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.

 

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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Fall 2017 Guide to Afterschool Activities

Fall 2017 Guide to Afterschool Activities

DOWNLOAD this chart!  Print it and take it with you! Afterschool activities are a great way to make new friends, learn a new skill or master an old one. Take a look through our guide to fi . . .

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Finding an Afterschool Program

Finding an Afterschool Program

After-school programs can be a blessing for families who want to extend their children’s learning or cultural experiences. They’re also wonderful for working parents who need somewhere for their c . . .

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Swimming to Success: Meet Encinitas Teen, Grant Greenbaum

Swimming to Success: Meet Encinitas Teen, Grant Greenbaum

Grant Greenbaum is a typical teenage kid. He enjoys going to the beach, playing video games and hanging out with friends. Sure, sometimes he’ll grumble that he has too much homework, but generally, . . .

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How Youth Military Programs Create Confident Kids

How Youth Military Programs Create Confident Kids

When it comes to students taking part in a youth military program at school, it turns out there is a lot more to it than just instilling a sense of patriotism in a kid. Programs like NJROTC, Sea Cadet . . .

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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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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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Trio of Rising Stars

Trio of Rising Stars

Three local teens who are dedicated musicians with the San Diego Youth Symphony. There’s nothing like a great melody to engage the mind and inspire the soul. Listening to music is wonderful; making . . .

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Tips for a Stress-Free Swim Meet

Tips for a Stress-Free Swim Meet

Excited to Compete? 6 tips for a stress-free first swim meetPrepare in AdvanceBecause many swim meets involve early mornings, pack the car the night before. To keep things simple, your child can wear . . .

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Computer Coding for Kids

Computer Coding for Kids

When it comes to computers, kids have a clear advantage over their parents. With nimble fingers and brains ablaze, young children can navigate the web in a hot minute. It’s no surprise that computer . . .

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Swimming is Always in Season in San Diego

Swimming is Always in Season in San Diego

San Diego’s wonderful weather and plentiful indoor pools make it possible for kids to take swim lessons year-round. Many instructors recommend year-round swim lessons to maintain and improve skills . . .

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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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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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Start School on Right Note

Start School on Right Note

The benefits of musically educating a child are extensive, life-long and surprisingly diverse. Studying music can improve memory and concentration, create superior critical thinking skills and help in . . .

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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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15 Essential Items Missing from Your Teen’s College Packing List

15 Essential Items Missing from Your Teen’s College Packing List

When my daughter went off to college, we packed every inch of our Suburban with clothes, dorm bedding and accessories, cleaning supplies and snacks. It didn’t take long to discover she needed a fe . . .

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Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year

Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year

High school graduation is rapidly approaching. You’ve ordered a cap and gown, selected senior portraits and picked the date for a party. The only problem is your senior is totally burned out, with . . .

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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 Over Summer

How to Prepare for College 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 . . .

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Ways Kids Can Cash in This Summer

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. Look . . .

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5 Simple Rules for a Great Graduation Party

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

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 parti . . .

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8 Tips for Making the Most of College Tours

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 onl . . .

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21 Ways to Tell Your Tween/Teen, “I Love You”

21 Ways to Tell Your Tween/Teen, “I Love You”

Tweens and teens often struggle with receiving affection. They embarrass easily and some would rather die than be seen kissing their mothers in public. At a time when they lack self-confidence in ma . . .

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Preparing to Launch Your College-Bound Teen

9 ways to make the most of your teen’s senior yearYour child’s senior year is an emotional roller coaster ride, filled with anticipation, excitement and worry. College-bound teens are speeding thr . . .

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26 Ways To Help Your Teen Find More Peace

Teens have a lot to manage with school, activities, social media, changing bodies and pressure from many directions. Like the rest of us, teens can benefit from more calm in their lives. However, beca . . .

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5 Must-Have Apps for College-Bound Students

There is a market full of apps to help teens prepare for college and the impending job hunt. Here are five that I consider must-haves for college-bound students.LinkedInCollege is the time to make con . . .

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Gift Ideas for Your High School Graduate

When I graduated from high school, I thought (and thought right) that I was going to receive a brand new MacBook Pro. I’m not complaining—I’ve used my MacBook every single day since I got it. A . . .

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5 Ways to Celebrate Graduation

Graduation season brings graduation parties. For weeks parents and new graduates plan and attend multiple parties of friends, relatives and former classmates. Sometimes going to party after party can . . .

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6 Do's and Don'ts for Teens on Prom Night

6 Do's and Don'ts for Teens on Prom Night

Prom night tips from a San Diego graduate. Sometimes the details surrounding prom night get in the way of what prom is all about—celebrating your youth. Prom is the ultimate capstone for high sch . . .

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Is Your Tween/Teen Too Old to Trick-or-Treat?

When I was a child, the anticipation of Halloween night was unbearable for me. I would sprint from the bus, shove some food down only because my mom insisted, and then spend what was left of daylight . . .

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Schedule the Right Vaccines for Your Tweens and Teens

In the first few years of a child’s life, families get to know the doctor’s office fairly well. On schedule, they return for well-child checks, growth and developmental assessments and vaccination . . .

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8 Great Things to Do After High School Besides College

Your graduating high school senior has just walked the stage and received his diploma, but now what? Where does he go from there? While the traditional route for most is college, one expert says that . . .

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How to Get Teens to Read More

How to Get Teens to Read MoreGetting Teens to Turn the Page Being able to read well is more important than ever for teens to achieve economic success. But more than 60 percent of middle and high scho . . .

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Prom Night Safety Tips for Parents

While prom night is stressful for parents and teens for many reasons, parents should never overlook safety. However, many parents aren’t aware of simple—yet effective—tips for making sure their . . .

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Little Kids in Weddings: Tips for ring bearers and flower girls

Little Kids in Weddings: Tips for ring bearers and flower girls

My first memory: I’m 3, wearing the prettiest, fluffiest dress in the whole world. I’m holding hands with a yucky boy and carrying a wicker basket full of flowers. I’m beaming with anxious joy . . .

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Tips to Foster Your Child's Love of Reading

Tips to Foster Your Child's Love of Reading

On March 2, join this annual literacy celebration that also falls on the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. All over the nation, thousands of schools, libraries, community centers and . . .

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Silly Songs to Get Chores Done

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, enco . . .

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Teach Math and Science to Preschoolers

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 . . .

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7 Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters

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 . . .

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What Parents Should Know about Children's Oral Health Care

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

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

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 failur . . .

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10 Ideas to Help Children Read Outside of the Classroom

“Learning how to read should not be confined to the classroom,” said Amy Jo Dowd, Ph.D., education research advisor for Save the Children.  “There are many fun ways that parents, community . . .

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How to Fund Your Child's Education

While most of us realize that we will need to save money for our children’s college educations, we may need to figure out how to start funding our children’s education quite a few years earlier— . . .

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8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Purchasing Holiday Toys

Pediatric occupational therapists say items that focus on motor skill development, cognitive learning provide best value when it comes to kidsThe holiday season provides the opportunity to unabashedly . . .

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Asthma Medicines Increase the Risk of Cavities

Did you know that your child’s asthma medicine can weaken healthy enamel, making teeth vulnerable to dental disease? “Caries” is the term that dentists use to describe dental disease. You and I . . .

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How to Make Reading Irresisitable to Boys

I want my son to love books, so I began reading to him when he was tiny. Despair descended when, at 6 months old, he was more interested in eating books than reading them. But I wiped off the drool an . . .

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How to Help Your Kindergartener Make a Smooth Transition into School

Help your kindergartener score a smoother transition into school. Kicking Off KindergartenFor many parents, kindergarten signals a major milestone from the all-consuming baby and toddler years. S . . .

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The Privileges System for Children

It is possible to raise kind, well-mannered children with no yelling, no spanking, and no time-outs. When I created the Privileges System three years ago, my daughter needed boundaries… fast. I alwa . . .

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Dental Drama

Each night at my house there’s a show after dinner. I call it the dental drama.As I approach my son’s mouth with the toothbrush, he closes it tight. I ply him with sparkly, watermelon-flavored too . . .

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Traveling with Food Allergies

Traveling can be extremely stressful for the 12 million Americans with food allergies and 3 million with celiac disease. In fact, most people with food allergies and sensitivities list traveling and d . . .

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8 Tips On Encouraging Your Kids To Be Close

Friendly Siblings–what’s the secret?We’ve all dreamed of them. Many of us have actually seen them. But how do we actually raise them? I’m talking about siblings who get along, those mysterious . . .

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Feeling Sick at Night

Do symptoms get worse for kids at night?Why is it that your 5-year-old’s fever, congestion, and pain suddenly worsen at nightfall when the pediatrician’s office is closed?Is it simply a matter of . . .

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Putting Night Terrors to Rest

Sinking into the pillow after a long day can be such a treat for a weary parent. Now, imagine closing your eyes and drifting off to much-needed sleep when suddenly blood-curdling screams erupt from yo . . .

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