2023 Back to School Guide presented by Kick Performing Arts Studio! | The Monmouth Moms


TMM 2023 Back to School Guide is presented by Kick Performing Arts Studio! We’re excited to bring you an updated list of some of the best local extracurricular activities, tutoring services, shopping, and more for your children in Monmouth County!




  Axelrod Performing Arts Academy offers students unique and comprehensive training in dance and theater arts, emphasizing performance as an essential part of education and education an essential part of performance. Located in Bell Works, APAA was recently awarded the Best Performing Arts Education award from Monmouth Arts Council. Here, students receive conservatory-level training from our exceptional staff of professional dancers and Broadway performers. This year, we are thrilled to offer even more performance opportunities for all levels (Freaky Friday, Moana Jr. & Polar Express). We are also eagerly awaiting the opening of the renovated Bell Theater later this year! 

   APAA is proud to share our list of accomplished Resident Guest Teaching Artists who will be part of our faculty to teach classes and workshops throughout the year; some names include Nicolas de la Vaga, Andrea Weber, Kerry Butler, JohnJohn Tarrayo, and Gabriela Soto among many others to be announced. 

  Our core classes focus on the fundamentals of dance and theater supplemented by unique electives to expand each student’s repertoire. The Academy works with Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s professional ballet and theater companies to provide our students with unique exposure to Broadway directors, choreographers, and performers.

Levels Primary Division: Ages 2.5-7, Junior Division: Ages 8-12, Pre-Professional Division: Ages 13+, Pre-Professional Internship: Ages 16+

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AXCBT Studio at Bell Works

101 Crawfords Corner

Holmdel, NJ






  Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts Academy Has been serving families of Monmouth and Ocean for over 27 years. Providing quality dance education, by trained and certified professionals.  Empowering students to pursue their own unique dance journey. Regardless of age, ability, or prior experience, you’ll find a safe and inclusive environment where everyone learns, grows, and experiences the joy of dancing.  Our students have become shining examples of confident and strong young members of the worldwide dance community.

We are open six days a week and offer a wide variety of classes for all ages from beginners thru advanced.  All students are welcome to participate in the annual recital and seasonal nutcracker. CND has a competition team that appears at community events, fundraisers, regional and national competitions and unique Disney and Broadway experiences.

  •  In Business since 1995.
  • Military families receive 50% off tuition.
  • We offer classes for students with special needs.
  • Private lessons and coaching for high school and college students.
  • Educationally based training, featuring a recreational and competitive track.
  • Birthday Parties, Princess Camps, intensives and workshops.

Please call for a complimentary class and click here for our schedule.

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Colts Neck Dance & Performing Arts

410 Route 34

Colts Neck, NJ 07722


[email protected]




  En Pointe Dance & Acrobatics, nestled in the heart of Wall, NJ, stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of dance and acrobatics. Our prestigious dance studio, located at 1837 Old Mill Road, Wall NJ 07719, offers a comprehensive array of dance styles designed to cater to dancers of all ages and abilities. With a team of highly accomplished instructors, each with a deep passion for dance, En Pointe Dance & Acrobatics is committed to providing top-notch training and fostering a nurturing environment for students to flourish.

  At En Pointe, we take immense pride in our diverse repertoire of dance styles offered. From the timeless elegance of Ballet and the rhythmic footwork of Tap to the expressive movements of Jazz and Contemporary, our curriculum embraces the rich tapestry of dance traditions. We also specialize in Acro, Pointe, Hip Hop, Conditioning, Barre, and even Mommy & Me sessions, ensuring that every individual can find their unique dance path under our roof. With a focus on technique, artistry, and physical fitness, our studio fosters a holistic approach to dance education, empowering students to excel both on and off the stage.
   Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the dance floor. En Pointe Dance & Acrobatics regularly hosts performances and recitals, providing students with valuable stage experience and a chance to showcase their talents to a supportive community. More importantly, our dance studio maintains a warm and inclusive atmosphere, where creativity thrives, friendships flourish, and lifelong memories are made. En Pointe Dance & Acrobatics is not just a place to learn dance; it’s a second home, a sanctuary of passion and artistry, and a stepping stone towards a bright future in the world of dance.


Location & Contact Information
1837 Old Mill Road
Wall NJ 07719



   Five Star Swim School is THE best place for children to learn to swim and gain much-needed confidence around and in the water. The lessons focus on developing essential swim skills, ensuring safety, and having fun!

Infant classes start as early as 6 months old. Children between 2.5 and 15 years are grouped by age and skill level. The student-to-teacher 3:1 class ratio is the smallest in the industry. This allows for ample attention from the instructor and helps the kids learn to swim with confidence.

    Contact Five Star Swim School Eatontown for more information and schedule your child’s Trial Class! Mention The Monmouth Moms and receive a 15% discount on your first payment upon signing up! Offer valid until 10/15/2023.
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Five Star Swim School

Eatontown, NJ






If you are looking for a fun, unique activity for your daughter, look no further than Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore! They provide a positive setting for her to have amazing adventures and a safe place to create lifelong friendships. Girl Scouts isn’t just a moment in her life, it’s a movement dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. From building strong relationships and developing her sense-of-self to growing her confidence and leadership skills, Girl Scouts provides the framework for an unending range of opportunities to make a difference, learn new skills, make new friends, get outdoors, and explore the world.

  Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore has a powerful mission: building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As moms, so many of us have wonderful memories of participating in Girl Scouts. As a daisy, brownie, and girl scout, we cherished the time spent with friends, taking trips, and working on activities. Little did we know, so much of what we learned in Girl Scouts forged a path for success and helped develop skill-sets to run our own businesses and grow our careers.

Fun, friendship and new adventures are what Girl Scouts is all about. Girls make new friends, challenge themselves, write their own stories, and take action to change the world for the better. The Girl Scout Leadership experience is girl-led, following their own lead no matter the age. They learn by doing with hands on activities, which helps them to feel empowered to shape their own experience. It also offers cooperative learning with a tight-knit group of girls, Girl Scouts learn and grow together while cheering each other on.

Make sure to check The Monmouth Moms calendar for upcoming family events with the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. For information about camp or to learn about how to join. Volunteer, partner or donate to Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, visit jersershoregirlscouts.org or call (800) 785-2090.

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  iCode Shrewsbury is a leading provider of STEAM-focused Education for kids and teens K-12 in the rapidly expanding Computer Science Education industry. Their focus is teaching the “Best in Class” proprietary curriculum through a combination of instructional and hands-on classes at their State-of-the-Art contemporary campuses. That curriculum allows students to gain skills in collaboration, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking, and develop knowledge, confidence, all while enjoying a fun and rewarding educational experience and leadership skills. The same critical skills are needed as the global workforce increasingly demands innovators to solve ever-changing needs and crises.

  iCode teaches kids how to code, create video games, design projects and expand their skills in the use of technology.

And families love them. They had lost track of how many parents said, “I wish there were a place like this when I grew up,” when they drop off their kids for the first time.

Enroll now and take advantage of their early enrollment discount; 50% off the first month of any after-school fall program when you use code ICFALL50. iCode Shrewsbury is a proud Champion Partner with Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and a member of the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. See what new worlds will open to your kids at iCode Shrewsbury.

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iCode Shrewsbury 

1026 Broad St. Suite 5

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702






From your child’s first dance class to their graduation performance, Kick Performing Arts Studios has a dance, theater or acro class for everyone! We specialize in beginner dancers of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. Kick is truly More Than Just Great Dancing™!

Now Enrolling! It’s easy to register from the convenience of your home with our online registration system. Kick Fair Haven is open weekdays from 12PM-6PM! Stop in and tour our studios! In person enrollment and gift certificates too! Kick Dance school students come to us from Rumson, Fair Haven, Oceanport, Little Silver, Red Bank, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Eatontown, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Hazlet, NJ and beyond.

Location + Contact Information
611 River Road
Fair Haven, NJ
732 383 5301





    Welcome to the Kumon Center of Hazlet! We are located in the Chelsea Place shopping center at 3253 Route 35 North, Hazlet, NJ 07730.

   The Kumon Center of Hazlet is happy to be a part of the many Kumon centers that have, for more than 60 years, been offering an after-school academic enrichment program that has helped children achieve success worldwide. Kumon of Hazlet strives to instill in children of all ages the desire to achieve, and the motivation to learn on their own. Whether your child is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up or is just beginning his or her academic career, Kumon is designed to help him or her develop a love of learning.

   Students advance through the program at their own pace. Our emphasis on individualized learning helps your child become focused, motivated, and self-reliant. We monitor each child’s progress to ensure comprehension before moving on to a new concept. With a strong academic foundation, critical thinking and problem solving abilities, your child has the potential to achieve whatever he or she desires.

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 Lakehouse Music Academy is a progressive music school dedicated to nurturing comprehensive musicianship in students of every age and proficiency. Through group rehearsals, individual lessons, and live performances at iconic local music venues, LhMA’s program tailors teaching methods to each student’s musical interests and objectives. The Academy’s holistic approach introduces music’s transformative power to young learners and equips teens for success in the music industry and at prestigious universities. Lakehouse Music Academy offers a fun, low-pressure environment for students of all ages, interests, and skill levels to dive into the world of music. Students can engage in one-on-one private lessons, collaborate in group bands, and perform at renowned music venues in Asbury Park and beyond.

For a limited time, Lakehouse Music Academy is partnering with Russo Music, the leading provider of exceptional instruments and equipment, to offer the best tools to unlock your musical potential. Upon activating your exclusive membership as a new student, you’ll receive a free instrument from Russo Music’s curated Lakehouse Collection – whether guitars, drums, keyboards, or more – ensuring you’re equipped to reach new heights in your musical journey. Beyond the gear, Lakehouse Music Academy offers a supportive community of skilled teachers and music enthusiasts who share your passion, guiding you to develop the skills and confidence to shine both on and off the stage.

Spaces are limited for this exclusive offer, so sign up by October 15th to set yourself up for success this school year with high-quality gear from Russo Music. Choose your new gear, learn from expert musicians, and prepare for a successful year of music-making. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity and visit www.lakehousemusicacademy.com/school-spirit to secure your spot now!

Location + Contact Information

Lakehouse Music Academy

619 Lake Ave, Asbury Park 07712
107 Monmouth Street, Red Bank 07701

[email protected]



Shrewsbury Gymnastics School has an amazing lineup of classes available! They have been instructing toddlers, kids and young adults in the sport of gymnastics since 1981. They offer parent/child classes for toddlers, recreational classes for both girls and boys, advanced classes and a competitive team program. Not ready to commit to a regular class? Experience the gym with our ‘School’s Out the Gym is In’ program with camp days offered throughout the school year before our summer camp program kicks off.

The goal of Shrewsbury Gymnastics is the safe and fun practice of  gymnastics. We help to keep students fit and provide them with a set of skills widely applicable in other sports and daily life such as balance, strength and coordination.

Located at 455 Broad Street in Shrewsbury, the offerings at Shrewsbury Gymnastics offers fabulous opportunities for everyone!

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Shrewsbury Gymnastics

455 Broad Street
ShrewsburyNJ 07702


SPARTAN Gymnastics is a modern, state of the art, completely renovated 12,000 SF Gymnastics Facility in Ocean Township offering Team and Recreational gymnastics instruction for girls and boys ages 3 and up. We offer a wide variety of classes for children of all ages and athletic abilities, including Parent & Child, Preschool classes, Toddler Tuesday Open Play and, coming soon at our second Eatontown location, a NINJA course! 

Our programs are designed to teach progressive gymnastics skills while emphasizing self-confidence, discipline, perseverance and camaraderie.

Unlock your potential at Spartan Gymnastics! Check out the Fall 2023 Class Schedule here!

Location + Contact Information

3601 Sunset Avenue
Ocean Twp, New Jersey 07712




  The Spring Lake Theatre and Dance Academy is an unparalleled place for children to grow up. The Spring Lake Community House provides a truly unique place for them to flourish in a safe, positive, nurturing environment, enhancing performing arts and life skills under the tutelage of exceptional teachers. Our multifunctional facility is one-of-a-kind, as it houses two studios and its very own 356-seat theatre.
  Our Theatre Workshop Program allows children (grades 2-12) to excel in their strongest theatrical skills of singing, dancing or acting, while also learning and growing in the other facets of theatre. In May, each class will present a musical production with Broadway-quality costumes, lighting, and set design!
  Our Dance Program offers children (ages 1-18) classes in multiple disciplines for all levels, from the recreational dancer, to our award-winning competition students. We give each student the opportunity to grow up and learn in a supportive environment where they’ll be challenged, inspired and make lifelong friends.
Location + Contact Information

300 Madison Avenue

Spring Lake, NJ 07762

[email protected]

732 449 4530





Starfish Dance is a tiny little place tucked in a magical little corner of Shrewsbury, NJ. Starfish was created to provide dance and arts experiences for children, while taking away all the elements of pressure. We do not have a competitive team or a recital. Our Starfish teachers simply focus on creating a relaxed stress free space for the children! Our motto is ‘your sparkle comes from within’, and we take great care in getting to know all of our students and teaching them to find their own inner shine! We provide small class sizes in all the traditional styles of dance, mom and me, a brand new adult dance program, epic camps, and birthday parties that are sure to make a splash!

Unique, magical and one of a kind, we promise that your child will leave with some sparkle in their hearts and on their dancing feet! Inquire for class schedules and ask for Miss Dore, Head Mermaid.

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Starfish Dance Studio

160 Avenue at the Commons

Suite 1B, Shrewsbury, NJ




   The story began from the same mindset as the culture that prevails in our company today. It was the vision of Young Chefs Academy’s Founder & CEO, Julie Burleson, to share her passion for teaching children the joy and value of cooking to children & teens across the globe. From its humble beginnings as a successfully run single store unit to a worldwide franchise business venture, Young Chefs Academy continually strives to provide the best possible experience to the communities we serve and beyond.

WEEKLY CLASSES! Building, developing, and sharpening culinary skills in structured lessons planned around a unique monthly theme.  JuniorChefs™, SeniorChefs™ and KinderCooks® programs   serve all ages and skill levels. Attended individually or weekly as a Young Chefs Academy member.

   PARTIES! You supply the Chef and we supply the rest! Come celebrate your special occasion with our “one-of-a-kind” party experiences! All of our party options are filled with interactive & amusing activities guaranteed to entertain and engage party guests. Young Chefs Academy offers our “ALL-INCLUSIVE” party packages where you supply the chefs and we supply the rest!

Location + Contact Information

Young Chefs Academy Marlboro

712 Ginesi Drive

Morganville, NJ 07751

(732) 536-7777


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