Alameda’s after-school arts, dance, sports, music, and enrichment opportunities are plentiful! I’ve put together a list of some of the popular ways Alameda parents keep their kids busy!



Bay Island Gymnastics in Oakland offers classes, camps, teams, and more. They offer classes for toddlers and for kids 6-17 years old. Located just over the bridge, Bay Island has special equipment just for kids and professional and safety-certified instructors. Check out their website here for more info.


AquaTech Swim School was voted Best Swimming Lessons in Alameda Magazine. They offer pre-competitive teams, private lessons, and time for aquababies (toddlers and parents). Visit the AquaTech website to learn more.

The Alameda Gators Swim Team is a USA Swimming year-round youth swim team (age of 5-18) supported by the Alameda Swimming Pool Association (ASPA). They offer stroke instruction and competitive training. There are several pools associated with the ASPA - Franklin and Lincoln Park training pools, Emma Hood Swim Center competitive pool and Encinal High School pool. Learn more on the Gator’s website.


The Alameda Soccer Club has more than 100 teams with over 1,400 kids from the ages 4 ½-19. Membership is open to all. The Alameda Soccer Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Visit the ASC website to learn more about them.

Soccer + Sports Camps

Bladium Sports and Fitness offers classes, camps and leagues. Your child (17 and younger) can join a youth soccer team, attend the Bladium International Soccer Academy (ages 6-17), or attend sports camps.


At Girls on the Run trained coaches lead small teams through dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills, culminating with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Learn more about their programs/locations in Alameda here.

Stand-Up Paddling

Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) is a popular activity in Alameda (we are an island!). Mike’s Paddle has several opportunities for kids, including spring and fall leagues and summer camps.


Shawnte Forrer offers classes for kids under twelve, tweens, and for families. Check out her website for more information about times and locations.


Dance Arts Project is a children’s dance school dedicated to teaching dance as an art form. The school features Ballet, Pointe, and Modern Dance classes, and recently, they have added classes in ballroom dance. Check out their schedule of classes here.

DANCE/10 Performing Arts Center was voted Best Dance Studio in the East Bay, Best of Alameda, and Best of Alameda Patch. Classes include jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, acrobatics, lyrical, hip hop, ballroom, power barre, and zumba. They also offer summer camps. Check out their website for how to register.

Alameda Ballet Academy and its affiliate performing company, Alameda Civic Ballet, were founded in 2003. Their ballet program follows the academic year, and lasts from September – May. ​ Summer camps and classes are held each year as well. They offer pre-ballet classes for 4 year olds, as well as ballet for 8-9 year olds and ages 10 and up. Learn more about their children’s classes here.

Founded in 1973, West Coast Dance Theater in Alameda offers ballet, cardio fitness, hip hop, jazz, and tap - for children, teens, and adults. Visit their Facebook page for more information and for contact information..


Art with Ms. Y won Alameda Magazine’s 2019 “Coolest Art Camp for Kids.” Jo Anne Yada (Ms. Y) provides after-school, holiday, and summer endeavors known as Art With Ms Y. A staple of the Alameda arts and education scene, and a former school district substitute teacher, Ms. Y is currently working with the Alameda Music Project after-school program at Maya Lin Elementary in addition to running her popular art camp. Check out Ms. Y’s website for more information.

In 2013, artist and teacher Rachel Gingold teamed up with glass artist JaYing Wang to open Artistic Home Studio & Boutique. Artistic Home Studio & Boutique offers a popular summer art camp program for kids, as well as after-school art classes. Visit their website to learn more.

Ginny Parsons, a local Alameda artist, hosts an art camp for kids to help inspire the next generation of Alameda artists. Inspired by nature, Ginny paints with anything from laundry detergent to peanut butter or bacon grease. Check out Ginny’s website here.

Alameda resident Amy Seefeldt teaches workshops out of her home, features after-school classes and camps, and also teaches an art class for toddlers called Messy Makers. You can read more about Amy and check out her class calendar at

Rhythmix Cultural Works produces and hosts events, classes, and workshops, working with artists from all over the world. Performances have included music (of all genres); dance; comedy, family programming, and community events. Interactive workshops are taught by presenting artists in partnership with the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, the Alameda Music Project and Girl’s Inc. of the Island City. Its Performance, Art & Learning (PAL) program, a youth arts education program in partnership with the Alameda and Oakland Unified School Districts, has served over 15,000 youth since 2012. Learn more about their wide array of arts programming on their website.

Guitar, bass, piano, flute, clarinet, sax, drums, violin, cello, viola, and ukulele and voice lessons - you’ll find it all at Starland School of Music. They offer private music lessons for adults and children, as well as special group classes for children starting at age 4. Touted as the “Bay Area's Top Music School Since 1979.” Visit Starland’s website to learn more.

Alameda School of Music “offers a multi-faceted musical education for people of all ages, and to help fill the gap that schools today are not able to provide.” "Rhythm Rascals" classes run 8 weeks, and they offer kid’s guitar and ukulele lessons and teen vocal lessons as well. Visit their website to see class descriptions and schedules.THEATER

Tomorrow Youth Rep is an educational theater program offers after-school classes and camps for youths of all ages and experience levels. From learning about the technicalities of backstage to performing Shakespeare - kids can gain experience about all aspects of theater. Check out their website for more information.

“Founded in 2004 by five arts educators with a dream, Bay Area Children's Theater (BACT) has grown to become a major creative force in the Bay Area reaching over 125,000 children and adults each year. (BAC Theatre website) Kids aged 5 and up have a great time learning the arts and craft of theater, while little ones (6 mos to 3 years) are provided with creative opportunities to sing, play, and act out stories. Performances in Alameda are held at Rhythmix Cultural Works. Read more about the Next Stage Performers Alameda class.


The Alameda’s Boys and Girls Club’s Youth Development Center opens its doors to all kids, ages 6-18, from all schools and backgrounds, every day and evening after school, on weekends and during school vacations and is the only facility in Alameda that provides this service. Visit the Boys and Girls Club website to learn more about their services and programming.

Alameda Recreation and Parks’s (ARPD) Recreation Afterschool Program (RAP) is a supervised recreation program for boys and girls who are enrolled in all-day kindergarten through 5th grade for certain elementary schools in Alameda for school year 2019-2020. For more information and to learn how to register, visit the ARPD website.

Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) offers educational opportunities, innovation and equity for Alameda public school K-12 students on their After-School Enrichment Program. Alameda public school students may attend Enrichment classes at any school that is currently offering classes, based on space availability. Visit the AEF website to learn more about programming, classes, sponsorships, and grants.

Girls Incorporated of the Island City offers after school programming (for girls in 1st-5th grades) and full days during the summer (for girls entering 1st-6th grades). Many of their teen programs take place off site and are for girls in 6th-12th grades. “Our programming is holistic, fills in the gaps on issues that parents and schools do not always have the time or resources to cover, and meets the needs of girls in different developmental stages.” Visit Girls, Inc. to learn more about their programs.

Twirl offers an after-school arts enrichment program incorporating STEAM explorations, design challenges, Lego building, process art, music, Spanish, and cooking. Learn more about Twirl’s program and how to register.

Yu Ying Learning Center’s after-school program (TK-8) “provides homework support and tutoring in a variety of academic subjects (math, reading and writing, science, language arts), and enrichment activities including arts and crafts, hands-on activities, Lego project, science project, gardening, outdoor activities, ​ calligraphy, and elective Chinese language classes.” Learn more about their program on their website


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