10 Creative After-school Programs for Kids

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A pile of Lego blocks could provide your child an opportunity to let his or her creativity show itself.
A pile of Lego blocks could provide your child an opportunity to let his or her creativity show itself.

There are plenty of educational and community-service-oriented programs out there, but some let kids do what kids do best: have fun. That's not to say that entertaining topics won't also engage children and help them pick up valuable information and skills. Take, for example, the Lego League that one New Jersey school offers to students. It gives kids an opportunity to improve their building skills while doing something they like. Another school in Baltimore provides afternoon magic classes -- a course that's sure to spark children's creativity.

There really are no hard and fast rules when it comes to after-school programs. The options really are as boundless as a child's imagination.

Keep reading for lots more educational information.

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