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Another school season is upon us!

While this means getting fresh school supplies and meeting your child’s new teachers, it might also mean that you’re searching for after-school programs and activities in the area. We’re going to make it easy on you and put some of them in a handy list. So, check our list of after-school programs and activities in Mesa County.

Extended Hours Program

Need a little bit of extra time to get to and from work before or after school? Check out the Extended Hours Program. They have a before school program that starts at 6:30 am, until school starts, and an after-school program that lasts until 6:00 pm. This is only available for kids in K-5th grade.

Shred After School

Imondi Wake Zone put together a great deal for some after-school fun for students aged K – College! The program offers discounted wakeboarding cable passes with a valid student ID or parent verification. It is $30 for a 2-hour cable pass, plus FREE rentals. If your kids are really into it, you can get a 5-day pass for $120. It lasts through Labor Day weekend.

After School Tutoring

Riverside Educational Center (“REC”) has after-school tutoring five days a week in 14-week blocks. Tutoring focuses on assistance with homework assignments followed by activities to develop reading, writing, and math skills. Elementary, Secondary, Middle, and High School levels are available.


REC also offers enrichment activities that happen both on and off their campus. On-site activities are STEAM-based and social and emotional learning to support personal growth. Off-site activities can include swimming, hiking, gardening, visiting museums, and conservation efforts. Click here and scroll down to learn about their Enrichment program.

Mountain Biking Programs

Is your child super active and loves to get outdoors? Check out the fall youth programs from Boneshaker Adventures. Their youth mountain bike program encourages skill building in a fun, non-competitive environment. Spots tend to fill up quickly, so if your kiddo is interested, grab that spot!

Looking for something a little more competitive for your middle or high schooler? Check out Grand Valley Youth Cycling. The students train together three times a week and race every other weekend. Learn more here.

The Art Center

Let your kids get creative after-school classes at the Art Center. Extend your student’s learning beyond the classroom with this after-school program by joining us for some fun artmaking! Each month students learn about a different style of art. These ongoing sessions offer an evolving curriculum. It runs from August 20 – September 10, so sign up quickly.

Friday STEAM Camps

Does your child attend a school that has Fridays off? Eureka! has a program just for you! Drop off is from 8:30 am – 9:00 am every Friday and you can pick your child up between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm. The activities are varied, but always STEAM-based. You can sign up week by week, or for the full semester.

No School Day Camps

Eureka! also offers day camps for those teacher-in-session days. You can view the schedule of dates and events and sign up for the ones that work best for you.

Teen Events

The Mesa County Library offers teen events from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Tabletop games, a Readers Meetup, Video Games, crafts, and conversation. Check out the full schedule here.

Fruita Parks and Rec

The Fruita Parks and Rec Department has all sorts of programs and activities: dance, art, days-off camps, and survival skills. You can also get a pass to the Rec Center and your kiddos can go and enjoy the indoor pool, basketball courts, and reading room.

We’re probably missing a few things, but we hope that this list of after-school programs makes it a little bit easier on you as you’re scrambling to get used to your new school routine. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, we can help make that easier too! Just contact us.