School is starting back up and while your children might be sad the summer fun is coming to an end, now is the time to get you children signed up for some of the most popular Santa Barbara community activities. The Mountain View school system is one of the most coveted in the nation, and your new Santa Barbara community is located in one of the most beautiful places to live, so take advantage of the many opportunities you and your children can enjoy during the school year. You can find a list of great activities to feed every interest your child might have:
Santa Barbara Community Art, Dance, Music and Theater
Art Innovators After-School Art Classes Art Innovators (AI) offers children in Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria a chance to get hands-on with creative art projects. Kids explore the world of fine art through painting, drawing, and sculpting during AI’s unique after-school enrichment programs. Art classes are grouped into sessions, with different themes for different ages; each session meets weekly, and students create masterpieces! Weekly one-hour classes begin Sept. 12. $14/class. Grades K-6. Call 964-6435.
Big Stage Productions Theater Programs Last season, Big Stage Productions produced last year’s sold-out performance of The Wiz, and now plans to bring Hairspray to the Lobero Theatre stage in January 2012. The company’s second season collaborating with S.B. Dance Arts offers a professionally guided performance-based arts conservatory that produces professional musical theater productions for children, and offers classes that will train students in voice, dance, and acting. Auditions (by appointment): Sun., Aug. 26 and Sept. 11. S.B. Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle César Chávez, #100. Ages 9-20. Call 708-8897.
Ceramics Parties for Children Children can celebrate their birthdays and other special events by making a special project with friends. Instructor-led activities; refreshments and decorations to be provided by parents.Parties must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and require a $25 nonrefundable credit-card deposit. Cost (up to 13 children): $200; $12/extra child (maximum 15 children). Call 897-2519.
Children’s Ballet Classes At the City of S.B.’s youth ballet classes, young dancers learn basic techniques, like balances, turns, and jumps. Dance combinations allow for individual interpretation and expression Attire: leotard and tights, or leggings and T-shirt, plus ballet slippers. Six-week sessions. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. $63/$57* per session, or $12/$10* per day drop-in fee. Ages 3-5 and 6-10. Call 451-2304.
Goleta School of Ballet Dance Lessons Classical ballet training for boys and girls. Three levels of boys’ ballet, seven levels of girls’ instruction. Students may perform in The Nutcracker and/or the spring production of Don Quixote.Fall session begins Mon., Aug. 29. 303 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. Classes start at $46/month. Ages 3-18. Call 328-3823
Kindermusik with Kathy & Friends Kindermusik, a world-renowned music and movement program, has been offered in S.B. County for more than 13 years by Kathy & Friends. Budding musicians learn to play keyboard, piano, dulcimer, recorder, and ukulele; students are exposed to various types of multicultural music, and all classes incorporate sensory stimulation, creative movement, dance, instrument instruction, vocal development, pretend play, storytelling, and drama. Ongoing classes meet at locations in Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria. Ages 1-9. Call 884-4009.
Montecito School of Ballet Dance Lessons The Montecito School of Ballet offers ballet classes after school. Classes start with creative movement and pre-ballet, and progress through levels 1-8 for developing dancers. Students may participate in performances at the Lobero Theatre in December and other shows throughout the year.Classes run Mon.-Fri., 3:30-7pm, starting Mon., Aug. 29 (additional rehearsals are held on Saturdays).529 E. Gutierrez St. Ages 4-teen. Call 560-0597 or 451-0553.
Origami Classes Learn origami models that will flip, fly, and fascinate your friends. Children will fold models that will stir the imagination, from traditional favorites to multi-unit action models. Each class explores a new direction in the art, science, and geometry of modern paper engineering. Students also learn to read the international language of origami diagrams and symbols. A curious mind and willing hands are all that is needed for this class. Six-week session begins in September. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. $66/$60* per session. Ages 8-12. Call 897-2519 for more information.
Photography Club Young men and women who care about issues in the S.B. community will use their picture-taking skills to make positive changes. Cosponsored by Girls Inc. and the City of S.B. Parks & Recreation Dept.Classes offered weekly during the school year at La Colina Junior High (4025 Foothill Rd.), S.B. Junior High (721 E. Cota St.) and Goleta Valley Junior High (6100 Stow Cyn. Rd., Goleta). Grades 7-8. Call 963-4757 x19 for scheduling details.
Rockshop Academy Fostering the next generation of aspiring S.B.-area musicians, the Rockshop Academy offers year-round programs and after-school lessons for all skill levels.Ongoing programs. 1109 De la Vina St. Monthly rates, based on participation. Ages 12-17. Call 574-0973
S.B. Dance Arts S.B. Dance Arts is now celebrating its 14th year under the direction of Alana Tillim and Steven Lovelace. Learn from Broadway veterans and internationally trained professionals in classes for all levels and ages. Classes include jazz, hip-hop, Broadway, aerial, lyrical, ballet, tap, break dancing, plus classes for tots.Enrolling now. S.B. Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle César Chávez, #100. Call 966-5299
Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus If your child enjoys singing and performing, he or she will love the S.B. Children’s Chorus, a community-based, nondenominational music education and performing organization for children. Registration and audition are required for all students.Registration/audition day: Sat., Aug. 20, 11am-1pm; fall session begins Mon., Aug. 29, 4pm. Meets at Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St.Fall session: $399 (no charge for auditions). Ages 8-14. Call 512-9840
Young Singers Club Children receive helpful voice training and learn to perform Broadway solos and group numbers with choreography. Final recitals are held at SOhO nightclub and other venues throughout the area.Class sessions meet on weekday afternoons. 4713 Chandler St. (near San Marcos High). $150-$205 per quarter. Ages 4+. Call 681-6078.
Youth Acting Program Students role-play, improvise, and learn mime through theater games and activities, as well as stage direction, etiquette, and professionalism. Tue., 4:30-5:30pm. Six-week sessions begin in Sept. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. $165/$150* per session. Ages 6-12. Call 897-2519 for more information.
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