My 5 1/2 yr old does karate once a week(1 hour) for 49$ a month. We can only afford one activity at a time and thats all we have time for between school and everyday life. My other 2 boys are not in anything yet, aside from mom's day out(the 2 yr old).
How much do you spend on your kids' extracurricular activities? - Page 2
DS is 3. Right now he does a weekly soccer skills class (at the preschool, but through an outside coach). It's $40 a month. He is just starting TKD 2x a week, for $45 a month, plus $40 for the uniform. We also plan to sign him up for soccer through the Y in the spring. It will be $83 for the season.
DS usually has 1-2 things going on at any time. He's been doing karate for a few months (it's probably around $60/month). He did a special needs soccer in the fall ($25/season). He will do the special needs soccer again this spring. We also just learned of a special needs baseball skills class that starts next month and he wants to do that. I'm not sure how much it'll cost but probably around $50. He sometimes does swimming classes in the summer (about $60/summer). Sometimes he tries something else (he's done movement classes, gymnastics, basketball, etc). Average monthly cost for extra activities is around $80-90.
My DD goes to gymnastics for four 10wk sessions per year. She loves it there. It is I believe $48 per 10wk session. DD also goes to playgroup twice a week also for 10wks and there are also 4 sessions/yr.. it's $15/session. Once my youngest hits 18mos I intend to enroll her in the same activities if money allows. It is something that we need to work into our budget and right now we need to weigh the odds of whether or not we should continue.
For both kids, combined, it's about $13/wk. Not horrible but in the grand scheme of things IMO it's expensive (looking at our budget, anyhow)
Our kids are allowed to be involved in 2 activities at a time- music lessons and a sport/activity.
The price of music lessons vary. We've found a fantastic guitar teacher for DS2 and DD2 who only charges $14.50/half hour lesson with a sibling discount (about $58/month per student). DD1 takes piano, the lessons are a bit more expensive, but we're happy with the teacher AND the lessons happen at school which that I don't have to drive her around, which is worth the premium IMO. The cost for that is $72/month or about $18/lesson. DS1 takes drum lessons, which are (I admit, somewhat outrageous) $35/lesson (about $140/month). But his instructor is an AMAZING musician, is highly in demand, and is a friend of mine to boot. So for us, it's worth it. So the total we spend on music lessons (not including books or supplies) for our 4 children is about $328/month.
Sports/activities are variable also. When my kids were younger it was easier to find cheap community ed programs for them to participate in, but there aren't as many of those available for older kids. Right now my boys are taking a break from sports, but my girls take gymnastics classes. Currently we're paying about $185/ 10-week session, with a 10% discount for the second child. So I guess that breaks down to about $74/month per child ($66/month with the 10% discount). DS2 is very interested in participating at a Lego (robotics) Club at school, which will be offered in March. Last year I think the cost was $50 for a 6 week session. DS2 also will be playing baseball (Little League) in the spring, which is $60 for the season.
I don't know if it counts as an extracurricular activity, but we also have a family membership to the community center, which is $45/month. We go there to swim (they have a lap pool as well as a waterslide/rec pool) or play about once a week.
Around here, there aren't many options. DS2 is only 4 so he can't get into anything just yet. DS1 plays basketball, football and baseball through the school and that's only $10 per activity. During the summer, he goes to a weeklong science camp and then has 2 different golf camps, altogether those come to about $150.
Wow, 3 camps for $150? Around here 1 week of 1/2 day camp ranges from $100-$225 per week.
DD is 4.5, right now she goes to preschool 5 days a week, but at two different schools so that is $350 a month which is a big chunk of change out of our budget right now, so not as much for extras. We are in a Music Together class right now and that is running me $150 for 10 weeks. I want to swim lessons soon and that is $85 for 6 weeks of lessons.
both kids are in tae kwon do 2x a week @$150/m each
ds1 has guitar lessons @$40 a lesson 1x a week and he has social skills group for kids with aspergers 1x a week for $65 for an 8 week session
ds2 is taking swimming lessons and doing sports classes at daycare at $85 a session each (6 week sessions)
ds1 has asked to join little league for the spring. I cannot remember the cost and I am not thrilled at the idea.but dh is supportive.
both boys want to do swim team again in the summer (8 weeks)@$135 per kid
we are members in the JCC (where they go to daycare) and our community pool for the summer.
it adds up, so I try to buy in bulk (we get a 30% discount on tkd if we buy the year in advance, etc)
I don't do daycare, so I try and keep my 3-yr-old daughter socialized (and me sane):
- story time at the public library -- free
- swimming class -- $75/semester (14 weeks)
- music class -- $130/semester (14 weeks)
- playgroup -- free
I was going to pony up $185 for dance class for the spring semester (16 weeks), but that didn't go well. (They don't allow parents in the room, and she wasn't having any of it.)
I also do odd-ball one-offs, like $65/3 weeks of soccer lessons (WTF was I thinking?!) or visits to the zoo/museum/etc (typically $25/$50 a pop)
I'm sure as she gets older, she'll want to do something more specialized, that requires more practice time, and thus $.
DS1 is a teenager, so he doesn't fit the forum, but...$165.00/month for acting classes (that was a birthday present, though - he has to cover it himself now), $245.00 for the gymnastics season's fees, plus $9.00/week for an extra practice, plus whatever fees come up later (finals fees, etc.). He also plays Ultimate at school - think that's about $40.00 for the two month season. He isn't currently in anything else that costs us money (he's in the school play, so we'll be buying tickets, and he has a part-time job, so he doesn't have time for the Tae Kwon Do and dance classes that he wants to take).
DD1: $120.00 for 10 ballet classes, which are once weekly. I'll also be starting her in piano soon - that's $22.00/half hour lesson, also weekly.
DS2: $80.00 for 10 dance lessons (it's called Stomp'N'Boyz, and was inspired by Stomp!), which are weekly. He also takes Tae Kwon Do, which is $6.00 per class, held once a week (it goes up when he moves into the 7 year old group, but I'm not sure how much).
I also put them in occasional one-off classes - Behind the Scenes at the local farm ($12.50 for the first child, $5.00 for the second one), and progams at the local Ecology Centre ($12.50 per child - about once a month).
That's it, so far. DD1 will also be taking pottery, but maybe not until September, or in a summer camp. She's also expressed interest in Tae Kwon Do, and would like to do some more climbing classes at some point. DD1 and ds2 are both homeschooled, so this is all more currcular than extra-curricular, but those are their activities.
My boys are only 5 and 8 so we limit it to one activity at a time (usually one game and one practice). Right now they are playing basketball, in the spring and fall they do soccer. They can do more in the summer but during the school year, one is enough. Next year we might let them do 2 activities at a time but I think all-day kindergarten is time-consuming enough for a 5yo.
Most of the sports they play are about $75 for 6-8 weeks. My big guy will be on a more competitive, more expensive soccer team next fall but the "developmental" teams are pretty cheap.
Dd is 6 and does:
swimming = ~ $17 a week (year round)
dance = ~ $1000 for the year (end of aug - may)
Odyssey of the Mind = ~ $30 for the season (sept-march)
Ds is 2 and just has swimming about the same cost as above.
This is on top of our homeschool co-op and classes with that. Also doesn't include homeschool classes at the arboretum and museums.
DD1 - (age 7) has tumbling once a week at around $65 a month, she also does Daisies which was more of an initial investment (her vest, books, patches and a years worth of dues) but doesn't cost much otherwise.
DD2 - (age 3) has preschool gymnastics once a week (would normally be $65 a month for each of the younger two but DH does sidework at the gym to help with tuition).
DD3 - (age 3) has preschool gymnastics once a week (see above).
We also usually have a zoo membership but we haven't renewed it yet this year.
Even with just doing basically one or two activities a week, I feel that my oldest DD is overscheduled sometimes (she is in 1st grade) so we definitely wouldn't do any more than that.
My most expensive kid is 14 so he really doesn't fit here but he plays ice hockey - mmmm yeah. when he started the gear was about $350 and the season was $1500 for Sept-Feb. Now that he's older just his skates are $300 and the season is $2400 - August - March plus at least two hotel stays a month. We just got the price for High School Lacross and that will run us about $800 this year
DS#2 is on a competitive Lego Robotics team at his elementary school which is $30 for 2x a week for 8 weeks. One $10 t-shirt fee for the regional competition and another $10 if they go to state.
Until this month, my children (age 6) have never been involved in a weekly/monthly activity or sport. They have taken art classes at our local art gallery in the summers. They usually take 3-4 four-day art sessions per summer at a cost of $65/child/session – so ~ $195-$260 each summer. They’ve also been in week-long summer nature camps costing ~$100/week/child.
This month they started weekly tennis lessons on Saturdays. The cost is $368/eight week session.
Similar to pp’s, we’ve limited our activities to avoid over-scheduling. The children really want to take piano lessons and riding lessons but I do not want our lives to be so scheduled and hectic and cannot see how we can fit it in with their school/homework. If we decide to home-school next year, we will increase our activities.
DD is 4.5 and her only set activity outside preschool is yoga. It's $10 a weekly class. She's already asking about joining Girl Scouts when she starts kindergarten, which I would love for her to do, but I have no idea if she'll have the stamina for an after school activity at first! If a group preschool music class came along that fit into our schedule we'd do that--maybe this summer something will work. In the summer I take her to weekly children's chamber music concerts (free).
DD (5) has 3 activities a week (plus 1/2 day kindergarten).
- Sparks (Lowest level of Girl Guides - $150/year I think? Maybe less?)
- Dance ($60 for a 10-week session - next year I'm putting her into a real dance school probably so will be more)
- Swimming ($60ish for a 10-week session)
And DS also does swimming, so another $60 for 10-week session.
We've had a wide range of expenses. We do a lot of activities that require admission but don't go to any of them enough to maintain memberships. At least 2-3 a month we go somewhere that is $20-30 to enter.
DS is in preschool 9-12 pm so that limits our options. It is really enough for him to go, catch a nap, and go to the park when he wakes up. But preschool is horribly expensive and so is our nanny.
All of the sports/music/anything expenses around here are usually at least $20/per session so around $80/month for random Music Together classes.
Among our preschool friends, a lot of the kids go to 2-3 activities in addition to their preschool class. I think it is too much, both in expense, effort, and scheduling.
The last one someone suggested was playing soccer after preschool. This required in a professional coach at $25/hour/PER CHILD. They are THREE.
oops, started the thread but didn't include my own numbers.
In US $ equivalents, regularly scheduled activities DC do:
DSalmost 3yo + DS11yo: nothing, unless you count toddler groups, which I don't, because they're mostly for me :)!.
DS6yo: Weekly Sports-skills afterschool club : $4/45 mins. Swimming: $7/half hour.
That leaves DD, 9, who is what you might call over-scheduled, but it's very much what she wants and doesn't seem to affect her badly in any way. She does:
Once a week each 10-20 min group Piano and 10-20 min group violin music lessons in school hours, plus afterschool music club for 45 mins: $14/week.
Judo, usually only once a week: $4/2 hours
Brownies, 33 weeks/year: $4.50/90 mins.
Swim lesson: $7/half hour
Horse riding (about 25x/year): $23/half hour individual lesson (bargain price)
The tricky bit is a lot of DD's activities have extras, additional competitions or other events she can attend. Sometimes our weekends get busy with those, too.
DS1 is 6, DS2 is 4, and aside from the $85 or so for children's museum membership for the year, they have no extracurriculars that we spend money on. I am currently loosely giving ds1 piano lessons. I don't think he could handle an organized activity during the week after school. Maybe on the weekend, but we have no extra money for anything right now, unfortunately.