The MacKID Lakewood-Littleton Classes, Activities, & Sports Guide

By Christen Reiner, Macaroni KID Lakewood-Littleton & Macaroni KID Denver Editor and Publisher September 22, 2023

As the school year ramps up, it's time to start thinking about scheduling extracurricular activities for our kids. Maybe you are a pro at lining up after school fun, but you don't have time to scour the internet for local opportunities. You may be wondering if your children would benefit from activities like classes, lessons, or sports. Perhaps you are worried that your family doesn't have time for extra fun. We can help with all of that!

Studies show that extracurricular activities contribute to the overall functioning of our children.

  • Kids develop positive habits and time management skills when they have structure and routine. (I was always surprised that my kids did better in school when they were busier.)
  • Children have the opportunity to develop their skills and learn more about their interests.
  • Connecting with others who share the same passions as they do provides a support system to kids of all ages.
  • Kids develop social skills that they will need as adults. 
  • Children are offered opportunities for leadership, cooperation, and peer interaction.

Tips for maintaining a sense of balance while participating in extracurricular activities

  • Remember that there is no one strategy that will work for every family. Find the schedule that works well for your family.
  • Choose one or two activities that are meaningful for each child.
  • Create a visual schedule. Color coding for each member of your family is a great strategy.
  • Schedule downtime for your family to do something together. Even an hour a week will make a huge difference and will help you connect with each other.
  • Keep room in your plans for unstructured play. This is important for all ages.
  • Mindfulness activities such as meditating and yoga are often effective in helping children maintain balance in their lives.
  • Celebrate kids’ differences and talents by letting them choose the activities that make them happy and healthy. These might be different from the activities that you would choose for them.

So, where to start? There are so many awesome extracurricular choices for kids in the Lakewood-Littleton area. A great problem to have, but a dilemma just the same. We make it easy for you to find the perfect extracurricular activity for your toddlers to teens. Check out our Classes, Activities, & Sports Guide!

Art Instruction

  • artSPARK Creative Studio
  • Color Me Mine
  • Red Hen Createry


  • Green Mountain Junior Baseball


  • Advantage Basketball

Gold Crown 3X5 Basketball League (3rd - 8th graders)

Get warmed up for your winter season! Where else can you play in a clinic, 3on3 game and 5on5 game in one night? The 3x5 Basketball League allows for athletes to take nightly skills and transform them into game play. Scholarships available!


  • Title Boxing Club

Culinary Arts

  • Little Kitchen Academy


  • Chatfield Stables
  • Denver Equestrian
  • Tallhorse Riding

Fitness & Yoga

  • Kids Action Fitness
  • Spectrum Yoga


Gold Crown Middle School Golf Series (6th -8th Grades)

Kick-off a new school year with some extra time on the golf course - it's the best time of year to be outside in Colorado. Each tournament is held at a different course, so don’t fight traffic and pick a spot near you!

  • Littleton Golf
  • Littleton Golf and Tennis Club
  • Meadows Gold Club


  • 5280 Gymnastics
  • Golden Gymnastics
  • Jet Kids Gymnastics
  • Peak Athletics
  • Wonder Gym


  • Foothills Hockey
  • The Ice Ranch


  • Bear Creek Lacrosse

Language Instruction

  • Brilliant Spanish Learning
  • GoLIngual - Music Lingua
  • Spring International Language Center

Martial Arts

  • Excel Taekwondo
  • Littleton Taekwondo
  • People's Kenpo Karate
  • Revolution Martial Arts
  • Rocky Mountain Karate Association

Multi-Activity & Community Centers

  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Bear Creek Junior Sports Association
  • Bear Creek Lake
  • Charger Elite Camps
  • City of Lakewood Recreation
  • Denver Audubon
  • Foothills Park and Recreation

Gold Crown Foundation (6 - 20 years old)

Interested in basketball, volleyball, flag football, or golf? Gold Crown has programs for boys and girls year round!

  • Green Mountain Recreation Centers
  • Lakewood Heritage Center
  • Peak Athletics
  • Pirate Youth Sports
  • Sheridan Recreation Center
  • South Jeffco Sports
  • Z-Ultimate

Need to buy or sell sports equipment? Try Play It Again Sports Lakewood!


  • Carson Nature Center
  • Chatfield Farm

Performing Arts

  • Adventures in Dance
  • Allana's Academy of Dance
  • CYT
  • Do Re Mi Lessons
  • Front Range Christian School Drama
  • Joyful Soles Dance
  • Littleton Music Lessons
  • Littleton Youth Ballet
  • MPower Dance Studio
  • Peak Athletics
  • Town Hall Arts Center
  • Xtreme Dance Force

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

  • Girls Who Code
  • Mathnasium Ken Caryl


  • Littleton Soccer
  • Soccer Shots

Special Needs

  • Rocky Mountain Deaf School
  • Spectrum Yoga


  • Aqua Tots
  • SafeSplash Swim School Lakewood
  • SwimLabs Littleton


  • Bear Creek Swim and Tennis Club
  • Columbine Knolls Recreation
  • Lakewood Park Tennis Center
  • Littleton Golf and Tennis Club
  • Normandy Pool and Tennis Club

Toddler & Preschool Programs

Denver Preschool Program

The Denver Preschool Program helps ALL families find and pay for preschool! ALL families will receive at least some of their preschool costs, and some families will receive up to 100% of tuition costs.

  • Green Mountain Village Preschool
  • Mackintosh Academy
  • Primrose School of Littleton
  • Stepping Stones Learning Center of Littleton


Gold Crown Youth Competitive Volleyball League (6th – 8th graders)

A quality league with excellent competition! For over 20 years, this league has brought together middle school youth in their community to compete at a competitive playing level with a positive experience. 

Gold Crown Youth Development Volleyball League (5th - 8th graders)

A league for volleyball players looking for further skill development and recreational level competition. Come ready to work hard, improve your skills, and have some fun! At Gold Crown Foundation, we prepare kids for the game of life, on and off the court.  

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