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.