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Prairie Walls Climbing Gym - Kids Club • 4420 19th St. N.W. • 292-0511 •
Kids Club is a chance for young climbers to experience the excitement of rock climbing in the supervised environment at Prairie Walls. Kids love to climb, and as they learn the skills of safe rock climbing they will also be gaining self confidence, learning trust, improving coordination and physical fitness. Prairie Walls staff will take care of all the safety checks and belaying while the kids climb. For kids that have taken our Get Vertical or Sharp End classes, the staff will provide supervision while the kids practice the belaying and safety skills they have learned. Our staff to climber ratio is approximately 1 to 8. Fridays, 5:00 to 7:00. $18 - all of the required rental equipment is included. Kids Club punch cards: 10 pass $140; 5 pass $80. Reservations are requested for kids club.

Prairie Walls Climbing Gym - Parent Child Class • 4420 19th St. N.W. • 292-0511 •
Learning to rock climb with your children is a great family activity. In climbing, the challenges and rewards are essentially the same for children and adults, creating a unique family experience. In this two-hour introductory climbing class parents and children 12 and older will learn the basic safety skills required for climbing at Prairie Walls. Including how to put on a climbing harness, tie the rope into the harness, safety checks, top rope belaying, basic vertical movement and bouldering. You learn by doing and we will have you on the wall in no time. Children 11 and under will climb while the parents belay them. Upon successful completion of this class parents and children 12 and older will have the skills required to climb at Prairie Walls on your own. Saturdays 2:00 to 4:00. Tuesdays 6:00 to 8:00. $35 for each adult or child 12 and older. $18.00 per child 11 years and younger. The price includes all required rental equipment. Each participant receives a coupon for a free day pass, valid within two weeks of completing the class. With the instructors approval you may stay and climb after class. Reservations requested.

Rochester Figure Skating Club • • 288-7536

Rochester Figure Skating Club offers lessons (figure, hockey, synchronized) for all ages (preschoolers on up) and skill levels (beginners through advanced). Lessons take place year round at the Recreation Center, 21 Elton Hills Drive. Skaters are invited to participate in the RFSC's annual ice show. Visit their website for a list of current classes.

Coyote Creek Gun & Archery • 3600 South Broadway • 289-8308 •
Coyote Creek offers archery classes for kids. Visit their website for class details. They can furnish the bow and arrows if your child doesn't have them.

Soccer World • 424-3018 •

Soccer World offers the following classes:

• Turf Tykes is our Preschool Program for children ages 3-5. We maintain small class sizes and present a fun filled curriculum each week! All classes are 45-minutes in length.

• Turf Tyke Sampler is a great program for children to experience a variety of sports while working on coordination, strength, and social skills. The program is 4-weeks in length and each week the children will experience a new sport! Ages 3-5.

• Turf Tyke Soccer is a 4-week program introducing children to soccer though a variety of fun games. In addition to teaching the basics of soccer, we work on body awareness, and social skills. Ages 4-5.

• Kick and Tumble Class is our NEWEST Turf Tyke program where children get the benefits of gymnastics and soccer. Children will have 20-25 minutes of gymnastics followed by 20-25 minutes of non-stop soccer! Classes will be broken down into a 3-4 year old class and a 4-5 year old class.

" Soccer Kids teaches the basics of soccer while meeting new friends! We pair K/1st, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th graders together. The children in K/1 and 2/3 will experience 20-25 minutes of instructional games followed by 20-25 minutes of 4v4 game. The 4th / 5th graders will experience 1-week of instruction with the following weeks being league play!

Rochester Tennis Connection • 2700 Country Club Rd SW • 288-4851 •

Instruction offered for ages 4 - adult for this great, fun, lifetime sport. Group lessons are offered all year through our indoor site (Country Club Rd - 6 courts) and outdoor site (Kutzky Park). Rackets available for use during lessons at no charge. Many levels are offered from Tiny Swingers (4-6yrs) - Excellence (our high school players). Visit the website for session dates and levels. Parents are encouraged to play with their children on Family Day (Sundays) at a reduced rate. Rochester Tennis Connection is open to the public and also offers a membership option as well.

MYBA • 507-254-7580 • •

Minnesota Youth Ballet Academy offers a focus on classical ballet training for ages 3 - adult. Experienced and professional faculty. Convenient location within the Rochester Athletic Club (you do NOT need to be a RAC member). Programs specializing in age appropriate curriculum with small class sizes.

StarStruck Dance Studio • 272-7959 •
StarStruck Dance Studio's mission is to inspire and educate individuals in the art of dance. We encourage individuals to explore their passion for the arts in an encouraging environment. Our dance program promotes confidence, creativity, and discipline. We offer classes in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop and Competitive Dance. There are combo classes for ages 3-5 with ballet and tap in a 45 min class. We also offer adult classes in Ballet, Jazz/Contemporary and Tap.

Rochester International Dance Studio- International Dance and Fitness Classes • (Sadiya) Terri Allred • 507-884-1375 • •
We develop creative, confident and healthy girls through dance. Find your new dance home at Sadiya's Rochester International Dance Studio. We offer dance and movement classes that celebrate the international cultures and traditions from which they were born. We offer dance and dance fitness classes including Bollywood, Hula, Middle Eastern and Latin dance. We have mommy and me for toddlers, youth dance, teen dance, mother/daughter dance and adult dance classes. Our flexible make up policy ensures that you will never have to miss a class that you have paid for. We offer a risk free trial. We are so sure that you will like our classes that the first class is free.

Allegro • 2342 Superior Drive NW • 288-0125 •
Learn ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, zumba, tap and more in a beautiful, state of the art facility in Rochester, MN. Ages 3 to 40 enjoy our flexible schedules, professional atmosphere and truly outstanding instructors. Come see for yourself why dancers fall in love with Allegro School of Dance and Music.

Dance Connection • 286-1415 •
Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, danceline, and pre-ballet are offered pre-school (3 years) through high school. The studio is owned by, and all classes are taught by, Tanya Williams.

FYI... Tanya also teaches morning dance classes for 3-6 year olds. These Community Ed classes are held at Northrup Education Center. Classes are listed in the purple PAIIR/Preschool catalog or call Community Ed at 328-4000.

Tippi Toes Dance Company • • 327-8950 •
Since 1999 Tippi Toes Dance Company has been bringing a unique program of dance and creative movement to child care centers, schools, play groups and various after school programs. Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child's self-esteem. Tippi Toes Dance Company classes have a remarkable impact on social and developmental growth. Our dance classes fuel and develop the imagination, critical thinking and sharpen both cognitive and creative skills. Classes are available for children 18 months and older: Toddler & Me, Baby Ballet, Ballet/Tap/Jazz, Hip Hop Jazz. Locations: Rochester, Kasson, Stewartville, Chatfield.

Janet Lang • 2625 HWY 14 W • 288-9653 •
Instruction is offered for ages 18 months through adult. Youth classes include mommy & me (parent/child class), ballet, tap, jazz, danceline, hip hop, clogging, modern, and dance sport. Adult classes also available.

Just For Kix •
Dance classes available for children 3 years - 12th grade. Visit their website, enter your website and it'll give you a list of local classes. Classes available in Rochester, Stewartville, Byron, Chatfield, and Kasson.

DANCE COMPANIES (Dance companies are not dance studios. Instead they typically rent space from a dance studio, hold open auditions for dancers from any studio, and hold 1 or 2 large productions (that are open to the public) a year.
Minnesota Ballet Theatre •
Minnesota Ballet Theatre is an independent, nonprofit, semi-professional dance company. MBT's rehearsal and administrative home is the Minnesota Youth Ballet Academy. All area dancers are welcome to audition for MBT. Get on their mailing list,, to find out about upcoming auditions.

Children's Dance Theatre •
Children's Dance Theatre was founded in 1987. It is not a dance studio, but rather an independent incorporated nonprofit dance theater. Auditions are open to dancers ages 5 and older currently enrolled in a weekly dance class at any area dance studio.

Rochester Dance Company •
The Rochester Dance Company is a preprofessional dance company. Open to all dance students from any dance studio, the RDC hosts various onstage productions. Visit their website for info on upcoming auctions and productions.

Baby Signs by Laurie, Independent Certified Instructor • 280-0122 • •

Babies have so much to saybut without words, communication can be frustrating! Now there's an effective way to avoid those tears and tantrums by teaching babies how to talk with their hands using the Baby Signs Program based on simple signs that allow babies and toddlers to communicate what they see, what they need, and even how they feel. Child development experts Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph..D. developed the Baby Signs Program for infants and toddlers ages 6-36 months. Their National Institutes of Health research showed that the Baby Signs Program: Reduces frustration and builds trust, Strengthens the parent/infant bond, Promotes positive emotional development, Helps babies learn to talk sooner and Jumpstarts intellectual development. There are two exciting ways to get started: Baby Signs Parent Workshops and Baby Signs Sign, Say & Play" Classes. For more information please contact Laurie Barreto, Independent Certified Instructor of Baby Signs Programs.

Urban Forest Parent/Child Natural Craft Classes are held at Children of the Urban Forest School. Classes focus on creative, age appropriate projects using natural art materials and items found in nature. Each class project will relate to the current season. A group story will follow craft time. Appropriate for ages 2.5 years through 5 years old. $5.00 per child per session. Classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact Children of The Urban Forest School. or

Language Workshop for Children @ Kids World • 261-9640 • 14½ 4th Street SW •
The Language Workshop For Children was developed by Mr. Francois Thibaut almost 40 years in New York City, N.Y. Through his research in early language acquisition in young children, he developed the Thibaut Technique®. This technique teaches young children (6 months to 12 years) a new language through age-appropriate tools such as vocabulary rich songs, visual aids, action play, structured games, and sentence building exercises in an emotionally supportive, language immersion classroom. Thibaut Technique® instructors are native language speakers that are trained to use space, sequence, body language, voice melody, emotion, and social interaction, among other tools. Call for class schedule, tuition and calendar information. The Language Workshop For Children at Kids' World is also offering Spanish lessons at New Horizon Academy, at Byron Community Education, and at Schaeffer Academy Contact them or Rebeca Sedarski for more class schedule information.

J.E.T.S. • 4430 19th St NW • 285-9262 •

JETS Gymnastics offers a state of the art preschool/recreational gymnastics program and competitive team programs. They offer parent/tot classes starting at 12 months, and other preschool programs starting at 3 years of age. For school age students, they offer the recreational program which has classes for both boys and girls. JETS also offer both Sports Readiness programs for athletes who want to stay on top of their game and specialized Tumbling classes. In addition, J.E.T.S. offers Kid's Night Out (i.e. Parents Night Out; Friday's 7-11pm which includes gymnastics, movie, games, adult supervision) and Open Gyms. They also offer all-inclusive kids' birthday parties and dance and music lessons.

Fierce All Stars, Inc. • • • 6301 Bandel Road NW #503
Fierce All Stars offers Competitive Cheerleading, Recreational Cheerleading Classes, Tumbling Classes and Private Lessons. Athletes will also learn self-confidence, commitment and hard work. We train the all around athlete.

Ultimate Athletics •
Ultimate Athletics offers Intro to Competition Cheerleading, All-Star Cheerleading, Ultimate Youth Cheerleading, Tumbling Classes, Stunting Classes, and Camps.

Cheer America • 851 30th Avenue SE (RCTC, Rockenbach Gym) • 952-997-7732 "
Cheer America is a cheerleading and dance program for children 4yrs and older. Classes teach popular cheers, chants, choreographed pom/dance routines, jumps, leaps, and more. The program promotes physical fitness, personal esteem, working with others, and respect for authority.

Med City Aquatics •
The MedCity Aquatics Swim School takes swimmers from age 3 all the way through their successful completion of becoming a CHAMPION swimmer. The progressive levels of the Swim School are designed to work with all ages and ability levels for the beginning to intermediate swimmer.

Rochester Swim Club ORCAS's Olympic Swim School • 252-8569 •
The Rochester Swim Club ORCASs Olympic Swim School offers swimming lessons to children as young as 3 (diapers not allowed). Swimming lessons offered at all levels, water acclimation to advanced. All levels are offered each session, if class fills, so that families can usually have all of their children at the same class time.

Registration for winter classes (Jan-March) takes place in November. Visit their website for registration info (FYI...classes fill fast!).

Rochester Recreation Center • 21 Elton Hills Drive •  281-6167 •
The Rec Center offers swim classes. Children must be 6 years of age and 48" inches in height. Check out their website for info on classes/times.

Rochester Area Family Y • 709 1st Avenue Southwest • 287-2260 •
The Y offers swim lessons (ages 6 months on up) to members and non-members. Did you know they have baby/parent swim classes, home school swim classes, and swim teams? Check out their website for a detailed list of classes.

Community Education Preschool Classes • 201 8th St NW (Northrup Education Center) • 328-4000 •
Community Ed offers Water Readiness parent/child swim classes for children as young as 9 months.

Rochester Community Youth Basketball Association •

RCYBA offers basketball opportunities to boys and girls first through eighth grade. Visit their website for for registration information.

Rochester Area Lacrosse (RAL) is a youth lacrosse organization dedicated to teaching and promoting the game of lacrosse in a fun, safe, and sportsmanlike environment for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. Find out more at

Rochester Youth Soccer Association • Office: 1700 N Broadway • 280-7584 •

The Rochester Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) promotes the game of soccer in Rochester and surrounding communities. RYSA is associated with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association and consists of two leagues: RYSA - Traveling and Zumbro Valley Recreational Soccer. Spring/Summer recreation soccer is open to youth in grades K-12 with 8 Saturday games, April-June. Check out their website for all the scoop on soccer in Rochester.

Rochester Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) • 281-9672 •

RYBA provides the opportunity for boys and girls from kindergarten to 9th grade to play t-ball/baseball. Focus is on teaching baseball skills and having fun. The season runs from mid April through the end of July. RYBA also offers Fall Ball (September-October) for kids in 4th-7th grades. Visit their website for registration dates and fee info.

Rochester Area Family Y • 709 1st Avenue Southwest • 287-2260 •
The Y offers t-ball for kids as young as 3. Visit their website for registration dates and fee info.

Rochester Youth Volleyball Association •

The Rochester Youth Volleyball Association organizes and promotes youth volleyball programs for children ages 8-18 in the city of Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding communities. Check out their website for more info on classes/teams offered.

Rochester Youth Hockey Association "

The mission of the Rochester Youth Hockey Association is to create a positive opportunity for all of our RYHA participants. We will strive to measure success not in wins or losses but through players skill growth and development, through equal treatment to all players, parents, coaches, and volunteers at all levels while keeping participation a safe and fun learning experience. Check out their website for more info on classes/teams.

National Karate • 3526 55th Street, NW • 280-6546 •
Established in 1973, National Karate is Minnesota's largest professional karate and self-defense school. Over 50,000 Minnesotans of all ages have benefited from NK training which combines ancient eastern martial arts methods with state-of-the-art training tools designed to help prepare students for the challenge of modern America. National Karate offers classes for children (5 years and older) and adults.

The Park Institute of Tae Kwon Do, Inc. • 3004 Highway 52 North • 288-9000 •
The Park Institute offers adult, children and family Tae Kwon Do classes.

Martial Art Fitness Centers, Inc. • 2849 S. Broadway (across from ShopKo South) • 281-4355 •
MAFCI offers classes in Taekwondo (5 yrs+), Hapkido (13 yrs+), Korean Weaponry (10 yrs+), Cardio Kickboxing (13 yrs+), Okinawan Karate (15 yrs+), Okinawan Kobudo (15 yrs+), and Aikido (13 yrs+). MAFCI offers 4-class, in-house introductory sessions (a way to try out martial arts) as well as summer camps. They also offer introductory classes for non-members through Community Education.

Children's Self-Defense/Safety Awareness Class • 851 30th Avenue SE (RCTC, Rockenbach Gym) • 952-997-7732 •
A program for young people (ages 4 and older) designed for self-defense and safety awareness only. Instructors are certified Black Belts trained in Run, Yell, Tell, and Stranger Danger Curricula.

Recreation Lanes • 2810 North Broadway • 288-2601 •

Youth ages 6-20 are eligible to bowl in YABA-sanctioned leagues at Recreation Lanes. They offer three nine-week sessions each season beginning early September and running through April. Certified youth coaches work with individual bowlers to learn the basics and hone their skills in this lifetime sport. Middle and high school aged bowlers can try out each fall for local High School Bowling Teams of area high schools.

Rochester Area Family Y • 709 1st Avenue Southwest • 287-2260 •

The Rochester Area Family Y has a lot to offer. Classes/lessons include: swim lessons, T-ball, f-ball, basketball, volleyball, karate, dance and much more including home school classes. All this and a fitness center, preschool and kids care (childcare while you work out). Want to find out what's currently being offered? Check out their current Program Schedule on their website.

Rochester Athletic Club (RAC) • 3100 19th Street Northwest • 287-9335 •
The RAC offers a variety of youth classes (to members and non-members) including dance, tumbling, tennis, and swim. Visit their website for a complete list of youth classes.

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester • located at 930 40th St, N.W. (former Gage East Building) • 287-2300 •

The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is a non-profit youth development organization. The Club is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m during the school year. No-school days and summer break all Clubs are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please check the Club's website for more information when there is inclement weather. ??Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is one of almost 4000 clubs nationwide, serving over 4 million kids, ages 6-18. The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester nurtures young peoples self-esteem by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence, and competence. This is done daily by providing one-to-one relationships with caring adult professionals and fun, age-appropriate, well-rounded programming. Through Club programs, young people develop a positive self-identity, educational / employment / social / emotional / cultural competencies, community and civic involvement, health and well-being, and a moral compass. This is accomplished by directly addressing the physical, social, and cognitive development and health needs of youth. Our programs and activities include, Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness, & Recreation. We provide a safe and healthy environment during non-school hours for all children regardless of socio-economic status, and instill a positive self-identity in each member of the Club.??Becoming a part of Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is easy! Visit our website for more information on membership, transportation, and volunteer opportunities.

Community Education Preschool Classes • 201 8th St NW (Northrup Education Center) • 328-4000 •

Community Education Preschool provides a safe and nurturing environment with stimulating and challenging activity choices that promote physical, social, emotional, and cognitive learning. Community Ed Preschool classes are (typically) for children age 9 mths-6 yrs. There are a wide variety of classes, including: swim - starts at 9 mths (we really enjoyed the parent/baby classes), dance, arts and crafts, science and nature, and sports.

Allegro School of Dance & Music • 2342 Superior Drive NW • 288-0125 •
Allegro is the place for private music lessons in Rochester, MN. Piano, voice, guitar, woodwinds and brass incorporate the educational and performing arts. Today's busy families appreciate the quality of instruction, the convenience and the customer service offered by Allegro School of Dance and Music.

Music Pups a program of Mapleford Studio, LLC • (click on The Music Class)
Children birth through age 4 attend with a parent or caregiver. Siblings ages birth to 5 may attend the same class. Each class is high energy fun, interactive, and filled to teh brim with music learning. Sessions are ten weeks and meet for 45 minutes once a week with easy to use take home materials which are included in the price of tuition. The Music Class research based educational techniques are used to nurture music development, resulting in a lifetime of greater understanding and enjoyment of music and greater ease and success when learning to play an instrument later in life. Music Class CDs have earned honors including The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and The National Parenting Publications NAPPA Gold Award. Visit their webiste for registration information. 

Kindermusik • Rochester Pentecostal Church, 3657 Sheffield Lane SE • 289-5164 •
Kindermusik is an international early-childhood music and movement program. Kindermusik offers classes for children ages 0-5, including: Family Time (birth - 7 yrs, classes run 10 weeks) and Sign & Sing (sign language and music program for ages 6 mths- 3 yrs, classes run for 5 weeks). Call instructor Linda Kaske for more information.

Hen and Chicks, Inc. • 250-3105
Music, movement and storytelling with Miss Kristin. Much more then music classes, Miss Kristin offers 6, 30 minute classes per session for toddlers and preschoolers in which they will experience song, movement, instrument play, creative activities, stories and all along they will grow in mind body and spirit! Contact Kristin Meisner Limberg for more information. Check out her two weekly performances on our Things to Do/ Places to Go page.

Goodman Production - private piano and voice lessons, children's theater • 507-624-0145 • Byron •
Sarah offers private piano lessons. Ages 5-18. She also offers voice lessons for ages 7-18. Goodman Productions also offers children the opportunity to perform in high quality musical revues. Complete with choreographers, lighting designers and professional sound equipment. Auditions for the musical revues are held three times a year for children ages 4-18. Please call or visit our website for more information.

Growing With Music • 1835 19th Ave NW (Bethany United Methodist Church) • 202-8029 •
GROWING WITH MUSIC is a developmental music program designed especially for toddlers and preschoolers with a curriculum that supports the pre-kindgarten national music standards. Each week students are guided through musical activities designed to emphasize overall development while introducing important music concepts. GROWING WITH MUSIC emphasizes development in these important areas through singing, movement and instrumental activities: Socialization Skills - sharing, taking turns and learning positive interaction with others. Communication Skills - articulation, receptive and expressive language, listening skills. Self Awareness - security, poise, self confidence, and personal satisfaction. Motor Skills - rhythmic, large and fine motor coordination. Academic Skills - musical concepts, sequencing, matching, colors, numbers and body parts.

Morning Star Studios - Music Together • 292-9866 • •
Imagine a class where you and your child can play pots and pans in a kitchen band, sing the blues, paddle a canoe, dance with Li'l Liza Jane, splish and splash, and so much more! Morning Star Studios of Rochester is now offering families the opportunity to play together for 45 minutes each week through singing, dancing, drumming, and just being silly in a Music Together Class. Music Together is an international, developmentally appropriate music and movement program for children ages birth through kindergarten and the adults who love them. Three ten-week sessions are held during the school year. All of our classes include time for singing, dancing, exploring instruments, pretending, cuddling, and most importantly, having fun! Songs and rhythmic rhymes are part of a carefully-chosen, research-based curriculum, and they are fun for kids to sing and easy for parents to learn. Music Together classes teach children basic music skills the way they learn best: through play, right next to the adults and siblings they love. Regardless of their own musical skills, parents and caregivers appreciate the relaxed atmosphere that lets the whole family enjoy musical playtime. Each registered family will receive two copies of a professionally recorded CD from the Music Together Collection and a beautifully illustrated songbook. Morning and evening classes are held at two convenient northwest Rochester locations. To view a current class schedule, to register for a session or a free demo class, or for more information, visit their website.

SEMYO's website offers a long list of voice, band, orchestra, and piano teachers. Everything from oboe, to harp, to trombone, to stand up bass, to piano, to voice. If you are in the market for a music teacher, definitely check it out.


PURE ROCK STUDIOS • 258-5432 •
Pure Rock Studios of Rochester is Rochester's fastest growing music lesson and performance center. It is our goal to teach students to PLAY their instrument and to PERFORM with other students in a live-band setting. The techniques and skills taught during private lessons are not truly learned until they are used.


SEMYO • 282-1718 •
SEMYO is a nonprofit orgranization based in Rochester, comprised of four orchestras and ensembles for young musicians from grades three through twelve. SEMYO performs three major concerts each year (fall, winter, spring) and also travels on school tours and performs concerts in the community. Membership is by audition and scholarships based on financial need are available. In addition, SEMYO's website offers a long list of voice, band, orchestra, and piano teachers. Everything from oboe, to harp, to trombone, to stand up bass, to piano, to voice. If you are in the market for a music teacher, definitely check it out.

Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota • Assisi Heights, Suite 920, 1001 14th Street NW • 252-0505 •

The Honors Choirs is a nonprofit organization of five youth choirs for grades 3-12. Membership is by audition and is open to all students in grades 3-12 who live in southeast Minnesota. The five choirs rehearse weekly throughout the academic year at Assisi Heights in Rochester preparing challenging repertoire, learning music history and theory, and practicing ear training techniques. Check out their website for a list of local performances. Auditions are usually held from mid-May through June. Directors will consider adding qualified singers throughout the summer on a space-available basis. Mid-year auditions are held in December, also on a space-available basis. If you wish to be notified if there are mid-season openings (December), call the Honors Choirs office to have your name put on a waiting list.

Bella Voce and Bella Fiore • www.singoutloud.orgBella Voce (grades 9 through 12) and Bella Fiore (grades 6 to 8) women's choirs hold open auditions. Singers participate in weekly rehearsals, concerts and other opportunities.

Non-Denominational Christian Childrens Choir • Hope Summit Christian Church, 1315 6th Ave. SE • 252-6984 •
The Non-Denominational Christian Childrens Choir is a community based choir comprised of elementary students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade from various denomination backgrounds. The choirs goal is to educate and inspire the artist within each child in a fun and educational atmosphere, using the God-given gift of music while building lasting friendships. In 2009, one hour rehearsals will take place Sunday afternoons. We participate in the worship services throughout the year of the various congregations represented by the children we serve. We also produce a musical in May. The choir is free and students may join at any time.

SEMYO's website offers a long list of voice, band, orchestra, and piano teachers. Everything from oboe, to harp, to trombone, to stand up bass, to piano, to voice. If you are in the market for a music teacher, definitely check it out.

Rochester Civic Theatre • 20 Civic Center Drive SE • 282-8481 •
Rochester Civic Theatre offers various Youth Performance Troups (Inside Out Players, Showstoppers, Park Players), two annual Young Players Theatre productions and the Summer Theatre Institute (summer camps for kids as young as 3rd grade). Visit their website for more details.

Words Players •
Words Players offers classes, workshops and live theater opportunities for youth of most ages. Go online to view this semester's classes and productions.

Rochester Art Center " 40 Civic Center Drive SE " 282-8629 "

Each year, the Rochester Art Center offers over 100 adult and children educational programs. These exceptional educational offerings include classes, workshops, film presentations, lectures and gallery tours for all ages (including children's classes, summer camps, and workshops for kids as young as four). Check out their website for a full list of youth classes.

Crossings At Carnegie •
Crossings offers kids classes, workshops and summer camps. Go online for a list of opportunities.

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys • 4228 8th Street SW • 800-845-0787 •

How do Girl Scouts change the world? One girl at a time! Fun activities help girls build leadership, strengthen values, make new friends, and discover the outdoors. Girls explore practical life skills including healthy living, cultural literacy, and even science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a safe, all-girl environment. Girl Scouts welcomes all girls in kindergarten through grade 12. For more information on how you can become a Girl Scout contact Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys.

Boy Scouts of America - Gamehaven Council " 1124 11 1/2 Street SE • 287-1410 •
The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build desirable qualities of character, to train in the responsibilities of participating in citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. Personal fitness includes physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Boys as young as 1st grade (Cub Scouts) can participate in Boy Scouting. If you son is interested in becoming a Scout call Gamehaven. They will help you find a Troop near your house or son's school.

American Heritage Girls • 280-0133 •
American Heritage Girls is a national Christ-centered scouting organization for girls 5-18 years of age. Programming consists of character building, leadership skill development, life skill enhancement, and community service. Troop meetings include badge work, community service projects, and wholesome fun.


Trail Life USA •
Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for boys and young men in kindergarten through grade 12. Regular meetings focus on outdoor activities, life skills, science and technology hobbies, pioneering skills, and values. Monthly Hit the Trail! events may include hikes, camping trips, service projects, field trips, and other activities. There are currently two Trail Life USA troops in Rochester. One at Autumn Ridge Church, the other at Christ Community Church


Olmsted County 4-H - University of Minnesota Extension Service • 1421 3rd Avenue SE • 285-8251

The mission of Minnesota 4-H Youth Development is to engage youth, in partnership with adults, in quality learning opportunities that enable them to shape and reach their full potential as active citizens in a global community. This mission is achieved by offering out-of-school educational programs that stimulate youth to learn in subject areas they are interested in; engage youth in addressing community and youth-related issues; and encourage youth to reach their full potential in an ever-changing, diverse world. Our programs deliver quality, research-based content that nurtures positive partnerships between youth and caring adults in safe learning environments. In 4-H, youth "Learn by Doing" in an effort to "Make the Best, Better". Minnesota 4-H now reaches more urban and city youth than every before. Minnesota 4-H is open to all youth between Kindergarten through One Year past High School.

Quarry Hill Nature Center • 701 Silver Creek Road NE • 281-6114 •

Quarry Hill offers a wide variety of workshops, programs and classes. Classes include: Parent/Child Preschool (2-5 yrs), Family & Parent/Child Elementary Grades, Students Only (Elementary, Middle, and High School), and Adult & Teen. Detailed information (and registration forms) on these classes and all other Quarry HIll programs is available at their website.

Quarry Hill also offers week-long summer Nature School Programs (Nature Camp) for kids 4 yrs-11th grade. Register early. These very fun classes are also very popular and fill up very fast. (FYI... priority placement for Family Members!)

Habitat for Humanity •

Youth United is a Habitat for Humanity program that brings together community youth ages 12 to 25 to raise money to partially sponsor a house and to help build a home with a local family each year. The youth are the leaders, planners, fundraisers, public relations specialists and builders. They work together to raise money and awareness, while youth ages 16 to 25 build the house (younger youth can work on-site during the non-construction phases). Most importantly, through this program, youth help fulfill a family's dream of having their own home.

Family Volunteer Days • Channel One Food Bank Channel One Regional Food Bank •
Channel One has special days throughout the year where children in grades K-12 and their families are invited to join us for a volunteer activity to help feed people in need. These designated days are the only times we are able to accommodate volunteers under the age of 10 on-site. Space is limited and volunteers must sign-up in advance. Visit the website to find out more.

Do you know of additional kid classes/organizations? Let us know. Send relevant information (organization's name, services they provide, phone number, web address, or e-mail address) to by e-mailing us at's Family Of Sponsors