Is your child crazy about football, a martial arts master, prefers street dance or to pick up a paintbrush? There are plenty of after-school activities in the Grand Duchy covering all manner of sports, arts, music, dance, drama and even computer coding.
Check out what after-school classes your local commune or school has to offer first. Many activities are subsidised and offer good value for money, plus staying local will mean you avoid travelling long distances to drop off or collect your child.
Go to Sports initiative
A new initiative by the Ministry of Sports under its Restart Sports 2.0 plan is designed to encourage families to register young people into sports clubs by allocating €50 for each new licence taken by a person under 16 years. It's designed to boost local sports clubs too, and vouchers, which should have been received in the post in July, can be used until 31 December 2021.
Football, rugby, basketball, cricket, martial arts, and other sports
If he or she is football crazy, then you should check the FLF website for local clubs, most of which run soccer training for kids, whilst Soccer Soccer offers elite training camps for children's football, including those hosted at the International School of Luxembourg (ISL). The Football Klinik Academy runs training programmes for kids aged 4 to 18 years on Fridays and Saturdays.
Beginners for the Under 6 and Under 12 teams are invited to regular training with the Rugby Club of Luxembourg, whilst the Walferdange Rugby Club runs a school on Saturday mornings. CSCE Rugby Luxembourg welcomes Under 8s to Under 14s to practice on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Juniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Under 6s on Saturdays. In total, there are five rugby clubs in Luxembourg and you can find out more about youth and children's teams here.
Top Squash holds an introduction to this active sport as well as a junior programme. There are many local tennis clubs, nearly all providing tuition for children, whilst Tennis Spora in Bambesch has a tennis school. Luxembourg Lacrosse also supports youth teams.
Karate kids, or those who prefer Judo, Aikido, Ju Jitsu, Kung Fu, Taekwondo or Krav Magna can find a list of all the clubs in Luxembourg here.
If you want your child to attain the swimming certificate or just use up some energy, there are several pools in Luxembourg offering swim classes for children (mainly over 6 years-old, but some offer classes for younger children).
Start with Les Thermes (Bertrange), Syrdall Schwemm (Neideranven), d’Coque (Kirchberg) or Pidal (Walferdange) or find the pool most local to you that runs a swim club from the Luxembourg Federation of Swimming here.
If you live close to the Belgian border you can try Plouf Club in Arlon for weekday and weekend swim courses. Les enfants de Poséidon runs lessons at the pools at Gare, Belair, Geesseknäppchen and Batty-Weber and swim schools in Belair and Gasperich.
If your children prefer equine company, there are plenty of options in horse-friendly Luxembourg. For lessons in English, try Baybees riding school which takes children from aged 2 years and accommodates all abilities.
Bricher Paerdsstall in Brouch gives lessons to children from 4 years and offers horse encounters to those with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Children from 8 years-old can take riding lessons at Reitstall Kockelscheier.
You can find a map of equestrian centres in Luxembourg here.
Art and music
Got a little Picasso or Kahlo? Kids can take art classes with Sonja Soyer, iKris8 or Signe Art Studio. Anna Barcia also has classes, Painting with Anna, for seven to twelve year olds. Megha Goenka has just started holiday art clubs at her studio in Leudelange, with both painting and clay modelling/sculpture options.
Music lessons are extremely popular in Luxembourg. In addition to a plethora of private teachers, UGDA runs regional music schools across the country.
The Music Factory in Bergem and Roeser has lessons in guitar, percussion, drums, saxophone, clarinet, piano and singing. For learning to play all styles of music, including pop, try Cavem, which offers classes at a number of locations in Luxembourg in keyboard, guitar, drums and pop singing.
Kelsey Hopper welcomes children to her studio for music lessons on Saturdays.
Le Nid des Talents - Altrimenti Cultural Centre
A newish initiative Le Nid des Talents based at the Altrimenti Cultural Centre says that learning happens best when the mind and body are allowed to interact freely, without tension or pressure. It offers a range of disciplines for children to discover new passions in art and crafts, music, theatre and montessori, pooling together a great set of resources, experts and advocates in their fields.
Guitar lessons using the Suzuki method are available for children aged 4 years or more, and children can take harp lessons. Amusiking offers Dalcroze Eurythmics for children (as early as 2 years) and adults to explore music through their bodies. The centre also has art and craft workshops for children aged 6-10 years and theatre classes for children aged 8-12 years in French and English (subject to demand).
Dance and drama
Is your child a little ballerina or hip-hop groover? Dance is a good form of exercise and expression for kids. The FlashDance Academy runs classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, breakdance, clip dance, tap, salsa and even ballroom dancing, in Bertrange and Ettelbruck.
If your child is experienced or really serious about dance, then the Li Martelling school is a good bet whilst Walferdange commune runs a ballet school that follows the Royal Academy of Dance. Gymnastics and dance can be found at Rhythmo-Cats in Limpertsberg.
In addition to ballet and jazz, the Jeanette Hutchines School of Dance in Sandweiler offers musical theatre classes. Hip hop, ballet, and jazz dance classes are on offer at the Ecole de Danse Sabrina Iacovazzi, and you can add these to the list plus contemporary dance at Helen's Dance in Limpertsberg.
Think you might be rearing the next Julianne Moore or Johnny Depp? Acting classes could be just the thing. The Altimentri centre in the city has launched a musical theatre training programme, which starts in October. There will be singing, dancing and acting lessons.
Read our article on drama groups and acting classes to discover more places.
Computers and coding
Got a computer geek – look no further than Workshop4me which helps kids make the leap from consumers to creators, teaching children and young adults aged 5 to 16 years creative computing, coding and app development. Kids can learn to create their own animation, game or mobile app.
Kids Life Skills is a non-profit organisation that teaches kids ages 4-13 years the skills they need to be successful in the tech-focused future, offering weekly workshops on a variety of topics including computer coding, robotics and more. Supported by the FNR and digital Luxembourg, it is currently offering subsidies of 25-75% for low income families.
Code Clubs exist in Luxembourg City and the south, offering support for kids aged 8-12 years in all manner of computer coding activities.
In addition to coding, kids can try out raspberry pi or the in-house 3D printer, and laptops are provided on-site. Parents can wait in the chill-out area.
Base 1 Makerspace - Geesseknäppchen
Base 1 Makerspace at the Forum Geesseknäppchen invites children, teens and young adults to build their own drone or robot, make a movie or video for a YouTube channel, programme their own game, or create their own music.
Coaches are on hand to help out, with an emphasis on different areas each weekday. Teens can drop-in (there is no need to register) and get to know the makers and coaches, and there are sewing machines, 3D printers and laser cutting tools available. It's open 12.30 to 18.30 on weekdays (you can check the website calendar for the individual days of closure).