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After school clubs can be a great way to enrich a child’s day by helping them to learn skills and have even better socialisation. After school activities can also forge lifelong positive traits in a child to help them to have better discipline as well as time management skills and team skills. Looking for after school club ideas? You’re in the right place.

Perhaps you’re reading this and already have a well-established after school club that is thriving, or maybe you’re in the early stages of planning your after school club. Whichever stage you are at, this article will help you to focus on the best ideas for extracurricular activities.

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What we’ll cover in this article

So that you don’t get lost in a pool of information, we have split this article into the following four categories:

  • Alternative hobby club ideas
  • Alternative physical activity club ideas
  • Alternative academic club ideas
  • Off-the-beaten-track festivals

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Alternative hobby club ideas

1. Gardening Club

Gardening can be relaxing and fun for people of all ages, making it a great extracurricular activity idea for kids. It teaches patience and helps the kids to forge a stronger connection to nature.

Teach them about planting, maintenance, composting, garden bugs and more!

2. Photography Club

Photography can be a great way for kids to engage with their creative side. Take a look here.

Alternative physical activity club ideas

3. Yoga Club

With studies coming out from Harvard about the benefits of yoga on the physical and mental health of school-age children, it is hard to ignore how great this practice truly is. Try to teach the kids a combination of mindfulness and yoga, and give this guide a try.

4. Cheerleading Club

Although generally associated with the US, cheerleading is growing in popularity in the UK as an alternative sport, as it requires a unique combination of gymnastics, dance and stunts.

5. Street Dance Club

Street dancing is fun and allows kids to feel part of a collective, whilst moving to music that they enjoy!

Alternative academic after school club ideas

6. Film Club

Although this may not sound like an academic after school club idea, analysing and understanding films in terms of both their story and the way that they are shot can get pretty technical. Learn more about this here.

7. Politics and Economics Club

Thanks to social media and the internet, kids are becoming aware of politics at a much younger age. Why not teach them about politics and economics to help engage them.

8. Public Speaking Club

Learning how to effectively carry out public speaking can be an excellent life skill to teach, not only in terms of overcoming shyness, but also in how to write an entertaining, well-researched speech.

Off-the-beaten-track festivals

We can all find our after school club idea calendar pinned-down by the usual festivals that run throughout the calendar year: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night and Christmas.

It can be really fun to mix up these usuals with some unusuals, in the form of teaching the children about festivals from other cultures and religions, or it can be as light-hearted and whimsical as National Cat Day.

Here are some of our favourites (from the months of the year that could do with some more attention):


24 January: Carnival

Although January is often known for being a month of gloom, diets, new gym memberships and new year resolutions here in the UK, in the volcanic island of Tenerife, it is when their month-long carnival celebrations begin. For a great after school club activity idea, why not create an arts and crafts carnival outfit with your students?


8 March: International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day, you can theme your after school activity around great achievements by women – from great women who are authors in a book club, to creating a card for women in their lives, the possibilities for this one are endless!


22 April: Earth Day

A great day to bring awareness to the students in your after school club, and to theme classes around protecting the Earth.


28 May: Author of James Bond was born in 1907

There are few things that kids enjoy more than being a spy, so why not try out this, this or this idea for a fantastic after school club idea for primary school kids.


24 June 2022: Matariki - Maori new year (the date changes each year)

The Matariki festival celebrates the Pleiades star cluster rising on the day of the first moon by the Maori people. The star rising is celebrated with arts, crafts, food and dancing. For a great after school club idea, why not bring this to the classroom?


1 July: International Joke Day

Why not look up some child-approved jokes and get the kids in your after school club to tell their favourite jokes? This one is always guaranteed to be entertaining.


27 August: Tug of War Day

A favourite for the summer months anyway, but what a great excuse to get everyone out into the field! Learn more on this here.


13 September: Roald Dahl Day

Certainly one of the best-loved authors in the UK, Roald Dahl has a book for every child (and probably adult, too!). If you’re looking for an arts and crafts after school idea, why not try making a BFG dream catcher jar?

There are also plenty of resources on Roald Dahl’s website, including a beard template from The Twits.