Top Bilingual Extracurricular Activities For Kids In Philadelphia

September 14, 2012 4:00 AM

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Research shows learning and speaking a second language can improve cognitive abilities, sharpen focus and help to enhance prioritizing and multitasking abilities. To perk up your progeny’s gray matter, check out the top extracurricular bilingual activities in the Philadelphia area.

Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut St., Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-5283

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.

Lango Philly Main Line At Temple Lutheran Church
501 Brookline Blvd.
Havertown, PA 19083
(267) 270-5765

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.

Related: Top Language Classes In Philadelphia

Norris Square Neighborhood Project
2141 N. Howard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 634-2227

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
(215) 922-4227

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
Capitolo Playground
9th and Federal St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 685-1883

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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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at