Youth & Teen Programs
DCH School Vacation Program
Your child will get a quick taste of the summer camp experience in this program which runs during the public school vacation weeks in February, April and December. Each day can consist of many camp activities such as sports & games, arts & crafts, science and woodworking. Many activities will be held outdoors, weather permitting. We will end the week with a special event and a cookout! Grades K through 5. Regular hours 9:00 – 4:00 with extended day available from 7:00 a.m. and to 6:00 p.m. Please send your child with 1 to 2 snacks and lunch daily, we provide lunch only on Friday. Also, please send appropriate clothing for outdoor activities (we will play outside in the snow if possible).
DCH Wednesday Night Open Gym
DCH hosts FREE open gym nights for Dedham middle and high school students. Bring your own basketball and shoot hoops with your friends. This activity is staffed by a DCH employee. Drop-in; no registration required, but participants will be asked to sign in and leave an emergency contact number. In the event that the program will not run on any given Wednesday evening we will post notification on our website.
Middle School Students: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
High School Students: Wednesdays, 8:15 - 10:00 pm
Saturday Night Kids' Club
Are you looking for a fun and inexpensive alternative to hiring a babysitter for your kids? Look no further. This new program will provide your child with a fun Saturday night of activities including sports & games, arts & crafts, a pizza dinner and a movie on our big screen! Supervised by our high quality staff, your kids are sure to have a blast! Offered about once a month, usually on the last Saturday of the month.
Learn all about the ancient mysteries surrounding the ninja including history, weapons, tactics and more. Appropriate for all ages 1st grade through adult with or without martial arts experience. Runs 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Monday of February and April school vacations.
Ballet for Beginners
This pre-ballet class includes development of placement and coordination. Introduction to pre-barre adage, floor stretch, and small combinations of beginning ballet steps are all included. Ages 5-8. Offered fall, winter and spring on a weekday evening.
Woodworking for Kids
Begin your child on the road to learning some great skills through woodworking. Students will be introduced to a variety of tools, learning proper use and safety, while creating some great projects to take home! Ages 7-12. Offered fall, winter and spring on a weekday afternoon or Saturday morning.
Each week students will learn about and be able to create their own version of different drawing and painting techniques of famous artists. Ages: 6-12 Offered on Saturday mornings or weekdays after school.
Each class students will learn, step by step, how to draw popular cartoon characters and then create their own original cartoon characters. Ages: 7-12 Offered on Saturday mornings or weekdays after school.
Home Alone Safety
Children will learn telephone and door answering techniques, internet safety, accident and fire protection and first aid techniques. We’ll also talk about how to manage your time when you’re home alone. Ages 9-11. Offered two to three times per year on a weekday after school.
BLAST Babysitting Lessons & Safety Training
An American Academy of Pediatrics course that covers how to handle the basics of infant and childcare, how to react responsibly to medical emergencies and injuries, perform first aid for common childhood injuries, and set-up and run your own babysitting business. Ages 11-13. Offered two to three times per year on a weekday after school.
Art Classes offered in collaboration with the Dedham Square Artist Guild
DCH offers a wide variety of art classes in collaboration with the Dedham Square Artist Guild (DSAG). Classes are held in DCH’s ground floor space (enter at the back of the building) and taught by DSAG artists. Founded in October 2011, DSAG is Dedham's first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its members. It provides members of the cooperative a home for their work and opportunity to connect with the community, while striving to enrich the cultural life of all residents, through classes, workshops, art openings and more. The collection of work at the Guild encompasses a diverse style of art, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, mono-type, textile and much more. You will see this diversity of style represented in the classes offered by the Guild at DCH. Visit our Current Offerings page for upcoming classes, and check back often for additional offerings.
Try our incredible Martial Arts programs, including Tai Chi and Karate, for all levels, ages 7 to senior citizens. Sensie John Morash has run this popular program for close to 30 years! 8-week sessions run continuously from September through June. Classes offered Friday evenings and Sundays.
Boot Camp: Beginner Karate and Jujitsu
Advanced Karate: For Yellow belts and up
Tai Chi: System of ultimate exercises, body flexibility, balance and coordination; all levels.
Scrapbooking: Faster, Simpler, Easier
Have you been wanting to try scrapbooking but aren't sure where to begin? Or are you an experienced scrapbooker looking for a faster, easier, and simpler way to preserve your memories? Let us show you how you can create elegant, fun, and inspiring art with your photos and memories. The class includes full color instructions and a paper kit and embellishments with supplies to create 4 unique and beautiful scrapbook pages as well as a bonus project.
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Boch Ice Center Learn to Skate & Play Hockey
We are pleased to continue a partnership with the Boch Ice Center. All current DCH members receive discounts on the Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs offered at the Boch Ice Center. Contact them at 781-326-0085 for more information. Just one more reason to keep your DCH Membership up to date!