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After School Special
Your guide to fall programs, from art and theater to sports, martial arts and more

08/18/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Back to school also means the return of all kinds of after-school activities. There’s a little something for everybody, from art and theater to sports teams, martial arts, dance and more.

 
Art
Beck’s Art Express (89 Amherst St., Unit 25, Nashua, 566-1393, artsexpressnh.com) offers various art classes involving drawing, painting, clay and more, beginning Sept. 19. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The cost for small group lessons is $15 per class. The cost for the eight-week programs ranges from $112 to $144.
Currier Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org/art-center) offers a variety of youth art classes, which include painting, drawing, sculpting, cartooning, photography and mixed media, beginning Sept. 19. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Programs are available in five-week, six-week and nine-week sessions. The cost for classes ranges from $90 to $340.
E.W. Poore Frame Shop & Art Gallery (775 Canal St., Manchester, 622-3802, ewpoore.com) offers drawing and painting classes beginning Sept. 17. Classes are available for kids ages 8 through 14 and are held on Saturday. The cost is $108 for a six-week program with one two-hour class per week. Materials are included.
Kimball-Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St., Concord, 225-3932, kimballjenkins.com) offers a variety of introductory youth art classes, which include drawing, clay sculpting, cartooning, pottery wheel throwing, and more, beginning Sept. 19. Classes are available for kids ages 8 and up and are held on Monday through Thursday. The cost for an eight-week class ranges from $175 to $220, depending on the type of art.
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Retail Gallery (98 Main St., Nashua, 595-8233, nhcrafts.org/nashua) offers fall workshops, including zentangle, rug hooking, beadweaving and more, beginning in September, as well as year-round classes, open to ages 12 and up. See website for schedule. Workshop costs range from $20 to $72.
Paint pARTy (63 Range Road, Suite 104, Windham, 898-8800, paintpartynh.com) offers youth fine art classes, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids in grades 1 through 12 and are held Monday through Thursday. The cost is $90 for a four-week program with one 90-minute class per week. All the supplies needed are included.
The Refrigerator Door (7 Chestnut Drive, Bedford, 781-8944, refrigeratordoor.org) offers various after-school art classes as well as Sunshine Generation, a performing group where kids will learn music techniques, choreography and performance etiquette. Programs are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 15. Call for cost details.
Studio 550 Art Center (550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, 550arts.com) offers a variety of art classes, including either pottery and clay sculpture or mixed media arts, at the beginning of each month starting Sept. 6. Classes are open to ages 7 to 13 and are split by age. Each session runs for four weeks, with classes meeting once per week for one hour. The cost is $60 per session per child.
Susan Clement’s Art Studio (46 Townhouse Road, Suncook, 661-9306, susanclementsartstudio.com) offers beginner and intermediate drawing and oil painting classes, beginning Aug. 27. Classes are available for ages 7 to 17 and are held Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Classes are limited to four students. Call for cost details.
Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis, 465-9453, wildsalamander.com) offers various youth art classes and clubs, beginning Sept. 13. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and typically run for six weeks. Call for schedule and cost details.
 
Dance
Ameri-kids Baton Twirling Studio (501 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack; 1181 Hooksett Road, Hooksett; 351 Chester Road, Auburn, 391-2254, ameri-kids.org) offers baton and dance in recreational and competitive programs, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids ages 4 and up and are held on Monday at the Merrimack location and Thursday at the Auburn location. A special new introductory course in baton will be held at the Hooksett location on Tuesday. Call for cost details.
Bedford Dance Center (172 Route 101, Bedford, 472-5141, bedforddancecenter.com) offers classes in ballet, pointe, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and tap dance programs, as well as private lessons, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $42 to $54 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week. A month of unlimited classes is $250.
Broadway Bound Performing Arts Center (501 Daniel Webster Highway., Merrimack, 429-8844, broadwayboundpac.com) offers jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, baton, musical theater, tumbling, private lesson and special needs dance programs, as well as private voice and music lessons. The season begins Sept. 12. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Friday. Call for cost details. 
Concord Dance Academy (26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, concorddanceacademy.com) offers tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, pointe, combination dance and karate programs, beginning Sept. 19. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up, from Monday through Saturday. Call for schedule details. The cost ranges from $65 to $285 per month, depending on the number of classes taken. There is also a $25 registration fee.
Creative Dance Workshop of Bow (617 Route 3A, Unit 1&2, Bow, 225-7711, nhdances.com) offers tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater and combination dance programs. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up. Call for schedule and cost details.
Dance Academy of Windham (288 N. Broadway, Salem, 893-9998, danceacademyofwindham.com) offers ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, Irish step, ballroom, improv, open acro and barre in recreational and competitive programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for various age groups and are held Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
The Dance Company (141 Route 101A, Unit 2B, Amherst, 864-8374, thedancecompanyonline.com) offers jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, musical theater, expressions, pointe, acrobatics and hip-hop dance programs, beginning Sept. 19. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $40 to $255 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $25 registration fee.
Dance Concepts (122 Bridge St., No. 3B, Pelham, 635-8131, danceconceptsnh.com) offers ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Mom and Me classes and competitive dance programs, beginning Sept. 12. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up. The cost starts at $30 per month and varies depending on the number of class hours taken per week. There is also a $25 registration fee.
Dance Connection Fitness & Performing Arts (8 Rockingham Road, Windham, 893-4919, danceconnectionnh.com) offers jazz, tap, ballet, gymnastics, hip-hop and cheer dance programs, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids in various age groups. Call for schedule and cost details. The fall season begins Sept. 19. Open house dates are Aug. 18 and Aug. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Dance Inspirations (248 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 856-8545, danceinspirations.com) offers tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and acrobatics/tumbling programs, as well as private lessons, beginning Sept. 12. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
Dance Progressions (109 Hillside Ave., Londonderry, 432-2129, danceprogressions.com) offers ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop dance programs, beginning Sept. 12. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 2½ and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $55 to $210 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $25 registration fee. Open house dates are Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Dancesteps Etc. (24 Buck St., Epsom, 736-9019, dancesteps-etc.com) offers jazz, tap, ballet/pointe, lyrical, hip-hop, ballroom and combination dance programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $42 to $172 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week. Open house dates are Aug. 22 and Aug. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dance Studio of Manchester (377 S. Willow St., Manchester, 669-1929, dancestudiomanchester.com) offers ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and pointe dance programs, beginning Aug. 29. Classes are available for kids ages 18 months and older and are held Monday through Thursday. Call for cost details. Open house dates are Aug. 25, Aug. 26 and Aug. 27.
The Dancing Corner (23 Main St., Nashua, 889-7658, dancingcorner.com) offers pre-dance, ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop and lyrical dance programs, beginning Sept. 7. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday. The cost for a seven-week session ranges from $95 to $370, depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $30 registration fee.
Dimensions in Dance (84 Myrtle St., Manchester, 668-4196, dimensionsindance.com) offers classes in pre-ballet, ballet, theater dance, pointe, tap, acro-jazz, jazz, modern and lyrical dance programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $38 to $218 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken, plus a $25 registration fee. Open house date is Aug. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Gate City Ballet & Dance Center (125 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-0011, gatecityballet.com) offers tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, contemporary and modern dance programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $25 to $275 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week. A month of unlimited classes is $325.
Happy Feet Dance School (25 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 434-4437, happyfeetdanceschool.biz) offers ballet, jazz, creative dance, hip-hop, pointe, contemporary and all-boys dance programs. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are offered Monday through Thursday and Saturday, beginning Sept. 7. The cost is $58 per month for one 60-minute class per week.
Kathy Blake Dance Studio (3 Northern Blvd., Amherst, 673-3978, kathyblakedancestudios.com) offers ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern, Irish step and theater dance classes as well as competition teams, beginning Sept. 9. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $50 to $66 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $25 registration fee.
Londonderry Dance Academy (21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 432-0032, londonderrydance.com) offers ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop and private dance lessons as well as vocal ensemble and private vocal lessons, beginning Sept. 1. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $50 to $280 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $25 registration fee. A month of unlimited classes is $290.
McKenna Dance Center (254 Sheep Davis Road, Unit 4, Concord, 706-0589, gotomckennas.com) offers creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, cheer/tumble, contemporary and combination dance in recreational and competitive programs, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost is $45 per month for one class, $35 for the second and $25 for each additional class. There is also an open house date of Aug. 20.
Miss Kelsey’s Dance Studio (2626 Brown Ave., Manchester, 606-2820, mkdance.com) offers tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, musical theater, hip-hop, creative movement, acro and boys-only breakdancing programs, beginning Sept. 10. Classes are available for kids ages 1½ and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost starts at $45 per month, plus a $25 registration fee. Open house dates are Aug. 23, Aug. 25, Aug. 27, Sept. 1, Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.
Melissa Hoffman Dance Center (210 Robinson Road, Hudson, 886-7909, mhdancecenter.com) offers hip-hop, ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap and tumble dance programs, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $53 to $310 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $35 registration fee.
New England School of Dance (679 Mast Road, Manchester, 935-7326, newenglandschoolofdance.com) offers ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, pointe, hip-hop and musical theater dance classes as well as a competitive team program, beginning Sept. 12. Classes are available for kids ages 7 and up and are held Monday through Friday. Open house dates are Aug. 22 through Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for cost details.
New Hampshire Academie of Dance (1 Action Blvd., Londonderry, 432-4041, nhadance.com) offers jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, acro, musical theater and private lessons, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids ages 18 months and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $58 to $250 per month, depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $25 registration fee. Private lessons range from $14 to $28. Open houses are scheduled for Aug. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
New Hampshire School of Ballet (183 Londonderry Tpke., Hooksett, 668-5330, nhschoolofballet.com) offers ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and tumbling programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for kids ages 2 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost is $12 per one-hour class, paid monthly.
Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Centre (36 Arlington St., Nashua, 889-8408, nbtdc.com) offers ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, jazz and musical theater programs, beginning Sept. 7. Classes are available for kids ages 4 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $56 to $300 per week, depending on the number of class hours taken, plus a $25 registration fee. A month of unlimited classes is $360. Open house dates are Sept. 2 and Sept. 3.
N-Step Dance Center (1134 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 641-6787, nstepdance.com) offers recreational and competitve dance programs in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tumbling, musical theater, lyrical, contemporary and breakdancing, beginning Sept. 12. Classes are available for kids ages 18 months and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $45 to $230 per month, depending on the number of classes taken, plus a $30 registration fee. 
Salem Dance Network (160 Main St., Salem, 893-1082, salemdancenetwork.com) offers ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, stretch & strength and children’s combination classes, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids in various age groups and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $50 to $150 per month depending on the number of class hours taken per week, plus a $15 registration fee.
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater (19 Harvey Road, Bedford, 637-4398, snhdt.org) offers pre-dance, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern/contemporary and private lesson programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $120 to $128 bi-monthly, or $160 for 10 classes, plus a $25 registration fee.
Step Above Most Dance Studio (310 Londonderry Tpke., Hooksett, 666-0388, stepabovemost.com) offers ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary and pointe dance in recreational and competitive programs, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $8 to $25.
Turning Point Center of Dance (371 Pembroke St., Pembroke, 485-8710, turningpointecenterofdance.com) offers dance lessons in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical techniques. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. The cost is $55 per month. Open houses are scheduled for Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon and Aug. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Voter’s School of Dance and Gymnastics (13 Delaware Drive, Salem, 893-5190, votersdance.com) offers tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, pointe and Irish step dance programs, beginning in September. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held Tuesday through Saturday. There is also a free open house scheduled for Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. Call for cost details.
 
General
Boys & Girls Club (555 Union St., Manchester, 625-5031, mbgcnh.org; 47 Grand Ave., Nashua, 883-0523, bgcn.com; 3 Geremonty Drive, Salem, 898-7709, salembgc.org; 56 Mont Vernon Road, Milford, 672-1002, svbgc.org; 55 Bradley St., Concord, 224-1061, concordkids.org; 40 E. Derry Road, Derry, 434-6695, derrybgclub.com) offers after-school programs that include homework assistance, sports and recreation, arts and crafts, leadership development, life skills programming and more. Programs and costs vary at each location, and state assistance is available based on income. Call your local branch or visit its website for details.
Concord Community TV (170 Warren St., Concord, 226-8872, yourconcordtv.org) offers hands-on introductory and advanced classes in video production and digital video editing, beginning in September. A total of four different classes are offered on a rotating basis each month, including an intro to camera work class, an intro to editing class, an advanced camera work class and an advanced editing class. Classes are generally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with the next intro to camera class at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6, the next intro to editing class at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, the next advanced camera class at 6 p.m. Sept. 20, and the next advanced editing class at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22. All classes are available for kids, teens and adults of any age. The cost is $50 for adults and teens over 16, and free for kids under 16. There is also a 20 percent discount for anyone 16 and older interested in taking all four classes for the month. Call for details on how to register.
Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, concordymca.org) offers a variety of before- and after-school programs for kids and teens of all ages. Call or visit the website for schedule and costs.
Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America (571 Holt Ave., Manchester, 625-6431, nhscouting.org) is the center of information for Boy Scouts in New Hampshire. Contact them for information about joining a local troop. Troops set their own start dates, meeting days and times and meeting locations.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (1 Commerce Drive, Bedford, 888-474-9686, girlscoutsgwm.org) offers programs for Daisies (kindergarten and first grade), Brownies (grades 2 and 3), Juniors (grades 4 and 5), Cadettes (grades 6 through 8), Seniors (grades 9 and 10) and Ambassadors (grades 11 and 12). In addition to outdoor and nature activities, the Girl Scouts offer art programs, sports programs, cooking programs and more. Contact them for information on how to join a local troop. Troops set their own start dates, meeting days and times and meeting locations.
Girls, Inc. (39 Green St., Concord, 223-0087, girlsincnewhampshire.org) offers a girls-only after-school program that includes classes, leadership roles, health and fitness, arts and crafts, games and more. Call for details.
Granite YMCA (30 Mechanic St., Manchester, 623-3558; 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown, 497-4663; 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry; 437-9622; 35 Industrial Way, Rochester, 994-4117, graniteymca.org/childcare) offers before- and after-school programs for kids and teens of all ages, including sports, art, dance, academic support and more. Programs vary at each location. Call your local branch or visit its website for details.
Hampshire Hills Athletic Club (50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com) offers after-school programs for kids in grades K through 5. Programs involve free-time activities group, sports skill center, homework help and nutritious snacks. After-school pickup from area schools is also available. The cost is $199 per month for five-day weeks. Two-, three- and four- day weeks are also offered; call for those cost details.
Mathnasium (North Side Plaza, Manchester, 644-1234, mathnasium.com/northmanchester) offers homework help and math learning plans tailored to students in grades 1 through 12, designed to help them catch up or get ahead in math. During the school year the center is open Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students to drop in and proceed through their program at their own pace, with one-on-one help from instructors. Call for details about membership and pricing or to schedule an assessment.
YMCA of Greater Nashua (24 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 882-2011; 6 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack, 881-7778, nmymca.org) offers before- and after-school programs for kids and teens of all ages. Programs vary at each location. Call your local branch for details.
 
Gymnastics
A2 Gym & Cheer (31 Pulpit Rock Road, Pelham, 635-4222, a2gc.com) offers recreational, tumbling, competitive team and private lesson programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for kids ages 18 months and up and are held Monday through Wednesday, and Friday and Saturday. The cost for classes ranges from $140 to $215 per nine-week session, plus a $40 registration fee. Thirty-minute and one-hour private lessons range from $30 to $100.
Flipz Gymnastics (14 Chenell Drive, Concord, 224-3223, filpzgymnastics.com) offers recreational, tumbling and competitive team programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for girls and boys ages 18 months and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost for classes ranges from $50 to $75 per month with one class per week and $95 to $130 per month with two classes per week.
Granite State Gymnastics (35 Londonderry Tpke., Hooksett, 935-9816, and 71 River Road, Bow, 228-8424, granitestategymnastics.com) offers gymnastics, tumbling and tricking programs, beginning in September. The Hooksett location also offers ballet, jazz, tap and competitive and noncompetitive acro dance programs. The Bow location also offers trampoline and parkour programs. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. Some classes allow drop-ins. The cost ranges from $67 to $102 per month, plus a $45 registration fee.
Gym-Ken Gymnastics (184 Rockingham Road, Windham, 434-9060, gymkengymnastics.com) offers gymnastics, cheer, tumbling, parkour and a girls competitive team program, beginning Aug. 29. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost for classes ranges from $165 to $185 per 10-week session with one class per week.
Gymnastics Village (13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst, 889-8092, gymnasticsvillage.com) offers gymnastics programs and ninja and tumbling classes, beginning Aug. 25. Classes are available for girls and boys ages 18 months and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost is $19 for a one-hour class and $28.50 for an hour and a half, plus a $35 registration fee and a $35 membership fee.
Nashua School of Gymnastics (30 Pond St., Nashua, 880-4927, nsgonline.info) offers recreational and tumbling programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Thursday and Saturday. The cost for a 10-week program ranges from $165 to $265.
New England Gymnastics Training Center (5 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 880-8482, negtc.com) offers recreational, tumbling cheer, competitive team and private lesson programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost for classes is $145 per eight-week session, plus a $45 registration fee. One-hour private lessons cost $40.
Phantom Gymnastics (142 Route 111, Hampstead, 329-9315, phantomgymnastics.com) offers pre-school, kindergarten, recreational, competitive team and tumbling programs, beginning Sept. 5. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost for an eight-week program ranges from $128 to $184.
Seacoast Gymnastics Center (10 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-9821, seacoastgymnastics.com) offers gymnastics, tumbling and ninja challenge programs as well as a competitive team, beginning in September. Classes are available for boys and girls ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $70 to $165 per week, depending on the program and the amount of classes taken.
Spectrum Gymnastics (26 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-8388, spectrumgymnast.com) offers several programs for boys and girls ages 3 and up, which are held Monday through Saturday. The cost for classes ranges from $72 to $91 per month, plus a $45 yearly registration fee.
Tumble Town Gymnastics (444 E. Industrial Park Drive, No. 10, Manchester, 641-9591, tumbletownnh.com) offers recreational and competitive team programs, beginning Sept. 6. Classes are available for girls ages 4 and up and are held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The cost for one 60-minute class per week is $75 per month. There is a 50-percent discount for siblings and a free trial lesson available.
 
Horseback Riding
Apple Tree Farm (49 Wheeler Road, Hollis, 465-9592, appletreefarm.org) offers year-round group and private lessons for kids ages 4 and up. Beginner students will receive English balance seat instruction while advanced students will focus on eventing, which includes dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country. Lessons are held Tuesday through Saturday. The cost is $35 per 30-minute private lesson, $65 per one-hour private lesson, and $170 per month for group lessons.
Boulder Brook Stables (596 Calef Hwy., Lee, 659-9907, boulderbrookstables.com) offers lessons in a variety of horseback riding disciplines and horse-related topics. One-hour group lessons are available for $40 per lesson per rider, one-hour private lessons are $55 per lesson, and half-hour lessons are $35 per lesson and are intended for children ages 5 and under. Discounts are also available if four lessons are pre-paid for by the first of each month. 
Bright Bay Farm (296 Lane Road, Chester, 303-7567, brightbayfarm.com) offers year-round riding lessons to kids of all ages. Lesson packages are customized. Call for details.
Chase Farms (146 Federal Hill Road, Hollis, 400-1077, chasefarmsnh.com) offers saddleseat group, semi-private and private lessons for kids ages 4 and up. The cost for a 30-minute group lesson is $40, semi-private lesson is $45 and private lesson is $50. Lesson packages are also available.
Different Drummer Farm (55 South Road, Candia, 483-2234, differentdrummer.com) offers quality riding lessons for everyone from the first-time rider through the experienced competitor. The farm is open to kids ages 5 and up and its programs are small and personal with an emphasis on good horsemanship and equitation. The cost for classes ranges from $45 to $80 per month, depending on how many classes are taken. Lessons are available through the end of November.
Fox Creek Farm (Hollis, 236-2132, foxcreek.farm) offers year-round group and private hunter/jumper lessons for all ages. A 30-minute private lesson costs $50, and a one-hour group lesson costs $40. A Pony Lover’s lesson package for kids ages 4 to 9 is also available.
Gelinas Farm (471 4th Range Road, Pembroke, 225-7024, gelinasfarm.com) offers year-round Western and English, private or group riding lessons for all ages. The cost for a one-hour lesson is $50.
High Gate Manor Farm (159 Hampstead Road, Derry, 434-8779, highgatefarm.net) offers lessons in English pleasure, hunter/jumper, eventing, dressage, Western and saddleseat. Call for details.
Hollis Ranch (Hollis, 465-2672, hollisranch.com) offers one-on-one lessons in English and Western disciplines. Lesson packages are customized. Call for details.
LaBrie Stables (49 Rod and Gun Club Road, Chester, 548-1265, labriestables.com) offers private, semi-private and group riding lessons, as well as practice rides and kiddie lessons for kids ages 7 and younger. Specializations include gymkhana, barrel racing, pleasure, equitation, showmanship and trail and reining instruction. The cost ranges from $25 to $50 per lesson depending on the type and duration. Lesson packages are also available.
Lucky 7 Stables (154 Litchfield Road, Londonderry, 432-3076, lucky7stables.com) offers year-round group and private riding lessons. Lessons are available for kids ages 3 and up and are held seven days a week by appointment. Lessons include general care, cleaning, grooming, tacking and riding. The cost for a lesson ranges from $30 to $50 depending on the type and duration.
Mack Hill Riding Academy (3 Mack Hill Road, Amherst, 801-0958, mackhill.net) offers private and group riding lessons for kids of all ages. Disciplines include hunters, eventing, equitation, Western pleasure and horsemanship. The cost is $55 per lesson. Lesson packages are also available.
Rock Hill Stable (104 Pelham Road, Hudson, 321-5628, rockhillstable.com) offers classes for beginner and advanced riders and teaches hunt seat, saddleseat and Western. Students will learn how to brush and tack horses and will learn horse safety. Beginners start with private lessons but can advance to group lessons. The cost is $30 for a 30-minute lesson, $60 for a one-hour lesson.
Walnut Hollow Farm (40 Walnut Hill Road, Amherst, 320-8530, walnuthollowfarm.com) offers year-round riding lessons for all ages. Lessons may focus on dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing. The cost is $65 per private lesson and $55 per group lesson. Lesson packages are also available.
 
Martial Arts
Abaku Karate Academy (336 Nashua St., Milford, 673-7687, abakukarateacademy.biz) offers year-round karate programs for kids ages 5 to 14 as well as family classes and private lessons. Classes are held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The cost is $80 per month.
Akiyama Martial Arts (15 Londonderry Road, Unit 8, Londonderry, 247-8546, koryukan.us) offers the Bullyproof Kids program, beginning Sept. 1. In this class, kids ages 5 and up will learn practical self-defense through jujitsu, krav maga, kendo and karate techniques. Class is held Monday and Wednesday. The cost is $135 per month.
Al Lima’s School Studio of Self Defense (216 Central St., Hudson, 595-9098, alssd.com) offers year-round kenpo karate and self-defense programs for kids and teens. Classes are held Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Free trial program is available. Call for cost details.
Amherst Karate Studio (Salzburg Square, 292 Route 101, Amherst, 672-3570, amherstkaratestudio.com) offers kids and open family karate programs year-round. Fall sessions begin Sept. 12. Classes are held Monday through Thursday and Saturday. A two-week trial program with a uniform included is available for $29.
ATA Martial Arts of Southern New Hampshire (292 Route 101, Bedford, 472-4022, martialartsnewhampshire.com) offers various year-round martial arts programs for kids and teens ages 1 and up. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
Bedford Martial Arts Academy (334 Route 101, Bedford, 626-9696, bedfordmartialartsacademy.com) offers year-round karate classes for kids ages 3 and up. An after-school pick-up program is also available. Call for schedule and cost details.
Central Tae Kwon Do Academy (222 Central St., Hudson, 882-5617, central-tkd.com) offers Tae Kwon Do youth programs year-round. Classes are available in three age groups for kids ages 3 and up and are held Monday through Thursday. Call for cost details.
Chaos Martial Arts (89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 369-4764, chaosnh.com) offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for kids ages 6 to 10 on Tuesdays and Saturdays year-round. The cost is $75 for one class per week and $100 for two classes per week.
Checkmate Martial Arts (250 Commercial St., Manchester, 666-5836, checkmateselfdefense.com) offers youth martial arts programs year-round. Classes are open to kids ages 5 to 13 and are held on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The cost is $99 per month.
Chung’s Taekwondo Academy (115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 883-2577, chungs-tkd.com) offers year-round tae kwon do programs for kids ages 4 and up. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
Family Martial Arts of Pelham (122 Bridge St., No. 6, Pelham, 635-8323, familymartialartsofpelham.com) offers year-round martial arts programs in three age groups for kids and teens ages 4 and up. Classes are held Monday through Wednesday. Call for cost details.
Golden Crane Traditional Martial Arts (46 Lowell Road, No. 6, Windham, 437-2020, golden-crane.com) offers year-round karate and weapons training in four age groups for kids and teens ages 5 and up. Classes are held Tuesday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
Granite State Karate American Kenpo (290 Derry Road, Unit 5, Hudson, 598-5400, gsakenpo.com) offers year-round kenpo karate classes for kids and teens ages 3 and up. Call for schedule and cost details.
Kaizen Academy (17 Freetown Road, No. 6, Raymond, 895-1545, raymondkarate.com) offers year-round traditional martial arts programs. Classes are available in four age groups for kids and teens ages 3 through 16 and are held Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Programs start at $59 per month.
Karate International of Windham (60 Rockingham Road, Windham, 898-5367, windhamkarate.com) offers year-round karate programs for ages 4 to 16. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. Back-to-school special deals are available. Call for cost details.
Kian Taekwondo (6 S. Broadway, Salem, 894-5425, kiantkd.com) offers year-round tae kwon do and sparring programs for kids and teens ages 3 and up. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
Lee’s Martial Arts Center (245 Maple St., Manchester, 623-1022, leesnh.com) offers year-round tae kwon do programs for kids and teens ages 4 and up. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. The cost ranges from $65 to $119 per month depending on the age group. An after-school pick-up program is also available for $70 per week.
Manchester Karate Studio (24 Bridge St., Manchester, 625-5835, manchesterkarate.com) offers year-round karate classes for kids ages 2 and up as well as monthly kids’ safety workshops. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. A trial program includes a uniform and three lessons for $20.
The Martial Arts Zone (31 Auburn St., Manchester, 206-5716, themartialartszone.perfectmind.com) offers year-round kids’ jiu jitsu class on Tuesday and Thursday and kids’ karate classes on Monday and Wednesday. Call for cost details.
The National Karate Institute (401 Main St., Suite 204, Salem, 205-1157, nkimartialarts.com) offers year-round karate programs for kids ages 3 and up. Classes are available Monday through Saturday. Call for schedule and cost details.
Neil Stone’s Karate Academy (108 Route 13, Brookline, 672-8933, neilstonekarate.com) offers karate programs for students of all ranks. Junior classes are available for kids ages 4 to 12 and adult classes are available for teens ages 12 and up. Classes are held Monday through Friday. The cost is $185 per month.
Professional Martial Arts Academy (15 E. Broadway, Derry, 434-7995; 58 Range Road, Windham, 893-7990, promaacademy.com) offers kids karate and jiu jitsu programs, enrolling this month. Boys and girls classes are available for ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 12. Call for each location’s schedule and cost details.
Salem Self Defense Center (254 N. Broadway, Suite 104, Salem, 890-3412, salemkravmaga.com) offers year-round self-defense and fitness programs for kids and teens. Kids’ classes are open to ages 4 to 10, and teen classes are open to ages 11 to 15. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Membership in the center costs $125 per month and includes unlimited classes.
Shawn Pacheco’s Professional Martial Arts Academy (370 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-0008, kicknh.com) offers year-round kenpo karate programs for kids ages 4 and up as well as kickboxing for teens. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details. A free two-week trial special of unlimited classes is also offered for new students for back-to-school.
Strikeback Dynamic Defense Systems (454 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-9299, strikebackdds.com) offers kempo karate, sparring, cardio step and yoga programs year-round. Kids classes are open to ages 6 to 12, and teen classes are open to ages 13 to 17. Classes are held Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
Taoist Arts Center (472 Amherst St., Unit 15, Nashua, 943-5806, aohma.com) offers kenpo karate programs for kids ages 8 and up. Youth classes are Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Students not only exercise well but will learn respect, focus, discipline, integrity and leadership. The cost is $125 per month.
Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self Defense (143 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 889-4165; 20 Hammond Road, Milford, 672-2100, tokyojoes.net) offers kids’ martial arts programs with an emphasis on self-defense, enrolling this month. Classes are available in four age groups for kids and teens ages 3 to 17 and are held Monday through Saturday. Call for each location’s cost details.
The Training Station (200 Elm St., Manchester, 505-0048, thetrainingstationnh.com) offers karate, kung fu and American kenpo programs, beginning in August. Classes are available for kids and teens ages 3 to 16 and are held Monday through Saturday. After 16, they are put into a higher level of courses with the discretion of the instructor. Call for cost details.
 
Music
Amy Conley Music (102 Elm St., Milford; 4 Raymond St., Nashua, 249-9560, amyconleymusic.com) begins its fall season on Sept. 12 with music programs for kids, including ukulele classes, Planet Earth Chorus and Music Together, as well as private guitar and ukulele lessons. The cost for each 10-week program ranges from $135 to $175, depending on the type of class taken. Private lessons are $45 per one-hour session.
Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St., Concord, 228-1196, ccmusicschool.org) begins its fall season on Sept. 12 with private lessons, ensembles, early childhood programs, music therapy programs and choruses. Programs are available for kids ages 4 and up. Concord Community Music School has a 16-week curriculum with costs ranging from $632 to $1,232 depending on the amount of time for lessons, plus a $30 registration fee.
Lidman Music Studio (419 Amherst St., Suite 2B, Nashua, 882-5456, lidmanmusic.com) offers private lessons in violin, viola and piano for kids ages 5 and up. Classes are held Monday through Friday in the afternoon and evening, beginning Sept. 6. The cost is $104 per month for one 30-minute class per week.
Londonderry Piano (20 N. Broadway, Salem, 898-9910, londonderrypiano.com) offers piano, guitar, drums, bass and voice lessons for all ages. The cost for one 30-minute lesson per week is $99 per month, $149 for one 45-minute lesson per week and $198 for one one-hour lesson per week.
Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester, 644-4548, mcmusicschool.org) begins its fall season in September with auditions and signups for a variety of musical groups and classes, including a fiddle ensemble, jazz ensemble, music theory class and more. Ages for programs vary from first-graders to high schoolers. Manchester Community Music School has private lessons that range from $80 to $255 depending on the instrument and the number of classes and weeks taken. They also have a rate of $199 for 6 weeks of 30­-minute lessons for new students. There is a $150 deposit for lessons for the season, which begins in September, plus a $30 registration fee.
Manchester Music Mill (329 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8022, manchestermusicmill.com) offers private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, piano and voice. Lessons are offered once a week. The cost ranges from $20 to $25 per 30-minute lesson.
Mavro Music School (15 Olde Towne Road, Auburn, 483-5779, facebook.com/MavroMusicStudio) offers lessons in piano, guitar, drums and bass for all ages. Lessons are available Monday through Saturday. The first lesson is free. Lessons are $22 per 30-minute class after the first one.
Nashua Community Music School (5 Pine St. Ext., Nashua, 881-7030, nashuacms.org) begins its fall season in September with private lessons and group classes in a wide variety of instruments including piano, voice, guitar, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba and percussion. All programs are open to kids and teens ages 3 and up. Private lessons begin Sept. 6 and are held Monday through Friday. Group classes begin Sept. 26 and are held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, including intro to piano, intro to singing, and a percussion ensemble. A trial pack of three 30-minute lessons costs $99. The cost for classes ranges from $100 to $140, depending on the duration of the program and the kind of instrument taught. Private and small group music therapy sessions are also offered. An open house is scheduled for Sept. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. 
Ted Herbert Music School (922 Elm St., Manchester, 669-9191, tedherbert.com) offers private half-hour sessions on all woodwind and brass instruments, orchestra instruments, guitar, banjo, bass, ukulele, percussion and drums, voice and piano. The cost is $25 per 30-minute lesson, plus a one-time $25 new student registration fee.
TLP Music School (1 Bryce Drive, Merrimack, 424-4116, tlp-musicschool.com) offers private lessons in piano/keyboard, voice, electric/acoustic guitar, bass and violin for children of all ages and skill levels. Lessons are available Monday through Saturday. Call for cost details.
 
Sports
Amherst Soccer Club (amherstsoccerclub.com) offers fall soccer for boys and girls, tots through U12. Cost ranges from $195 to $295. Registration is open through Sept. 1.
Bedford Athletic Club (leagueathletics.com) offers fall soccer for boys and girls of all ages, with games beginning Aug. 27 for pre­kindergarten through 8th grade and Sept. 10 for high school students. Registration is open through Sept. 5 for all age groups and the cost ranges from $68 to $100. 
Bedford Little League (bedfordll.com) offers fall baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 8 to 11. Registration costs $40 and is open through Aug. 31. Practices and games are held throughout September and October. 
Concord Fencing Club (224-3560, concordfencingclub.org) offers fencing classes for kids ages 7 and up, beginning Aug. 29. Call for registration details.
Concord Sports Center (2 Whitney Road, No. 1, Concord, 224-1655, concordsportscenter.com) offers basic and advanced, private and group baseball and softball lessons. The cost is $70 for a one-hour private lesson, $35 for a group lesson.
Conway Arena (5 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 595-2400, conwayarena.com) offers hockey lessons for boys and girls ages 5 to 9. Lessons are held on Tuesdays and Sundays, and the cost is $349 for the 13-week program. Youth hockey teams for kids and teens ages 6 to 18 begin in September. Lessons are available on Tuesday and Thursday, and the cost is $125 for the eight-week program. Freestyle ice time is offered for kids of all ages Wednesday through Saturday for a $5 admission fee with rental skates.
Derry Little League (derryll.org) offers fall softball for ages 7 to 13 and baseball for ages 7 to 17. Cost ranges from $50 to $70. Registration is open through Sept. 5.
Derry Soccer Club (primary field: 38 Tsienneto Road, Derry, derrysoccerclub.org) offers an eight-week recreation soccer program in the fall for boys and girls ages 2 to 19, beginning Sept. 10. Registration costs range from $80 to $155.
FieldHouse Sports (12 Tallwood Drive, Bow, 226-4646, fieldhousesports.com) offers five-week soccer clinics for kids ages 3 to 6 on Saturdays, beginning Sept. 10. Six-week soccer clinics for kids ages 6 and up, held on Mondays, begin in November. The clinics for ages 3 to 6 range from $40 to $50. Call for cost details for the 6-and-up clinic.
Girls on the Run New Hampshire (117 Water St., No. 3, Exeter, 778-1389, girlsontherun.org) offers a physical activity-based, volunteer youth development program for girls in grades 3 through 8. Each team meets twice a week for 90 minutes after school and participates in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and running games to teach life skills. The season will culminate with a 5K event that brings together friends, family and members of the community. The cost for the 10-week program is $129 and includes registration for the 5K event, a healthy snack at every lesson, a program shirt, a water bottle, and a finisher’s medal.
Goffstown Junior Baseball (goffstownjrbaseball.com) offers fall minor-league baseball for girls and boys as well as farm and tee-ball, beginning Sept. 1 through mid-October. Minor-league registration costs $70 and farm and tee-ball costs $40.
Hollis/Brookline Junior Cavaliers Football & Cheer (Hollis, hbjrcavs.com) offers fall football for kids in grades 6 through 8. Registration costs $250 and is open through Sept. 1.
Manchester Junior Soccer League West (mjslw.com) offers fall soccer for boys and girls U8 through U19. Registration is open through Aug. 30. Games will begin on Sept. 6. Call for cost details.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department (100 Concord St., Nashua, 594-3465, gonashua.com) will be sponsoring a Fall Babe Ruth Baseball program, beginning in September. All current Babe Ruth League players ages 13 and 14 are eligible to play. Any 12-year-old moving up to Babe Ruth next spring is also eligible. The cost is $20. Call for scheduling details.
The Nashua Swim & Tennis Club (140 Lock St., Nashua, 883-0153, nashuaswimandtennis.com) offers the Tennis Express program for ages 10 and under, and High Impact Tennis for ages 11 to 13, beginning the second week of September. Tennis Express is a 10-week program held on Monday and Wednesday that guides kids through the early stages of their tennis development. High Impact Tennis is a 10-week program for intermediate players, held on Monday and Thursday. Private lessons are also offered. The Tennis Express program is $150 per 10-week session. The High Impact Tennis program is $195 per 10-week session. Private lessons are $65.
New Hampshire Sportsplex (68 Technology Drive, Bedford, 641-1313, nhsportsplex.com) offers soccer classes for kids ages 18 months to 7, lacrosse lessons for ages 4 to 8, youth boys and girls indoor lacrosse leagues, kids field hockey lessons, tee-ball for ages 3 to 7, a basketball program for ages 2 to 7 and a hockey program for ages 3 to 8, all beginning in September. Youth flag football is offered in November. Costs vary depending on the program. Call for details.
Salem Youth Baseball (salemyouthbaseball.net) offers fall baseball for ages 6 and up. Registration costs $115 for all age groups and is open through Oct. 10.
Salem Youth Soccer Association (salemsoccer.com) offers fall tot soccer for ages 3 and 4, TOPSoccer for ages 4 to 18 with disabilities, and recreational soccer for U6 to U15. TOPSoccer is free to register, tot soccer is $95 and recreational is $150. Registration is open through Sept. 10.
Seacoast Fencing Club (271 Wilson St., Manchester; 261 N. Main St., Rochester, 428-7040, seacoastfencingclub.org) offers beginner and intermediate fencing classes for kids and teens ages 7 and up. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday at the Manchester location and on Tuesday and Thursday at the Rochester location. Programs range from nine weeks to three months in length. The cost ranges from $215 to $290 depending on the program.
SportsZone (7 A St., Derry, 537-9663, nhsportszone.com) offers a recreational coed soccer league and competitive boys and girls soccer leagues for U8 through high school, beginning Oct. 13. Call for details.
Tri-Town Ice Arena (311 W. River Road, Hooksett, 485-1100, tri-townicearena.com) offers hockey lessons for kids ages 4 to 10, beginning Sept. 7. The cost for the program is $159, and classes are held on Monday and Saturday. Skating lessons for all ages beginning in September are available Monday through Wednesday. The cost is $144 for an eight-week session.
 
Theater
Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, bypc.org) offers dance, music and theater group and private classes for kids of all ages, beginning Aug. 29. Dance lessons include ballet, tap, jazz, acro, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern and pre-pointe. Music classes include voice, piano, violin, guitar, percussion and cello. Theater classes include acting and musical theater performance. Call for cost details.
Kids Coop Theatre (Londonderry, admin@kids-coop-theatre.org, kids-coop-theatre.org) offers youth theater productions throughout the year open to ages 8 to 18. The next production is A Christmas Carol in November, with an Aug. 20 deadline to request an audition. Rehearsals are held 10 hours per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The cost to be in a production is $120.
The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (922 Elm St., Suite 315, Manchester, 669-7469, majestictheatre.net) offers private lessons in acting, piano, voice and audition preparation for all ages. The cost is $25 per 30-minute session. Call for more details about booking a lesson slot.
Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 688-5588, palacetheatre.org) offers the Palace Youth Theatre and Palace Teen Company for kids and teens ages 8 to 18. Productions are held throughout the year. Actors will receive extensive musical theater training through acting, singing, dance classes and workshops as well as audition training and performance experience. Most productions have rehearsals two or three times per week. Call for audition and cost details.
Peacock Players (14 Court St., Nashua, 886-7000, peacockplayers.org) offers theater, music, dance and private studio classes for kids in kindergarten and up, as well as theater productions. The next production is Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka in October, with auditions on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30. Rehearsals are held on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, beginning Sept. 8. The cost for theater, music and dance classes is $120 for 8 weeks and $150 for 10 weeks.





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