Edwardsville Arts Center hosts classes, exhibits, and cultural events for youth and adults. Visit website for details and to sign up. Offers fee classes to children often.
Joyful Arts Movement teaches a wide variety of skills while exploring art. Registration is online. Intro to Art classes for K-3rd (Mondays, 5-6:30pm) and 4th-7th graders (Mondays, 7-8:30pm).
Jacoby Arts Center offers performance arts and art classes for all ages. Offers free art club.
The Macoupin Art Collective offers adult and child classes, homeschool classes, art kits, and free kids art supplies. In the process of raising money to create an art bus and creating an outdoor crafting space.
Stained Glass Class no experience needed. They provide all the tools, supplies, and instruction are included in price. Create a hand-made gift for any occasion. Classes are for ages 9 & up. Classes cost $40 - 60 and take 2-4 hours.
Wagman Studio is an all inclusive ceramics studio that conducts varying clay classes for kids and adults. Classes on the wheel, hand building, workshops, birthday parties, and private classes are available.
Dorchester Dolphins If you can swim one length of the pool free-style and want to have fun, meet new friends and be a part of a spirited and growing team, then sign up to be a Dorchester Dolphin!
Highland Splash Swim Team is a fun and competitive environment for all skill levels. Strives to develop each swimmer to their full potential while promoting team unity, sportsmanship, self-discipline and strength of character. Registration available May 1st for returning and new swimmers. All new swimmers will be required to swim test on May 8th, at the Korte Recreation Center.
ISR Swim Classes are taught locally by Ryan Poss. Ryan Poss has been an ISR instructor in the metro East for the last 2 years. In addition to teaching survival swimming, Ryan has been a swim coach for several years. 618-978-1531
O'Fallon Breakers Swim Team A summer swim team that has been a tradition in O'Fallon for more than 35 years! Our swimmers practice Monday-Friday mornings at the O'Fallon Memorial Pool and compete against seven other local teams in the Midwest Swim Conference. Our season begins after Memorial Day and concludes with the conference meet in mid-July.
Time to Swim offers beginning swimming lessons to children in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area.
Westhaven Waves You must belong to Westhaven Pool in order to join the swim team. In addition to the Westhaven Pool fee, there is a swim fee for each swimmer.
Alton Academy of Dance is a family owned business that offers dance instructions to beginner through advanced students in a positive and motivating environment.
Dance House offers classes in dance, tumbling, and cheerleading for recreational through competitive teams, ages 3-18.
Heavenly Rhythm Dance Studio offers hip hop, ballet, tap, acro, and jazz classes for 2 years and older. Christian affiliation. Open evenings Monday-Thursdays.
Joyful Arts has dance classes for all ages starting at age 1. Baby jam and terrific 2’s classes are available for 1 and 2 year olds. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumble hop, and mini-musical theater classes are available for 3 to 6 year olds. There are also acro, hip hop, musical theater, pointe, lyrical, tap, and jazz options based on experience level and age. Adults classes include tap, hip hop, and ballet. Classes take place in the afternoons and evenings. One free trial class for all ages is offered.
Legacy Cheer and Gymnastics offers girls gymnastics, tumbling, school team tumbling, power tumbling, birthday parties, summer/winter camps, and lock-ins for children 18 months and older. Offers a lighthearted atmosphere and sense of community.
Pride of Illinois offers cheerleading, tumbling, gymnastics, preschool classes, NinjaZone, & Birthday Parties. Has teams, classes, and facilities for athletes of all ages including a dedicated preschool space, a NinjaZone rig, gymnastics apparatuses, and competitive cheer and tumbling floors. Offers Preschool open gyms on Tuesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30 and Saturday 11:30-12:30. School age open gym on Fridays 7:00-8:30. Ninja open workout is Monday and Wednesday 7:15-8:30 and Saturday 11:30-12:45. Registration for all open gyms and events can be done at www.prideofil.com/portal.
Prima Dance and Tumbling offers recreational and competitive classes for all ages. Visitors and students are permitted to drop in on classes when spots are available by calling to check availability or checking online.
Turning Pointe Academy of Dance offers dance classes for ages 3 and up. All full-time teachers have a Masters or Bachelors degree in dance. Adult classes include hip hop fit, ballet, yoga, and modern dance. Virtual, in person, daytime, and evening classes are available.
Wood River Park District offers classes for age 2 and older separated into small classes with all equipment provided. 30 min-1 hour classes. $20-$40 for 4-5 weeks.
Alton Family Martial Arts teaches in a safe and friendly environment. Programs work to instill confidence, discipline, and respect.
Blue Wave Martial Arts has adult and family martial Arts Training.
Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Academy teaches jiu jitsu to kids and adults for self-defense, competitive grappling, confidence, to get in shape, or de-stress.
Collinsville Parks and Rec has co-ed karatee for ages 5 and up.
Fathom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School has classes for adults, women, children. Sport bjj, self-defense, anti-bullying.
Grogan's Martial Arts focuses on achieving lifelong excellence.
Maryville Muay Thai and Boxing kid’s program is designed for children ages 6-12 years old. Kids learn the fundamentals of Muay Thai while also learning the importance of respect, discipline, and physical activity.
McArther's Tae Kwon Do & Fitness specializes in the martial arts of Taekwondo, Koryo Gumdo, and Hapkido for ages 5 and up. Develops individuals physically, mentally and spiritually. Believes in teaching life skills, such as courtesy, integrity, commitment and focus, respect for self and others, discipline, humility and courage.
McGee's Martial Arts teaches Kajukenbo for adults and kids. Holds classes in the Holiday Shores clubhouse ballroom. Kajukenbo is a self-defense focused martial art developed in Hawaii during the late 40s by five black belts from different styles.
Myung Martial Arts is a family-oriented center offering Taekwondo classes. Master Myung’s teaching emphasizes respect, manners, and discipline in his students through Dojang and comprehensive home rules.
Shinobi Fitness is the first obstacle specific training facility in Southern Illinois.
Yi's Martial Arts Fitness Academy specializes in bully prevention and self-defense for classes and birthday parties. Focuses on respect, discipline, courtesy, integrity, and perseverance to build a community of leadership role models while empowering lives.
Godfrey has Rookie Baseball for ages 3-5 and Youth Baseball/Softball for ages 5-18. Seeks to teach fundamentals of baseball and softball while instilling good sportsmanship values. Divisions travel to surrounding communities.
At Goshen Baseball and Softball summer league seeks to teach participants the fundamentals of baseball and softball while instilling good sportsmanship values. Ages: 10-14 years old
Mid April- Early July
$300 per sessionPractice will begin Mid-April with games begin in May. Each team is guaranteed 10 games throughout the season. All home games are played on the ball fields at Glazebrook Park and the Godfrey Ball Park on Stamper Lane.
Tri Township Parks and Rec has baseball, softball, and T-Ball teams for Pre-K-High School.
CBSL is a recreational baseball league that teaches fundamentals while encouraging sportsmanship and teamwork. Teams are assigned based on age and coach preference after the registration deadline.
Drost Park Khoury League has baseball and softball for children ages 7 and up. Promotes the education, enjoyment, sportsmanship, respect, and integrity of youth with intent to prevent juvenile delinquency.
Extreme Baseball and Softball Club is a not-for-profit softball and baseball organization.
Little League Association is a privately run, non-profit, volunteer organization which provides recreational summer baseball and tee ball for grades K-12.
Highland Parks and Rec has T-Ball for ages 4+, preK, and Kindergarten. Also has Youth Baseball\Softball for 1st-8th grade.
Parks and Rec (Edwardsville) was developed for kindergarten through 8th grade children to learn how to play softball.
Sports Lab (Highland) is an indoor sports facility that offers individual training for baseball and softball.
St. Jacob Township is a local, volunteer-run organization providing the kids of St. Jacob, Marine, and neighboring communities the opportunity to learn the games of baseball and softball in a recreational environment.
Tribe Baseball and Softball is dedicated to teaching boys & girls at an advanced level. Tries to provide a high level of development, competition, and preparation for athletes in their journey towards middle school and high school.
Turn 2 provides baseball training so the athlete can achieve their goals through a competitive, healthy environment.
Alton Music Exchange offer rentals and music lessons
Belleville Philharmonic is for students who have bowed stringed instrument experience or would like to learn. There are two levels offered: A beginning level that meets on Tuesdays from 5:00- 5:45 PM and a level 2 group that meets on Tuesdays from 5:45- 6:30 PM. Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is open by audition to youth with two to three years of musical experience. There is also a beginning strings Junior Orchestra.
Halpin Music Company (Alton)
currently offers lessons for Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Ukulele.
Highland Music School provides private music instruction by accredited teachers for students of all ages.
Jessica's Piano Studio offers private, weekly lessons to children and adults. Lessons are tailored to each student allowing them to progress at a pace appropriate for maximum individual success. Tuition is $96.
Lewis and Clarks provides private instruction in voice and instruments. Students in 1st-8th grade can participate in a choral experience. Beginner group piano class are offered for children 5-7 years old. Classes are limited to four students. No experience necessary.
Little Music Makers offers classes 4 days a week at locations in Alton, Maryville, and Fairview Heights for children and families throughout the Riverbend area.
The Macoupin Art Collective Six 30-minute classes for $60. Discounts for multiple children.
- Note-able Babies (Birth to Age Two) Babies intuitively react to music! In this class, parents will interact with their child through music, to learn rhymes, lullabies, action songs and movements that encourage a baby’s natural response to music. Winter session: Thursdays 4:15-4:45pm, January 6 - February 10 $60 for 6 weeks. Class limited to 7 children.
- Note-able Toddlers (Two and Three with Parent or Caregiver) You and your toddler will play and move together, focusing on singing and keeping a steady beat, building coordination, listening and language skills. Through the use of percussion instruments, puppets, games, stories, and colorful props, you will create lasting memories and establish a good musical foundation for your child. Participation enhances language development and memory and improves coordination and timing. The activities also help to encourage imagination and focus. Winter session: Thursdays 4:50-5:20pm, January 6 - February 10 Fee - 1st child $60 for the whole 6 weeks. 2nd child $40, 3rd child $30. Class limited to 7 children.
- Note-able Pre-K
Ages - Three and Four with Parent or Caregiver
Participate with your Pre-K child by singing, dancing and playing instruments in this exciting musical class. Activities encourage listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Participants will explore musical opposites such as high and low, loud and soft, and up and down through musical play. Puppets, scarves, instruments, and props add to the music making experience, and stimulate your child’s coordination and sense of musical timing, phrase and form. Children are encouraged to express their feelings productively as their imagination and focus improve. Self-confidence grows with each class. Thursdays 5:25-5:55pm, January 6 - February 10, 2022.
Fee - 1st child $60 for the whole 6 weeks. 2nd child $40, 3rd child $30.
Class limited to 7 children.
Upon registration, each child will receive a complimentary rhythm scarf. Please bring your scarf and instruments to each class in a container or bag. Label everything with your name so nothing goes missing. In addition, please bring a small blanket for you and your child to sit on during class.
Music Together has weekly classes with music activities created for young children, led by a teacher who inspires everyone to join in the fun.
SIUE Suzuki Program starts from the premise that any child can learn to play a musical instrument. Little Listeners is for ages 0-3 and Suzuki Stings is for 3 years and older.
Swing City Music sells different instruments, offers a band instrument rental program, and has lessons. For only $17.50 Students are assigned to an experienced instructor once a week who will personally work with them and teach the ins and outs of the designated instrument. 618-656-5656.
Wiloughby Farm hosts classes on the 3rd Sunday from July through December. Ages 6 and up are welcome. Residents are $10.00 per class. Non-Resident are $12.00. Students learn about grooming, feeding, and daily care of miniature horse Beau and his stablemates Amore and Lovey. Call 977-0941 or go on-line to register.
Beverly Farm Equestrian Center has lessons for all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced. Students must be ages 6 and up. $40 per hour. Learn to ride English or Western. Riding lessons are offered weekdays, evenings and Saturdays. 4-6 yrs olds can participate in Barn Buddies April & May or September & October which gives an introduction to horses and riding. Held Saturday mornings from 10-11 am in months program is running. Summer camps run June and July.
Brier Bank Farm instructs horses and riders of all levels in Dressage and Hunter/Jumpers. Also teaches responsibilities of horsemanship. Lessons are 30 min. Private Lesson 8 rides/month- $280 or 4 rides/month- $150, 1 hr. Group Lessons, 4 rides/month- $100, Pay per group lesson- $30
Cornerstone Farms offers 30-minute lessons on a lead-line for younger students. When students demonstrate control of their pony, they are encouraged to move up to the regular 45 minute lesson format, regardless of age. Riders are taught proper equitation and position, handling and grooming, proper grooming, tacking up and cooling out. Emphasis is in Hunters & Jumpers.
Grand Paradise Ranch has horseback Riding Lessons for Children, Teens, and Adults
Happy Hooves offers horse experiences and lessons. "Experiences" classes are great for anyone over the phone age of 3. During experiences, students learn grooming, tacking, and horse safety. Lessons are geared towards students who know how to properly groom and tack up their horse. Use online form to book. Currently only offering morning lessons and experiences because horses are happier in the morning and are conditioned to work in the mornings.
Highland Saddle Club has riding Lessons in a group setting with up to 3 riders ages 7 and up. One hour of instruction includes how to tack up and groom the horse and cool down. Lessons are $40.
Rocky Branch Stables program is designed for students to set individual goals and to progress at own rate. This allows the opportunity to accomplish goals at any level and cater to individual objectives. Riders from every level are encouraged to support each other.
is a soccer club for Bethalto youths with the goal of giving every kid an equal chance to be a part of a team and to succeed.
Elks Soccer has each player, parent, coach and volunteer play a role in something bigger and greater than just the individual. The Elks organization takes pride in remaining an affordable option for families.
Energy FC strives to improve technical ability, knowledge, physical capabilities, and psychological awareness through training and game conditions. Staff provide instruction, encouragement, challenge, and praise. Players will be taught the importance of being a good sport.
Fighting Irish Soccer Club provides youth soccer training and development in the greater Alton Illinois area.
Godfrey Parks and Recreation has spring and fall youth soccer leagues for age 3rd-8th grade. The fundamentals of the program are to have fun, build sportsmanship, and learn basic soccer skills. All games will be held at Glazebrook Park.
Happy Feet Soccer- SIUE is a mobile soccer clinic for 2-6th graders. The non-competitive “Story Time with a Soccer Ball” approach is used at daycares, preschools, and recreation centers throughout the area.
Highland Parks and Rec has indoor soccer for Kindergarten-4th grade
Southern Illinois Revolution Soccer Club focuses on enjoyment of playing soccer, hard work, and a fun environment for competition and creativity.
East Alton Ice Arena has year-round ice skating for hockey, figure skating, public sessions, parties, and lessons. Owned by the Village of East Alton and managed by a not for profit corporation. Home to the East Alton Skating Academy and Twin Bridges Hockey Association.
Elite Hockey Facility provides a training environment that helps players reach personal goals while becoming better people. Focuses on teams, small groups, and individual attention.
Granite City Ice Rink is located in Wilson Park and is a host for the MVCHA Granite City Warriors Hockey Team, Twin Bridges Lightning, and many other hockey clubs.
Little Blues is a place kids can experience hockey for the first time. For boys and girls ages 4 - 9 who have not participated in organized ice hockey before. The cost is $175 per child and includes on ice practices taught by Blues Alumni, a Little Blues graduation, and a complete set of hockey equipment.