Kids' coding classes and after-school programs

Kids and teens learn programming

Build coding skills after-school, at programs and classes listed here! Coding programs help prepare kids and teens for the world of programming, some teaching a variety of languages, others focused on one only. Find kids’ programs specialized in coding directly below, while below that, there’s a list of programs with instruction that may be broader, but includes some coding activities. Below the lists, find advice and further information for families. Read more




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Programs specializing in Programming (multi) (34 results)

These programs and classes offer an extensive focus on coding, some focused on one language, others teaching kids coding in a variety of languages.

  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students are introduced to text-based programming through HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts through the creation of animated stories and starter games. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Students explore more advanced programming concepts using graphical coding to animate and create games using Scratch. Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 15 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Python is a powerful programming language used for various purposes from Data Analytics, Data Science to programming robots. Visit website

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $104
MississaugaOntario

Exposes ninjas to coding through creative, playful and exploratory activities Visit website

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  • King, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $180
KingOntario

We offer engaging and fun coding programs for Scratch, Roblox, Minecraft and Python. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts through the creation of animated stories and starter games. Visit website

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $104
MississaugaOntario

Code Ninjas Create is a flexible program that teaches kids how to code. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $599
Online

Get your app development skills off the ground! Guided from an industry expert, students will learn how iOS apps are built. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 16 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $599
Online

In Soaring High students will begin building their own apps and dive deep into advanced topics in coding. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $260
Online

Precursor to C++ programming language. Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students are introduced to text-based programming through HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students will design and build apps by applying design principles, app layout, styling and interaction design. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

1-hour classes in 15+ coding languages! Coding Classes available 7 days a week private and/or small group. Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $150
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Students explore more advanced programming concepts using graphical coding to animate and create games using Scratch. Visit website

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  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students will apply their programming skills to create customized versions of different games. Build and develop video games Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $260
Online

Build applications using core programming concepts such as methods, loops, and conditional statements. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $40
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Visit website

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VIRTUAL
JAVA
Java: Beginner
Mar 01 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $34
Online

Maximum of 4 kids per one class. Live dedicated instructors. 23 years of experience Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $149
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Learn real world programming languages and critical thinking skills while building your own custom modes and games. Visit website

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VIRTUAL
JAVA
Java: Intermediate
Mar 01 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $34
Online

18 weeks, 1 hour per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Visit website

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VIRTUAL
Python
Python: Beginner
Mar 01 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $34
Online

18 weeks, 1 hour per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $395
Online

Our teen video game a coding camp week has been opened! Visit website

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  • Montreal, QC
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $50
MontrealQuebec

STEM Senior programs are designed for LEGO, robotics and Minecraft enthusiasts. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $200
Online

Create machine learning models that detect faces, hand movement, picture recognition, and more! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $195
Online

This year’s March Break camp for middle schoolers and teens will take place virtually! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $480
Online

Your very first class in Computer Science! Learn to code, create games, and have fun! Know more about how computer works! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $575
Online

Learn and master the basics that will be used in all of your future programming. Learn from former Google software engineer! Visit website

,332,177,180,68,351,virtualprogram,coed,57510-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Participants will learn how programming impacts the world in various fields. Visit website

,302,177,332,180,159,virtualprogram,coed,10014-172022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $200
Online

We employ certified teachers from around the world to teach their passions in a way no school can. No grades, means all fun! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $185
Online

Are you a complete beginner or a Minecraft pro? this March Break Mini is a fun & recreational week, all things Minecraft. Visit website

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Programs offering Programming (multi) as an activity (29 results)

These kids' after-school or weekend programs and classes offer some coding, as part of a broader slate of activities.

  • Online
  • Age 8 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

Campers learn Math, English, French, STEM, Investing, and Debate. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

Campers learn Math, English, French, STEM, Investing, and Debate. Visit website

,332,177,180,159,179,365,196,2,32,195,362,135,358,79,366,91,275,129,97,270,268,19,188,0,virtualprogram,coed,24010-112022-06-012022-07-012022-08-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

This course is a stepping stone for students who want to dive deeper into the world of autonomous rovers &setting the stage . Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

A+ in Math, Science, language guaranteed! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

QSEA is a summer program for students currently in Grade 7 - 11 to learn more about the engineering profession Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $180
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Discover the excitement of robot navigation! Learn the basics of robot design plus hands on building and coding challenges. Visit website

,304,177,180,67,159,196,2,32,160,281,129,130,50,314,268,programclass,coed,1809-122022-04-012022-05-012022-06-012022-07-012022-08-012022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-01
  • Brampton, ON
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $150
BramptonOntario

Students learn design and programming concepts using LEGO’s advanced EV3 Mindstorm robots. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Register your students to our Kumon Math and Coding sessions! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

Campers learn Math, English, French, STEM, Investing, and Debate. Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $180
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Dive deeper into the world of autonomous rovers, setting the stage for enhanced learning in robotics engineering! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $125
Online

Learn different programming languages, game making , web site development Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $0
Online

This series of summer programming presents students with an overview of engineering Visit website

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $149
MississaugaOntario

Fun and Completely visual coding for kids ages 5-7 Visit website

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $149
MississaugaOntario

An exciting Learning adventure for tech-loving kids ages 7-14 Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $375
Online

Join our structured, week-long STEM virtual camps where middle school students and teens Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $45
Online

BKLearning private tutoring aims to help students achieve academic success through customized one-on-one learning programs. Visit website

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  • Montreal, QC
  • Age 6 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $40
MontrealQuebec

STEM Middle programs are designed for kids who have a passion for LEGO and want to take it to the next level. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

Online Virtual 3 Day Winter camp for grades 2 to 6. Discover Coding and play games! Visit website

,178,177,332,180,266,67,304,68,179,314,2,268,18,virtualprogram,coed,2408-122022-12-01
  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $275
Richmond HillOntario

Offering science, robotics, coding with Roblox and Minecraft, engineering, 3D printing, culinary arts, and more! Visit website

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  • North Vancouver, BC
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $495
North VancouverBritish Columbia

In this innovative camp students will focus on an age-appropriate introduction to coding and robotics in the morning. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $135
Online

Summer time learnings | Learn 3D animation with coding | Story- telling, games, and a lot more | Option of AR & VR Visit website

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  • Montreal, QC
  • Age 3 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $40
MontrealQuebec

STEM Junior programs are designed for the youngest inventors, who are starting to explore the world around them. Visit website

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  • Vancouver; West Vancouver, BC
  • Age 5 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $299
VancouverWest VancouverBritish Columbia

Structured, reinforcing projects in the subject pathways of fabrication, physical computing, engineering and digital arts. Visit website

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  • Richmond Hill, ON
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $275
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  • Age 5 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $310
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At Hive5 we offer robotic and coding classes for different age groups and different levels. Visit website

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Exercise your child's inventive and scientific mind through the world of STEM. Hands-on experiments done safely at home. Visit website

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These mini camps will run daily, Monday through Friday .These virtual camps are open to elementary students grades 2 to 6. Visit website

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We provide experiences for teens that allow them to have fun while learning, inventing, creating and using technology to grow Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $140
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Through these STEAM-centered activities, children build their understanding of AI & ML. Visit website

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The many benefits of coding classes and after-school programs

Kids who aspire to a career in coding or any related field will gain an obvious advantage from any learning they gain from after-school programs in this field. Parents also give their kids many other advantages when enrolling in any kind of programming class. Just take a quick look here: 

Learn code! There are actually over 700 programming languages you can learn. Languages rise and fall in popularity and practice over time, of course. Evergreen languages like HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Python, and C++ are popular options in the list above. Others that have gained popularity in recent years include Scratch, Go, and more. Of course, programming is a lucrative career and will be for the foreseeable future, with average annual income currently around $89,000 annually. 

It’s advantageous to start programming as early as possible. Young children are sponges for learning. If your child has any inclination toward learning game programming or any other kind of coding, a code class is the perfect place to start. When they gain a grasp of any of the challenging concepts that form the basis of any programming language, they acquire an advantage that may be far-reaching into their future. 

Kids develop skills and understanding in mathematics and problem solving. Coders young and old encounter problems as they program. The interactive setting of a coding class adds another dimension to solving these, thanks to the immediate availability of instructors and peers. In any case, though, kids learning code run into bugs, etc., and “they need to know or decide what to do next in order to create code that will function,” says Shirin Merchant.

Learning code can have implications for emotional intelligence. Some examples of things you can learn from code are the use of X and Y coordinates in Scratch, to control characters’ movement around the screen. Loops are an efficient technique in programming that entail coding something only once, creating a process that can be repeated multiple times. Learning these kinds of skills firsthand is practical, but can also offer kids insight into both limitations and possibilities in life. This holistic way of thinking about programming can be an important avenue into encouraging interest from kids who may dismiss code as too abstract or difficult to master. 

Bring your imagination to life! Coding programs basically teach kids how to code scripts and make things. Kids’ imagination is stirred, and they develop an appreciation for the connection between imagination (dreaming up an idea) and execution (programming that idea into reality).  

An ever-increasing need for diversity in coders. Girls, visible minorities and marginalized groups in coding classes gain marketable skills and open up opportunities for themselves. Over time, the world-wide tech industry has implemented better hiring practices and woken up to the value of the unique perspective women and others bring to programming. This will continue to grow. Young women coders can develop unique products that, like all technology, can make the world a better place. Those of cisgender and other categories in LGBTQ+ discover opportunities to create, educate, and change the world, empowered by coding skills. Coding is opportunity.

Coding is creative fun! It’s really about tinkering and exploring, solving problems and creating something out of nothing. Ideas spark other ideas. Any child coding games at a kids’ program above can be the progenitor of the next Minecraft or Roblox. 

There are numerous popular classes and programs (as well as camps) that allow you to dive deeper into particular languages or to further hone programming skills. Look closer at options highlighted below:  

Animation and 3D design classes delve deeper into this creative outlet that requires code skills. As with kids’ coding classes, these may feature professional instruction and can help move kids and teens onto a career path in this fascinating, fun field. We also list animation camps on our site. 

STEM classes and STEAM classes integrate technology and mathematics with other disciplines including science and engineering as well as (with STEAM) arts. This stream of learning is intensely popular because of its holistic, foresighted approach. You can also use our site to discover a STEM camp or STEAM camp near you. 

Minecraft classes allow kids to deeply explore this popular gaming platform. Some closely similar options include LEGO classes and Roblox programs for kids, and we also feature camps devoted to all of these interests. Follow these links to discover a Minecraft camp, LEGO camp, or Roblox camp near you. 

Robotics classes apply programming to the fascinating, fun, and practical world of robot building and coding. Similar to all of the above, a robotics camp offers a fuller immersion into this area of learning. 

Artificial intelligence camps explore this burgeoning world of learning. 

While links above point to guide pages, those are just a few of the many options you can find in our advanced search for camps and programs near you. 

More research through Our Kids and around the web

You might choose kids’ programs based on closeness to your home or other aspects of convenience, but a bigger world opens up when you explore our site, and when you attend the Our Kids camp expo. This is held each winter in Toronto and allows you to explore the landscape, and meet leaders from programs and camps face-to-face. You’ll also discover valuable information sessions at the expo.

 

 

Sources and further reading

"The Philosophy of Programming." freecodecamp.org. Haoxian Chen.
Computer Programmers Occupational Outlook. BLS.gov (US website). 
Most popular programming languages to learn. Hackr.io.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Kids' coding classes and after-school programs are there?
There are 34 programs specializing in Programming (multi). In addition, there are 29 programs offering programming (multi) as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.

What are the fees to attend Kids' coding classes and after-school programs?
Fees for Kids' coding classes and after-school programs range from $34 to $599 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

What age do Kids' coding classes and after-school programs start at?
There are programs available for children aged 5 through 19.

Where can parents meet with Kids' coding classes and after-school programs?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.


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