School is out for summer! While kids live for summer vacation, the time can be draining for moms looking for ways to keep their kids entertained and busy. Here are three ideas to guarantee a fun summer for your kids while helping you to survive these crazy months:
Summer Library Programs
Harness the power of your local library to keep your kids engaged and busy this summer. Most libraries have summer reading programs aimed at children. These programs often offer rewards and recognition for kids who read the required amount of books throughout the summer. Libraries also offer storytimes, craft sessions, concerts, and more. These programs will enrich your child’s summer while also providing them with an endless amount of fun. Best of all, most of these programs are free or reduced in cost, making it a value-driven way to spend those lazy days of summer.
The quintessential summer camp experience is a rite of passage for many children. Even if your child is not yet ready to tackle an overnight camp, there are a variety of day camps to fit your kid’s interests. From sports camps to nature camps to robotics camps, there is something for everyone if you take the time to explore what is available in your area. Signing your child up for a camp or two will break up the summer and give you both a much-needed break from the doldrums of summer vacation. Summer camps allow your child to learn a new skill, make new friends, and get outside to connect with Mother Nature.
Movies and Media
Catching up on movies and the latest Netflix shows is a great way to pass those rainy summer days. Home theater systems are an ideal addition to any home. The entire family will get use out of this space. You can use your home theater to watch movies, sporting events, listen to music, or even play video games. These rooms are also perfect for entertaining, making your home the de facto gathering spot for all of your friends and family. Older kids and teenagers will especially appreciate the dedicated space to chill out or hang with friends while catching the latest flick.
Summer vacation does not mean that you have to constantly be entertaining your child. With the right research and planning, you can create memories to last a lifetime for the entire family.
By Emma Sturgis