November 12, 2023 // by Dr. Yaffa Klar

Every child is unique and has their own set of interests and talents. One fantastic way to help your child grow and learn outside of the classroom is by engaging them in extracurricular activities. These activities provide fun and excitement and help develop important skills that can last a lifetime. 

Dr. Yaffa Klar, from Pomona Pediatrics shares the following guide to help you through the process of finding the right extracurricular activity for your child.

1. Discover your child's passions

The first step in finding the perfect extracurricular activity for your child is to discover their passions. Sit down and have a chat with your child about what interests them. Do they love art, sports, music, or science? Listen carefully to their thoughts and ideas. If they are not sure, let them try different classes until they find the one or two that feel right. Sometimes, children may not know exactly what they like, so it's essential to be patient and open to their changing interests.

2. Consider their personality

Each child has a unique personality, and this can play a big role in the type of extracurricular activity that suits them best. Is your child outgoing and energetic? Sports or drama clubs might be a great fit. If they enjoy quieter activities or love to read, a book club or chess club could be the way to go. Understanding your child's personality can help you narrow down the options. 

3. Time management

While extracurricular activities are fantastic, it's important to balance school, activities, and downtime. Make sure the chosen activity doesn't overwhelm your child's schedule, leaving them with enough time for homework, family, and relaxation. 

4. Seek guidance

Don't hesitate to seek advice from teachers, coaches, or other parents. They might have insights into your child's strengths and interests that you hadn't considered. Additionally, talking to your child's guidance counselor can provide valuable assistance in choosing activities that align with their academic goals. 

5. Foster a love for learning

Remember, the primary goal of extracurricular activities is to foster a love for learning new things and personal growth.


The willingness to take risks and try new activities can lead to incredible experiences for your child. By being patient and understanding, you can help them find the activity that brings them joy, enhances their skills, boosts their self-confidence, and creates lasting memories.