Many Germans plan their free time carefully. This is also true for children. Parents often want to give their children the best opportunities from a young age. So don't be surprised if you meet German children who have a whole lot of activities planned after school. Sports are especially popular, like soccer, volleyball, tennis and horseback riding. Lots of children and teenagers also learn a musical instrument.
Some children have a lot of hobbies and a full week, but most would have activities on one or two days a week. It's important to many families that their children have a chance to play during their free time.