As we all know, summer is just around the corner. This means that kids will be getting out of school and will be home full-time for 3 months. For some parents this may seem like a stressful time as kids are going to be home much more than they are during the school year. Laying out activities for your family is important so that your kids have something to look forward to, and so that you will have something to look forward to.
Check out your local newsletter and look for local events that are happening to find summer activities for kids. Most of the time the city that you live in will hold events during the summer that are free to participate in and have plenty of activities to keep the entire family occupied for the day. One of our family traditions is we go to the “movie in the park” activity that our city puts on every year. The kids have come to love it and look forward to it every year because they know that they get to go lay on a blanket in the park and choose their own personal stash of treats to eat during the movie. For the larger metropolitan cities they are usually event calendars online that different venues will publish their events to that will tip you off on different events and activities that you can look forward to.
If you are looking to get your kids out for some exercise there are plenty of 5k races during the summer months and if you look for them you can find races that have kid friendly limits for the kids that can’t run or even walk a 5k. However, I’m sure that you will be amazed at what your kids are able to run. Kids are much more resilient than adults. Our 6 year old begged us to run a 5k and we had a final time of around 45 minutes. We were completely blown away that our child was able to finish the 5k.
The most important thing is to talk to your kids and find activities that they want to do. Plan them out and put them on a calendar where everyone can see. This helps the entire family pre-plan events and hopefully keep everyone sane until school resumes in the fall.
Children are living proof that you are just born with some talents. There are all kinds of talents out there and children teach adults all the time that sometimes even though they are just kids, they are better than we will ever be. This video is kind of old but it shows us just how talented some kids are. We as parents need to be able to help our children develop their talents because it could turn into something really great for them.
Spring is in full swing and the weather is getting warmer by the day. It isn’t uncommon to be ready for the summer months when the kids can go outside and play giving you a little breathing room and some much needed quit time. It is important though to give children some guidance on what activities they should do outside because the last thing that you want is for them to be out playing in the middle of the road.
I have 3 children (Girl, Boy, Girl) and am going to give recommendations on what they have taught me. Because when it comes to parenting we are really just a guidance device and we try to tailor our activities to things that our kids enjoy, otherwise everyone ends up miserable and frustrated which we don’t want to happen here. So off we go!
Summer activity #1 is definitely splash pads. They seem to be popping up in all major cities. Splash pads can be found in malls and parks. The best thing is that most of them are free! Two of my children love running through the water streams and having the water hit their hands. My other child just likes to sit on the sidelines and observe everyone trying to determine who the water will shoot out and get next. If you haven’t taken your children to a splash pad you need to find one and try them out. They are a blast for kids of all ages.
Summer Activity #2 was a close one but cooking hotdogs and s’mores outside is a favorite for any kid. Kids love to help cook and they love showing us how independent that they are and this satisfies both of those prerequisites if you cook hotdogs over a small fire pit. We found a small portable fire pit at our local Walmart and purchased a small bundle of fire wood from a local grocery store and we were set. The kids love sitting in their camping chairs in the back yard roasting hot dogs and making s’mores. If you don’t have a backyard they can still be just as yummy when cooked in the oven and they don’t need much time once the oven is pre-heated. This is also a great time to teach your kids about fire safety.
Our last summer activity is simply enjoying your kids while you have them! Kids wont be small forever so we need to take advantage of the time that we have with them and spend memorable moments with them while they still want to be with us. So ask your kids what the #1 thing is that they want to do this summer and let them help in planning it and it will surely make for a memorable event for everyone involved.
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