As much as parents would like to be home and attentive to their children at 3 p.m. every day, it just isn’t always possible. And the cost of daycare or after school camps and classes can really add up. Parents who need those extra few hours after school lets out each day can find a variety of fun and educational programming to keep their kids occupied from 3 until 5 (or beyond). Just because they’re free or inexpensive doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. We found lower cost and free after school programs featuring academics, sports, creative writing, art, and even circus performance for kids throughout the city.
Want to continue the free fun into the weekend? Check out our best free things to do this fall and free days at museums and other attractions, or search for free events in our Chicago event calendar.
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