Recreation Department After School Program

Session 4  2018
April 13th through June 15

Welcome to the Beacon After School Program, held in J.V. Forrestal, Sargent and South Ave. Elementary schools. This program offers more than just child care; the program offers exposure to many different activities; an opportunity for your child to try something new or learn more about something they already enjoy. It is our goal to provide a safe and fun recreational experience to all participating children while providing opportunity for enrichment.

Each day, the children are dismissed from their classroom directly to the program, where they have about thirty minutes of free play followed by a snack. From about 4:00 to 4:50 is the first activity period followed by a second fifty-minute activity period. Scheduled activities are complete around 5:45. Parents are welcome to pick their child up at any time prior to 6:00.

Your child may attend any number of days per week. Activities will fill up fast; secure your space early if you want a particular activity.







J.V. Forrestal

Fantastic Beasts

All Star Martial Arts

Nature is Awesome


Beacon Bookworms


Silly Science


5 Hens Small Tribe Hoops Beacon Bookworms


Bucket Drums Mighty Kids


All Star Martial Arts

Beacon Bookworms


More About Our Programs


All Sorts of Sports will start each day with dynamic warm ups that build strength, agility, and coordination; a great way to experiment with movement.  We will play to develop the skills and teamwork required for a wide variety of sports. Participants will help to select the sports we play! We may play soccer, kickball, basketball or badminton. Class will be outside whenever weather allows.


All-Star Martial Arts - Learn the basics through kicking, punching, blocks, self-defense, break falling, rolling, and maybe even board breaking. Techniques are reinforced through motivation, fun and games. Students will work to gain confidence, listening skills, self-control, and goal setting. It is a jammed packed session of movement and fun. Program is progressive for returning students.


Each Friday, Beacon Bookworms will read and explore classic children’s literature. We will spend some time with Dr. Seuss, Mother Goose and more contemporary kid stories. Each week we’ll read a book and do activities related to the tale. We might climb "beanstalks," plant some ‘truffula’ or even have a wild rumpus! The Tail Wagging Tutors, therapy dogs who help teach reading! No matter what story we read, we’ll have an ‘epic’ time!

Bienvenido a ¡Hola! In this class, your child is going to be 100% immersed in the Spanish language. Learn the foundations of another language with a focus on fun. We will use Spanish throughout a wide variety of activities such as dancing, singing and playing games. The children will start to acquire vocabulary and language skills for real life situations. ¡Esperamos verte ahí! (We hope to see you there!)


Fantastic Beast and How to Build Them Using a variety of materials, kids will be introduced to the limitless world of making sculpture. We will various crafting techniques to imagine and build creations of all types - people, pets, mythical creatures or forms of their own invention. With a focus on using upcycled materials, we will experiment with building smaller figures, wearable sculptures and larger scale installations. We will look at artworks throughout history for inspiration and work together to bring our own ideas to life!


Nature is Awesome! Join us to learn how to identify all sorts of living things! We’ll be in the outdoors to observe insects, spiders, mammals, birds, plants, algae, fungi and anything else we might find in its natural habitat. We’ll discuss how much we have in common with them when it comes to the need for resources such as water, sunshine and oxygen. Each week, will learn a little more about our place in the environment.


Silly Science-We hypothosize your child will have a lot of fun being part of Silly Science! Each week we will undertake a different experiment to learn about chemical reactions, the physical properties of matter and the manipulation of energy. The focus is fun with a sprinkle of science and discovery.


Small Tribe Hoops is a super-fun program that introduces hula hooping as an art form. In this series, students will play hoop games and learn how to do circus-style tricks! New hoopers will be developing their mind-body connection while learning about the importance of exercise, movement, and expression. Each week students will be introduced to a new age-appropriate trick or skill. By the end of the program students will be dancing in their hoop, moving fluidly from one hoop trick to the next!


Come to MIGHTY KIDS to learn more about Health & Hygiene, Exercise & Energy, Food & Fun! Incorporating information from the Eat Smart New York of the Hudson Valley Region program, kids will learn about nutrition and making healthy choices to help enjoy a lifetime of fitness. Each workshop includes interactive activities, games, movement and a food tasting.

Baking with Five Hens – THEY’RE BACK! Join Five Hens Baked Goods for baking and cooking lessons designed to foster children’s kitchen skills. Your child will be trying new foods as we build confidence in the kitchen. Kids will learn about measurements and baking chemistry, incorporating elements of S.T.E.A.M. Every class, your child will create and sample a tasty delight. EACH SESSION BRINGS NEW RECIPES!

Take something ordinary and make it extraordinary in Bucket Drums! An every-day bucket can become a magnificent drum!  Playing drums together can be deeply satisfying and can expand understanding of the basic building blocks of playing instruments, both as a group and individual percussionist.  We will learn basic rhythms as well as ensemble percussion pieces based on traditional rhythms from around the globe.