14 Awesome After-School Activities Ideas

Are you looking for a new after-school activity this year? Check out these local programs your kids are sure to love!


Wright’s Gymnastics & NinjaZone

Wright’s offers NinjaZone, preschool gymnastics, school-age gymnastics, tumbling, and dance classes in 6 central Indiana locations! Camps, birthday parties, open play, and Kids’ Night Outs are also available!

Phone: (317) 888-4805
Locations: Six locations across the greater Indianapolis area.

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Extended School Enrichment (ESE) is an after-school care program for students enrolled in grades K-6 at Carmel Clay Schools. The program is hosted on-site at each of the 11 Carmel Clay elementary schools. The program is founded on the belief that every student is capable of success.

Phone: (317) 843-3865
Address: 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032

House of Martial Arts

Carmel Kids Martial Arts School getting our community’s children safer, stronger & more focused. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Hawaiian Kenpo Karate for ages 5 and up.

Phone: (317) 575-9333
Address: 441 S Rangeline Rd, Carmel, IN 46032

Indianapolis Art Center

In Indianapolis Art Center classes, students work with professional artists to explore art, improve their artistic skills, and express themselves creatively! We believe that by participating in the creative process, young artists strengthen many other important skills including their communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills.

Phone: (317) 255-2464
Address: 820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy

The Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy (BTCA) provides high quality dance education for boys and girls, ages 3-18, in a nurturing and supportive environment. Programs include preschool through pre-professional classes. Faculty members come with a rich professional background in ballet. Enroll today to dance with BTCA for the 2022-23 season!

Phone: (317) 798-2133
Address: 1329 W. 96th St., Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Indianapolis Public Library

Operating in 24 locations along with a Bookmobile and circulating over 7 million items annually, The Indianapolis Public Library provides materials, programs, and services in support of literacty and learning for kids of all ages. For information on afterschool programs, events, and services, visit indypl.org.

Phone: (317) 275-4222
Address: Multiple Locations

Elevation Dance Refinery

Elevation Dance Refinery a.k.a “Elevation” is Indy’s NEWEST dance studio committed to elevating passion and refining dance technique in a fun, nurturing safe space for all genders and races ages 2-18 with classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tumbling and more. Elevation also offers AMAZING recitals, community performances, and competition opportunities to ALL LEVELS of dancers.

Phone: (463) 209-3132
Address: 3184 N. Shadeland Ave. Indianapolis, IN. 46226

National Flag Football

Join us this Fall for NFL FLAG football, the nation’s largest youth flag football program. Backed by the Indianapolis Colts, NFL FLAG is returning bigger and better than ever. Our flag program is a co-ed recreation league for ages 4 to 14 years old. Practices are held the same day as games, just a two-hour commitment. Coaches are screened and trained. Registration includes an NFL Flag team jersey & flag belt to keep. The Fall season kicks off Sunday, September 11th, and will run for seven weeks, concluding at the end of October. Games are played on Sunday afternoons with convenient practices held one hour prior to game time. Late Registration for the FALL is GOING ON NOW. SPRING Registration will OPEN on December 1st.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

With Girl Scouts she can be herself, have fun with friends, and change the world! Sign her up for a world of adventure at www.girlscoutsindiana.org/join.

Phone: (317) 924-6800
Address: 7201 Girl Scout Ln. Indianapolis, IN 46214

Dance Kaleidoscope Studios

Looking for a well-rounded, fun, and supportive dance education for your child? Or looking to start (or get back into) dancing yourself? Come dance with us! Dance Kaleidoscope School offers classes for ages 3 to adult taught by experienced teachers and many are dancers in Dance Kaleidoscope’s professional company.

Phone: (317) 419-2380
Address: 1125 Brookside Ave., 5D, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Indianapolis Healthplex

Students in grades pre-k through 8 will love the robust after-school programming offered at the Indianapolis Healthplex. Students can look forward to fun and exciting activities that keep them moving and thinking. Activities include swimming, basketball, tennis, taekwondo, soccer, fitness, arts & crafts, and more! A healthy snack is provided.

Phone: (317) 361-0709
Address: 3660 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Indianapolis School of Ballet

For the past 16 years, Indianapolis School of Ballet has helped countless inspiring artists tap into their creativity by providing quality dance instruction in a nurturing environment. Discover ISB’s full range of programs for children 4 and up.

Phone: (317) 955-7525
Address: 502 North Capitol Avenue, Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Carmel Music Academy

$99.00 Back To School Stuffed Back Pack plus One Month Music Lessons! Value: $250 | Your cost: Only $99! Get One Month Lessons, Free $50.00 Registration, Free Back Pack filled with school supplies, and Instrument specific goodies: • Drummers get drum sticks • Guitar, violin, ukulele players get strings • Voice and piano students get special music journal Value: $250 | Your cost: Only $99!

Phone: (317) 743-2961
Address: 14950 Greyhound Court #2, Carmel, IN 46032

Mizzen by Mott

Mizzen by Mott is a free platform for educators and caregivers featuring 1,400+ engaging instructional activities for grades K-12. Whether you’re looking for a hands-on STEM experiment or an action-packed playlist of art, music, and makerspace activities, Mizzen’s got you covered. Sign-up for free on our app or website!

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

The YMCA is here when parents need it! With 9 Early Learning programs for kids ages 2-5 and over 100 Before & After School programs across the Greater Indianapolis area, the Y has a program to meet the needs of all families. Learn about the YMCA child care programs near you!

Phone: (317) 484-9622
Locations: Varies across the Greater Indianapolis area

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