Back to School: All Work and No Play? No Way!

The kids are heading back to the classroom to face an avalanche of homework and projects.  Schedules are busy, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t room for fun! Physical activity helps stretch muscles and clears the brain. It also helps kids de-stress and enjoy childhoods that fly away too quickly.

We hope the following suggestions help your children transition from summer to school, and keep fit and healthy in the process. Give ‘em a try! There’s something for everyone!


Bounce houses aren’t just for birthday parties. They can help ring in the school year and celebrate the start of a brand new semester. We highly recommend Jump & Joy, a Christian business that also offers themed parties. Call 281-912-3902 and for more information.


Every student needs an extracurricular activity, and the feedback from the kids at Excel Athletics if phenomenal. Cheerleading, tumbling classes, pre-school gymnastics, birthday parties, private lessons and open gym are offered. Check them out at and call 281-395-9235.


Get your student moving! Everyone is treated with respect at FFPS, which makes youth sports fun again. Every kid plays, because “kids count more than scores.” With a philosophy like that, no wonder boys and girls 4–18 are playing! All games are held at Bush Park located on Westheimer Pkwy. & Fry Rd. Visit or call 800-828-7529.


When you join the Katy YMCA, you belong to a community that strives every day to be healthy, confident and connected. Kids love the Y, and there are plenty of classes and activities to choose from! Visit and get the whole family plugged in. You’ll be glad you did!


Fun with a kick! At Fort Bend TaeKwonDo, children do far more than develop muscle and hand-eye coordination. They also learn respect, patience and the art of practice. This is a favorite extracurricular for boys and girls alike! Check out or call 281-599-3331! 


Who doesn’t want to be a gymnast? Kids love the gymnastics training, tumbling lessons, trampoline and more! Coordination, individual achievement, and group accomplishments help develop the whole student. Check out and call 281-392-3577.


Dance is an art form, as is painting. Luce Conservatory offers visual arts instruction and dance lessons from master instructors. From ballet to painting and beyond, your child will be nurtured mentally, physically and spiritually. Visit and call 979-732-1223.


Speed, strength, flexibility and endurance are qualities developed by the runners at Parisi. If your child is 7 or older and likes to run, Parisi offers programs that take them all the way through high school. Fabulous, high performance runners emerge! Visit and call 281-497-7570.


Rated one of the top clubs in Texas by, Skyline offers year-round training with leagues, camps, clinics, lessons and club programs for your volleyball athlete, from beginner through elite! Check out to get started!


This nonprofit children’s community theatre offers after school classes and voice lessons, as well as auditions, casting and acting lessons. Is you child destined to be a “future star?” Get them on stage and is front of audiences! Call 281-651-8857 and visit for details. 


Music lessons for all ages! Voice, piano, drums, guitar, all brass and woodwind instruments, music theory and improvisation! Alvin  King is a Broadway musical orchestra veteran and national recording  artist. Call 832-305-3261 or email

ELITE STAR STUDIOYour toddler-12 grader will love vocal/dance touring companies, classes by top entertainment pros, plus workshops by world class personalities from shows like “Dancing With the Stars”, “So You  Think You Can Dance”, “American Idol” and more! Call 832-657-5201.


FUN this fall! Every student loves laser tag, black light mini golf, blob sledding, mini bowling, arcade games, parties and events.  What a great way to unwind and be a kid! Call 281-644-2840 and visit today!






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