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
OR

Youth Development Coalition of Lincoln County

Activity: Other
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
OH

Youngstown City School District

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

YMCA of Class and Clay Counties

Activity: Other
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | Four Weeks
WY

Rally and reception at the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

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

Western High School

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

Wattles Boys & Girls Club

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

Watauga County School

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme:
Level: Intermediate | Six Weeks
MO

Warren Elementary School

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
WA

Flying High with Hot Air Balloons

Activity: Other
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
NC

Wade Edwards Foundation

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

The Force is Strong in Afterschool

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

Ventana Vista CARE

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: | Four Weeks
IL

Valentine Boys & Girls Club of Chicago

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

Math Spooktacular and Science Expo with Policymakers

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: | Three Weeks
MO

Twin Pike Family YMCA

Activity: Other
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Weeks
OK

TOUCH Tulsa

Activity: Maker Faire/Hackerspace/DIY
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
OK

Tinker AFB Youth Programs

Activity: Maker Faire/Hackerspace/DIY
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
IL

The HUB

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

Bee the Best You Can Bee

Activity:
Theme:
Level: Beginner | One Weeks
IL

Tazewell County Health Department

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

Lights On Afterschool Science Fair

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

Springboard Education in America

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Weeks
ID

Spark Afterschool

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

Southern Queens Park Association

Activity: Other
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
ND

South East Educational Cooperative

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | One 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
AK

June Nelson Elementary School 

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme:
Level: | Weeks
WV

Pumpkin Throw and Soccer Stardom at Lights On

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
NM

Rio Grande Educational Collaborative

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
CA

The Physics of Mini-Golf

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

Project SUCCEED

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

Park Avenue Kids After School Program

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

Exploring STEM & Career Paths

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

Operation Shoestring

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

Dance, Robotics, and Golf with Local Reps

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

North Little Rock Parks and Recreation

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

Nevada HAND

Activity: Other
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | Weeks
MO

Neighborhood Houses

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

Lights On Kicks Off a Conference

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
ID

Mountain Home AFB Youth Programs

Activity: Open House/Site Tour
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
ND

Missouri River Educational Cooperative

Activity: Other
Theme: Library Partnerships
Level: Beginner | Six Weeks
NJ

Millville Public Schools

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme:
Level: Intermediate | Three Weeks
WV

Zombie Walk and Pumpkin Carving with Local Reps

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

Electricifying STEM Carnival 

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
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
MT

Libby Elementary School

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

Jeannette City School District

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

Itasca Area Community Education

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

Skatepark Physics and More at State Museum

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

Idaho Afterschool Network

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

Griffin Center

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

Rally at Courthouse with Police Dept, Mayor and Program Partners

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

Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

Activity: Other
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
AL

Glen Iris Elementary

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

Glassboro Child Development Centers

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

Fisherman's Net Youth Program

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

Farmington Public Library

Activity: Other
Theme: Library Partnerships
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
NV

Every Child Matters

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Ten Weeks
MO

Spooky STEM Open Houses at Four Sites

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

Eldon LEAP

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

Educational Alliance Boys & Girls Club

Activity: Digital Media Project
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Ten Weeks
MN

Eden Valley-Watkins L.E.A.D

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

Donahue Elementary Edge Afterschool Program - Coat Drive

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Two Weeks
ID

Open House & Science Demos with Local Leaders

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

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Activity: Other
Theme: Library Partnerships
Level: Intermediate | Weeks
NE

Collective for Youth

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

Aeronautics Open House

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

City of Tempe: Kid Zone Enrichment Program

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

Child Center of NY

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
NY

Child Center of New York

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

Celebration of National Youth Science Day Features Mayor & Fab Lab

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

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation,

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

Capital City 21st Century Community Learning Center

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Expert | Ten Weeks
MO

Partnership Brings 'Mad Science' to Afterschool Kids

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

An Evening with the Candidates

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

Getting Active for Lights On Afterschool

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
ID

Boys & Girls Clubs of Magic Valley

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi

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

Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Montana

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

Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion, and Polk Counties

Activity: Other
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Beginner | Three Weeks
NE

Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County

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

Boys & Girls Club of Hawk-Houston

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

Local and Federal Representatives at Open House

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

Boys & Girls Club of Dayton

Activity: Maker Faire/Hackerspace/DIY
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Four Weeks
WA

Rocket Science at Lights On Afterschool

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

Bowling Green 21st CCLC Afterschool Program

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Weeks
AL

Kids Explore Science Center

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

Bergen Family Center

Activity: Talent Showcase
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
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
NJ

After-School All-Stars New York/New Jersey

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Intermediate | Six Weeks
NY

After-School All-Stars New York/New Jersey

Activity: Other
Theme: Health and Wellness
Level: Expert | Ten Weeks
IL

After-School All-Stars Chicago

Activity: Other
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: | Three Weeks
NY

After School Network of West New York

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

Action for Children

Activity: Digital Media Project
Theme: Youth and Parent Voices
Level: Intermediate | Six Weeks
WI

Making Magic with Arts and STEM

Activity: Carnival/Festival
Theme: STEM
Level: Beginner | Two 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
ID

4-H Afterschool

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

17th Street Corridor Neighborhood Association

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