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.

 

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 failur . . .

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