If you’re here, we’re sure you already know the benefits of early education and continued education outside the traditional classroom. Whether it’s confidence through non-competitive movement, the science of computer coding, or even the self-expression and fun of theater performance, these extracurricular activities can add so much to our lives and the lives of our children.
Here in the Bay Area, we’re lucky enough to have local organizations and businesses who believe the same things and have created safe, fun and unique environments in which to learn. You’ll find programs in this guide designed for infants as young as 4 months old all the way through high school, including topics like animal science, woodworking, theater, gymnastics, music, cooking, robotics, yoga and more.
Fitness classes in Inner Sunset | Facebook
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Founded in 1993, AcroSports is a nonprofit center with a 10,000-square-foot facility for non-competitive gymnastics, circus and urban arts classes. With special programming for preschool students, youth and adults, their classes serve more than 2,500 people per week! They even host weekly Special Needs Open Gym for self-guided exploration. To view all their available classes and learn more, click here.
Art classes in Cow Hollow and Corte Madera | Facebook
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With locations in San Francisco and Marin County, ARTifact creates unique art classes and camps for children as young as 2.5 years old up to 12 years old. These classes combine art and anthropology to build community, foster socialization and teach math, science and literacy along the way. Weekly classes are available each semester and typically continue throughout the season. To see what’s available now in SF and Corte Madera, click here.
Music classes in the Marina | Facebook
A home for aspiring musicians of all ages and all skill levels, Blue Bear was founded by the rock band Wolfgang & Strauss in the summer of 1971. Today, the school has grown into a huge community of musicians, and they provide lessons, classes and play for toddlers, school-aged children and adults. Through their toddler school, Little Bears Music, they invite children as young as 4 months and their parents to bond and make memories through movement, dance and music. To learn more, click here.
Art classes in Oakland | Facebook
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The Crucible is a nonprofit art studio and educational facility that offers youth, adult and group classes in industrial arts. When you take a class here, you can get hands on and learn art skills you won’t learn in any typical studio. Their youth classes invite kids ages 8 through 17 to explore arts ranging from blacksmithing and flameworking to welding and jewelry making.
Cooking classes in Ghirardelli Square | Facebook
At Culinary Artistas, the team provides a safe and fun environment where kids and families can get hands on in the kitchen to explore the world of real food, expand their palates, and foster a healthy relationship with cooking and eating. Designed for children 1.5 years old to 11 years old, their range of classes includes one-day explorations and multi-day camps. To see all the offerings, click here.
Yoga classes in the Presidio | Facebook
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It’s Yoga Kids is the only studio in San Francisco dedicated solely to serving the needs of children and families. Open to all ages and abilities, their programs support mind and body development, and they even offer gentle and therapeutic experiences with children and families with special needs. To view all the available classes and register online, click here.
Music classes in San Francisco, Berkeley and Mill Valley | Facebook
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The Little Folkies story begins with their very first location in Noe Valley in 2009. Today, they operate two San Francisco locations, one in Berkeley and one in Mill Valley. Here, they provide award-winning folk music classes for children ages 0 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. Their seasonal sessions offer weekly classes for all ages, and their team offers prorated pricing and scholarship programs. To view the current class schedules in SF, East Bay and Marin County, check out the website here.
STEM classes in various locations | Facebook
At locations in 28 states across America, Play-Well creates classes formulated on the idea that children are natural engineers. During play-centric classes at multiple locations in every region of the Bay Area, children exercise their innate gift for building while learning to understand the fundamental principles of engineering and physics. To find classes in your county, click here.
Theater classes in Noe Valley | Facebook
The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater is all about the importance of play and make-believe. During the fall and spring, they offer classes, morning playgroups and after-school clubs for children as young as 2 years old. Whenever schools are closed, you can also find a range of camps centered around theatrical play and art projects.
Various classes in Corona Heights | Facebook
Featured in The Top 11 Children’s Museums in the Bay Area, Randall Museum is an outstanding hands-on educational destination for all ages. Their drop-in activities, classes, summer camps and exhibits are suited for children, teens and adults, including drop-in classes designed for children as young as 14 months. Often priced as low as $10, these camps and classes cover a wide range of topics, including clay, woodworking, robotics and more. To get the details on all available classes, click here.
Art classes in the Marina | Facebook
Originally founded in 1978, the San Francisco Children’s Art Center has grown to become one of the best art educational facilities in the Bay Area. In every program and every age group, children are challenged to make creative choices through age-appropriate art activities like drawing, painting, sculpture and digital photography. These programs are suited for toddlers as young as 22 months, preschool-aged children, and kids between 5 and 10 years old. To view the programs and sign up online, click here.
Various classes in Sunset | Facebook
The San Francisco Zoo is open 365 days a year and is home to over 2,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals as well as majestic, peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. A regular trip to the zoo is a classic kid-friendly activity, but you can also register for special events and classes. These range from casual, guided explorations like Stroller Safari for toddlers and their parents to Young Zoologists, a drop-off program for kids between 5 and 7 years old. To view all the upcoming programs, click here.
Music classes in Outer Sunset, Inner Sunset and Haight-Ashbury | Facebook
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program designed for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and the adults who love them. The program itself was first offered in 1987 and the San Francisco center has grown since 2007 to serve more than 300 families. Classes are available at three locations in Outer Sunset, Inner Sunset and Haight-Ashbury. To view available classes, click here.
STEM classes in Bernal Heights | Facebook
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At STEMful, students between the ages of 1 and 10 can build curiosity, develop resourcefulness, create a sense of purpose, foster innovation and practice self-expression, all while learning the basics of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The team offers classes, camps and after-school clubs, ranging from infant and toddler Story Time classes to STEAMster classes which can include science, engineering with LEGO® Bricks, circuitry and coding.
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