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.

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Keogh 2014 SRGM, New York

For Your Future Roberta Smith

During Guggenheim's Art After School class, your budding art enthusiast will experience the Museum’s permanent collection, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed architecture, and current exhibitions. Each class is led by one of Guggenheim's Sackler Educators, a practicing artist who will use the gallery visits as inspiration for in-depth art projects in a range of techniques, including painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography, with a mini-exhibition for family and friends on the final day.

What: Guggenheim's Art After School

Where: Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side

When: Sept. 30-Dec. 2,Tues., 4 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Ages: 8-11

Cost: $300 ($250 for members) for 8-week session, all materials and snacks included

Have you enrolled your kid in an after school class for fall? Tell us all about it.

–Anna Knoebel