When the school bell rings at the end of the day, what is next on your kid’s schedule? Suiting up for football practice or tuning a guitar for music lessons? Slipping on a pair of tap shoes? Prepping for an ACT practice test?

After-school activities are a great way for youngsters to extend learning beyond the school day. The many programs offered in central Arkansas allow children to discover additional interests that may not be available in the classroom. Enrolling your child in enriching activities can boost academic achievement and self-esteem, foster new friendships, and help develop a lifelong hobby or even a career.


 Academic/Tutoring

ACCESS
10618 Breckenridge Drive, Little Rock
217-8600

Academic therapy offers specialized tutoring for children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia; the therapy addresses reading, spelling, math, comprehension, written expression and more.


Arkansas Extended Learning Center
2710 N. McKinley St., Little Rock
666-0759

The center offers classes for language and test preparation along with courses that help cultivate new hobbies.


Gideon Math and Reading
1121 S. Bowman Road, Little Rock
503-1938

Gideon works with your child to help build confidence through mastery learning to catch up, keep up, and stay ahead. Programs include ACT prep, math mastery, reading and more.


Huntington Learning Center
11525 Cantrell Road, Ste. 603, Little Rock
223-2299

Huntington offers  tutoring for all ages in reading, math, Spanish, biology and earth science as well as ACT prep.


Sylvan Learning Center
11220 N. Rodney Parham Road, Ste. 1, Little Rock
791-9200

Sylvan helps parents create a custom-tailored tutoring program to meet their child’s academic goals in subjects including math, reading, writing, study skills, homework support and ACT prep.


The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
201 E. Broadway St., North Little Rock
907-6570

The after-school programs at the Hub for students ages 10-16 are focused classroom lab sessions where one lesson builds on the next.


 After-School Care

Adventureland Academy
1015 Autumn Road, Little Rock
227-0880

After-school care for numerous public and private schools in the Little Rock area with after-school snacks, homework assistance and reading tutoring. Open on school holidays and parent-teacher conference days.


ASPire-North Little Rock Parks & Recreation
2700 Willow St., North Little Rock
791-8545; 791-8543

The after-school program is available at various community centers for middle (grades 6-8) and elementary (grades K-5) school students. Children will participate in educational, health and fitness, and art activities.


Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas
1616 W. 3rd St., Little Rock
666-8816

Children ages 6-18 can participate in basketball teams at various Boys and Girls Club locations from November through March.


First United Methodist Child Development Center
324 W. 8th St., Little Rock
372-2327

The after-school curriculum offers daily activities, play in a fresh-air gymnasium, a USDA-approved snack, a homework room and other enrichment options.


Good Earth Learning Center
511 Ernie Davis Road, Austin
732-0321

Located on a family farm right outside of Cabot, children enjoy farm fresh food and educational activities that bring the whole world of agriculture to life as they learn to nurture their bodies, communities and the planet.


Little Rock Athletic Club
4610 Sam Peck Road, Little Rock
225-3600

A state licensed after-school care program for children in grades preK-6 featuring fitness activities, educational classes, community involvement, arts and crafts, homework, guest speakers and snacks.


Little Rock Parks & Recreation
Dunbar, Southwest & Stephens community centers, Little Rock
371-4770

The after-school program emphasizes homework assistance, indoor and outdoor games, after-school clubs and more for kids kindergarten through eighth grade.


North Little Rock Athletic Club
3804 McCain Park Drive, North Little Rock
812-5555

This state licensed after-school care program for children in grades K-6 includes fitness activities, cooperative games, homework, science experiments and snacks.


 Art

Arkansas Arts Center Museum School
501 E. 9th St., Little Rock
372-4000

A variety of art classes at the Museum School led by experienced artist-educators offer the opportunity for creative learning and interaction during after-school hours and on weekends.


Community Connections Art
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627

This free program for students with special needs ages 3-18 allows children to explore their creativity in a positive, encouraging environment, while exploring their senses in new and exciting ways.


I Can! Art
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140

Classes are held at the I Can! Arts & Resource Center and allow children to explore their creativity and encourages self-expression through a variety of art mediums.


Matthews Studios
4004 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock
658-2255

Matthews Studios offers art lessons and art parties for all ages.


 Baseball

Bryant Athletic Association
P.O. Box 68, Bryant
420-4786

The Bryant Athletic Association is a baseball program dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and high-quality youth sports program for families in Bryant and surrounding communities.


Burns Park Baseball Association
4098 Joe Poch Drive, North Little Rock
753-0012

Burns Park Baseball aims to be a positive, rewarding experience for young players age 3 and up.


D-BAT Little Rock
4209 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock
725-2727

In addition to private baseball and softball lessons, D-BAT offers pitching machines with real baseballs and softballs, a fully-stocked Pro shop, more than 50 camps and clinics and more.


Junior Deputy Baseball
P.O. Box 250709, Little Rock
372-7640

Junior Deputy offers fall and spring leagues for competitive and recreational players ages 4-19 who live within Pulaski County.


Miracle League of Arkansas
2500 Water Works Drive, Little Rock
940-3405

Any person age 4 or older with a diagnosis can play baseball in the original, fundamental or competitive league.


 Basketball

Community Connections Basketball
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627

Community Connections will be offering Shooting for Success in Conway, Russellville and Little Rock for children ages 5-18.


 Cheerleading/Gymnastics

Cheer City United
7 Clearwater Drive, Ste. B, Little Rock
407-8050

Cheer classes, clinics and mini-camps help sharpen skills while having fun. School teams are welcome for training and private lessons are also offered.


Increased Heights Gymnastics
2326 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
593-1139

A safe and fun environment where children gain gymnastics knowledge and skills while enhancing their self-esteem, self-confidence and respect for others. Students learn vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor under certified supervision.


River City Gymnastics
5310 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock
407-8000

River City Gymnastics provides a healthy snack upon arrival, supervised play time in our air-conditioned facility, and quiet time in our classroom for homework or reading. Students can be picked up from Roberts and Baker elementary schools.


Showstoppers Cheerleading
2740 College Ave., Conway
329-5459

Showstoppers Cheerleading gives kids with special needs ages 4-18 the opportunity to cheer on a squad with their peers and highlight their individual abilities.


The Little Gym
1121 S. Bowman Road, Ste. C-1, Little Rock
225-5437

This program includes non-competitive gymnastics and dance classes.


 Dance

Arkansas Academy of Dance & Arkansas Festival Ballet
10301 N. Rodney Parham Road, Bldg. B, Little Rock
227-5320

The academy emphasizes professional instruction for students ages 3 and older and promotes high standards in formal classical ballet training for progressive, intermediate and advanced students with a focus on technique, supplementary classes and performing opportunities.


Dance Dynamics
1308 S. Bowman Road, Little Rock
225-4090

Tumbling classes are available for summer and fall. In the fall, there will be a creative movement class for students ages 2-3. Dance classes offered in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theatre are open to ages 2-18.


Dance FX
150 Brookswood Road, Sherwood
392-6419

Dance FX offers classes for ages 2 and up in a variety of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and musical theater.


Dancers’ Corner
7509 Cantrell Road, Ste. 120, Little Rock
666-9538

Dancers’ Corner provides quality dance instruction, with an emphasis on classical ballet, in a non-competitive, family atmosphere.


I Can! Dance
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140

The dance program is open to children ages 4-17 with spina bifida, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism.


Irby Studio of Dance
2324 Durwood Road, Little Rock
664-2800

Irby offers ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and lyrical dances classes for beginning and advanced students.


Reve Dance Academy
5710 Warden Road, Ste. 7, Sherwood
944-7377

Reve is a dynamic, creative and energized dance studio that offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, contemporary dance, pointe, and tumbling starting at 18 months old.


Rock City Dance Center
5 Innwood Circle, Little Rock
225-6833

Recreational and competitive dance classes in creative movement, modern, lyrical dance and musical theater. are available to children and adults.


Shuffles and Ballet II
1521 Merrill Drive, Little Rock
223-9224

Shuffles offers the finest quality instruction and education in classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater and hip hop as well as a pre-professional program.


 Drama

ACTS Jr.
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627

ACTS Jr. (Acting Creates Therapeutic Success) is a program designed to integrate children ages 7-17 with and without disabilities together through the use of performing arts. This program is led by occupational therapists, occupational therapy students, and youth volunteers from the community.


 Enrichment

Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St., Little Rock
918-3086

The Central Arkansas Library System’s 14 branches all have after-school programs, including crafts, puppets, cooking classes, concerts, movies and more. Check the website for information about programs for children and teens.


 Football

Life CHAMPS Youth Sports
12115 Hinson Road, Ste. 200, Little Rock
255-0950

Life CHAMPS offers fall flag and tackle football leagues for ages 5 to 12 and provides excellence in athletic instruction and competition while focusing on the importance of character and education.


Rivals United Football League
2740 College Ave., Conway
329-5459

The Rivals United Flag Football League gives all kids ages 7-17, including those with disabilities, an opportunity to play the game as quarterback, kicker, offense, and defense.


 Golf

Arkansas Golf Center
5150 John W. Allison Road, Conway
327-0171

The center introduces children ages 6-12 to the game of golf or help them further develop their golf swing.


Community Connections Golf
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627

Community Connections partners with The First Tee of Central Arkansas to provide a golf program with a positive, encouraging environment for children ages 5-18 with special needs.


Country Club of Arkansas
3 Country Club Circle, Maumelle
851-0095

Individual lessons are offered and the schedule can be decided between parents and the golf pro.


Full Swing Golf Academy
Hindman Golf Course, 60 Brookview Drive, Little Rock
436-9562

The academy’s introduces fundamentals of golf to children ages 8-17 regardless of experience.


The First Tee Central Arkansas
1 First Tee Way, Little Rock
562-4653

Being a member of The First Tee of Arkansas gives a young person the opportunity to take part in the organization’s numerous golf and life skills activities.


Tommy Rutherford Golf Academy
34 Cypress Creek Crossing, Cabot
658-7787

Golf lessons at Tommy Rutherford Academy improve self-esteem, confidence, build character, integrity, and develop leadership skills for students ages 8-17.


 Horseback Riding

Diamond TR Horsemanship Academy
46419 Highway 10, Williams Junction
580-4099

The Academy provides a safe environment for students of all ages and levels of experience.


Evermore Ranch and Equestrian Center
3725 College Ave., Conway
327-4600

The ranch offers lessons, training, summer clinics, boarding and facilities for special events as well as trainers for therapeutic riding.


Freedom Reins
17706 Interstate 30, Ste. 3, Benton
315-4414

This hippotherapy (horse riding therapy) program promotes independence for children with special needs.


Hearts & Hooves
2308 Kellogg Acres Road, Sherwood
834-8509

Hearts & Hooves, accredited through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, enriches the lives of people with disabilities through partnership with the horse. Those with Medicaid waivers may get their fees paid for in their plan and sholarships are available based on financial need.


Midland Farm
3406 Midland Road, Alexander
590-0784

Midland offers horseback riding lessons on wonderful safe school horses for English or Western-style riding.


 Indoor Climbing

Little Rock Climbing Center
12120 Colonel Glenn Road, Ste. 7000, Little Rock
227-9500

LRCC offers lessons for new and experienced climbers as well as recreational and competitive climbing teams that have regular practices, build skills, and learn technique from qualified coaches.


 Lacrosse

Little Rock Lacrosse
Natural Steps Sports Complex, 11101 Highway 300, Little Rock
831-3144

Little Rock Lacrosse is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading lacrosse in central Arkansas for kids in grades K-12.


 Martial Arts

All Star ATA Martial Arts
5501 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock
(877) 529-3085

With eight locations in Central Arkansas, Arkansas ATA Martial Arts has classes for all ages. It has a training program that is right for you and your family. Call today to reserve your spot.


Community Connections Martial Arts
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627

Community Connections offers the Martial Arts program in partnership with Grandmaster Han’s in Conway and Martial Arts America in Russellville so that children of all abilities can learn martial arts and experience success.


Impact Martial Arts
9808 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock
224-1222

Students ages 4 and up can choose from martial arts instruction, life skills classes, the Knockout Workout, the student achievement program or weapons classes.


Rock City Mixed Martial Arts
200 N. Bowman Road, Ste. 3, Little Rock
812-9121

Students ages 4-13 develop athletic skills along with life skills, including leadership, courage, respect, discipline, focus, confidence, integrity and humility.


Unity Martial Arts
2400 Cantrell Road, #104, Little Rock
664-0604

Unity Martial Arts - winner of Little Rock Family’s Family Favorites award for best martial arts - teaches fitness and conflict avoidance through fun, safe exercises and games that help children improve coordination and endurance.


 Music

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 7328, Little Rock
666-1761

Various members of the symphony are available to teach private lessons.


Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestras
Byrne Hall, 2417 N. Tyler, Little Rock
666-1761

Auditions are held twice each year in January and May. Check the website for audition dates for other orchestras and ensembles.


CKC Music
11220 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock
257-0580

Lesson for children ages 5 and up emphasize a strong foundation in music fundamentals in a variety of instruments.


Community Connections Music
2740 College Ave., Conway
329-5459

This program promote the growth and love of music in children ages 3 and up with special needs; through music discovery and exportation, they will learn how music makes life better and have fun.


First Arts After-School Music Program
723 Center St., Little Rock
372-2256

Children grades 2 and up receive 12 weeks of group or private music instruction in this program. Choose from a variety of instruments to learn, from bass guitar to trumpet.


I Can! Music
1040 Angel Court, Little Rock
888-4140

Classes introduce participants to the four families of the orchestra and include participation with rhythm instruments, listening activities and musical games.


Little Rock Jams Music School
Breckenridge Village, 10301 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock
312-1800

Little Rock Jams offers music lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, piano, voice, drums, trumpet and trombone.


Little Rock School of the Arts
315 S. Hughes St., Little Rock
663-5232

This faith-based organization provides private lessons in voice, piano, strings, drawing, painting and more. Group lessons are offered for woodwind, brass, guitar and more.


Piano Lessons In Your Home
209 Kings Row Drive, Little Rock
224-2115

Learn piano, guitar and voice in the comfort of your own home with qualified teachers and flexible scheduling.


Ro-An Music Teaching Studio
19231 Interstate 30, Benton
315-2600

Lessons available for guitar, voice, all wind instruments, bass, violin, drums and more.


UCA Community School of Music
201 Donaghey Ave., Conway
450-3672

Vocal and instrumental lessons are available for all ages and ability levels, including Suzuki violin for ages 4 and up, Little Mozart pre-piano for ages 5-7, beginner guitar lessons and more.


 Scouting

Boy Scouts of America
3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock
664-4780, ext. 222

Scouting is a community-based program for boys from first grade to 20 years old and girls 14 to 20 years old.


Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas
11311 Arcade Drive, Little Rock
758-1020

Girl Scout troops are led by well-trained adult volunteers and includes collaborations with other communities, youth-serving groups and during- and after-school programs.


 Skating

Arkansas Skatium
1311 Bowman Road, Little Rock
227-4333

The “Fun Skate” program lasts eight weeks and is open to ages 4 and up (including adults). Classes meet twice a week and there are extra opportunities like ice shows and exhibition that help students grow and show off their skills.


 Soccer

Arkansas Soccer Club
108 Wellington Colony Court, Little Rock
954-9545

Children from 18 months to 17 years old learn soccer in a supportive environment that emphasizes skill learning, team building, and fun.


Arkansas United Soccer Club
1900 N. Bryant St., Ste. 201, Little Rock
603-9880

AUSC offers competitive and recreational soccer for players age 3 and up.


 Softball

Girls Softball League
913 E. Sevier St., Benton
860-5788; 776-5970

This program is great for competitive or recreational players and serves well for kids transitioning from one division to the next.


 Special Needs

Autism Resource Center of Arkansas
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627

The center offers information and support for individuals with autism and the parents/families who are raising them.


Community Connections
2740 College Ave., Conway
733-1627

Community Connections offers a variety of programs for special needs children including: ACTS Jr., basketball, golf, music, Rivals United Football League, and tennis.


Special Olympics Arkansas
2115 Main St., North Little Rock
771-0222

There is year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in a variety of fields including aquatics, soccer, bowling, gymnastics and powerlifting.


 Sports

D1 Sports Training
10 Viewpointe Cove, Little Rock
588-3910

D1 provides the highest quality sports training and physical therapy to its members by offering a level of dedication and intensity every athlete needs to succeed in sports and in life.


 Swimming

Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team
#1 Huntington Road, Little Rock
225-5711

Dolphin Swim Team is a year-round competitive swim program for every level of swimmer, from beginners to national level competition.


Rick’s Dive ‘N Travel Center
2323 N. Poplar St., North Little Rock
753-6004

Rick’s offers diver training classes to any child between ages 10-14 at he PADI 5-Star center, which features a heated indoor pool, two classrooms, a service department, rentals and scuba equipment for purchase.


 Tennis

Bermudez Tennis Academy at Rebsamen Tennis Center
1501 Leisure Place, Little Rock
766-1119

Bermudez offers tennis lessons for recreational and competitive players of all ages and levels.


Burns Park Tennis Center
4000 Joe Poch Road, North Little Rock
791-8585

The center offers group and private tennis instruction with a fall session that will run from Aug. 14-Oct. 7. Contact Chris Cash, the director of junior tennis, at chriscashtennis@gmail.com for more information.


Henson Park Tennis Center
408 N. Beverly Ave., Sherwood
835-9793

Tennis lessons are given year-round for children ages 4-18.


USTA Junior Team Tennis
2024 Arkansas Valley Drive, #302, Little Rock
227-7611

USTA Junior Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams and promote social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity.