Five Summer Activities For Kids To Keep Boredom At Bay
For kids, the summer holidays are a time of excitement. School is out and the world is their playground. Here are few activities that will engage their mind and body, all while keeping boredom at bay:
1. Enroll them in summer camp. Summer camps are a great way for kids to be both physically and intellectually engaged. Camps today go beyond the Canadian camp stereotype of canoeing, nature hikes or arts and crafts – today there is something for everyone. From computer coding to circus to rock climbing camps, there is something for whatever your child might be interested in.
2. Help them find a hobby or a project. What is your child passionate about? What interests them? Use this as a springboard to find a hobby or project that they can sink their teeth into over the summer. The key is to test different ideas until you find one that sticks.
Working on a project or starting a hobby is a great way to bond with your child over the summer. From building a go-cart to planting a vegetable garden, this is special time that you can spend together while working towards a larger goal. This teaches them patience and will strengthen your relationship, all while having fun.
3. Participate in rotating play dates. Reach out to other parents with similarly aged children. Schedule one night a week to gather at someone’s house for a few hours of fun. The kids get to play, practice sharing and their social skills, while you get to chat with other people experiencing the same milestones and memories that you are. Next week it’s someone else’s turn to host!
4. Visit your local library. Most public libraries host group activities all summer long for kids and their families. Activities vary from reading groups to craft workshops, and story time to interactive presentations, all suitable for most age groups.
5. Discover the fun in your city. Cities host tons of exciting events all year long, but the summer’s beautiful weather takes these activities to a whole new level. A quick visit to your city’s tourism board website will likely turn up a calendar or list of the events happening in and around the area. Examples of child-friendly events: national holiday celebrations, farmer’s markets, BBQs, carnivals and fairs, petting zoos, community bike rides, park and splash-pad locations, and much, MUCH more.