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NJ Kids Enrichment Classes for Children & Teens in New Jersey

Circus Arts Film Making Girls Enrichment Nature/Environment
Exchange Students Gardening Legos/Robotics Safety

See listings under Academic Enrichment for academic, computer, math, science and technology programs, workshops and summer programs.

circus arts

Circus Place
6 Jill Court, Building 23 Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784
    Children and adults can discover, explore and perform unique cirque arts in a safe and nurturing environment. Professional facility and staff enable the recreational student to discover new skills, encourage the serious student to explore their potential, and empower the professional artist to develop their craft to the highest level possible.
    25 circus disciplines include: juggling, hula hooping, wire walking, plate spitting, acrobatics, human pyramids, clowning, aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, rope, stilt walking and unicycle. Daily classes, private lessons, workshops, day camps, class trips, birthday parties and summer camps. Performance opportunities include participation in youth troupe, variety shows and end-of-the-school-year student showcase.

New Jersey Dance Center
3 Sheila Dr., Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
        New Jersey Dance Center offers expert training for ages 2 and up in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap and new AERIAL SILKS CLASSES. We offer year round classes and summer camps. Our staff are trained professionals with a passion for teaching. Your child will not only learn to dance, but love to dance!

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exchange students

    Host an international exchange student, be an exchange student or experience the world after high school with gap year programs for graduates and adults. 3-7 week summer programs depart June-July and provide opportunities to live with a host family, take language classes or perform community service.

EF Summer Homestay
    International students arrive every summer to experience American family life and improve their English. Visit website link for information about becoming a host family.

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film making

201-331-3306, email
         Learn all kinds of movie making, streaming, and animation skills in Incrediflix after school programs. View classes at and to bring programs to your school, contact or 201-331-3306.

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Extension Division, Rutgers University

Rehearsal Hall, Room 101, 85 George St., New Brunswick
848-932-8618 • Email:
Rehearsal Hall, Room 101, 85 George St., New Brunswick
848-932-8618 • Email:
    The Mason Gross Extension Division offers world-class arts education to the entire community, right here in Central Jersey. Our innovative programming allows artists of all ages and ability levels to interact and learn from some of New Jersey's most distinguished teaching artists at the state's premier arts conservatory. Courses of study are available for beginners, enthusiastic amateurs, and those with professional training.
    Digital filmmaking classes and summer camp.

New Jersey Film School
755 Central Ave., New Providence, 908-508-0800

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Duke Farms
1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, 908-722-3700
    Junior Gardener series for families with children in grades 2-5, community garden and Discovering Orchids for Kids workshops are offered as well as gardening and horticulture programs for adults and educators.

Morris County Park Commission Gardening Programs
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 53 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., 973-326-7627
• Branching Out
   Programs for ages 5-13 to learn about gardening, botany and horticulture. Summer session July-Aug. Workshops for preschoolers and adults are also offered throughout the year.
• Garden Sprouts
   Ages 3-K are introduced to plants and nature through outdoor walks and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call for upcoming programs.
• Junior Master Gardeners
   973-631-5004. Hands-on horticulture program for grades 3-5 meets during the school year. Participants become certified as Junior Master Gardeners.

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especially for girls

Girls with Impact Online
203-493-1305, email           
           Entrepreneurship program for girls in grades 7-12 offers live online class sessions led by expert coaches. Girls start with a business creation/ideation exercise to come up with a business or non-profit plan, then spend the following 8-12 weeks learning how to execute those ideas. Scholarships available.

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In addition to the listings below, see Outdoor Education Centers for an extensive selection of nature and environmental education programs for toddlers to adults.

Turtle Back Zoo Education Programs
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800 x221
    On-site education programs for school and summer camp groups; early childhood classes for ages 6 mos.-5 yrs.; overnight adventures.

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In addition to the listings below, check the programming offered by your local Recreation Dept. and Y/JCC for babysitting and safety courses offered for children, teens and parents.

Babysitting & Safety Workshops
The Red Cross offers babysitting, CPR, Community First Aid & Safety, Lifeguard Training and other courses. Some chapters offer basic safety workshops to youth groups ages 6-13. Adult Schools and Ys/JCCs also may offer youth training courses. See listings under Education Services and Recreation Facilities for contact information. Enter your zipcode on the Red Cross website to find your local chapter.
American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Chapter
707 Alexander Rd., Suite 101, Princeton, 609-951-8550.
  Additional location: 14 W. Cliff St., Somerville.
American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Chapter
  209 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield, 973-797-3300.
  Additional locations: Jersey City, Montclair, Newton, Nutley, Paterson,
  and Ridgewood.
New Jersey Crossroads Chapter
  695 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-273-2076.
  Additional locations: 115 Greenwich St., Belvidere;
  389 Millburn Ave., Millburn; 321 Elm St., Westfield.
American Red Cross of Jersey Coast Chapter
  1540 West Park Ave., Tinton Falls, 732-493-9100.
  Satellite Office: 201 Hooper Ave., Toms River.
Southern Shore Chapter
  850 North Franklin Blvd., Pleasantville, 609-646-8330.
Southwestern New Jersey Chapter
  5425 Rt. 70 West, Pennsauken, 856-356-7100.

    Activities and games for developing early reading skills. The Get Ready to Read! screening tool is designed to indicate a child's pre-reading progress.

HEROES Academy
317 George St., Suite 210, New Brunswick, 732-690-7991
    Offers weekend accelerated language arts classes to gifted students in grades 3 and up. Classes focus on immersing children in grammar and literature to develop a high level understanding of the English language.

The Writers Circle Creative Writing Workshops
Locations in Summit, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, and Morristown, NJ, 973-900-0415
    Weekly creative writing workshops for children ages 8-18 plus many classes for adults. TWC workshops emphasize creativity and imagination as the most productive and enjoyable path to better writing.

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