Classes for Kids
Some of the classes below are free, some have free trials, and some are pretty expensive (but worth the money). Most of the ones listed here are on the Eastside, but I listed a couple in Seattle that my kids really liked - and are worth the drive.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue (Bellevue)
This club offers many after school programs and classes (as well as a preschool program), including sports, chess, golf, gymnastics, wrestling, and much more. All for a good price. Most programs are for ages 5 and up.
Community Center Classes for Kids (many locations)
Your local community center offers a range of very affordable classes for kids, including Music, Art, Sports, Gymnastics, Theater, and Yoga. Go to your city's community center(s)' page to find out more. If you live in Issaquah, I recommend the Sports Sampler class for 3+ kids; I also recommend the Theater class in Bellevue at the Northwest Arts Center. Here are some community centers on the Eastside:
Issaquah Community Center
Bellevue Community Centers (5 locations)
Mercer Island Community Center
North Kirkland Community Center
Peter Kirk Community Center (in Kirkland)
Pine Lake Community Center (in Sammamish)
To sign up for classes: http://www.myparksandrecreation.com
Cookalicious Club (Issaquah)
Fun cooking classes for kids ages 3 to 18. Tip: Try a class for $15 before you sign up for a quarter full of cooking.
Gymboree Classes (Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond)
Gymboree offers many convenient locations and fun classes in Play & Learn, Art, Music, School Skills, and Sports. Tip: Try a class for free before you sign up to make sure your kids will enjoy it.
Issaquah Dance Theatre (Issaquah)
The Issaquah Dance Theatre offers dance classes in Ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, and jazz. They also offer creative movement classes and pre-ballet/tap especially for preschoolers and kindergartners, ages 3+.
Kelsey Creek Farm Classes and Camps
Offers year-round farmers and explorers classes for ages 2 to 6 with hands-on learning through activities, pony rides, barn chores, animal care, and baking. They also offer a great selection of summer camps and horseback riding lessons. Find out more and sign up through the Bellevue Parks and Recreation website.
Music classes for kids 0-7 years. Tip: Try a class for free before you sign up to make sure your kids will enjoy it.
King County Library System (many locations)
The King County Library offers many wonderful story times and kids' special programs (including Music and Crafts) throughout the year. Check out their website to learn what's offered near you. The programs offered are great for the kids and free. We hop around from library to library to attend different classes and events regularly.
The Little Gym (Bellevue & Issaquah)
Great instructors and a fun, clean, and cheery environment for kids to learn gymnastics and dance. Good for boys and girls. Tip: Try a class for free before you sign up to make sure your kids will enjoy it.
Music Works Northwest (Bellevue)
A non-profit community-based school offering private, group, and summer camp lessons in a wide range of music programs, including Recording, Flute, Music Theory, Piano, Percussion, Voice, and Guitar. Ages 4+
Orange Blossom Society (Redmond)
They offer various camps, parent and me classes, and drop off programs, in yoga, art, movement, and gardening. The drop-off camps are half day camps that vary in subject. They also have a drop-in to play program for the parents and kids, where the kids can play in any of the 5 rooms stocked with great toys, while parents enjoy the free-wifi and the serve-yourself kitchen.
Paint the Town (Seattle, University Village)
Paint on ceramics, create holiday ornaments, create hand and footprint art, or sign up for summer camp. Lots of fun for the little ones.
PCC Cooks (Edmonds, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle)
PCC offers cooking classes just for kids (ages vary). With 9 locations, you're sure to find one near you. They're one time classes, but so much fun for kids who are interested in cooking and getting messy.
Seattle Tilth (Issaquah & Seattle)
Offers one day courses for kids to explore worm bins, plant seeds, use tools, and have fun learning about nature in the garden.
Sponge Language School (Issaquah & Seattle)
Offers quarter-long classes in Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Japanese. They offer child/caregiver classes for ages 0-4, and kids only classes for ages 4+.
Tiny Treks Parent-Child Program (Redmond)
Offers kids ages 2-4 and their parents a hands-on nature exploration class in 4-week sessions. Includes exploring the woods, looking for spiders, nature crafts, and animal sound treasure hunts.
Whole Foods Market Culinary Classes (Bellevue, Redmond, Seattle)
Whole Foods offers fun classes for adults and kids. Teach your kids to cook with fresh, local, and organic ingredients at an early age. They're one-time classes, but so much fun.
VeloKids - Marymoor Velodrome Association (Redmond)
Offers youth track cycling classes and camps for kids ages 5-16, on cycling basics, safety, skills, and racing.
Village Theatre Kidstage (Everett & Issaquah)
Quarter-long acting classes for kids 4-20. Programs such as Literature & Life Skills, Building Blocks for Young Actors, and Musical Theatre.