School is just about out, (if it isn’t already for some of you lucky ones!). So, it is time to think about what you are going to do to have fun with the children! What happened to Summer School? Just Kidding! My kiddo would disown me if I brought that idea up to her!
- Parks – They are Free (usually) and loaded with other kids waiting to make new friends!
- Pool in the backyard – If you have a small backyard like I do? One of those easy to put up and take down pools would work great! Live in an apartment with a balcony? One of those little plastic ones work well. Better if you are on the first floor and don’t have to worry about splashing people when emptying it. These aren’t an option? Join a local club that has a pool. Or pay on a day by day basis when you go.
- Lightening Bugs – Just as the sun is setting, these are fun to chase! Of course, let them go! I always felt guilty when I left them in a jar, even with little twigs , grass and of course holes in the lid.
- Rainy Days – Make sure to have plenty of coloring pages, activity pages, construction paper and other accessories for them to make their one of a kid piece of art. Older kids? Break out ingredients and go to town baking. Cookies, Cakes, Brownies and donate them to either a local food bank or assisted living home for the residents.
- Carnivals and State Fairs – Take advantage of family nights at the carnivals. Cheap price for all you can ride. State Fairs are usually a wristband price and ride to your hearts content. Plus, you are supporting local establishments.
- Beach/Rivers/Lakes/Ponds – State Parks are not only State Treasures, they are memories your kiddo’s will hold forever.
- Road Trips – If you have the opportunity, find little back roads and see what you can find! I’ve done this and found little watering holes I didn’t know were there. Also found interesting land marks that were put up ages ago!
There are many different things that you can do with your children over the summer if they stay home with you. One of the most important of course, your library! Make sure your children grow up with the love of reading. This is good and easy entertaining for them, especially on rainy days. They see you reading and they will pick up the love as well. Even encourage them to use their imaginations and write their own stories.