After-School Program

Why Choose Us?

Most working parents have to balance spending quality time with their children after daycare and shuttling their children to/from sports & activities.

The Cellar Gym can help fix this problem! We have developed an after-school program that combines after school care with martial arts training! Children arrive at our facility by bus immediately following daily dismissal from school and will participate in structured activities until their parent’s arrival.

When parents arrive to pick up their child from The Cellar Gym’s After-School Program, their child has already finished their homework and participated in martial arts classes…families have the rest of the evening to spend together!


More Than After School Care, Your Child Will Learn:


Schools We Currently Serve

Serving Minneapolis, St. Anthony, New Brighton and Roseville area Schools

***May be subject to a minimum of 3 students from school to provide transportation

Don’t See Your Child’s School Listed? No Problem! Fill Out The Application Form And We Will Do Our Best To Accommodate You!

What Happens When School Let's Out?


Safe Transportation

Children will be picked up from their schools immediately following dismissal and brought to our facility.


Homework Time

Your child will have designated time to work on homework with an instructor available to offer assistance.


Martial Arts

Your child will have daily lessons in the arts of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Other Activities

As children await pickup by their parents they will have time for fitness focused games, board games, and reading books.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What time do I need to pick up my child from your facility?
Pick up time is anytime before 6:30 pm or after their Martial Arts class ends.
2What does my child need to bring?
Students are required to have a Gi (uniform), belt and shoes to wear in the bathrooms. They can leave these things at our facility during the week and bring their uniform home on the weekends to wash. We will provide daily snacks and juice. Students should also bring homework to work on and a book to read.
3I do not see my child's school on your list?
No problem! Fill out the registration and request that we add your child's school to our route. If the school release time works within our schedule, we will do our best to accommodate you!
4Do you offer part time care?
Yes! Your child can attend the after-school program part time if you are able to provide transportation. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation to part time students at this time.
  • Matthew L.
    “Our son has been going to The Cellar Gym for almost three years. He loves his instructors and everything he is learning about martial arts. We love all the positive life lessons that go along with it. Highly recommend checking out the Cellar Gym!”
    Matthew L.
    Youth Parent
  • Amber b.
    "I have two children (ages 3 & 5) doing karate and jiu jitsu through the Lil' Ninjas program at The Cellar. The instructors are great and it's awesome that the kids are able to learn different styles of martial arts all at the same school."
    Amber b.
    Youth Parent
  • Aaron B.
    "My son has been a student in the Teen Muay Thai class for almost two years. Chris is a fantastic Muay Thai coach, and his rapport and role modeling with the young adults is second to none."
    Aaron B.
    Teen Parent
  • Amie L.
    “We love everything about The Cellar--the people are great and the instruction goes unmatched. The owners are fantastic people, the instructors are great, and even the athletes that train here are awesome. The youth karate program is run with high standards in mind. Not only are the classes engaging and high energy, the instructor has high expectations for all students regardless of their age. He is patient and kind, but teaches respect through reinforcing accountability for their actions in class and in the world. The students develop physically, socially, and emotionally through martial arts at The Cellar. My sons have been training with The Cellar for 2 1/2 years and the program continues to grow because it is such a wonderful program.”
    Amie L.
    Youth Parent
  • Elizabeth H.
    This gym has a fantastic kids' karate program. The classes are engaging and energetic and the instructor is great at keeping the kids' attention as well as encouraging them while keeping the class under control. In addition to the physical aspects of training, this gym emphasizes the mental and social aspects as well. The instructor is very open to communicating with parents too.
    Elizabeth H.
  • Cassie H.
    Such a great place to train! Quality instruction by teachers who truly are the best around! I have been looking for such a facility for a couple years, and I'm so grateful I found The Cellar!! You guys ROCK!
    Cassie H.
  • Kristin t.
    My 5 year old son has been in the Lil Ninjas karate program for one year now and we LOVE it! The teaching style is an impressive balance of interactive, challenging, entertaining and thoughtful. The program offers an undertone of humility, addressing values such as respect for oneself and others, using physical control and intentions. We couldn't be happier with the Cellar Gym's youth program for our child's body and mind.
    Kristin t.
  • Jennifer W.
    My kids have been taking karate classes from Mr. Bravo for several months now, and it is wonderful to watch their self-confidence bloom. He has a natural ability to motivate and inspire kids of all ages. In his classes he focuses not only on physical skills, but also teaches important life skills such as healthy eating and living, kindness to others, discipline, and self-assertion. He is an amazing teacher!
    Jennifer W.
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  • Nicole N.
    I’ve never met more dedicated or passionate people in my life. This place has changed the way I live . Never a boring class, never an uncaring trainer..a never say never kind of place. Everyone should try a class…you’ll be hooked!
    Nicole N.
  • Paul E.
    The youth instructor is *OUTSTANDING*. His classes are the perfect balance of teaching technique, respect, and fun. My kids love their class. Parents can stay and watch–though you have a weight room right across the hallway, why not join yourself and get a workout at the same time as your kids?
    Paul E.
    Yelp Review
  • Chris H

    The teachers are patient, hands on, and very involved in the training. Our kids love all the classes they take at The Cellar. As a family, we’re very thankful we found them!

    Chris H
    Youth Parent

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