The Sims 3 Generations: Afterschool Activities
List of Program Times, Meeting Days, and Benefits for Children and Teens
Whether your Sim is in grade school, or high school, they can join after school activities that will provide them some benefits which can steer the direction of their life. Little boys and girls can join scouts or ballet, while teens can join one of the many standard school clubs and special programs we see in actual high schools. You can do this by clicking the school or computer. Parents can also forcibly sign their children up for, and take them out of, afterschool activities.
Children - Scouts and Ballet
The Scouts and Ballet both meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 3-5PM. Scouts will give your child the ability to tie a knot, salute, and show off their scout badges. This pursuit will also give them fishing skill, from learning about the great outdoors.
Ballet teaches your Sim multiple dance moves, which, like above, mainly serve to be cute and to impress other Sims. Continuing in either will result in levels gained, and new abilities unlocked. At the end of level 3, they will graduate and may earn a participation or best-in-class trophy. These will help to decorate their home and commemorate their accomplishments.
Scouting is probably the best, given it can easily see your little scout to level 4 in fishing before finishing school. Either way, these will result in a happier child with a better foundation for later. The extra time spent is worth the payoff, given it's only 6 hours per week.
High School Activities
Afterschool activities for High Schoolers last from 2-4pm. All but one will boost a skill. If you want to be the best there is, take on the skill of choice outside the school in order to get a better trophy. All of these have a participation trophy, and the top gun trophy. Toward the end of high school, you will get an opportunity to go to an awards ceremony. The reward says none, but you'll get trophies appropriate for your Sim's activities and be judged on how well you did in that field.
The difference between the big and little trophies is fairly insignificant, but if you select an appropriate lifetime wish this hard work will pay off quickly. The teens who worked hard in afterschool programs are going to advance faster in careers, and master trades earlier in adulthood thanks to this head start. Note that with the exception of music, these all boost a single skill that is found in Vanilla Sims 3. Each runs from 2-4 PM and meets two days a week. You can only select two, due to there being only 5 school days a week. Let's look at your options so you can ponder the combination for your teen:
Art Club Monday, Thursday - raises Painting, and possibly sculpting. Kids coming home from this activity will have drawings.
Debate Club Monday, Wednesday - raises Logic.
Drama Club Tuesday, Friday - raises Charisma
Shop Class Tuesday, Wednesday - raises Handiness
Sports Club Thursday, Friday - raises Athletic skill.
Study Class Tuesday, Thursday - raises rate Sim does homework. Not as useful as other after school classes.
So, you could pick Drama Club and Music Club, but not Newspaper and Sports as those have conflicting days. This guide should have given you a good idea what afterschool classes you'd like your Sims to participate in. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for this page.
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