As we find ourselves with summer just around the corner, many parents may be wondering how on earth they’re going to keep their children entertained. After all, just because it’s summer vacation for them doesn’t necessarily mean it’s summer vacation for you too. Many of us still have jobs to go to every day, and housework to get done.
Making sure your kids are well cared for and entertained is key to ensure you find a balance. Here are some of the best ideas for keeping your kids busy this summer.
Who doesn’t love summer camp? Whether you send them to virtual summer camp, or physical camp, the end result is still the same. It’s an opportunity to connect with other people, learn new skills, and best of all, enjoy fun activities. The best part about summer camp is that there are many different themes to choose from. Whether your child loves science, Aquatics, or animals, chances are there’s a summer camp out there for you.
Get To Know Your Local Lakes
One of the best ways to spend a warm summer afternoon is jumping into a lake. Depending on where you live, you may find that there are all sorts of options for you to choose from. Do a search on Google and you may be surprised to find that there are all sorts of options in your area.
Until you take a look on a map, there may be a hidden lake just around the corner that you didn’t even suspect was there.
Picnics are a great way to enjoy family time, and also do something practical like eat a meal as a family. Combining the activity of going outside and eating a meal is a great way to make mealtime fun.
Make it a game of packing up your picnic together as a family. Let your kids choose what kind of sandwiches they want to make, let them choose the chips, and above all let them lay out the spread on the picnic blanket.
If you don’t have much time to have an extravagant picnic, consider doing it in your backyard. Even if it’s not that far from home, your children will appreciate mixing things up a little.
Start an Activity Box
One of the most difficult parts of having children home during the school holidays is that they never seem to be able to keep themselves entertained. Parents are no stranger to the classic “I’m bored” declaration, while kids wander aimlessly around their house.
Consider creating an activity box which is full of activity ideas. Your kids pull out a paper from the box, and do whatever activity they choose. It’s a great way to keep your kids busy while you get your to do’s done!