Our annual Afterschool Activities guide features great enrichment programs for San Diego kids, including STEM, sports, technology, music, academic, performing arts and more. A new guide is published every September and October. See below for the most recent fall listing. Programs marked with "SN" are certified to care for children with special needs.

 

Competitive Swimming 101

Competitive Swimming 101

Competitive Swimming 101 What you need to know Your child recently joined a swim team and wants to start competing – but where to begin? A good start might be an internal meet against fellow teammat . . .

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San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

Discover STEM in Youth Robotics Many parents encourage kids to pursue STEM-related careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and youth robotics programs offer one such option. Along with l . . .

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Why Music Education Matters

Why Music Education Matters

Recent scientific studies have shown that, unlike other activities, playing a musical instrument engages almost every area of the brain simultaneously—including the visual, auditory and motor cortic . . .

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Team Sports vs. Individual Sports

Team Sports vs. Individual Sports

Youth sports offer a host of emotional and physical benefits, from helping kids stay active to building self-esteem and learning to work with others. But knowing which sport to play depends on your ch . . .

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Ready, Set, Go! Discover the San Diego Soap Box Derby

Ready, Set, Go! Discover the San Diego Soap Box Derby

The All-American Soap Box Derby is a national youth racing program that teaches kids the thrill of competition and spirit of sportsmanship. In the San Diego region, outreach for the Derby has recently . . .

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The Benefits of 4-H

The Benefits of 4-H

The Benefits of 4-H, from A to Z Kids in 4-H clubs explore a wealth of fun and educational experiences. They raise animals, plant gardens, learn about archery, cook healthy foods and more. As the l . . .

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Totally Teens

Totally Teens

San Diego teens! Here you'll find contests, events, scholarship information, volunteer opportunities and resources for tweens and teens in San Diego County. Come back every month for new events an . . .

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How to Prepare for College Applications Over Summer

Most high school juniors and rising seniors would rather hang out at the beach than think about school this summer. But if college is a dream, summer is a great time to make it a reality. Thanks to sm . . .

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Ways Kids Can Cash in This Summer

Ways Kids Can Cash-in This SummerWhen kids earn their own money, they learn the rewards of hard work, come to understand the real value of a dollar and become more thoughtful in their spending. Lookin . . .

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5 Simple Rules for a Great Graduation Party

One of my most fulfilling mom experiences was watching my daughter Kate stride confidently across the stage to receive her high school diploma. One of my most terrifying mom experiences? Planning the . . .

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5 Tips for Attending Graduation Parties

The busy season for graduation parties is here. My mailbox and inbox will soon be loaded with open house invitations. We live in area where kids have friends at multiple schools, so I attended parties . . .

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8 Tips for Making the Most of College Tours

If your teen is considering colleges outside your zip code, time zone or even in a different country, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to visit each one. There is plenty of information available onlin . . .

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Silly Songs to Get Chores Done

Sing it Clean: 8 Silly Songs to Get Chores DoneMotivating a preschooler to clean up can be as frustrating as herding cats. Instead of sending your toddler into a tailspin when playtime is over, encour . . .

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Teach Math and Science to Preschoolers

What is the right age to start learning about math and science?You may be surprised to learn that your preschooler is ready to be introduced to more than rote counting and discussing the wea . . .

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7 Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters

I don’t like Brussels spouts. Why does broccoli look like trees? Vegetables make me throw up. Why can’t we just order McDonald’s?We’ve all heard these phrases or something similar uttered by c . . .

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What Parents Should Know about Children's Oral Health Care

Like many areas of the body, a person’s mouth is teeming with bacteria, most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, . . .

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How to Make the Most of the First Day of Preschool

My husband and I tried to prep our 3-year-old son Dylan, the best we could for his first day of preschool. We told him he’d be meeting all sorts of new people and making a bunch of new friends. “W . . .

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Toys Your Child Can Learn and Play With

Every parent knows that children learn most by playing. Through play, children learn how to explore their lives, peers and surroundings, how things work and the difference between success and failure. . . .

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