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 In the Classroom

After School & Homework Help Programs

Staff and tutors will assist children with homework and school activities. Games, crafts, and sports may be provided at some locations. Please call specific facility for more details on after school programs. 

 Arthur W. Christopher Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Monday-Friday
3:00pm-4:30pm
5-12              $125/child/school year 570410

Shaw Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Monday-Friday
   2:45pm-3:45pm
   4:30pm-5:15pm

5-12 
13-18           
FREE          N/A

St. Julian Devine Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Monday-Friday
2:30pm-6:00pm
5-12              $25/child 581612

Forest Park, Freddie Whaley, Lenevar, Martin, Mitchell, & Willie Gaines Playgrounds

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Monday-Friday
4:00pm-6:00pm
12 & under             FREE              N/A

Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz programs utilize LEGO® Bricks and Robotics materials to inspire an alternative way of learning and explore STEAM-FUNdamentals through building! Students will design and build motorized machines and other constructions then work together to expand their gadgets,  developing collaboration and problem-solving skills. Pre-registration is required, as spots are limited. Click on our flyer to share! 

Bees Landing Recreation Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:00pm   
6-12             $60/4-week session 471805


Engineering for Kids

Kids will build their natural curiosity of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on learning topics ranging from Civil Engineering to Game Design and Robotics. This program delivers a mix of artistic creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication to help students develop a wide range of skills required to succeed in the 21st century. *Call for class themes!


Hazel Parker Playground

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Spring Sessions:
     March 1-22
     April 12-May 3
Thursdays
3:30pm-4:30pm
5-8              $100/month 580122


Coding Class

Kids will be introduced to computer basics and coding in this free workshop for all ages. They will receive one-to-one professional training as well as tours of neighborhood tech companies. There will be prizes awarded for goals reached, including a laptop as the grand prize! Computers and snacks will be provided. No experience necessary. 

Freddie Whaley Playground

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:00pm
All              FREE      N/A



 In the Kitchen

Love Baking 101 

This baking class offers small class sizes with an opportunity for one-on-one instruction. The class instructor encourages creativity and will support your vision when making a cake or cupcakes you will love and be proud to share!

 Arthur W. Christopher Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Tuesdays
5:00pm-6:00pm
8-16              $5/6-week session 570701


Edible Hour

This fun program, offered by Palmetto Kids Cooking, will get your kids interested in the kitchen. Our curriculum is designed for ages 4-13 and will empower your child to be more self-sufficient in the kitchen. Each class is 60 minutes of guided hands-on cooking, nutrition education, and so much more! *All supplies are included.

Hazel Parker Playground

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
January 16-March 6
Tuesdays
3:30pm-4:30pm
4-13             $120/8-week session 480133
September 11-October 30
Tuesdays
3:30pm-4:30pm
4-13 $120/8-week session 480133


Kids in the Kitchen

Children will be given a wonderful opportunity to learn about cooking and kitchen safety. They will be instructed on how to make healthy delicious snacks.

St. Julian Devine Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Thursdays
6:00pm-7:30pm
6-12              FREE       581342


Cooking Class

Students will learn the terms and definitions for cooking different menus and will make one dish per class. Each class will incorporate learning points such as pre-cooking etiquette, measurement skills, and following directions. Self-esteem and confidence will be developed throughout the cooking process and will reflect in the finished product. 

Arthur W. Christopher Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Wednesdays
4:00pm-5:00pm
6-12              $20/6-week session 570155



 For the Leader

Manners & Mindfulness

Manners & Mindfulness is a new program designed by International Etiquette Consultant, Aly Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Manners. The classes have fun, interactive, and mindful activities aimed to help strengthen social and emotional learning with focus on self-presentation, introductions, body language, self-control, empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, and mindful dining. Call for additional program dates. 

Hazel Parker Playground

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
January 18-February 8
Thursdays
3:30pm-4:30pm
5-9              $65/participant 280133


Chess for Boys

Chess involves all levels of critical thinking: knowledge, comprehension, analysis, and evaluation. It encourages socialization skills, raises self-esteem, promotes good sportsmanship, and enables children to assume responsibility for their decisions and actions. Pre-registration is required.

St. Julian Devine Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Saturdays                
9:00am
8-17
(only boys)            
FREE                 N/A


Groove Phi Groove Leadership Academy Workshop

Groove Phi Groove provides community service and leadership experiences for the growth 
and development of high school males. These workshops will promote  and perpetuate the ideals of the Groove Phi Groove fellowship. 

Arthur W. Christopher Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
September-May
Every 4th Saturday
2:00pm
12-18              FREE          570156


Girl Scouts

In Girl Scouts, participants will have fun, make new friends, and go on adventures. Our program centers on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of activities and learning events. Through this experience, girls will earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, perform “Take Action” projects, and much more.  

Arthur W. Christopher Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Mondays
    7:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays
    10:00am-12:00pm
6-12              FREE 570611


UpLift M.E.

This program is designed to uplift, motivate, and encourage young individuals in life. Sessions include nutrition and health, career building, self-worth, personal finance, social media, and other great personal development topics. 

Arthur W. Christopher Community Center

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Mondays
6:00pm-7:00pm
12-18              FREE N/A



 In the Pool

Lifeguard Training & Certification Courses

This is a blended learning class where a portion will be completed online and the rest will be done at the pool. Participants must pass prerequisites: swim 300 meters, retrieve a brick from deep water, and tread water for two minutes without using hands. Course includes CPR–PR, First Aid, and AED certifications. Books are not included, but may be downloaded for free or purchased at www.redcross.org. Please register online at 
rectrac.charleston-sc.gov and call for exact course location. 

Course Dates
February 5-17
March 5-17
April 9-21
May 7-19
October 1-13

Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool OR W.L. Stephens Pool

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Monday & Wednesday
    6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturdays                        
    9:00am-4:00pm
15+             $125/Resident
$145/Non-Resident   
250762-250765 (Spring)
450765 (Fall)


Water Safety Instructor Courses

This is a blended learning class where a portion will be completed online and the rest will take place at the pool. Participants must demonstrate swimming ability equivalent to Level IV in the Learn-to-Swim program and must attend all sessions with his/her suit. Prior to each session, participants must complete online assignments listed in the itinerary. Books are not included, but may be downloaded for free or purchased at www.redcross.org. Please register online at rectrac.charleston-sc.gov and call for exact course location. 

Course Date
April 10-21


Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool OR W.L. Stephens Pool

 Days/Time Ages Cost Activity #
Tuesday & Thursday
    6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturdays
    9:00am-4:00pm
16+               $145/Resident
$165/Non-Resident
550765