Now that summer is here, you may be trying to figure out how you’re going to avoid that dreaded phrase, “I’m bored.” How are you going to keep your kids from running out of things to do with their summer break from school? Planning ahead is a key factor when scheduling activities to fill your kids’ summer. By lining up events and activities, you can stave off some of your children’s complaints of boredom.
Visit your local library for entertainment that serves two purposes. First, many libraries offer story time and craft activities for children. In addition, however, you’ll also be able to encourage your children to develop their reading skills over the summer months.
Organize activities with other families in the neighborhood. Playing in the park is fun, but it’s even more fun if you have lots of people to play with. You might even be able to take turns shepherding the kids to the park to give each parent an hour or two to themselves.
Turn rainy days into special events by holding marathon board game tournaments. Invite kids in the neighborhood to come over, with their favorite games, and share in the fun.
If you belong to a church, be sure to include your church’s youth or children’s activities in your summer plans. Vacation bible schools, youth softball leagues, and other events are all inexpensive sources of fun for your entire family.
Rainy days are a wonderful opportunity to declare a “craft day” in your home. Choose a project or two ahead of time and then put the supplies away in a closet or other storage area. Then, when gray skies threaten to put a damper on your kids’ playtime, you can whip out the supplies and save the day.
Keep an eye out for news about your local county fair. There is often little to no cost for attending these fairs, and your kids will love the exhibits. Animals, arts and crafts shows, and rodeos are all part of these fun experiences. Don’t forget to drop by the midway, too, if you don’t mind buying your kids the wristband that entitles them to ride the rides.