Summer vacation! Now there are two words that elicit images of sunshine and freedom in school-age children across the nation. They are also two words that invoke fear in the minds of many moms and dads. Without the daily routine of school, what are your kids going to do week in and week out? How do you keep them entertained? How do you keep them out of trouble? Thankfully, there are many options to keep your son or daughter busy and make
the most of this time away from the classroom.
Summer camp, day camp, week camp, horse camp, reading camp, computer camp – the list goes on. Depending on where you live, there are often several local programs for kids in a wide range of age groups. Visit your local library or YMCA for more information, if you can’t find resources online.
Amusement parks, swimming pools, water parks, fairs, science museums, and zoos offer great day-trip opportunities for kids. It is a good idea to plan ahead and decide whether or not to invest in passes and memberships in order to cut down on cost.
Kids love to create! Foster their creative side by exposing them to opportunities to view other art and create their own. Some of the best experiences are those in which children are given a set of materials to work with and no final result is expected.
With a little imagination and effort, the opportunities for entertaining your children during those long summer days are virtually endless. However, it is important to keep in mind that it is not your job to fix the “I’m bo-ored” problem every day. Teach your kids to find things that they like to do and make choices to entertain and educate themselves. Before you know it, you’ll be shopping for back-to-school supplies again! So, enjoy those summer vacation days while they last.