Martial Arts1 of 8
Who's ready to chop some wooden boards in half? Not only do martial arts classes keep kids physically fit, but they also teach self-defense and discipline. Whether your child's interested in karate, kung fu, or even Mixed Martial Arts, martial arts classes are a great way to keep him or her active after school.
Gymnastics2 of 8
One day they're learning how to do somersaults, next they're winning gold medals. OK, it might not pan out that way for every kid who takes gymnastics, but a parent can dream, right? Gymnastics is another great way to keep kids moving while sneaking in some lessons about discipline and dedication.
Dance3 of 8
Will it be ballet, hip-hop or salsa? Maybe tap? (That won't get irritating!) Seriously though, there's no shortage of options when it comes to dance classes. Try one or try them all. Dance can reduce stress and boost memory. Plus, they'll have a skill to show off at every wedding they ever get invited to, and you'll always remember that first recital.
Tennis4 of 8
Tennis keeps kids active and competitive without the risks that come with playing a contact sport. According to YouthTennis.com, the sport provides a great aerobic and anaerobic workout for kids, helps develop coordination and teaches discipline and work ethic.
Music5 of 8
Not all after-school programs have to be physical activities. Whether your child wants to be a singer or learn to play an instrument, there are plenty of options in the world of music. Research has shown that music education can help with language development, improve test scores and help increase IQ.
Theater6 of 8
Does your kid have a flair for the dramatic? (Don't they all?) In addition to improving academic performance, exposing kids to theater and other performing arts can improve self confidence and public speaking skills. Like team sports, theater also teaches kids how to work together to achieve a common goal.
Arts & Crafts7 of 8
Art classes can be a great way to introduce kids to other artistic mediums beyond what's offered in art class at school. Maybe your child wants to try pottery or photography or even basketry. Art classes can help kids learn to express themselves and boost creativity