While your children probably count down the days until summer vacation, as a parent, the countdown might make you anxious as you think of all the long hot days you need to fill to prevent arguing and the non-stop drone of boredom. Luckily, there are nearly endless things you can plan to do with your children over the summer months. The key is finding the activities and events that will work with your schedule and budget.
Here are five ideas to do with your kids this summer.
1. Find local activities
Most communities have a variety of local activities to do with your children, but you have to look for them. Organizations may use local newspapers, social media, email lists, or their websites to promote their events. The variety of means used for communication can make it easy to miss event announcements when they are made. As a parent, you need to be vigilant and continually looking for local activities. Learning what organizations are in your area will help because you can follow them on social media. Networking with other parents in your community is also a great way to learn about upcoming events.
2. Start local activities
When you want to get your children involved in something, but learn that there are no local options, you can start a local event yourself. For example, many children go to vacation bible school (VBS) during the summer months. However, if your church does not offer VBS, your children could miss out. Fortunately, you can connect with your church and offer to start a VBS for your children and the other children in the parish. Cokesbury sells Christian supplies and provides a line of VBS supplies, activities, and planning guides. You can buy a complete VBS package through them to get you started.
3. Install a pool
Installing a pool is a great way to get your children active, outside, and entertained without having to leave your home. However, pools come with intrinsic dangers, particularly if you have small children. PoolGuard sells a range of pool safety products to ensure your family enjoys the summer in your pool without any risks or accidents. You can choose from a fence, fence cover, automatic cover, or pool net depending on your specific needs.
4. Go on a vacation
There are few things more fun, exciting, and utterly exhausting than taking your family on a Disney vacation. You may think it’s best to wait until your children are older, so you don’t have to worry so much about them getting hot and tired and having a meltdown in the park, but it’s also exciting to see the look on a young child’s face when they meet their favorite character for the first time. Disney stroller rental, Fast Passes, and restaurant reservations all make it easier for parents to enjoy the parks with young children. Orlando Stroller Rentals knows how difficult it can be to get around the parks with young children and all the things you need to have with you, so they offer a variety of stroller options to make the trip as hassle-free as possible.
5. Become a local tourist
If going away for a vacation is not in the budget, you can go on vacation locally by becoming a local tourist. Make a list of all the local attractions, businesses and events that you might plan to do one day (but haven’t gotten around to yet). Do an online search for things to do in your town to see it from a tourist’s perspective. If there are local tours offered, go on one, even if it is to see things you are already familiar with. You may learn history about your city that you never knew before.