Want to keep the kids busy in the afternoons once they go back to school? We panned the after school rivers to find you NYC’s golden options, where kids will learn skills beyond reading, writing and arithmetic – think skateboarding, computer programming or nature exploration – and have a lot of fun all at the same time. Not to mention, after school programs improve students self-esteem, leadership skills and even test scores. Here are nine of the best to sign up for before classes start.

The Pre-Glee Club

As an any X-Factor fan knows, singing is hard, but singing as part of a group is harder. In pre!Chorus, instructor Jon Harris develops young voices as part of a choral group. Using classical and modern musical influences, kids hone their technique in a fun, confidence-building way. Each session includes a concert and the option to see a Broadway show.

What: pre!Chorus

Where: pre!Chorus, 18 W 18th St.,  Chelsea, 917-524-5442

When: Sept. 8-Dec. 8., Mon. and Wed., 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Ages: 5-6

Cost: $480 for 13-week session

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–Anna Knoebel