Here in Rochester you’ll find a wide variety of one-time and ongoing kid classes, lessons, leagues (competitive and recreational), clubs, volunteer opportunities, and more including: swimming, karate, dance, music, Scouts, theater, sports, archery, ice skating, bowling, art, and more.
Year round, Prairie Walls Climbing Gym offers Kids Club (Fridays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Parent/Child Class (Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), as well as a variety of classes for kids ages 4 to 15 (Rockhoppers, 1st Ascent, 2nd Ascent).
Roca Climbing & Fitness offers many options for kids to experience the exciting sport of climbing. With youth teams, after-school programs, youth camps and kid’s yoga, there is something for everyone.
Rochester Figure Skating Club offers Learn2Skate lessons (figure, hockey, synchronized) for all ages (preschoolers through adult) and skill levels (beginners through advanced). Lessons take place year round inside the Recreation Center, 21 Elton Hills Drive. Skates available to rent for a small fee.
Coyote Creek Gun & Archery offers archery classes for kids. They can furnish the bow and arrows if your child doesn’t have them.
Rochester Tennis Connection offers tennis instruction for ages 4 through adult. 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 youth levels are offered from Tiny Swingers (4-6yrs) – Excellence (our high school players). Parents are encouraged to play with their children on Family Day (Sundays) at a reduced rate. Summer camps available.
Ballet Blake is a premiere ballet school run by two retired professional ballet dancers committed to excellence in classical ballet education. Smaller class sizes promote individual attention with “hands-on” corrections, where every student is expected to work to their fullest potential. Class offerings for all ages.
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. We also offer adult classes in ballet, jazz/contemporary and tap.
Sadiya’s Rochester International Dance Studio offers dance and movement classes that celebrate the international cultures and traditions from which they were born: Bollywood, hula, Middle Eastern and Latin dance. Mommy and me for toddlers, youth dance, teen dance, mother/daughter dance and adult dance classes offered.
Allegro School of Dance & Music offers ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, zumba, tap and more to ages 3 and older. Allegro also offers dance classes to youth with developmental disabilities. These are typically coordinated through Rochester Park & Recreation’s Adaptive Recreation Division.
Dance Connection’s studio (located by Blades to Ballet) offers classes in tap, ballet, jazz, danceline, and pre-ballet for ages 3 through high school. Dance Connection also offers preschool dance classes at Northrop Education Center. Register for class through Community Education. These classes are typically held one morning a week — great for families who want to free up their afternoons and evenings.
Tippi Toes Dance Studio offers Toddler & Me, Baby Ballet, Ballet/Tap/Jazz, and Hip Hop/Jazz classes for children 18 months to 12 years.
Janet Lang Dance Studio offers dance classes for ages 18 months through adult: mommy & me (parent/child class), ballet, tap, jazz, danceline, hip hop, clogging, modern, and dance sport.
Just for Kix offers dance classes for children 3 years – 12th grade. Classes available in Rochester, Stewartville, Byron, Chatfield, Kasson, and more. Visit their website, enter your zip code and it’ll give you a complete list of where classes are held.
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.
Children’s Dance Theatre was founded in 1987. It is not a dance studio, but rather an independent incorporated nonprofit dance theater. Auditions are typically held in the early fall and are open to dancers ages 5 and older currently enrolled in a weekly dance class at any area dance studio. CDT typically has one production every spring and offers a summer dance intensive/camp.
The Rochester Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company. Open to all dance students from any dance studio, RDC hosts various onstage productions (typically including The Nutcracker).
Classes are held at Children of the Urban Forest School and focus on creative, age appropriate projects using natural art materials and items found in nature. Appropriate for ages 2.5 years through 5 years old. Classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sargent’s Gardens offers its Wee Wednesday program one Wednesday a month, April through December. Designed for preschool and kindergarten aged kids (and their favorite big person), classes include hands-on activities, a story, and a tasty treat. Registration required.
Quarry Hill Nature Center offers a wide variety of nature- and science-themed programs and classes for kids, parents, and families. Quarry Hill also offers week-long, nature- and science-themed summer day camps for kids 4 years and older as well as kid’s birthday parties.
RideAbility is located in Pine Island. The nonprofit is run by a volunteer staff and offers theraputic horseback riding lessons to children and adults with special needs and their families.
Horseback riding is a great way for kids to learn confidence, build trust and responsibility. Red Gate Riding in Rochester offers private and semiprivate lessons on a year round basis with quality lesson horses, fun lesson plans and a heated/air conditioned viewing room and lounge area.
SkiDox Water Ski Team offers Learn2Ski water ski and adaptive water ski lessons select Thursdays and Saturdays, June through August. Open to all skill levels.
Rochester’s First Tee golf program offers lessons and summer camps for kids ages 5 through high school.
JETS Gymnastics offers 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 offers 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, Preschool Open Gym, and Open Gym, birthday parties, and dance and music lessons.
Busy B Fitness for Kids classes are an all-in-one educational fitness curriculum with learning strategies that teach the importance of physical activity and nutrition. Classes are offered for children ages 3 months to 7 years and include: Baby Bees, Busy Babies, Buzzing Bees, Tumble Bees, Running Bees, Sporty Bees, and Kids Zumba. Busy B also offers all-inclusive birthday parties and open gym.
Busy B Fitness for Kids offers a non-competitive cheer team for kids ages kindergarten through fifth grade. The cheer team practices Thursday evenings and performs at sporting, fundraising and community events.
Fierce All Stars offers competitive cheerleading, recreational cheerleading classes, tumbling classes and private lessons.
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.
Minnesota Xtreme All Star Cheer offers both competitive and recreational cheerleading teams and classes for boys and girls ages 3 to 18 in a fun, positive motivating environment. They also offer tumbling classes for all ability levels, private lessons and open gym.
The Med City Aquatics Swim School offers year round swim lessons and swim team opportunities for kids as young as 3.
The Rochester Swim Club ORCASs Olympic Swim School offers year round swimming lessons and swim team opportunities to children as young as 3 (diapers not allowed).
The Rochester Recreation Center offers year round swim classes (and open swim). Children must be 6 years of age and 48″ inches in height.
The Rochester Area Family Y offers swim lessons (ages 6 months on up) to members and non-members, including: baby/parent swim classes, home school swim classes, swim teams.
Community Education offers parent/child and child-only swim lessons for children as young as 9 months.
Rochester Community Youth Basketball Association (RCYBA) offers league play for boys and girls elementary through high school.
Champion Basketball is a Christian basketball program that offers league play for boys and girls elementary age through high school.
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.
The Rochester Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) is associated with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association and consists of two leagues: RYSA – Traveling and Zumbro Valley Recreational Soccer. Fall and spring play available for boys and girls.
Located by Whistle Binkies South, Soccer World offers indoor and outdoor soccer classes, preschool open gym (held Mondays during the school year), summer camps, leagues, training programs, tournaments and more for preschoolers through adults.
Euro Football Club is a non-profit youth soccer organization that provides professional coaching to teach soccer in a consistent manner for true development from season to season. Euro FC’s mission is to provide the maximum benefit of professional training through a program that emphasizes fun, sportsmanship, individual development and team play. The Euro soccer approach allows players the chance to excel for the enjoyment of the game and the challenge of the competition.
Rochester Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) provides the opportunity for boys and girls from kindergarten to 9th grade to play t-ball/baseball. Outdoor spring/summer league play available as well as inside-the-dome fall and winter ball.
The Rochester Area Family Y offers summer t-ball for kids as young as 3.
The Rochester Youth Volleyball Association organizes and promotes youth volleyball programs for youth in the city of Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding communities.
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.
Rochester Youth Football Association (RYFA) provides the opportunity for boys and girls from 2nd to 8th grade to play football in Rochester and the surrounding communities. We currently offer a spring (non-contact) flag league and a fall (tackle) league. We also offer a 1 day summer camp with Rochester’s own Minnesota Viking: Marcus Sherels.
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 offers adult, children and family Tae Kwon Do classes.
Located across from ShopKo South, Martial Art Fitness Centers, Inc. (MAFCI) offers classes in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Korean Weaponry, Cardio Kickboxing, Okinawan Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, and Aikido. MAFCI offers 4-class, introductory sessions through Community Education (a way to try out martial arts without a major commitment) as well as summer camps.
The Children’s Self-Defense/Safety Awareness program for young people (ages 4 and older) is designed to teach self-defense and safety awareness. Instructors are certified Black Belts trained in Run, Yell, Tell, and Stranger Danger Curricula.
Rochester Public Schools (elementary, middle and high school) offers ski club. The club typically meets six weeks in January and February. Kids and adult chaperones ride on busses to area ski slopes (Coffee Mill, Welch Village). Registration takes place through Community Education.
Bowlocity offers youth and adult bowling leagues.
Colonial Lanes offers youth and adult bowling leagues.
The Rochester Area Family Y offers swim lessons, T-ball, football, basketball, volleyball, karate, dance and much more including home school classes. All this and a fitness center, adult fitness classes, Y Tots preschool, parent date nights, Adventure Days (kids go to The Y when there’s no school that day), summer camps, and kids care (childcare while you work out).
The Rochester Athletic Club (commonly called The RAC) offers a variety of youth classes (to members and non-members) including dance, tumbling, tennis, and swim.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
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 provides one-to-one relationships with caring adult professionals and fun, age-appropriate, well-rounded programming. The Boys & Girls Club 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.The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is open Monday through Friday, 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.
Community Education provides classes for family members of all ages (baby through grandparent). Preschool, youth and adult class catalogs are sent through the U.S. mail and are also available online.
Allegro School of Dance & Music’s piano, voice, guitar, woodwinds and brass lessons incorporate the educational and performing arts.
Rochester Academy of Music, located at Assisi Heights, offers Bounce & Sing a parent child class for children 18 months to 3 years. Class meets once a week, year round. No long term contracts necessary, registration is month-to-month. Rochester Academy of Music also offers private voice and instrument lessons, 20, 30 and or 60 minutes per week.
Mapleford Studio offers parent/child and parent-only music classes for all ages, including Music Pups (0 to 4 yrs), Music Cats (ages 4 and 5), Cats at the Keys (4, 5, & 6 yrs.), Kids at the Keys and Kids at the Guitar (ages 7 to 11), Teens at the Keys and Teens at the Guitar and adult piano and guitar lessons, too.
Kindermusik, located at Rochester Pentecostal Church, 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).
Music, movement and storytelling with Miss Kristin. Much more then music classes, Miss Kristin offers six, 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, 250-3105 for more information. Check out Miss Kristin and Mr. Guitar at ABC & Toy Zone’s storytime.
Located in Byron, Goodman Productions offers private piano and voice lessons. 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.
Located at Bethany United Methodist Church, GROWING WITH MUSIC is a developmental music program designed especially for toddlers and preschoolers with a curriculum that supports the pre-kindergarten 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, communication skills listening skills, self awareness, motor skills, and academic skills.
SEMYO, the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras, has a Private Teacher List that 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 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.
First Players is the instrumental program sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. Opportunities for 4th graders through high school. Questions?
SEMYO, Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras, is a nonprofit organization 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.
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.
Bella Voce and Bella Fiore young women’s choirs hold open auditions, typically April through June. Singers participate in weekly rehearsals, concerts and other opportunities.
The Non-Denominational Christian Childrens Choir, based out of Hope Summit Christian Church, is a community choir comprised of elementary students in kindergarten through sixth grade from various denominations. The choir’s 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. 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 webpage “Private Teacher List” 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 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).
Words Players offers classes, workshops and live theater opportunities for youth of most ages.
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).
Crossings at Carnegie, located in Zumbrota, offers a variety of art-themed kids classes, workshops and summer day camps.
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys offer fun activities to 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.
Boy Scouts of America Gamehaven Council provides 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 contact Gamehaven. They will help you find a Troop near your house, church or school.
Sienna Lowe 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. Visit the website to find a list of all of the local AHG troops.
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 Jennifer Hargreaves.
Minnesota’s 4-H programs engage youth (as young as kindergarten), 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. In 4-H, youth “Learn by Doing” in an effort to “Make the Best, Better”.
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.
Channel One Regional Food Bank 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 Channel One is able to accommodate volunteers under the age of 10 on-site. Space is limited and volunteers must sign-up in advance.
Do you know of additional kid classes/organizations?