SUMMER TIME POSSIBILITIES

Children And Families

Jun 19,2018

School’s out, the sun’s out and so are the kids. Now that school’s done, there are millions of kids walking around wondering what to do with all those free hours. And there’s a plethora of things for them to do to diminish the “I’m bored.” Here’s a short list of things your child may be interested in.  

SPORTS

There are a lot of different sports going on in the summer. Golf, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, etc. Joining a team is a good way to build confidence and burn off all that extra energy the warm weather brings. Check online for sports teams near you.

SWIMMING

Whether it’s in an ocean, lake or pool, swimming in the summer is a must. It’s one of the best forms of exercise out there, and not only is it a lot of fun, it’s usually free or extremely cheap.

CAMPS

There are several types of camps your children can enjoy. Some for adults, too. Prices vary a lot depending on how long you go for and what kind of camp activities it has – horse back riding, boating, hiking etc., but there are usually charities that can help pitch in. Watch out for advertisements and don’t be shy to ask the camps where you can get financial help if needed. Sometimes you could get lucky.

Day camps are a fun way for your children to spend the day while still coming home at night. It’s perfect for kids who get homesick or parents who are too nervous for them to be gone so long.

Sleepaway camps vary in length of time, usually ranging from one to three weeks long. (I spent all my summers at sleepaway camp as a kid and loved it.)

Family camps aren’t as common but there are some out there. Whole families can go together to experience nature together.

Adult camps are a new thing popping up.

CAMPING

This isn’t the same as going to camp. No cabins here. It could be out in the woods or as far as your backyard. Just grab your camping gear (tent, food, flashlights, etc.) and go enjoy nature.

AMUSEMENT PARKS

From roller coasters to water slides, there’s usually some type of amusement park in or near your area. Some parks offer season passes so they can go all summer long. A new thing I’ve heard of that some places are offering  is a spill-proof container that you can have refilled throughout the day with free water to make sure  you stay hydrated while having fun.

MOVIE THEATRE

Besides the current movies playing, such as Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25), Ocean’s 8 (June 8) or Hereditary (June 8), here is a list of movies coming out this summer:

June 15 – The Incredibles 2

June 22 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom starring Chris Pratt and Jeff Goldblum

June 29 – Sicario 2: Soldado starring Benicio del Toro

July 6 – Sorry to Bother You starring Lakeith Stanfield

July 6 – Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly

July 13 – Eighth Grade starring Elsie Fisher

July 27 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout starring Tom Cruise

August 3 – The Spy Who Dumped Me starring Mila Kunis, Justin Theroux and Kate McKinnon

August 17 – Crazy Rich Asians starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding

August 17 – Replicas starring Keanu Reeves

And then there are countless of other things you can do with your children or they could do on their own. If you are short on cash, you can bring them to a park or an air-conditioned library. Bring them out on a picnic or a tour of a nearby city. The choices are endless. Whatever you do, don’t let your kids sit and play on the video games all summer…or whatever hermit thing kids like to do. Make sure they go out and enjoy the world at large in some way, shape or form. 

Happy summer! 

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