Youth Enrichment

Babysitter Training

Northview Community Education is partnering with the YMCA to offer certified babysitter training. This course focuses on strengthening the knowledge and skills of our young babysitters to keep the children or infants they care for safe. Participants in this program will learn accident prevention, feeding, diapering and first aid. Please bring a sack lunch, and a doll or teddy bear for practice!

Fall 2020 Dates and Times To Be Determined

For additional information, or to register, please visit The program contact is Liz Whaley with the YMCA at 616-855-1447 or You can also reach JoAnne VanSlooten of Northview Community Education at 616-365-6176 or

Space Exploration with Virtual Reality

Use the best virtual reality programs to explore space in a fun way! You can relive mankind’s greatest journey to the moon, Apollo 11 or just explore space or space-related topics like SPACEX. At the end of the class, you can even battle space pirates for fun.

Dates & Times: May 7 at 7:00 PM, May 8, at 7:00 PM, or May 9 at 10:30 AM.

Location: Amped Reality – 2923 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Cost:  $25 – pay by cash or check to Northview Community Education

Ages: 9+

Robot Building

This fun class will be held at the Amped Reality location near Woodland Mall. Enjoy building your own robot, decorating it and playing with it while you learn about how robots work! This class is designed for younger children (ages 5–9) and would be a great opportunity to build a robot with a parent or grandparent. Adults accompanying a child are free.

Dates: April 16 at 7:00 PM, April 17 at 7:00 PM, or April 18 at 10:30 AM

Location: Amped Reality – 2923 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Cost:  $35

Age: 5 – 9

Virtual Reality Adventures

Through a partnership with Amped Reality, students will experience Virtual Reality Adventures with Exploration of Space, Animals, Oceans, Battleships and more in our 4-week series. Register for all 4 or the single class(es) you wish to attend!

Summer 2020 Programming

Fall 2020 Program Coming Soon

Hunter Safety

Northview Community Education is partnering with Rockford Sportsman’s Club to offer this class, which includes three sessions: Monday, April 20 from 6:00–8:30 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 6:00–8:30 pm, and Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Students need to attend all three sessions. Students MUST attend all three sessions.


The Monday evening session includes introductions, safety videos and a question and answer session. The Wednesday evening session covers tree stands, and students participate in 3-D archery outdoors. Saturday morning includes a firearms review, as well as outdoor firearm and crossbow range demonstrations during the morning. In the afternoon, the students have small group sessions to include .22 and shotgun shooting, firearms handling, blood trail exercise, preparedness and first aid. A conservation officer will be present to talk about the legal aspects of hunting. The students then take the multiple-choice test. Tests are graded as they are turned in and the students receive their cards thereafter.


The DNR requires that a parent or guardian accompany any student under 10 years old. In addition, all parents and relatives are invited to sit in on the class. We want everyone to see what their kids are learning. There is no charge to sit in on the class. The cost is $15 for each student, of which $10 is the class fee that covers the manual and other materials and use of the club’s bows, guns and ammo. We also ask for a donation of $5 each to cover the cost of a lunch served on Saturday. The club is located at 11115 Northland Drive, north of Rockford on Northland Drive between 13 Mile Rd and M-57.


To sign up for this class, send your student’s full name including middle initial, birth date, address and phone number via email to Please pay in advance. They do not accept credit or debit cards. Make checks payable to Rockford Sportsman’s Club and mail the check directly to the following name and address:

Bill Skallos
5080 Porter Hollow
Rockford, MI 49341

If you have any questions, email Bill Skallos at or call him at home in the evenings at (616) 866-0096. You can also reach JoAnne VanSlooten of Northview Community Education at (616) 365-6176 or


Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that blends martial arts, dance and acrobatics into a fun and unique style. Students will learn Brazilian Portuguese moves, language and music. Our community partner for this program is Juston “Monitor Talento” Espinoza from the Grand Rapids Capoeira School. He has been training in Capoeira since 2005 and teaching it since 2008.


Please email questions to Juston at .

Northview Junior Kickers

Northview Junior Kickers (formerly Lil’ Kickers) partners with the professional coaches at PASS Soccer Club to bring you a skills-based soccer program for our youngest soccer players from beginner to advanced levels and everything between. This program is designed as a youth enrichment program to supplement any soccer league your child may be involved in or as their first experience in the sport of soccer. Individual ball skills are taught in a non-competitive atmosphere to help every player improve their soccer knowledge and skills. All training sessions will end with friendly scrimmages or small sided games.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code clubs are intended for girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models, while using computer science to change the world. When you join a club, you will be able to learn from fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, and learn about inspiring role models. You then work in teams to design and build a Girls Who Code project that solves real-world problems that you care about through code!


What will I learn?

Middle and high school clubs encourage their members to impact their communities in a positive way through code. In order to build the skills you need to make an impact, you will learn how to code from fun online tutorials and activities that will help you build animations, games, apps, and other things that you dream up! The program offers tutorials in Scratch, Python, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and in a block-based app development language called, Thunkable.


Can I join?

Yes! Whether you’re a beginner or a computer master, you’re invited to join the movement! To join the club, there is a one-time suggested donation of $10, which will include all activities and snacks. Checks can be made out to Northview Public Schools.


Club Details:

The Wildcat Girls Who Code Club will meet on Mondays from 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm, beginning on February 3 and ending March 30. The club will meet after school in the Fishbowl Lab at Northview High School. A late bus may be arranged to pick up students at the High School.

Questions, comments or concerns.

Any questions on our programming can be answered by contacting the Community Education office.
(616) 365-6176 or

JoAnne VanSlooten
Community Education Coordinator

Jennifer Higdon-Bovo
Community Education Assistant