Like most summers this one seems to be flying by since in a few short days it will already be August. The end of August brings not only back to school but usually the start back of after school activities. There are a variety of activities available to children and their families in the Winston Salem area. Each activity has its own strengths and reasons it could be great for your child. Below are some ideas on activities available and reasons why they are a good choice.
A large component of dance is social interaction, with the exception of solo acts. Dancers have to work together to have a dance number be successful. While they each do their own dance part it all has to come together as a whole, flowing and well structured dance. People often think of dance just being for girls; however, many studios offer classes like hip hop, tap and jazz. Dancers Edge (which has locations in Winston Salem and Kernersville) has hip hop classes specifically for boys’ ages 6 to 11.
Focus and discipline are two of the best ideals that any type of martial arts teaches children. It is also teaches self defense which is something any person should know. Many martial arts studios, like Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do, offer classes for both children and adults.
Learning to perform helps children build confidence and teaches them to believe in themselves. This is a fun creative outlet for young children to teenagers. Creative Drama Children’s Theater offer a variety of acting classes for ages 3 to 18 that include musicals and productions and even voice lessons.
Help build your child’s creative side with art classes. This can be anything from painting and drawing to working with ceramics, metals and clay. One of the leading art schools in Winston Salem is Sawtooth.
This sport is graceful and strong at the same time. In addition to the obvious gymnastic feats it also teaches children confidence and determination. Clemmons Gymnastics offers a safe and intimate learning environment for children to learn gymnastics.
While this last item is not an activity but a place, it is an important thing to point out as each YMCA offers a variety of sports and activities. Additionally, there are multiple YMCA locations throughout Winston Salem and surrounding areas making it easy for people to get to regardless of where they live. Some of the offerings at the YMCA are: swim lessons (usually year long due to indoor pools), basketball, soccer (indoor and outdoor), wrestling, field hockey, baseball and volleyball. When these sports are offered often depends on the time of year since most are seasonal. Additionally, all of the sports offered at the YMCA have member discounts as well as eligibility for their Open-Doors Program.
These are just some of the many sports and after school activities available in the Winston Salem area, some others to look into could include soccer, cheerleading and basketball. Check out this full listing of activities in the area by Triad Moms on Main. If your child is new to activities, then start out slow with just one and see how it goes. Spots usually do fill up quick in these programs so follow the links for each place listed above for prices, registration details and further information to get started. After school activities offer children fun, interaction and learning all kinds of new skills while off-setting intense learning days at school.