Just because the school bell rings doesn’t mean learning stops. Sometimes, after school is when creativity thrives. Want to find the perfect after-school activity to keep your kid engaged and active? Toledo offers plenty of places to keep young minds and bodies busy.
YMCA of Greater Toledo
With more than 10 locations, the YMCA of Greater Toledo is an easily accessible after-school destination. As the nation’s leading nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to strengthening the community while encouraging youth development and supporting a healthy lifestyle. With everything from swim lessons and health classes to family programs and child care, there is something for all ages— whether for an after-school hangout or for a family field trip. Visit website for a full list of locations.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
1600 Albon Rd. | Holland
419-491-1194 | skyzone.com/toledo
Looking for new way for your kids to burn off some energy after school? Check out Sky Zone, the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Sky Zone offers multiple trampoline playing courts and a variety of programs to encourage healthy fun. Kids of all ages are welcome and jumpers will be separated by age/size. Reservations are recommended, as jump times do sell out.
Summer hours: Noon-8pm Sunday-Thursday, Noon-11pm Friday, 10am-11pm Saturday.
Prices: $10/30-minute jump, $13/60-minute jump, $18/90-minute jump, $20/2-hour jump. *SkySocks ($2/pair) are required footwear, which can be washed and reused if in good condition. Waivers signed by the parent or guardian are required for all jumpers under 18.
2738 Shetland Rd. | 419-346-1363
Truly “a quaint farm close to home,” Rosenbloom’s Farms is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday technology, allowing children to connect with nature. The farm offers family-friendly activities and is home to horses, llamas, donkeys, barn cats, snakes, goats and bunnies— all eager for a little snuggle time with friendly kids. Providing a full farm experience for all ages, tours and events at Rosenbloom’s Farm are handicapped accessible and accommodating to those with disabilities.
Toledo Volleyball Club
2901 Key St. #2 | Maumee
419-794-4656 | toledovolleyballclub.com
Spend some time courtside learning new skills and having fun with the Toledo Volleyball Club’s (TVC) popular “in-house” leagues. Youth, Junior High and High School league teams all get to train with TVC coaches, benefit from practices and play in competitive games, including all-day events, without traveling to out-of-town tournaments. Players can also opt for private lessons, small group training, and more. To learn more about the TVC’s expansive offerings, see online.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
325 N. Michigan St.
419-259-5200 | toledolibrary.org
Find homework help, play with 3-D printers, practice with a GoPro camera, and explore the huge collection of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and more after school at the library. The homework help center offers language resources, learning-based games and puzzles, scholarly articles and more, offering the perfect place for students to get the grade. For kids who want a break from studies after school, the library’s frequent special programs provide plenty of opportunities for fun.
Phlox: An Online After-School Program for Grades 9-12
From Thinking Habitats
419-419-5115 | Thinkinghabitats.com
After-school programs are an important way to prepare for college, but not all high school students can commit to a set schedule. For college-bound high schoolers who want to prepare for college, Phlox is the perfect way to learn how to think outside the box, research effectively, problem solve, and more while benefitting from a flexible online course. For more information and to register, see online.
5327 Monroe St.
419-471-0049 | Toledoballet.org
Students can dance their way into a fun, healthy after-school activity at the Toledo Ballet. With a large variety of classes, including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, voice, acting, contemporary fusion, adult classes, pre-school dance enrichment and creative movement, and more, the Toledo Ballet has a little something for everyone. Learn more during the Fall Open House 10am-1pm, Saturday, September 10. Auditions for The Nutcracker will be held on Thursday, September 17, with a $15 audition fee. For more information, see online.
St. Ursula Academy
4025 Indian Rd. | Ottawa Hills
419-531-1693 | Toledosua.org
School might be out at 3pm, but the day is just starting for most St. Ursula Academy students. With 15 varsity sports, over 30 clubs, a yearly musical, and many other volunteer opportunities, students in grades 6-12 work hard in the classroom, on the field, on stage and in the community.
2437 Tremainsville Rd.
419-473-0999 | Minimotionsdance.com
Stretch, dance and leap into action after school at Mini Motions Dance Center, where kids have learned a variety of moves for 25 years. Ages 2 and up can boost their dance and motor skills, learning tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, ballet, and more with skilled instructors in a fun, relaxed environment. This year, Mini Motions was named #1 Dance Studio, the #1 Mom Owned Business, and the #2 Gymnastics Center by our readers in our Family Favorites.
Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2 Hippo Way
419-385-4040 | Toledozoo.org
For kids with more energy than animals, the Toledo Zoo is a perfect after school destination. Even the most energetic students will be outmatched by the 5300 animals representing 750 species at the Toledo’s award-winning zoo. New this year, kids can feed giraffes, climb on the aerial adventure course, explore the Aquarium and learn all about the animal kingdom.
1 Discovery Way | 419-244-2674
Kids can expand their minds and enjoy hands-on, educational activities at this award-winning science museum Tuesday through Sunday. Adventurous kids love the high wire bicycle tightrope, the BOYO human yo-yo, the virtual roller coaster, and other thrill-seeking attractions. With rotating exhibits, programs, workshops and special events, the Imagination Station offers enough to keep young minds curious.
Notre Dame Academy
3535 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-475-9359 | Nda.org
Athletics, arts, theater, over 30 clubs, volunteering opportunities and other extracurriculars keep Notre Dame Academy students busy before and after school. Whether girls are interested in art, participating in the Social Justice Alliance Club, acting in the fall musical, or learning a foreign language in one of the six language and culture clubs, this school offers plenty of ways to expand your horizons.