Extracurricular & Enrichment Activities for Children 

Most children benefit from participating in extracurricular and enrichment activities outside of school. It gives them the opportunity to discover and develop their talents, make new friends, and practice using English in a non-threatening, fun environment. Here are some suggestions of programs and activities that parents can get their children involved with here in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community.
Note: All the telephone numbers on this list have area code (919). If you call from within Chapel Hill or Carrboro, it is not necessary to dial the area code.

Sports and Fitness

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department: Sports, swimming (indoor pool), dance, cheerleading, martial arts, rock wall climbing, after-school program. 968-2784. 

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department: Offers a variety of classes, sports leagues (including basketball & baseball) and special events. 918-7364.

Chapel Hi ll-Carrboro YMCA: Sports, swimming (in an indoor pool), after-school program. 980 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, 942-9622.

The UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont: Children's fitness classes and swim lessons.  100 Sprunt Street, Chapel Hill, 966-5500.  

Rainbow Soccer: A Chapel Hill & Carrboro children's soccer league. 967-8797.

Triangle Futbol Club: A competitive soccer league offers training and camps for players ages 5-10. 640-6032. 

Spence's Farm: After-school program; classes in horsemanship, art, woodworking, blacksmithing (working with metal), pottery. 6407 Mill House Road, Chapel Hill, 968-8581. 

Chapel Hill Equestrian: English style horseback riding lessons. 6609 Alexander Drive, Chapel Hill, 357-8509. 

Blue Skies of Mapleview: English style horseback riding lessons. 3609 Pasture Road, Hillsborough, 933-1444. 

Sport Art Gymnastics: Gymnastics classes and team. 2200 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, 929-7077.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro Tae Kwon Do, Inc.: Korean martial arts. 102 Brewer Lane, Carrboro, 933-7778.

Neill's Taekwondo and Fitness: Martial arts. 630 Weaver Dairy Rd. (Cedar Falls Courtyard) Suite 107, Chapel Hill, 942-6622.

Grupo Arte e Movimento Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian martial arts. Contact Professor Faisca, 968-6842. 

The Bouncing Bulldogs: International Rope Skipping Demonstration Team. Gym in Ram's Plaza shopping center, Chapel Hill. 493-7992.

SkipSations!: Jump rope team. Contact Lucy, 918-7717. 

Cub Scouts: For boys grades 1-5. Contact Mike Byerley, 1-800-662-7102.

Girl Scouts: For girls ages 5-17. Call 401-4772. 

Dance, Drama, Art and Music

The ArtsCenter: Classes in drama, dance and music; shows for children and families. 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, 929-2787.

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department: Classes in drama, dance, art, music, cooking, chess, fishing and more.

Hats Off Theatre: Classes in drama, acting, improvisation and storytelling. 610 Market Street (at Market Street Books in Southern Village), Chapel Hill, 475-0988. 

Triangle Youth Ballet: Classes; annual Nutcracker show during the Christmas season. 1708-A East Franklin Street (behind Staples), Chapel Hill, 932-2676. 

The Ballet School of Chapel Hill: Ballet, modern, jazz, tap. 1603 East Franklin Street, 942-1339. http://www.balletschoolofchapelhill.com/

Dancentre: Ballet, modern, jazz. 1714 Legion Road (behind the American Legion building), 967-4100. http://www.dancentre.net/

Carrboro Music Studios: Lessons for piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, banjo, voice and flute. 116-B West Main Street, Carrboro, 967-3878. 

The North Carolina Boys Choir: For boys ages 8-11. Call 489-0291.