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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 [email protected] if you have any suggestions for this page.

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Beth says...
My teenage sim has signed up for an after school activity, but he comes home straight after school without going to the activity. I try to get him to go but it won't allow him to go. Please help!
7th May 2014 5:48pm
Hana says...
how do you get a ballet barre, i know you have to get it from the sims 3 store but can you get it for free?

Please Help:
1st June 2014 3:28am
Claire says...
I need help with my afterschool activities! I have 3 children and two teens, and all of them are signed up for after school activities. The three children automatically go to their activities after school, but the teens don't. And whenever I try clicking on the school to go to the activities I get a message that says "Your sim must be in class prior to attending" Even though both my teens were in class all day. Also, I though maybe it was because of her job, but my other teen has no job and she still won't go to her class. I am not getting any opportunities to go to ballet recitals or anything and I don't even think my teens have gone to any of their afterschool classes. Someone help please?
8th April 2014 8:58pm
Tara says...
That's the same with me! She either just stands outside of the school and does nothing until I tell her to come home, or if I try to make her go to the after school activity, it will give me the same message that you get.
25th June 2017 8:26am
Eric Post says...
You may have to delete the school building and then replace it. To do this, start a new game. Go into "edit town" and save a copy of the school to it. Then exit that game and go into your current game. Then go into "edit town" on this current game, delete the school and replace it, with the school you just saved.

This can also happend if you have a town which has a school that also serves as something else. In that case you need to replace that school with a single school from another town.
27th August 2017 3:44pm
ASimmer says...
A have glitch where for 2 of my sims out of 3 it wont raise the balletand scounting levels and they never get recital opputunities
2nd September 2013 8:27pm
Mary says...
Same problem here, she goes to the ballet-classes but she never gets any better at it. HELP!
2nd March 2014 10:18am
Sarah says...
So if you don't play with aging, how do the teens finish their activities for trophies and stuff? I played one game where it just happened eventually but it seems to be taking forever for this one.
30th May 2014 3:54am
Tara says...
I'm sort of new at Sims 3, when I signed my daughter up for Ballet, I thought that's all I had to do. I am confused though, because after school on days that she has ballet, she just stands outside of the school. Am I missing something?
25th June 2017 8:18am
Playalot says...
This is a bug unfortunately. Sometimes it fixes itself after some time but not always. Try quitting and retaking the class, saving and restarting your game. Ultimately you may be stuck with this though, sadly.
25th June 2017 8:59pm
Rochelle says...
My sim is in the study program and she got the opportunity to get a part time job to raise school performance but the option of get part time job won't appear anywhere! Help please!!!
You can't be in an afterschool activity and have a job at the same time.  Have the Sim quite their after school program and then look for a job on the computer.
23rd June 2013 6:16pm
Rhiannon says...
Actually you can have 2 afterschool activities and a job at the mausoleum as a teenager, the hours are 6-9pm at level 1, so there is no conflict with the activities
1st June 2014 2:49am
Xenia says...
I had my sim in ballet, but when it came time for the recital, it wouldn't let me send her. Now, her older brother (who is in drama) is unable to be sent to give his monologue. How can I fix this?
21st June 2017 7:46pm
Nataly says...
Unfortunately I had the same problem! The only way to fix it is by bulldozing the combo school and gym, then placing separate school and gym on TWO DIFFERENT LOTS. The next time you have a recital it should work! :)
16th July 2017 7:50pm
Hana says...
how do you get a ballet barre, i know you have to get it from the sims 3 store but can you get it for free?

Please Help
1st June 2014 3:29am
Rebecca says...
There's a bug where if your child/teen sims has gone on a field trip they're not going to participate in after school activities due to being stuck in Field Trip! mode.
28th February 2019 8:17am
Chloe says...
Hi, My 2 Daughters are in Ballet and my other daughter wanted to go to Boarding school, But my daughter wants to join scouts now can they join scouts too ?
12th April 2014 3:04pm
Maddie says...
if your talking about the kid in boarding school then she probably cant join scouts but the 2 kids in ballet would have to quit ballet before they could hope this helped
13th December 2018 6:03pm
Louise says...
I’m playing sims 3 on the PlayStation 3 and I want to send my child to ballet but when I click on the school it only says attend painting class and on the computer it says nothing to do with after school activities, please help!
3rd February 2019 3:21am
Playalot says...
This can happen if you have a combination rabbit hole school building. You can try going into Town Edit and bulldozing the school and replacing it with a single destination rabbit hole and then place the other portion (say Stadium) on another different lot. Save your game first in case something goes wrong, that way you can quit without saving and go back to before you started making changes.
3rd February 2019 6:36pm
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