The last day of school ended at 1:45 pm yesterday. At 2:45 I was already hearing the dreaded “I’m Bored!” statements from my kids. Are your kids guilty of repeatedly lamenting this fact during the summer? Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your kids busy and happy for part of the summer:
Bowling – I just received an email with information on how to provide your kids with two FREE games of bowling per day during the summer months. You still have to pay for shoe rentals, but at least it’s an indoor event with AC! Check out their website for more information and to sign your kids up: http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/
Movies – Movies don’t have to be an expensive outing. There are many $2 theaters around that show first release movies shortly after they have opened in the regular theaters. Even better than that is the FREE option provided by Regal Cinemas during the summer. Selected movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during nine weeks of summer. Visit the following site to see what movies will be featured this summer: http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx
Books – Endless adventures abound when children read or listen to stories. Many bookstores and public libraries offer Story Times with crafts and activities. Our elementary school will be open to the public every Wednesday morning for storytelling and children will be allowed to check out up to six books each week. Investigate whether something like this is available in your area. If you go to the Borders website, there is a calendar of events to download for June: http://media.bordersstores.com/pdf/kidscalendar.pdf
Water Fun – Wherever there’s water, you’ll find kids having fun! It can be the ocean, a lake, a river, a pool, a sprinkler, water balloons, or even the bathtub! Kids are attracted to water like bees to honey. Just beware if you live in warm areas as amoebas thrive in warm water and can be deadly. Much to my kids’ dismay, my fear of alligators keeps them away from all freshwater areas regardless of the season! For more information about Healthy Swimming, visit the Centers for Disease Control site at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming/index.htm
What kind of activities do you have planned for your kids this summer? Share your comments below. Unless your kids are jaded like mine, it shouldn’t be too difficult to please them. We live in Orlando and my kids think that if they aren’t spending everyday at an expensive resort or theme park, they aren’t having an enjoyable time!
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