New Classes for Kids in 2015

December 25, 2014 | by Erin Sirianni

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For little thespians and yogis to future software engineers and Ninja Warrior competitors, there is a class for every child on Mercer Island.

Find out what new local classes are being offered, starting January 2015:

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club
Basketball Academy
An opportunity for skill development training, emphasizing ball handling, moves off the dribble, footwork, proper shooting technique, repetition, and other major aspects of fundamental skill training. Clinic located at the old club on West Mercer Way
Grades 7 – 12th
Wednesdays: 2 – 3:30 pm
Seven-week session starting January 7th
Grades 4 – 6th
Wednesdays: 3:30 – 5 pm
Seven-week session starting January 7th

Kids will learn the safest and strongest way to run, jump, and climb their way through any set of obstacles. Instructors from Move Free Academy will teach students how to protect and enhance their ability to move through their environment with style and speed.  Classes offered at the PEAK through the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club.
Level 1 (Ages 6 – 12 years old)
Mondays: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Five-week session starting January 12th
Level 2 (Ages 6 – 12 years old)
Mondays: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Five-week session starting January 12th

Join certified kids yoga instructor, Heather Feldman of Yellow Yoga, for a weekly hour-long yoga session that is specifically designed for child athletes. Classes offered at the PEAK through the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club.
Kids Athlete Series (9 – 13 years old)
Sundays: 5-6 pm
Five-week session starting January 11th
Parent & Child Athlete Series (Kids ages 8 – 13 years old; one parent/adult)
Sundays: 4-5 pm
Five-week session starting January 11th
Learn more >>

MI Parks & Recreation Department

  • Zumbini
  • ARTiculate Yourself
  • Pre-Ballet
  • Mulberry Bush Music & Movement
  • Lil’ Kickers (Classes started in December – will pro-rate)
  • Mini-Mercer Sports (Track & Field and Multi-Sport)


  • Ballet
  • Future Athletes of Tomorrow Basketball Academy
  • Naginata
  • Kendo
  • East Side Dream Elite Cheer Squad
  • Super Safe Sitters (January 10th one-day class)

Learn more >> (Click on Fall/Winter Recreation Guide)

Stroum Jewish Community Center
CrossFit Kids
Join us for a 4-week camp incorporating CrossFit, social skills, team building, and nutrition. Sessions are led by a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Kids coach. During the 4-week camp your child will be introduced to healthy movements, team-building activities, social skills, emotion regulation, and healthy-eating habits. They will learn about nutrition and make healthy snacks to bring home all while moving and engaging in individual and team activities.
Healthy Lifestyle Camp – Kids in grades 2 – 5
Four-week session starting on January 18th
Sundays: 1 – 3 pm
Sign up by contacting Allison McGee or call 206-595-2011

Dinky Dunkers
Dinky Dunkers is a great introduction for both girls and boys to learn basketball fundamentals and game strategies, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship in a safe, fun, and instructional environment.
Teams formed by grades: Kindergarten – 3rd grade
Practices, held on Mondays or Wednesdays, begin week of January 5th | Games on Sundays

Classes for Infants & Babies (January – March)

  • Listening Mothers
  • Mindful Interactions with your Baby

Classes for Kids ages 2 – 5 (January – April)

  • Playball
  • Music & Movement
  • World Tour of Cooking
  • Gymnastics
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Taekwondo with My Gym
  • Junior Sports Skills
  • Sprout with Art
  • Tiny Movers Ballet & Tap
  • Beat Breakers
  • Pre-Star Shiners Ballet and Tap

Classes for Kids ages 6 – 10 (After school; January – April)

  • Taekwondo
  • Ukulele
  • Little Israel: Hebrew Immersion Program
  • World Tour of Cooking
  • Color my World

Sponge Language Classes
Sponge offers language classes before and after school at all three Mercer Island elementary schools. Classes are designed to instill a love of language and culture in children.
Classes offered at 8 am (various days) or at 2 pm (on Wednesdays)
Grades K – 5
Languages: Spanish, French, and Mandarin
Learn more >>

TechSmart Kids
TechSmart Kids teaches kids (ages 6 to 14 years old) to imagine, define, design, prototype and build innovative software and hardware products, unleashing their curiosity and imagination, helping them to become the Coders and Makers of tomorrow – the Next Generation to change the world.
Various classes for students in grades 2 – 9
Winter session: Jan 12 – April 3
Classes held at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center and at Islander Middle School
Learn more >>

Youth Theatre Northwest
YTN offers a full array of classes and programs to engage and inspire your child. Creative drama and acting classes develop imagination, build independent and critical thinking, nurture social growth and the ability to work with others, improve communication skills, increase knowledge of self, and provide a healthy release of emotions.
Winter classes begin week of January 12th
Preschool – 5th grade
Learn more >>