once a week and begin the week of Sept. 4. The Learn to Play Hockey program is Sept. 25 through Dec. 16, which is for girls and boys ages 5 through 9. (Cost is $259 for the 12-week session.) Freestyle figure skating is also available.
• Derry Soccer Club ( has recreational in-town teams, the Derry Hawks, which has a U6 through a U18 division. The season begins on Saturday, Sept. 8, and ends on Nov. 10 for U8 and U10 teams. Registration is $75. In the spring, competitive players can try out for the Eagles travel teams.
• FieldHouse Sports (12 Tallwood Drive, Bow, 226-4646, is an indoor sports facility that offers soccer. Programs include Little & Mini Striker clinics, which begin Saturday, Sept. 15. Six-week clinics. Call for prices.
• Granite State Figure Skating Club ( skates at the Tri-Town Ice Arena. Skaters can partake in the Learn to Skate programs or use the freestyle ice, which costs $13 per hour. Contact 270-1022 or email for Learn to Skate lesson fees.
• Hampshire Hills (50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, offers aquatic fitness programs, basketball clinics, wall climbing, and FAST, or “Fun After School Times,” an alternative to “conventional” after-school programs. Transportation is available from local elementary schools, and the program runs from after school until 6 p.m. Call for pricing.
•  The Icenter (60 Lowell Road, Salem, 893-4448, offers beginner and advanced hockey programs and basic skills skating lessons, on Saturdays for ages 3 and older. Registration is $250 and includes 14 weeks of lessons.
• Manchester East Soccer League ( has intra-league (ages 4 to 18) and inter-league (ages 12 to 18) programs. Register online.
• Manchester North Soccer League ( has more than 50 teams in the U6 to U19 divisions. The league has open registration for the fall season. Registration is $80 per player, with a family maximum of $160. There’s also a MNSL Jr. program for 4-year-olds, which will be held concurrently with the fall league. Practices begin the last week of August.
• Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association (, West Side Arena) has Learn to Skate programs, for boys and girls ages 4 through 8, which begins Sept. 28 and ends Dec. 23 (registration is $175). The Learn to Play Hockey program is also Sept. 28 through Dec. 23, and also costs $175, for boys and girls ages 4 through 8.
• Milford Community Athletic Association (673-8888, organizes baseball, basketball, soccer and softball teams.
• NH Sportsplex (68 Technology Drive, Bedford, 641-1313, hosts youth and adult soccer, flag football, T-ball, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, baseball and more. Child development soccer, T-ball and lacrosse programs are available, as are youth development soccer, lacrosse, football, ice hockey, field hockey and baseball training programs. The fall session of Lil Kickers and T-ball begins one week after Labor Day.
• Seacoast Fencing Club (Carriage Hill Building, 261 N. Main St., Rochester, 330-3223; 271 Wilson Road, Manchester, 621-0000, holds beginner and advanced fencing classes for kids. Beginner classes include one-hour weekly sessions for nine weeks. Cost is $195, which includes use of needed equipment. Call 428-7040. There are also group classes in intermediate and advanced levels.
• Southern New Hampshire Fins Swim Team is at the Boys & Girls Club of Nashua (47 Grand Ave., Nashua) and provides a program in competitive swimming for children and young adults. The season lasts from September to March, and the team participates in both the NH Swim Association League and the USA Swimming league. Practices are held before school weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. New swimmer tryouts andevaluations will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in Nashua. The are options for swimmers of various ages and levels. Non-refundable $100 per swimmer registration fee due at the first practice. Email
• The Acting Loft (670 N. Commercial St., Manchester, 666-5999, offers acting lessons for kids (age 3 and older) and teens. All classes run for 10 weeks. Camps are also offered during school vacation weeks. Call for pricing.
• Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, offers workshops and classes for beginning performers, with multiple levels. Starting at age 5, kids can hone and develop performing skills through training in acting, dance and voice, with the goal to combine song, dance and voice to produce believable characterizations. Classes include “Performance Classes” (ages 7 and older), “Performance Explorers” (ages 4-6), “Actor’s Workshop” (ages 13 and older), “Creative Actors” (ages 4-6), “Acting I Imagination Travelers” (ages 6-8) and “Imaginative Actors” (ages 9-12). Tuition is $60-$85 per month.
• Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (922 Elm St., Suite 315, Manchester, 669-7460) offers weekly classes in acting, musical theater dance, Glee Club choirs and more. Classes are open to ages 4 through 19, and tuitions range from $50 to $100. Private lessons in voice, piano and audition preparation are also available. Visit
• Milford Area Players ( performs two to three productions each season at the Amato Theater (56 Mont Vernon Way, Milford).
• Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, has youth and teen theater, and holds auditions for its teen and apprentice companies (ages 12 through 18) twice each year. The Palace Youth Theatre also offers classes, workshops and youth productions.
• Peacock Players (14 Court St., Nashua, 889-2330, presents a number of youth productions each year. Auditions for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and this year’s Les Miserables production will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, and Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Other afterschool programs
• Boys & Girls Club of Manchester (555 Union St., Manchester, 625-5982, offers programs and activities within the arts, character and leadership development, education, health/life skills, and fitness/recreation. Before- and after-school programs are available for grades 1-5 at the Union Street Clubhouse.
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (47 Grand Ave., Nashua, 883-0523, offers a number of clubs, councils and groups for girls and boys ages 5 to 18. The focus is in providing a safe place to learn and grow. Programs are in education and career development, character and leadership development, health and life skills, sports fitness and recreation and the cultural arts.
• Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley (56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, helps members, up to age 18, develop core skills of health, character development, education, fitness and arts through clubs and activities that involve  tutoring, games, photography, sports, leadership programs and support groups. Home of the Amato Theater, the Boys & Girls Club provides an outlet for kids who want to take to the stage. After-school programs, vacation camps, summer day camps, etc. are also available.
• Concord Boys & Girls Club (55 Bradley St., Concord, 224-1061, offers programs that involve education and career development (including tutoring and homework assistance), leadership and community service opportunities, health and life skills, arts, sports/recreation and technology. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 6 p.m., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school year. All sites provide age-appropriate programing for older and younger youth in separate program areas.
• Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, has after-school programs and camps, with services in education and career assistance, art, health and life skills, technology, sports, recreation and leadership. There’s a 15:1 staff ratio, and while the program is open to kids of all ages, older teens are encouraged to participate in their senior program, junior staff program, basketball leagues or community services activities.
• For Kids Who Cook (16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry, 591-5918, offers cooking classes in this Derry studio for ages 3 to 18, with classes corresponding to ages. Classes for children ages 3 through 5 meet for one hour per week (about $16 per class). Teen classes will experiment with flavor in making international cuisines and vegetarian dishes in 1½-hour classes. For teen classes, prices vary.
• NH Lego League (Goffstown, offers five-week after-school program is for students grades 1 through 6, and a Master Builders program for ages 6 through 14. The programs are designed to help kids share their passion for Lego blocks in a group setting. Fees start at $50 per year and include access to four member meetings each month during the school year.
• RoboTech Center (31 Taggart Drive, Nashua, 888-6102, offers courses on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. starting Sept. 15 for grades K through 8. For kids who like competing in Lego League challenges — they’ll build robots that can do missions. Tuition is $199 through Nov. 3.
• YMCA of Greater Manchester (branches in Manchester, Goffstown, Londonderry and Strafford, offers a wide variety of before- and after-school programs for kids, including cooking, science exploration, drama and dancing, sports and arts and crafts. After-school enrichment programs for kids grades K-5 are $59-$73 in the downtown Manchester location, but program times and offerings vary with location. Aquatics, dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, karate, fencing, tennis, etc., may also be offered at some locations.
• YMCA of Greater Nashua (branches in Nashua and Merrimack, provides child-care services for preschool, kindergarten and school-age children (up to sixth grade).

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