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The Sims 3 Generations: Afterschool Activities

List of Program Times, Meeting Days, and Benefits for Children and Teens

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Child Scouts and Ballet Dancer in Generations

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

Music Club Monday, Wednesday - raises Guitar. Late Night owners will find it also raises Bass, Drums and Piano.

School Newspaper Wednesday, Friday - raises Writing, Photography

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 if you have any suggestions for this page.

Comments (38)

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Sarah says...
How do I send my kid to the ballet recitals? It comes up telling me the recital is on a certain day but nothing else comes up she misses it everytime. I can't figure out how to make her go. The same with my teenage sims in art and newspaper class, they wanted her to come to an art-a-thon I couldn't figure out how to make her go. Please help.
14th September 2012 12:29am
Me says...
Hi Sarah. One of my sims had a ballet recital a while back, and I think you have to click on the school and select 'attend recital'. I can't be sure though.
30th September 2012 9:57am
kittenalive says...
When your child has a recital or something like that to go to, you do have to click on the school to make them go. Otherwise, as previously noted, they will miss it. The rest of the family will automatically attend if able to, like stated in the game.
29th July 2013 9:51pm
Jacoba says...
I am having the same problem with sending my Sim to an activity related to the afterschool activities. My child sim had a scouts award ceremony at the school that I was supposed to attend but there was no interaction button to make my sim attend the ceremony. Now I have a presidential debate and a sports competition coming up for my teenage sims (there's 2 of them) and there still is no interaction button! Please help!
18th October 2012 4:52am
Sindocat says...
What town are you playing in, and does the school share space with another facility? I do know that in Moonlight Falls, where the school and stadium are one building, this interferes with opportunities and events of this kind.

If you are in a town with a school that shares space with other facilities, you'll want to go to Edit Town and delete that building, replacing it with a school that is only a school. You'll want to place a stadium as well.
20th February 2014 11:03pm
Dantei says...
I noticed that my sim who took ballet got some atletic skill once she became a teenager, not shure trough. I was able to attend award ceremonies till I updated to supernatural.
20th October 2012 10:58am
sarah says...
The little opportunity button comes up it says school or stadium but neithet say attend I have tried all the way to the point of the time it ends and nothing. It says she misses it everytime.
14th November 2012 6:21am
Zipity says...
Hello, I too have had problems with not being able to attend events related to after school activities. I haven't tested it but I have a theory that if you have a school without the Sports center attached that it might work. I didn't have any problems until I started playing in worlds with the two combined so I wonder if it will work if they are seperate. Could be a glitch with the lot itself.
17th November 2012 6:34am
Missjayelle says...
I was having the same problem when I was playing in the worlds where the school is attached to something else. I have the pets and generations expansion packs and when I play on Sunset Valley, the "attend recital" option shows, but when I play in Appaloosa plains, there is no "attend recital" option. I think EA just needs to make a new patch for this.
4th January 2013 2:57am
Mimi says...
I decided to copy the Sunset Valley school into the worlds where the school is attatched to something and then delet the attatched school. it worked!
I did it in, per example, the world of the island
1st July 2013 9:56am
HEY says...
Can you have your "child(teen)'' quit their after school class when ever they want and sign up for an other one????
20th November 2012 4:55am
Zipity says...
Yes you can you just use the computer or click on the school to do so.
9th December 2012 1:17am
simkid says...
I suppose so. If not, you may have to wait until they are a teen/young adult
9th December 2012 7:36am
Jada says...
yes @HEY you can go to the computer, or just click on the computer. :)
8th December 2012 6:58pm
CoolPerson says...
My problem is different. I have sims 3 generations and usually i am able to sign up for afterschool activities but it doesnt seem to be an option. I can still go to boarding school but I'm not able to do an afterschool activities? Any suggestions on what it is or how to solve it????
17th December 2012 9:57am
Brooke says...
Well, is the person a teen? If so, does he/she have a job. That will affect it. If your teen sim has a job, it will not allow you to sign him/her up for sftershool activites because they would interfere with their part time jobs :)
20th January 2013 8:07pm
Dilirah says...
You should be able to click on the school and "sign up for after school activity" should be an option.
9th February 2013 12:45am
Rochelle says...
You can't have a job and have an after school activity so keep that in mind.
23rd June 2013 6:22pm
Sarah says...
You can have an after school job and be in a club, I have a sim in shop class and he has the graveyard job, maybe that's the only one that works.
1st July 2013 2:24pm
Claire says...
No, my teen is a grocery store clerk and still has two after school activities. You have to sign up for the activity first then the job I think. Her activity goes from 2-4 then her job is from 4-6.
4th April 2014 11:10pm
cathyknits says...
I definitely had a teen sim get Sculpting from Art Club.

Scouts also teaches Gardening in addition to fishing, but it doesn't show up until the child becomes a Teen. If they then read a Gardening book, they'll get an instant skill boost.
29th December 2012 4:02pm
JK says...
If you're having trouble sending your child or teen sims to their afterschool opportunities (recitals, award ceremonies, etc), it's usually a problem with the multi-rabbithole (School/Stadium) that is in Appaloosa Plains and Moonlight Falls. As far as I know, the only work around is to remove that one and place a separate school and stadium somewhere in the town. Of course, that won't fix your current opportunity, only future ones.
8th January 2013 12:06am
Elizabeth says...
Can you change the days of the after school activities?
13th January 2013 2:33am
April says...
21st January 2013 8:31pm
J says...
If I have my teens life set long enough can I enroll them in two classes for a while and then switch them for another two classes and have them get more than two trophies?
14th March 2013 11:31pm
jk says...
Art club definitely raises sculpting - my teen got three levels in it from scratch and only two in painting. She never brought home sculptures though.
29th March 2013 10:27am
Aquabella says...
Usually they're in your family inventory, they were for my child, but I don't go anymore because she's got skill level 10 in every skill she does, so I got her a self employed writer job instead!!
29th October 2013 2:14pm
Gianna says...
Hi I have Sims 3 pets and I'm very confused on how to sign the child up for ballet. Please help!
29th March 2013 7:12pm
simnewbie says...
You need generations for afterschool activities
6th April 2013 1:06pm
Emma says...
You can't do it unless you have generations!
10th April 2013 5:19pm
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