Event Ideas & Activities

Events come in all shapes and sizes. Celebrations might include an open house, breakfast summit for local leaders, student performance, candlelight vigil, or as simple as getting support for your petition. Pick something that works for your community and program.

Audiences:
PA

Case Study: Battle of the Bands draws media and local officials

Activity: Rally
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Weeks
AZ

Case Study: Committee connects to business for support

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Six Weeks
TX

Case Study: Strengthening ties to stakeholders

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme:
Level: Expert | Weeks
IN

Case Study: The community comes together to light up the sky

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Four Weeks
TX

Case Study: A 'Day in the Life' event forges new relationships with media and policy makers

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Weeks
MD

Case Study: Open house impresses local leaders & boosts staff

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
TX

Case Study: Creative program inspires policy maker support

Activity: Rally
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Weeks
MO

Case Study: Cultural event opens door to new contribution

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Ten Weeks
SC

Case Study: Sponsor recognition expands existing sponsorships & recruits new funders

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Ten Weeks
CA

Case Study: Working with local restaurants to forge creative partnerships in smaller and rural communities

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Six Weeks
FL

The Force is Strong in Afterschool

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
FL

Lights On Afterschool Science Fair

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Expert | Two Weeks
WI

Family Games and Dinner for Worldwide Day of Play

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | Weeks
AK

Games, Arts, and Sports with Local Business Support

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
CA

Youth Talent Show & Healthy Living Expo

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Intermediate | Two Weeks
CA

The Physics of Mini-Golf

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Weeks
WI

Oshkosh North High School

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme:
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
FL

Exploring STEM & Career Paths

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Weeks
OR

Community Expo Features Health, Education Resouces

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
DE

STEAM Glow in the Dark Celebration

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
AL

Open House with a Health Focus

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
AZ

Open House & Youth Demo at Air Force Base

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
AR

Talent Show and Harvest Festival

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | One Weeks
NV

Case Study: Celebration led by youth honors a friend of afterschool

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Ten Weeks
IL

Skatepark Physics and More at State Museum

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | One Weeks
TX

Rally at Courthouse with Police Dept, Mayor and Program Partners

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Four Weeks
AL

Glen Iris Elementary

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
MI

Sciencepalooza

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
ND

Youth Run for Afterschool

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
AK

Students Lead US Senator on Program Tour

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
AK

Youth and Parents Share "Why Afterschool Matters to Me"

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Three Weeks
MO

Spooky STEM Open Houses at Four Sites

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
ID

Open House & Science Demos with Local Leaders

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
IL

Celebration of National Youth Science Day Features Mayor & Fab Lab

Activity: Maker Faire/Hackerspace/DIY
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
MO

Partnership Brings 'Mad Science' to Afterschool Kids

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
MT

Getting Active for Lights On Afterschool

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
AL

Kids Explore Science Center

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
OK

Beyond the Classroom

Activity: Other
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
MN

Project STEM: From Nano Puppets to A Blue Tongued Skink

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
LA

Students & Scientists Take Turns Showcasing STEM 

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Two Weeks
LA

Community Partners Throw Health Carnival

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Intermediate | Two Weeks
CA

Jiggle Jelly at Science Museum

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
CA

Carnival Highlights Need for Afterschool Funds

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | One Weeks
AL

Youth and Parents Celebrate A.P.P.L.E. Program Fall Festival

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | One Weeks

Halloween Themed Event Involves Leaders and Donors

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | One Weeks

Potato Power Turns Lights On Afterschool

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | One Weeks

Petition, Poetry & Art for Lights On Afterschool

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | One Weeks

Glow Stick Lighting for Afterschool

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
IA

Celebrations Across State Unite on Twitter

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks

Hands On Newsroom Experience for Youth

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks

A Focus on Bullying Prevention & Education

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
AZ

Afterschool Medley: Talent Showcase, Art, Robotics Demo & Tutoring

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
AZ

Family Fun Night with 'Trunk or Treat'

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
AZ

Parks & Rec 'Around the World' Expo Draws 2,000 Guests

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
AZ

Open House with Superintendent

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | One Weeks

Talent Show and Harvest Festival

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
AK

Fall Festival Presents Afterschool Program to Community

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
CA

American Ninja Warrior Features Student-Designed Courses, Local Leaders

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
CA

Auto Company Brings Race Car Drivers to Talk Careers & Car Safety with Middle School Youth

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
NM

Ghost stories and government- Read-along with city officials

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: Library Partnerships
Level: Expert | Six Weeks
CO

Open House at the library!

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: Library Partnerships
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks