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5 Activities Your Kids Can Enjoy After School in Woodstock and the Surrounding Area

Apr 03, 2019 03:30PM ● By Kevin
As the school year winds down and the weather warms up, you may be looking for some new activities in which you can enroll your children. Woodstock and the Upper Valley have plenty of diverse places that offer after-school programs, specifically to keep kids active, educated, and enriched.

We dug up five spots that accommodate children after school for you to consider.


Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center

Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center has created a unique program for our local school-age climbers. In order to compete a team must consist of five or more climbers and a coach. No climbing experience is necessary for climbers or coaches, as the staff can teach everything on site.  Because of the young age of the Elementary League climbers, GMRCC asks that parents act as the belayers with one parent to every one to two climbers. Coaches are given a detailed Coaching Manual, which covers everything about coaching a climbing team and all of the equipment and belay lessons for the parents is provided.

Teams practice once a week and meet with other schools periodically to test skills at GMRCC Rutland. Practices take place after school at the gym and are guided by the coach. Each practice can consist of any mixture of fitness-based activities geared toward improving one's climbing ability. Students will work to improve balance, footwork, body position, and other climbing techniques. These exercises will help them to develop healthy habits and core fitness.

For more information and pricing, visit


Tip Top Pottery

This paint-your-own pottery studio provides all materials for kids and adults alike to create personalized glazed pieces of pottery. The shop provides ceramic pieces, glazes, brushes, stamps, stencils, and a fun environment to get creative juices flowing. No experience is required. Adults cost $9 per class and children, 12 and under, cost $7 per class, plus the cost of selected pottery, ranging from $3 to $50. This is a low-cost, family activity that can easily be done after school, as it is open most days past 6 p.m. (except Mondays). Tip Top Pottery is located at 85 N. Main St., Suite 110, in White River Junction. For more information, visit


AVA Gallery and Art Center

ART STOP! is a free, afterschool program that encourages youths in grades 5–8 to take inspiration from AVA Gallery and Art Center ongoing exhibitions to create their own drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

Meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m., during the academic calendar, ART STOP! is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Couch Family Foundation.

The program is held from Sept. 18 to May 28 each year. To register for ART STOP!, please call AVA at (603) 448-3117. For more information, visit The gallery is located at 11 Bank St. in Lebanon.


Pentangle Arts

Pentangle Arts in Education Program, one of the oldest in the state of Vermont, enriches the lives of thousands of students of all ages through performances, artist residencies, theater camps and after school programs. Filled with world-class artists, immersive theater experiences, rockin’ rhythms, dance and vibrant multicultural encounters, the Youth in Arts program provides unparalleled arts enrichment experiences for students of all ages.

For more information about specific programs, classes and workshops, visit Pentangle Arts operates out of the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 31 The Green in Woodstock.


MMA for Kids

The afterschool MMA for kids program at Infinity Martial Fitness, 45 Hanover St. , Penthouse Suite, in Lebanon, is specifically designed to challenge your child physically and mentally.

At the MMA afterschool program, your child will learn and engage in punching heavy bags, kicking, foot sweeping, blocking, and continuous cardio movement. Martial Arts is one of the few physical disciplines that not only helps with fitness but also teaches children self-control. Training in the martial arts at Infinity Martial Fitness is just as much about the discipline of the mind as it is about training the body.

For more information and pricing, visit

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