after school activities for teens

30 After School Activities for Teens: What to Do When The Bell Rings

After a long day of school, after-school activities are the perfect way to keep teens active and engaged. The after-school hours can often be the most challenging time for parents because there is less supervision than during the school day. Here are 30 after-school activities that will keep your teen busy!

Why is it important to keep teens busy after school?

After-school activities are a great way to keep teens engaged and help them stay out of trouble. It’s also a great opportunity for teens to discover their own interests and learn more about themselves.

Studies have shown that teens who participate in after school activities are less likely to do drugs, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes. They’re also better equipped to move on to college or into a career after high school.

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30 After School Activities for Teens

School Sponsored

School-sponsored activities typically happen immediately following the school day. This is convenient because your teen won’t have to travel anywhere! School-sponsored activities are also generally well-supervised and free or inexpensive.

  • School Athletics
  • School Clubs
  • Student Government
  • Performing Arts
  • Music 
  • Student Helper
after school activities for teens
after school activities for teens

At Home

Your teen might be interested in heading home and taking up an afterschool activity right from their room. These activities and hobbies vary in cost, but it’s nice for parents to know exactly where their children are after school.

  • Start their own business
  • Home improvement projects
  • Start a greenhouse or garden
  • Take specialized online courses (like coding)
  • Start a genealogy or ancestry project
  • Start another long-term passion project
  • Learn a new language
  • Create a Movie or Music Album
  • Find an irresistible author, series, or book genre 

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Away From Home & School

There are plenty of organizations that offer afterschool activities to kids (outside of the school district). You can do a google search to find some of these organizations, or contact your local rec center or public library. Your student’s school is another great place to find off-site activities for kids to do after school

  • Travel Sports Clubs
  • Martial Arts¬†
  • Tutoring
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Get a Part-time job
  • Volunteer at a nursing home
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food pantry
  • Junior College or College for Kids Course
  • Become a local expert
  • Join a YMCA or Fitness Center
  • Babysitting or Nannying
  • Join a Spiritual Youth Group
  • Join a dance troop
  • Coach or referee youth sports
  • Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts

The Bottom Line

Keeping kids busy is beneficial for them and their parents! Try some of these afterschool activities for teens. Did I miss any? Let me know! I’d love to expand this list if you have other ideas.

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