KEEPING KIDS BUSY
With schools across America underway for the school year, many parents are deciding on extracurricular activities for their kids. Though that can mean more money and more time spent shuttling kids back and forth, extracurriculars are popular for a reason: Research from the American Journal of Community Psychology suggests kids who take part behave better and have better academic achievement and more positive self-perception. Looking to cut costs? Consider secondhand equipment and community recreation centers, which may have lower prices. Here are the most expensive and least costly extracurricular activities for kids under the age of 18.