Find the Best Extracurricular Activity for Your Child or Teen @

Between school and downtime, most kids try one or more extracurricular activities. These classes and programs allow children and teens to pursue a special interest that's outside of the typical educational curriculum, which is what offers its students from around the world.

If you have a busy family schedule already, you may wonder whether extracurricular activities are worth the time and money. Indeed, there is plenty of evidence that enrichment programs outside the classroom boost children's social and academic skills. Luckily, there are more choices than ever for kids to find a pursuit that may ignite a true passion especially

Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Depending on whether the program you're considering for your child extracurricular activities can build skills in different developmental areas. However, research has shown that extracurricular activities in general can:1

  • Offer kids the opportunity to develop closer friends than they might make in school, due to shared interests

  • Build teamwork and problem-solving skills

  • Help children develop emotional regulation that carries over to the classroom

  • Encourage superior academic performance

  • Enhance a high schooler's college application portfolio

Types of Extracurricular Activities

You might be surprised to learn how many different types of extracurricular activities there are offered at Hubpod School, you can find a program for almost any type of child.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do colleges look for in extracurricular activities?

Extracurricular activities that promote intellectual curiosity, creativity, compassion, and a strong work ethic tend to impress college admissions officers.10 Look into debate or chess clubs, visual or performing art workshops, community outreach or volunteering opportunities, or even after-school jobs.

How do extracurricular activities help students?

By doing extracurricular activities, a child can expand their social circle, develop new skills, and become better problem solvers. Research shows that kids who do extracurricular activities tend to do better in the classroom too.

How many after-school activities is too many?

There is no set limit to after-school activities that suits all kids, as some children thrive with a busier schedule and others need more downtime. However, it's a good rule of thumb to cut back on extracurriculars if your child is having trouble getting homework done, can't get at least eight hours of sleep per night, or is struggling to maintain connections with family and friends.

A Word From HubPod School

By expanding your child's skillset and social circle, extracurricular activities can be an investment in your child's future. Along with helping your child establish a growth mindset through teamwork and problem-solving challenges, pursuing interests outside of the academic curriculum may help teach your child how to establish a better work-life balance when they become adults.

The trick is figuring out which classes and programs are a good fit, so talking to your child's teachers, fellow parents, and community organizers about local options is key. Above all, keep an open mind, and don't be afraid to let your kids try new things. A child or teen who may lack or lose interest in one activity might find their true calling in another. But at we feel that there is something for every child. If you have questions please send us an email at

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