After School Activities of Soviet Kids

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

During the Soviet era, children’s after school activities were kind of very popular. Almost every Soviet kid attended some kind of a group where he was being trained in some kind of activity. Here are some photos and examples of what those activities were (the first one is airplane modelling for kids from the USSR).

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

A group for rocket construction for middle school kids

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Boat and ship modeling section

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Robot building group

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Electronics and radio construction group

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Programming section (girls attended too)

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Zoological group

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Advanced geography section

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Wood artwork section (burning pictures on wood)

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Wood cutting art section

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

And wood painting artwork section

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Sewing and clothes modelling section for girls (mainly)

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Soft toy creation section

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Different types of choirs

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Dramatic art sections

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Dance groups

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Painting artwork groups

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Also “young railway workers” group

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

Young film directors and directors of photography section

After School Activities of Soviet Kids

And even young cosmonauts sections.

Practically every kid could find something to his liking, many attended a few of them. They usually happened 1-3 times a week in after-school hours in nearby public schools or “houses of culture” or “houses of pioneers” clubs. Most were free of charge, of course.

What was banned however is any kind of Western and Eastern martial arts – our usual Karate or Jiu-Jitsu sections were non existent in USSR. One exception was a Judo which was legal and even Vladimir Putin attended.

Nowadays the variety is different, karate and other sections are abundant, however it is pretty doubtful that you can find any “young cosmonaut” or “young railway worker” section.

Also everything costs money now, and sometimes it’s pretty expensive.

6 thoughts on “After School Activities of Soviet Kids”

  1. The sixth picture is almost certainly not from the USSR. The kids, dressed in distinctly 1980’s western (really American) clothing, are using Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computers (1st generation) attached to 13-inch Radio Shack color TVs. The TVs were sold as “TRS‑80 Color Video Receivers”. The computers are very distinctive with their grey/silver coloring, chiclet keyboard with red “Break” key and large right-hand side cartridge slot. They were produced from 1980-1983. Enthusiasts and collectors now refer to this model by the name “CoCo 1”.

    This post appears to be lifted from (or duped at) https://porosenka.net/2018/09/11/art85985.html

    • @Fyodor…..Good research. That photo of the computer kids has been used on dozens of blogs. Here is one: https://www.taringa.net/posts/imagenes/3891504/Los-inicios-de-la-era-informatica.html

      I first find it used in 2010 and it may be from South America. One blogger calls it a ”generic photo from Wikipedia”.

      Yes, many Soviet keyboards of that era had distinctive red keys.

  2. Even if a photo is not ‘Soviet’, fewer drug dealers and delinquents circulated among the young.
    I would stay here again at those years !!!

  3. It’s no wonder generations of Russian Children have grown up to be intelligent critical thinking Adults. What a lovely and inspiring Educational system, Full of Creativity. The Garbage we have in the Western World is pure propaganda on Children and wasted trivial anglo hysteria/history and Geography. Anyways GREAT POST!

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