As the temperatures begin to climb and the light of the sun warms the earth for longer stretches of time, you’re likely wondering how to keep the kids occupied throughout the summer. Instead of the same old activities, you can explore some new and invigorating options to entertain your children.

Choose a Specialty Camp

Going away to camp is an activity that children have enjoyed for a long time, but after a number of years at the same establishment, they might grow bored. Also, you may feel that the time has come for them to explore more of their interests. In order to bolster this learning and engagement, select a specialty camp. For example, if your children are interested in the arts or you want them to explore the family religion more, you can send them to a camp based on these interests. Carefully checking out the options will introduce you to possibilities for both day camps and sleep-away camps.

Plan Staycations

Taking a vacation is often an enjoyable way to bond with your loved ones, but the costs can quickly rise. Also, you may not all have the same days available. To work around these issues while still taking full advantage of the summer, plan staycations with the kids. Research locations around town and in the state that require only a day trip, or even online chess lessons for them. You can add even more excitement to these trips by stopping for breakfast at a fun new place or ending the day by cooking dinner together and eating outside.

Explore the Art of Building

Whether you have fond memories of playing in a treehouse out back when you were a child or you always relished the times building forts with your siblings, teach your own kids about the power of creating a product and then enjoying it. You can create a little camp community in the yard where kids can socialize with one another. You may soon find that your yard is the most popular one on the block.

Promote Reading

While you don’t want to bog down your children’s summers with educational activities only, you can certainly encourage them to find the joy in reading. Make a trip to the library a regular stop on your route. Give your kids the time to explore the shelves for themselves. Once they have finished a book, encourage an activity that corresponds with the reading, such as a discussion or an artistic representation of the ideas.

The summer is a time when kids can get to know themselves better. As you see your children find delight in new activities, you can all grow as a family as well.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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