Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut St., Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Price: $140 for 10 weeks
Learn all about Philly’s French connection during a trolley tour offered by the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie. The alliance has beaucoup activities and events, but its real forte are its French-language programs. Kids’ Saturday morning beginners, basic and intermediate sessions are chock-full of crafts, stories, French music and conversational French lessons that are perfect for your little one.
501 Brookline Blvd.
Havertown, PA 19083
Price: $219 per 10-week session/$189 siblings
Lango is a 10-week foreign language program for children ages 1 through 8. Instructors teach Spanish, Italian, French and Mandarin through an engaging course of games, music, art activities and stories. Ten-week classes start every October, January and April at three convenient Main Line locations (Haverford, Havertown and Narbeth). Choose from Saturday morning or after-school sessions. Parents can get in on the fantastic synapse-snapping action by taking joint classes with their tots as well.
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Norris Square Neighborhood Project
2141 N. Howard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Price: $175 for the whole school year
If your elementary and middle school youth yearns to learn cooking, gardening and visual and performing arts with a Latino focus, then the Norris Square Neighborhood Project after-school program is the place to be on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Youngsters learn youth leadership, mentoring and decision-making skills, all with an authentic look at Latino environmental issues, culture and everyday life issues. Enrichment activities, such as traditional Puerto Rican bomba and break dancing, museum outreach programs and field trips are also on the agenda.
Chinatown Learning Center
1034 Spring St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Price: $730 yearly admission
Flash back to 1993 when the Chinatown Learning Center first started. Then, it mainly served students in the Chinatown area. Today, the bilingual after-school program serves children of all backgrounds and communities with kids who require tutoring and homework help. Instructors are bilingual, focusing on both English and Chinese cultures. The program is held Mondays through Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Capitolo Youth Soccer League
9th and Federal St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: $20 ages 3 to 5/$30 all others
Capitolo Playground offers bilingual Spanish and English youth soccer leagues for children in four age categories: 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 11, and 12 to 15. Boys and girls co-ed teams get together on Tuesdays for after-school practices filled with fitness and fun. Not only will your Pele prodigy receive soccer instruction in two languages, but he or she will also receive a free t-shirt for practices and an end-of-season trophy party. All games are held on Saturdays.
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