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Back to School Activities Guide

Use this guide to find fun, engaging options for pre-schools, classes, lessons,and extracurricular options for your kid!
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They’re so fun, you may even want to join in!

Organized into the following sections:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dance & Musical Theater
  • Drama
  • Ice Skating
  • Martial Arts
  • Music
  • Playcare (Drop In Daycare)
  • Playtime and Play & Learn
  • Pre-Schools
  • Swimming/Aquatics
  • Tutoring/Academic Improvement

*********Arts & Crafts**********

Artistic Gatherings

9440 Garland Rd., Suite 138

Dallas, TX  75218

Phone: 214?821?8383


Artistic Gatherings is a special place. We offer multi?media art classes for kids, teens and adults, and have drop?in pottery painting for all ages on Saturdays 10am?2pm and Sundays 1:00?4:00pm. We love what we do, and it shows!  Check out the student art we have displayed on our website.  We also offer handwriting help for kids, using the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum. Come visit and add some art to your life!

********Dance & Musical Theater********

Academy of Dance Arts

604 W. Bethany Drive, Suite 200

Allen, TX  75013

Phone:  972-727-1455


Send your “little dancers” to ADA.  We have 23 years of experience training dancers who have won numerous awards, scholarships, and recognition all over the U.S.  We are the home of the Dallas Repertoire Ballet and perform a regular season at the Eisemann and a full production annually of the Nutcracker.  Your little dancer could be the star of tomorrow!  Our pre-school faculty has at least 15 years experience teaching dance.  Enroll for Combo and beginning classes online. Mention Moms Out Loud and receive $10 off Registration fee.

Dance Zone by Sarasue’s

Park at Midway in Plano

Phone: 972-378-9663



Dance Zone by Sarasue’s has been in business for 45 years.  The Dance Zone offers Musical Theater, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, for ages 2 – adult. Even Ballroom and Kindermusik (for the very young) can be found at the Zone. The Zone is the home of Dallas Dance Elite Performing Co. and Competition Team. We are now registering for the 2009-10 season.  Let us make your child’s dream come true by dancing at the Zone.

Studio Dance Centre

8811 Teel Pkwy, Suite 240

Frisco, TX  75034

Phone:  972-795-1595


Studio Dance Centre offers family-friendly, non-competitive classes in a variety of dance styles.  We emphasize that dance is about so much more than just steps and technique; it’s also an investment in your child’s education and personal development.  We are dedicated to developing creativity, confidence, and self-discipline in our students—while having fun, of course!  Classes include Mommy & Me (2-3 year-olds), Preschool Combo (3-5 year-olds), and much more!

U Can Dance

610 Elm Street, Suite 100

McKinney, TX  75069

Phone:  972-542-1440


Whether you seek dance lessons or a firm foundation on which to build a career in the arts, look no further!! Welcome to Collin County’s Premier Performing Arts Center and Dance Academy: U Can-DANCE! At U Can-DANCE we are pleased to offer superior instruction in all areas of dance and other performing arts.  We offer classes for children from babies (in our Mommy and Me classes) through young toddlers (Introduction to Dance) all the way through adults.  In addition to all forms of dance, we teach tumbling and baton twirling.  We also offer spectacular themed Ballerina or Princess birthday parties.  Visit our website to learn more at:

*********Drama & Theater**********

Drama Kids International

Serving Collin County

Phone:  214-592-4066


Drama Kids offers after school drama and theater classes for kids ages 5-12 yrs old.  Drama Kids offers:

  • Imaginative learning experiences that also include occasional fun class performances to enhance the experience.
  • Highly qualified and specially trained teachers.
  • New creative lessons in each class, proven to both fun and highly developmental.
  • Programs in community centers, schools and other convenient locations.

********Ice Skating********

The Ice at Stonebriar Center

2601 Preston Road, Suite 1235

Frisco, TX  75034

Phone: 972-731-9600


The Ice at Stonebriar Center offers a variety of skating classes for ages 3-adult. Broomball and Ice Skating Birthday parties or at the Carousel. Group rates with 10 or more. Private Ice rentals, Girl/Boy Scout Badge Workshops, daily public sessions.  See our coupon on!

**********Martial Arts*************

Action Martial Arts

2035 W. McDermott, Suite 450

Allen, TX 75013

Phone:  214-383-3444


Train at Action Martial Arts because you want to learn an exciting martial arts form that teaches self-defense and valuable life skills taught by professional instructors who care about your success!  In addition, our program helps  students develop:

  • Responsibility by learning goal setting and leadership skills.
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem, which pays off in the form of  better grades in school, better performance in other sports.
  • Courage to say NO in the face of peer pressure.

All along the way, they will be learning to show respect to others as well as to themselves.  No previous experience is needed. We offer a fun and safe atmosphere which allows our students to excel in Martial Arts and Life Skills as well as feel good about  themselves.  Call us TODAY and enroll in our 5 week trial session for only $55.00!

USA Martial Arts

Six convenient locations across the Metroplex, in Dallas, Plano, Frisco (2), Allen, and Prosper.

See website for phone numbers by location.


USA Martial Arts is a martial arts school that teaches children ages 3 and up. We strive to turn everyday kids into extraordinary leaders. Want to win $3000 CASH?  Register by 8/22 to be entered to win $3000  (not applicable for Allen location).  Also, you’ll receive 50% off registration if you register by 8/22. On 8/29, we will draw the winner at our Back To School Bash, and you must be present to win.  On 8/29, if you a bring a friend with you, you will receive a 2nd entry into the $3000 drawing (only one extra entry allowed). Our Back To School Bash will be held at each of our 6 locations (Plano, Allen, S Frisco, N Frisco, Prosper/Celina, N Dallas) and is FREE for everyone. Come enjoy a bounce house, free food and drinks, free giveaways, raffles, martial arts and much more!


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Main Street School of Music

212 W. Main Street, Arlington, TX  76010

Phone:  (817) 303-2833


Earhart’s Main Street School of Music is located right in the heart of downtown Arlington. Whether you are a beginner or wanting to craft your technique, our school offers a variety of private music lessons that range in diverse styles.  The founder, Michael Earhart, has a passion for teaching people the art, craft, and fun of music.  He and his team of instructors teaches a variety of music types on piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin/viola/fiddle, and voice.

*****Playcare and Play & Learn********

Adventure Kids Playcare

7 Area Locations in North Dallas (Preston/Forest), Flower Mound (Parker Square), Frisco (Eldorado/FM 423), Highland Village (The Shops at Highland Village), McKinney (Eldorado/Hardin), Plano (Park/Preston), and Southlake (Villages of Timarron)

Phone: 214-277-9948


Adventure Kids Playcare is a unique drop-in child care and entertainment center for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Your kids can play, explore, and learn while in our safe and secure environment. You can enjoy shopping, dining, running errands, or just relax with peace of mind!  We also offer fun birthday parties at our locations (check out our themes or make up your own!).  If you’re planning an event, consider our Playcare To Go! at your special occasions and events for you and your guests.

Gymboree Play & Music

West Plano location recently opened at: 3600 Communications Parkway, Suite 645, Plano, TX  75093

Dallas location now enrolling for fall and opening soon at: 11700 Preston Road, Suite 612 (Preston/Forest), Dallas, TX  75230

Phone:  972-473-2124


We offer developmental programs for children 0-5 years old.  Our programs include:

  • Play & Learn – encourage your child’s learning with our seven-level program designed to support your child’s growth
  • Music – enhance your child’s development through song, dance, movement games, and instruments
  • Art – inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on activities
  • Family – fun learning activities created for groups of siblings and friends
  • School Skills – build the key social and intellectual skills with language development, art, science exploration, music, and group play  

Daytime, weekned, and evening classes avialable.  2nd class and sibling discounts, membership discount for our Birthday Parties, and unlimited Playgyms with enrollment.  Back to school offer:  Enroll by Aug. 30 and receive $20 off lifetime membership fee, $25 Gymbucks, and a special welcome gift for your child.

Kiddin’ Around Playcare

4 Area Locations in Coppell (Parkway/Denton Tap), Frisco (Lebanon/Ohio), Highland Village (FM 407 east of Wal-Mart shopping center), and Plano (Chapel Hill Blvd. north of Willow Bend Mall)

Phone:  See website for phone numbers by location

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Kiddin’ Around is an upscale play care facility designed with your child’s enjoyment in mind.  Our specially designed centers are constructed from the ground up to provide a safe and friendly environment where kids can interact, play and learn from other children.  All Kiddin’ Around locations are owned and operated by licensed, certified elementary school teachers that have over 25 years combined experience working with children.  We also offer birthday parties on Sundays in hours of your choosing.


Boomerangs Party & Play

3 Area Locations:  Flower Mound (FM 1171 / FM 2499), Hurst (147 E. Harwood Road), Plano (Spring Creek / Coit)

Phone:  See website for phone number by location


When school lets out for the day, Boomerangs is a great place to play!   Kids can jump, climb, crawl, or slide down one of our many inflatables or try out our gaming area.  For toddlers, we have a soft play area with small climbing structures, soft toys, and wall puzzles.  Parents can relax in our lounge with free wi-fi and TV’s.  We offer many food choices, including pizza, hot dogs, grilled cheese and more.  Birthday parties are fun at Boomerangs – get your own party room and party host to make your event special!


3050 N. Josey Lane (Frankford/Josey)

Carrollton, TX 75007Phone:  972-939-5000



Incredible kids’ birthday parties are only the beginning at BounceU.  We have cool programs, like our newest “Fitness & Fun”, a 1.5 hour session featuring fun cardio and strenght building activities, relay races, and other games.  We’ve got several different Open Bounce options to serve you – like Family Bounce Nights, Pre-School Play Dates, Kids Night Out (aka Parent’s Survival Night), and Tween Nights.  Check out our website for all the latest news on programs, parties, and Open Bounce!

Jump Town

3045 W. 15th Street

Plano, TX  74075

Phone:  972-867-5867


Jump Town offers several ways for kids to get physical activity when they are not in school. We offer open jump, teen night, birthday parties, parents’ night out – all times where the kids can release extra pent-up energy from the start of school. Parent’s Night Out is the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Discounts for parties, open jump and parents’ night out are available on and Conveniently located on the NW corner of 15th/Independence in Plano.

Pump It Up, Junior

4101 E. Park Blvd. #135

Plano, TX 75074

Phone:  (972) 792-9663


Pump It Up Junior features colorful, interactive inflatables created to entertain and inspire young, developing minds and bodies. Interactive wall games and ride-ons are also included. The “Junior” version was specially created for toddlers through kindergarteners.  Need a few hours to run errands without kids underfoot?  Jump-N-Art offers an amazing drop off program for children ages 30 months – 6 yrs old on Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Get 15% off when you registerfor Jump-N-Art on-line!  We also offer Jump N Pizza Family Nights and awesome birthday parties!

Pump It Up

9201 Forest Lane, Suite 100

Dallas, TX 75243

Phone:  (972) 792-9663


Keep your pre-schooler active this fall!  Come and play on our soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up’s Pop-In Playtime.   Our pre-K pop in plays are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Our birthday parties are perfect for all kids (and adults!!).  We offer several different packages to fit your needs – all of them are 100% private and come complete with bouncing, jumping fun!


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Pre-School at the Dallas Zoo

650 S. RL Thornton Freeway (I-35)

Dallas, TX  75203

Phone: (214) 670-7501


Pre-school at the Dallas Zoo!  Enroll your child in this exciting and immersive 32 week long education program.  3 and 4 year old children are introduced to the world of na

ture and conservation through interactive play, story times, live animal encounters, crafts, activity stations and more!  Classes start on September 8th, registration information can be found online at, by calling 214-670-7501,or emailing  Classes are available from 9:00-11:30 AM or 1:00-3:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  New this year, we are offering 10% discount on this program for Dallas Zoo Members!

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Plano Family YMCA’s

5101 Tennyson Parkway

Plano, TX  75024

Phone:  (972) 378-9622


Keep the fun going with YMCA Fall Programs!  Whether you are looking for pre-school, after school, aquatics, arts, or other active options, we’ve got a wide variety.  The YMCA Preschool programs offer a learning experience that focuses on building creativity, self-esteem, cooperations, independence and fostering kindergarten readiness.  Our Afterschool programs are developed to provide a happy atmosphere, develop positive self-esteem and provide social opportunities where kids can develop their skills.

**********Swimming / Aquatics**********

Aqua~Fit Swim School & Wellness Center

1400 Summit Ave, Suite D2

Plano, TX  75074

Phone:  972-578-SWIM (7946)


Keep Your Summer Swim Skills!  Join us for after school swim classes.  Swim Team Stroke Development and Endurance Classes.  All swim levels available.  10% discount for siblings.  Enrollment begins August 3, 2009.

Paige’s Swim School

2301 N. Central Expressway

(in Adventure Scuba)

Plano, TX  75075

Phone:  214-558-SWIM (7496)


Don’t let your hard earned dollarsgo to waist over Fall & Winter. Keep your children swimming so they don’t forget & have to start over next Summer. Swimming should be a year-round sport.  Paige’s Swim School offers swim lessons year-round in an indoor, heated pool.  See our reviews on!

*********Tutoring / Academic Improvement***************

Club Z Tutoring

Serving the Plano and Flower Mound areas with in-home tutoring solutions

Phone: 972-424-6321 (Plano) or 972-956-0963 (Flower Mound)


Club Z! Tutoring offers in-home tutoring in all subjects including foreign language, test prep for TAKS/TEKS, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT and other standardized tests.   We customize schedules, lesson plans and sessions to the student’s needs and choose a tutor who can work best with the student.  Call us and mention Moms Out Loud to receive a free week of tutoring.


5136 Village Creek Drive, Suite 501

Plano, TX 75093

Phone:  972-267-8900


At LearningRx, we focus on the reasons WHY your child is struggling instead of the symptoms.  Unlike traditional tutoring, our brain training approach strengthens the processing skills that impact learning.  Our one-on-one approach trains areas like attention, processing, memory and more.  We don’t just provide answers…we offer the solution.

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3115 W. Parker Rd., Suite 560 (NW corner Parker and Independence)

Plano, TX 75023

Phone:  (972) 519-0340


Mathnasium is a learning center where students go year-round to boost their math skills. We are highly specialized; we teach only math. Our program is for students in pre-K through 12th grade.  Our goal is to significantly increase your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject.

Tutoring Club

960 W. Parker Road # 266

SE corner of Parker / Tollway behind Starbucks

Plano, TX  75093

Phone:  972-378-3200


With our exclusive TutorAid Curriculum for math, reading and writing, Tutoring Club has the fastest student growth rates. No Long term contracts.  Call today and start learning why Tutoring Club Guarantees your child will succeed.

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