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how much do you spend on extra curricular activities

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katiestar Sat 10-Oct-09 16:08:40

for each child per week and how old are they
and how many activities do you think they need at reach age.

deaddei Sat 10-Oct-09 16:37:52

ds (10)- Saturday football- £20 a YEAR. What a bargain. He has never done after school clubs- prefers to come home or go to tea with a friend. Never played a musical instrument, gone to Kumon maths or karate.
DD (13)- does sport every night after school- free. And most lunchtimes. She does 4 hours of singing/dance/drama on Saturdays, including a private singing lesson- that's about £40 a week.
I always hated the idea of having to fill their evenings with activities- and being a taxi service.
Reading some threads on here, I think a lot of children do ridiculous amounts of organised activities, and are not allowed to BE BORED and entertain themselves.

Heated Sat 10-Oct-09 16:53:25

Well, ds (5) tags along midweek with dh to martial arts which costs £4, but this is a new thing, not sure if it will last. He also goes to the county music service for music and singing at £154 a yr.

DD goes to Tumbletots with me in term time which is about £5.50, or about £175 a yr. Also through nursery she goes to Kindermusik which is £25 for each 10 week session.

The dcs also go swimming every weekend with dh which costs £2.90.

I don't think we pay out a lot at all compared with friends who pay out literally thousands in extra curricular activities.

QOD Sat 10-Oct-09 16:56:33

tap/ballet/modern £165 per term
disco £20 per term
Guides £14 " "

She is also in the childrens chorus in TWO pantos this year eeeek so has rehearsals once a week for each - one off costume fee's totalling £25

ChasingSquirrels Sat 10-Oct-09 16:58:14

ds1 - 7yo (yr2).
Beavers - £20 subs per year and £25 per term (or might be the other way round).
Does one after school club (board games) and one lunchtime club (draughts) a week - both free.
We go swimming every few weeks, free for children, £2.90 for me.

He did do swimming lessons when in reception, think they were about £40 a term.

Seona1973 Sat 10-Oct-09 16:59:53

ds (3) goes to a preschool gymnastics class which is £36 for 8 sessions (one per week). He goes swimming with us as a family once a week but gets in free.

dd (6) goes to gymnastics which is £36 for 8 sessions like ds. She goes to swimming lessons which costs £17 per month but she gets a card with them that lets her swim for free at the local pools so we use that when we go swimming at the weekend.

pippel Sat 10-Oct-09 17:02:36

dd1 is 5 and I spend 50p a week on a gymnastics after school club

LIZS Sat 10-Oct-09 19:06:25

I hate writing it down, too scary ....

ds (11)
music lesson £17.50
sailing £15 plus occasional weekend club session £11 (not all year)

dd (8)
music lesson*2 £35
Brownies £2
Dancing *4 lessons c.£20pw
Swimming c£5
Chess £1.50

Most occur within the school day or straight after and run term time. It has got to point with dd where if she wants to do something else, one activity has to go (tennis went in favour of another instrument). Balance is ok for now.

nymphadora Sat 10-Oct-09 19:37:20

Dd1- guitar £5 week
Clarinet £39 a term

Both have swimming at £40 a term horse riding £18 every 2 weeks and brownies £1 a week

Morosky Sat 10-Oct-09 19:43:31

Dd is 8, she goes ballroom dancing, street dancing, plays the guitar and does horse riding. I think it comes to about £40 to £50 a week but tbh it all comes out if the bank by direct debit so I am not sure. She dies a mixture of subidised activities through her school and full price classes. She has also just started fishing with dp and next summer we will start either shooting or sailing with us as a family.

katiestar Sat 10-Oct-09 23:38:12

I have got 4DC and it just all seems so expensive
The secondary school sacked the county music service and brought in their own private music teachers which at £7 a lesson was about double the price.Until you realise that DS1 would have been getting it free from Th music service for music GCSE
And then gymnastics for my 4 and 8 old DDs is £7.50 each per sessionn run by local council seems a lot more than other areas and council run badminton £5 per session 1 tutor and 10 teenagers seems pricey.
Council; swimming is £5.25 per lesson so we have dropped that for now.At least good old Brownies is cheap at £10 per term.

Jajas Sat 10-Oct-09 23:42:31

Tae kwando at £5 per class once a week.
Swimming once a week at about the same price.
Football occasionally at roughly same.

So around £15 per week

marialuisa Sun 11-Oct-09 08:48:22

Too much!

Instrument 1= £19 per week term tme only
Instrument 2= £16.50 per week all year
Instrument 3= £12 pw term time only

There are then books, reeds, music centre fees on top.

Riding= £20 per fortnight
Skiing=£11 every month
Brownies £1.50 pw

She also does a lot of "free" stuff at school e.g. hockey and netball clubs, swimming lessons, Languages club.

notagrannyyet Sun 11-Oct-09 09:18:53

I shouldn't be in primary. Youngest is 12 so hope you don't mind!

Music, 6 lessons in total (3 DCs) £72 per week.

Annual sports subs for various sports for all 3 DS £260 this year.

Sports coaching £35 perweek from now until Easter because it's indoors. In the summer it's almost free.

After school & lunchtime at school is free.

Finished with scouting, and swimming...Thank goodness.

WartoScreamo Sun 11-Oct-09 09:31:40

For dd, 5, we pay:

Rainbows (after school) 40 euros per term
Dance class (Sat am) 100 euros per term
Just signed up for Fri lunchtime dutch classes at school - cost 50 euros per year.
School swimming lessons - 10 euros per term

She goes to holiday clubs run by the school which cost between 20 and 40 euros per week depending on whether provide lunch or not.

We go swimming every few weeks - 1.50 euros.

She's quite keen to do a "baby" tennis course next year. That would cost about 100 euros for the week.

3rdnparty Sun 11-Oct-09 09:35:57

Ds (4) swimming £68 a term sep-xmas, just started music at £48 a term local non profit making body. Thats quite enough for now smile both weekend classes as just started in Reception and too tired during the week...

lucykate Sun 11-Oct-09 09:48:02

dd is 7 and does swimming (£40 a term), brownies (£22 yearly fee, then £12 a term) and sometimes does a saturday art club (£40 for 4 sessions)

pointyhat Sun 11-Oct-09 09:57:00

dd1 (high school, 13): £46 a month - all he r other activities are free through the school (music lessons and band practices, chemistry club etc)

dd2 (primary, 10): £7 a month for one, £8 a month for another, others free through the school (music lessons, guitar club etc)

newpup Sun 11-Oct-09 10:15:08


Swimming - £50 a term
Irish Dancing - £40 a term
Clarinet - £80 a term
Piano - £12 a week
Brownies - £20 a term

Swimming - £50 a term
Irish Dancing - £40 a term
Violin - £160 a term
Orchestra - £37 a term
Piano - £12 a week
Brownies - £20 a term

This does not include music exam fees. They also have tennis lessons in the summer term which cost £80 each for the term!

Think I ned to lie down now!

ThingOneofYourNightmares Sun 11-Oct-09 10:40:11

Lots atm as I'm trying a policy of lots of extra sport to get my DS1 to sleep more.

Three sports activities this term. One expensive (tennis), one medium (private, at school) one cheap (LEA run at school). £150 in total for the term. Planning for it to be cheaper next term. Hoping he drops tennis, LEA thing stops (sadly) but he should start Beavers soon.

MrsMorgan Sun 11-Oct-09 10:46:30

Dd1 (11) - Violin (at school)-£130 a year, Cheerleading £18.50 per month + comp fees.

Dd2 (9) - Flute lessons £73 a term, Swimming £39 a term.

Ds (6) - Currently nothing but hoping to get him into a new drama class that has just started which is £6 a week.

GhostlyPixieOnaPumpkin Sun 11-Oct-09 13:32:55

DD1: Ballet £1000 per year (including summer school), £400 for piano, so £1400 for everything.
DD2: £60 for Brownies, £400 for piano, so £460 for everything.
DS: £50 for football, £400 for piano, so £450.

SiggyMac Sun 11-Oct-09 13:48:36

DS2(6)takes part in -

Stagecoach £157 per term
Explore Learning (two sessions a week) £89 per month
Swimming £54 per term

I thought maybe I was spending far too much but, after reading this thread, it seems quite normal.

lolapoppins Sun 11-Oct-09 13:55:18

Far too much tbh.

French £60 per term
Drama £25 per term
Street dance £25 per term
Swimming £60 per term

Guitar £12 per week
Piano £10 per week
Sport session £3 per week

Kerate £50 per month (but he can go everyday for that year round if he likes, but we do 2-3 lessons per week, and dh and I get to use their gym for free for that as well).

I know that sounds like an awful lot of activites, he is doing something every evening and kerate on a sat, BUT, he is home educated, so not out at school all day and the groups are where he has met most of his friends (apart from the home ed groups he goes to - which are also £5 per week).

tiredemma Sun 11-Oct-09 19:29:14

Ds1 Rugby £70 fee for season
Ds1 Cricket (winter nets) £25 for 'winter season'/ Summer sessions £40 for season

DS2- Stage school £15 per week

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