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Local After School Activity Guide for the New School Year

Check out this list of activities for kids as the new year starts.

Elementary schools, junior highs and high schools aren't the only learning institutions reopening for the fall. Around town, plenty of local places offer extracurricular activities to children and adults to supplement one's academics.

Martial Arts

Japan Karate Association of Stony Brook. Classes here are instructed by Masatka Mori and Mano Dallas who teach students traditional Shotokan Karate. Every semester a new beginners class is held or new students may join throughout the year at the discretion of the instructor. Classes are held at Stony Brook University's indoor sport complex on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Crino's Martial Arts. Located at 2460 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook, this martial arts studio teaches students Hawaiian Kempo Jutsu/Jiu Jitsu and self defense. They offer children's and adult's programs for children as young as 3 years old. The studio also offers Koga classes.

 LI Traditional Tae Kwon Do Center. LI Traditional Tae Kwon Do Center offers children's classes for children of all ages. They also offer martial arts classes for children with special needs for children ages 4-16 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Lead instructor SaBumNim Walter Vendura is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is also certified special education teacher.

Villari's Martial Arts & Fitness Center. Villari's Martial Arts center teaches a variety of karate classes six days a week for children of all ages as well as adults. They also hold tournaments on a regional and national level.


Silver Stars Gymnastics. Silver Stars Gymnastics offers classes for children of all ages including Mommy & Me classes, toddler and junior classes. After school they offer cheer tumbling and a variety of classes for gymnastic skill levels. They also have daily open gym hours.

My Gym. This gym offers a variety of classes from Mommy & Me gym time to karate classes for school aged children. Their website provides a full listing of the classes they offer as well as a schedule of times and days. Classes run from 9am-6pm providing for convenient scheduling for busy parents.

Dance Studios

Spotlight Dance Academy. Spotlight Dance Academy offers a wide variety of classes for children as young as 4 years old. Some of the classes they offer include Broadway Baby, introduction to dance, hip hop, jazz, classical ballet, lyrical and tap. The fall schedule is now available on their website.

Shine Dance Studio. Classes are offered at this dance studio for children as young as a year all the way through adults. From classical ballet to tap they offer a large variety of classes. Shine Dance Studio also offers musical theater, pom and cheer classes as well.

Chance to Dance. Students as young as two-and-a-half can enjoy combo classes, which combine basic dance steps with fun music and activities. Classes are offered in tap, hip hop, musical theater, jazz, contemporary/modern, ballet, pointe, and lyrical for both children and adults.

Stony Brook University's Center for Dance, Music, and Somatic Learning. A newly established program open to the public, the Center offers an introductory class for children ages 5-7 and a variety of classes for older children and adults. Classes begin Sept. 20 for 12-week sessions.

Academic Activities, Movies & More

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. Emma S. Clark Memorial Library offers a wide variety of programs for children and teens. Some teen programs include Knit for a Cause, Get Ready to Babysit, Harry Potter trivia night and Battle of the Books. Children programs that are offered include story time, Friday Night at the Movies, Leaf Rubbing and other education programs. Check out the library's website for a full list of programs and registration information.


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