As families get back into the structure of a new school year, many seek out ways to extend the school day,\u00a0for a variety of reasons. After-school programs provide enriching experiences for\u00a0families\u00a0who need that extra support during\u00a0after-school\u00a0hours,\u00a0and for\u00a0parents\u00a0who are looking to add even more fun and learning to a child\u2019s day.\u00a0\u00a0 Indianapolis offers every type of after-school program imaginable, from all-encompassing programs to specific classes that focus on music, art, dance, STEM\u00a0and more. If you\u2019re looking for enrichment opportunities for your child this year, check out these locations that can be found all around town.\u00a0 Traditional Programs\u00a0 YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Multiple locations The YMCA offers a comprehensive after-school program\u00a0at over 100 school locations throughout the city, making it the largest provider of school-aged childcare in Indianapolis.\u00a0\u201cOur curriculum components include arts, STEM projects, physical activity and nutrition, global learning\u00a0and inclusion,\u201d says\u00a0Amy Panetta, executive director for\u00a0before and after school programs.\u00a0\u201cWe also have a focus on character development, which is based on our four core values of being caring, honest, respectful\u00a0and responsible.\u201d The YMCA after-school programs offer countless ways for learning and fun beyond the school day.\u00a0 The Goddard School\u00a0 4560\u00a0E. 62nd St., Indianapolis The Goddard School\u2019s\u00a0kids club picks up where school leaves off.\u00a0From the moment school-aged\u00a0children step through the door, they get help with their homework and chances to play with their friends.\u00a0They\u00a0also offer fun, hands-on activities that help reinforce what children learn in school to enhance\u00a0their educational experiences.\u00a0This all-encompassing program is ideal for families who need traditional after-school care and a safe, loving\u00a0and\u00a0enriching environment for their school-aged children.\u00a0 Dance & Music Programs\u00a0 Dance Creations Academy\u00a0 9257\u00a0Castlegate\u00a0Dr., Indianapolis If you have an aspiring dancer at home, Dance Creations Academy offers classes for toddlers through teenagers that are held after school. Families can choose from a variety of classes and times,\u00a0and children can learn through movement at this favorite enrichment opportunity.\u00a0\u00a0 Indianapolis Music Academy 5703 South East St., Indianapolis Indianapolis Music Academy is an award-winning music school that offers enriching opportunities for students ages 5 through\u00a0adults. Their unique Musical Ladder system is a favorite feature,\u00a0and students can benefit from one-on-one learning after a full day in a classroom with other students.\u00a0 Art\u00a0 Indianapolis Arts Center 820\u00a0East 67th St., Indianapolis For the young artist\u00a0in your home, consider an after-school class with\u00a0the Indianapolis Arts Center. There are options for all school-aged children,\u00a0and they can choose from lessons\u00a0in painting, drawing, ceramics\u00a0and more. This enrichment opportunity is ideal for students who need a creative outlet after a day of school.\u00a0 Herron School of Art + Design\u00a0 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis Aspiring artists will also love the after-school programs offered by the Herron School of Art + Design. These classes are designed for grades 1-12 and inspire young artists to learn and grow. Both individual classes and camps are offered and include lessons on\u00a0drawing, illustrating, ceramics\u00a0and more. Physical Activity The Rec Room\u00a0 5220\u00a0E. 65th St., Indianapolis The Rec Room offers gymnastics classes for students of all ages and all levels. Whether a seasoned gymnast, or a child just eager to move after a day behind a desk, all students will enjoy this active and enriching after school option. Classes are offered\u00a0in eight-week sessions with multiple times and levels from which to choose. Ninja Zone Academy Multiple locations\u00a0 Perhaps the most unique option on this list is\u00a0Ninja Zone Academy. If you have an active child at home who is up for a challenge, sign\u00a0them up for after-school classes that are as fun as they are exciting.\u00a0With a monthly\u00a0fee, students receive one class per week, as well as unlimited \u201cchallenge sessions\u201d to work on those new ninja skills.\u00a0Children\u00a0through age 11\u00a0can participate and these classes offer a great opportunity for physical activity after a day of school. The bottom line is:\u00a0\u201cQuality after-school programs provide children with a safe, enriching environment to spend their time after school, and they provide peace\u00a0of mind for working caregivers,\u201d\u00a0Panetta\u00a0says.\u00a0Many after\u00a0school programs in Indianapolis\u00a0share this point of view\u00a0with the\u00a0variety of enrichment\u00a0opportunities\u00a0they\u00a0for school-aged children all over the city.