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Enrichment K-12


Girl molding clay on a pottery wheel

Hosting a wide variety of after school, before school and night classes for youth in grades K-12.

Enjoy the many Youth Enrichment classes that are available for Mankato Area Public School Elementary, homeschool, or out of district children. Most classes are offered after school, evenings and Saturday mornings. The many class opportunities to grow and learn from are Language, Theater, Arts & Crafts, Health & Safety, Skill Development and Science classes.



Prairie Fire Children's Theatre

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Directors
6 Sessions – Ages 7–14
A holiday favorite, Prairie Fire’s “A Christmas Carol” will return to
Mankato in November 2019. This show is based on the classic
Charles Dickens story.
On Monday of the rehearsal week, some of the actors will be
dismissed after the audition that will end at approximately
5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, sectional rehearsals of 1.5–2 hours will be
based on the schedule sent home on Monday. All registered
actors will be on stage the entire rehearsal time on Wednesday
and Thursday. On Friday, a light pizza supper will be served,
and all students will stay until after the first public performance
(approximately 8:30 p.m.). Two public shows are planned: one on
Friday, November 22, at 7:00 p.m., and the other one on Saturday,
November 23, at 1:00 p.m. Rehearsals and shows will be at Franklin
Elementary School in the auditorium
3:30–7:45 p.m. (Monday–Thursday),
3:30–8:30 p.m. (Friday) and 12:00–2:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Show Times: Friday, 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 per student
Franklin Elementary School
Tech Crew:
3:30-7:45 p.m. (Wednesday & Thursday),
3:30-8:30 p.m. (Friday); (includes show time) and
12:00–2:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Cost: $3 per student
Franklin Elementary School

$2 - Youth (ages 4-16)
$4 - Adult (ages 17 & up)
FREE - Ages 0-3
MAPS VIP GOLD CARD (Seniors)- Honored

*Holiday Show - No Multiple Show Discounts

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Drama Kids

Drama Kids is the ONLY after-school program that significantly improves kids’ confidence and self-esteem, while also teaching them critical skills that will help them succeed academically and professionally throughout their entire lives. Led by Ray Smart, a musician and writer with Master’s degree in Education, kids have TONS OF FUN while learning verbal and public speaking skills, creative thinking skills, empathy, and collaboration skills to name just a few. Everyone gets to participate, everyone has a voice, and no two classes are ever the same.

Drama Kids is offered at the following elementary schools:
Bridges, Eagle Lake, Franklin, Hoover, Jefferson, Kennedy,
Monroe, Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Washington & Loyola Catholic

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Youth Fencing

New and returning students invited!
Join this fast growing Olympic sport. Each {YEL!} fencing class follows four basic components: •Teach It!…Hall of Fame Olympic Fencing Coach Ro Sobalvarro crafts our lessons and curriculum. •Practice It!…Students pair up and practice the fencing move or concept, rotate partners and repeat. •Move It!…Students then participate in fencing matches using only the moves taught so far. •Play It!…10-15 minutes each class students fence with multiple fencers at their skill level. All equipment provided. Sign up today to THINK, LEARN and PLAY WELL with {YEL!}.

Kennedy Elementary School : Gymnasium
Wednesdays, Oct 30 - Dec 11
Grades: 2-5 6:00 - 7:00 PM

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Kennedy Elementary School : Gymnasium
Wednesdays, Oct 30 - Dec 11
Grades: 6-12 7:05 - 8:05 PM

Click here to register grades 6-12

Grandmasters of Chess

New and returning students invited. Each {YEL!} Chess class follows four basic components: •Teach It!…Each class students are taught different chess concepts and coached to implement those concepts into their chess games. •Practice It!…Students practice positions set by the coach to improve their understanding of the concept. •Puzzle It!… Students are given chess puzzles (constructed by WIM Serafima Sokolovskaya) and work with coach guidance to solve them. •Play It!…Each class ends with students playing 20-30 minutes of chess. Coaches often feature in-class tournaments during the session. Class fee includes membership for the session (a $49 annual value). Sign up today to THINK, LEARN and PLAY WELL with {YEL!}.

Grades:  K-5

Hoover Elementary School 5292-H1f : Art Room
Wednesdays, Sep 25 - Oct 30
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Hoover Elementary School 5292-H2f: Media Center
Wednesdays, Dec 4 - Jan 22
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Roosevelt Elementary School 5292-R1f: Media Center
Fridays, Sep 27 - Nov 15 No Class Oct 18 & Nov 8
2:30 - 3:45 PM

Roosevelt Elementary School 5292-R2f: Media Center
Fridays, Dec 6 - Jan 17 No class Dec 27
2:30 - 3:45 PM

Washington Elementary School 5292-W1f : Art Room
Tuesdays, Sep 24 - Oct 29
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Washington Elementary School 5292-W2f : Art Room
Tuesdays, Dec 3 - Jan 21 No Class Dec 24 & Dec 31
2:45 - 4:00 PM

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Extreme Stem: Catapults & Dragons

follows four basic components •Teach It!…Each class students are taught the basic STEM engineering concepts behind each project. •Build It!… Students use LEGO® bricks to build a snapping dragon, railroad crossing, and design their own marshmallow catapult. •Explore It!…Then they use the project to explore basic engineering concepts - this session is focused on lever concepts •Play It!…Finally they play with their project, modify it, create extensions and have fun working with it. Sign up today to THINK, LEARN and PLAY WELL with {YEL!}. For more details about {YEL!} STEM classes, visit
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Grades:  K-3

Bridges Community School 5391-Bf: Media Center
Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Nov 13
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Eagle Lake Elementary School 5391-ELf: Media Center
Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Nov 12
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Franklin Elementary School 5391-Ff: Media Center
Mondays, Nov 18 - Dec 9
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Hoover Elementary School 5391-Hf: Art Room
Mondays, Oct 21 - Nov 11
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Jefferson Elementary School 5391-Jf: Media Center
Tuesdays, Nov 19 - Dec 17 No Class Nov 26
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Kennedy Elementary School 5391-Kf: Media Center
Thursdays, Nov 21 - Dec 19 No Class Nov 28
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Monroe Elementary School 5391-Mf: Art Room
Thursdays, Oct 24 - Nov 14
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Roosevelt Elementary School 5391-Rf: Art Room
Wednesdays, Nov 20 - Dec 18
2:30 - 3:45 PM

Rosa Parks Elementary School 5391-RPs: Media Center
Fridays, Oct 11 - Nov 15 No Class Oct 18 & Nov 8
2:30 - 3:45 PM

Washington Elementary School 5391-Wf: Media Center
Fridays, Nov 22 - Dec 20 No Class Nov 29
2:45 - 4:00 PM

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