Free After School Programs for Kids in Queens

September is knocking on our door. For families with school-aged children, this means it’s almost time to get back to the grind. While the school day has you covered until roughly 3 pm, what do your kids do afterwards? If you’re looking for some free or inexpensive options, here’s a list of programs offered in Queens.



Parks Department

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a free after-school program for students ages 6-13. There are five locations throughout the borough and it is scheduled to run September 12-June 15 from 3:00-6:00pm. Daily activities include cultural, recreational, and academic endeavors in a safe and nurturing environment. Advance registration is required.

NY Junior Tennis League

Do you have a budding tennis star? Your little Martina or Agassi can get free lessons through the New York Junior Tennis League. All youth ages 6-18 are invited and loaner rackets are provided. With more than ten sites in Queens, you just need to bring your child and sign up at the location nearest you.

Boys’ Club of New York

For only a $5 membership fee per year, boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade can participate in a wide variety of classes, support programs, and camps both after school and during the summer with the Boys’ Club of New York. The Flushing location, Abbe Clubhouse, provides endless opportunities for structure and enrichment with swimming lessons, team sports, chess, photography, and more.

NYC Police Athletic League

With four Queens locations, The Police Athletic League NYC (PAL) offers children ages 6-13 a structured afternoon Monday-Friday from 3-6pm. Their three-pronged program includes academic enrichment, arts, and health and fitness.

Queens Library – BOOST

The Queens Library system runs an after school program known as BOOST (Best Out of School Time) at 63 community libraries. One-on-one homework help and enrichment activities are provided every weekday from 3-6pm. Contact your local branch for more information.

Your Local Y

Several Queens branches of the YMCA provide after school programs at low or no cost. Programs run from 3-6 on regular school days and serve all school-aged children. In addition to academic support, the Y strives to build competence and confidence in its participants.


Katy Osborne – Chiu