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3 Ways to Make Sure Your Children Get the Most Out of Their Summer

Posted by Laura Kelly on Sat, Jan 30, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

Make Summer Count!

Summer is coming! Kids are cheering and parents are cringing. It’s not that you’re not happy and excited that your children are getting a break from the daily grind of the 9-3 school day. You’d take a summer vacation yourself if you could. But, the summer months bring some challenges with finding the best way to spend it. With the average American (children included) currently spending 17 hours a week on the Internet for personal use, it’s clear that, without some direction, your children could very well end up spending their entire summer vacation connected online.

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While it may be impossible to find something unique and enriching every single day of summer vacation, taking some time to plan out some fun activities will go long a way! Below are some of our favorite ways to make the most of out your children’s summer vacation:

Send Them On a Real Vacation

If you’re planning a summer vacation out of town with your family - awesome! But, if you’re unable to make that happen this year, consider sending them on a vacation by themselves. Scary, we know, but do they have a favorite aunt who lives in driving distance who can welcome them to come spend some time for a few weeks? Grandparents are almost always willing to make a drive to come see their grandchildren and may even able to plan a special road trip covering some cool landmarks.

Find a Fun Summer Camp

Summer camps of all types and sizes are great places for children to spend their summer vacation. With so many options like day camps, overnight camps, and specialty camps, you’ll be able to find the right camp for your family.

If an overnight camp isn’t right for your family, you can consider unique day camp classes for things like theatre, robotics, STEM, handwork, and arts.

Explore the History of Your Town

The last thing your children wants is to have a “school assignment” over the summer, but get them excited about learning the history of their own town! Start by researching how it was founded, any famous former residents and interesting things that have happened. Help your children find ways to uncover even more information about these events and lead the search all the way back to your house. Who built it? Who has lived in it? End the project with having them make a projection of what they think that town will be like in 20 or 50 years.

This is a great opportunity for trips to the library, the records clerk, historical society, and taking trips to historical landmarks. All great ways to stay out of the house!

Summer is busy, just like every other day of the year, but it’s so important to have a plan to keep your children happy and active during their summer vacation. If a summer day camp sounds like it could be the perfect option for your family, check out the handwork classes that we offer!

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