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Extracurricular Activities For Kids – 15 Best Choices

Last Updated on November 9, 2022 by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt

Choosing the right after-school activity for your children can be challenging. Some kids don’t want to do anything, while others want to do everything, especially their friends.

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We know that extracurricular activities are great for children. It helps build character, confidence, and so much more.  The only issue is deciding which are the right ones to choose. When it comes to these activities, less is more. We cannot expect our young children to be running around from one thing to the next without any time to be creative or play.

There is not enough time (or finances) to do everything. The other important thing to remember is, just like you, your kid can do anything, but they can’t do everything.

I gave my daughter a few choices, and she could choose two activities. When she was a toddler, the only thing I insisted on was that she learn to swim, more for her safety and my peace of mind than anything else.

I know for sure that if I did not give my daughter options for more than one after-school activity, she would not have found her true calling.  She started to dance early on – her two choices were music and dancing. Later, she told me that she wanted to focus solely on ballet.

The Impact of After-School Activity

I thought I was giving my daughter an outlet to stay active, but this turned out to be something that she truly enjoyed and, ultimately, her passion.

ballet dancing

My daughter attended an Arts School from elementary to high school.

In the fall, she will be attending the Hartt School for College, a private Conservatory for the Arts, and she will be majoring in Ballet.

Who would have thought?

Not everyone will find their passion in an extra-curricular activity, but I know that ballet has shaped her focus and work ethic, which are both phenomenal.

As s single mom, I’ve had to wear many hats to help my children reach success, but it was certainly worth it.

Not every after-school activity will fit your kid, which is why I thought it best to make a list of some of my favorite options.


15 Best Extracurricular Activities For Kids

1. Martial Arts

Martial Arts is a sport that requires discipline and dedication. Many young men and women benefit from the hard work and discipline Martial Arts teach them.

2. Dance

Dance is not for everyone, but it can be a gratifying sport for those serious about their dancing. Young dancers learn to work for their achievements and understand that quitting does not yield any results.

3. Art Classes

Art classes will usually be a straightforward yes or no – some kids can become artists before anyone teaches them anything. Drawing or any other art class form can be a fantastic outlet for creative and artistic children, teaching them to deal with their emotions and find deeper meaning in everyday things.

4. Cheerleading

Cheerleading is such a fun team sport and will teach your kid to be a team player. Not only will their physical health benefit from the stringent activity cheerleading requires, but their mental strength will also improve.

5. Gymnastics

Gymnastics will teach your child to achieve excellent mental stability, with hard work and dedication at the core of everything they take on.

6. Soccer

Soccer is a regular school sport available almost everywhere across the US. Kids learn to be team players and push themselves, not only for themselves but also for the people who depend on them.

7. Ice Skating

If ice skating is available in your area and your child is interested – why not give it a try? It’s a sport that requires great focus and the grit never to give up, even when you fall (a lot).

8. Basketball

Basketball has taught many American kids to be better athletes and become better teammates, which are excellent things to achieve through a sport.

9. Football

Football is an excellent activity for children who enjoy being social and would love to be a regular at the school’s most significant sporting events. It’s a sport that helps kids dream big and fight fair, with a nice hefty dose of healthy competition in the mix.

10. Music Lessons

If your child has musical talent, you need to encourage them to explore their abilities. If it’s something they love, they will be forever thankful that you bought them their first guitar or piano.

11. Language Classes

Some children have a knack for languages, and if your child is one of them, perhaps you should consider language classes. Learning a new language is excellent for developing the brain and can even influence their career choices later in life.

12. Surfing

If you live near the ocean and your child is interested, surfing is an excellent choice. Not only does surfing require an impressive work ethic, but it also instills a great sense of respect for the ocean and its inhabitants.

13. Skateboarding

If your kid loves skateboarding, you will know it. Skateboarding is hard work to perfect, and your child will benefit from learning something and continuously trying to improve their technique.

14. Swimming

Many children have a natural ability to swim, and letting them attend swimming lessons will help them choose whether the sport is something they wish to pursue. Competitive swimming is very challenging, mentally and physically.

15. Volleyball

Not only will your child be active and healthy, but they will also learn to understand their opponents and make like-minded friends.

Extra-curricular activities allow your children to be creative, improve their social spirit, and keep them active in fitness.

Do you love any activities for kids that I didn’t mention? Please share!

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