In addition to being involved with school athletic and arts programs, local youth are signed up for an abundance of after-school activities. Below, find information on a variety of options to keep the after-school crowd involved, entertained, and active.
Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation
With a mission statement to “enrich the lives of area youth with free classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment”, Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation has been an instrumental part of the community since 2001. PRYAF provides over 300 students ages 5–18 with over fifty weekly classes, and serves over 1,200 students annually.
Classes and programming offered through PRYAF include dance, jazz, guitar, voice, art, 
sewing, band, theater, and piano. In addition, there are options for instruction in acting, song writing, creative writing, performance studies, and more.
Check out pryaf.org, call (805) 238-5825, or stop by 3201 Spring St. for a current schedule and enrollment information.
Studios on the Park
In addition to the Kids Art Smart Program, offered during the school day to Paso Robles students, Studios on the Park artists provide opportunities for kids of all ages in the form of art classes in a variety of mediums.
One of the more popular offerings is Art With Anna, happening on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for all ages. Anna Meyrick presents different projects each week as she supports students along the path to learning, experimenting, and creating. $20-25; scholarships are available by request. Students must preregister by contacting Meyrick at annameyrickmosaics
@gmail.com or (971) 221-3438.
See studiosonthepark.org, call (805) 238-9800, or stop by 1130 Pine St. for current scheduling, programs, events, and more information.
Paso Robles Recreation Services
The friendly folks with Recreation Services offer a multitude of classes and events for the after-school crowd. Youth and teens enjoy library programs, youth sports, and YMCA programs.
Whether interested in classes on cartooning and video game creation, sports such as tennis, soccer, and karate, or learning about dog training or hunter education, there are plenty of activities for the after-school crowd.
Schedules at Recreation Services change seasonally; for the most up-to-date offerings see prcity.com/government/departments/recreation. For more information, call (805) 237-3988, or stop by 600 Nickerson Drive at Centennial Park.
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