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summer activities for kids

It’s summer once again and thanks to this hot and dry season, you and your family and friends get to spend time outside! It’s the hottest season of the year and it’s the most exciting/entertaining season; especially for the kids who enjoy time off school. As a parent, you may want to capitalize on this opportunity and make it a time to bond with your young camper.

This article is for readers who find themselves searching for various outdoor fun activities that their kids will enjoy this time of the year. Below is a compiled list of summer activities for kids that the whole family can benefit from!

Taking a Class

Yeah, that’s right! I’m talking about the kind of class you go to learn some skill. For example, you can take them to a pottery or music class.  There are even painting classes for toddlers. Exploring interests that you don’t have time for during the regular school year is a great way to engage your kids.  They’ll be learning without even knowing it!  If these categories are not your cup of tea, then talk to your child about what they may be interested in doing, and explore other activities offered in your neighborhood.

Doing Volunteer Work

In most communities, there are organizations that offer services on a charity basis. This allows you and your children to get hands-on experience in the real world.  Sign up to help at a soup kitchen, a homeless or an animal shelter. The experience and rewards may have a profound effect on your kids. And they may be even better people because of it.

DIY Activities

There are DIY activities available for all different age ranges.  If you’re kids are 5-10, assist them in setting up a kiddies’ car wash or a lemonade stand. Afterward, you can donate the proceeds to charity, or take your child to the store and teach them about spending their money. For older kids encourage them to create art: scrapbooking, making vision boards, tie dying shirts, the list is endless!  It will help them to eliminate screen time and help develop their imagination, as well.

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Youth Sports

Sign up for a sports club in your area! Organizations such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club have summer sports program for kids of all ages and gender; ranging from swimming to soccer to cheerleading. Visit parks or inquire in those organizations that have recreational departments. Your child might stumble into a new found passion and become a sports legend!  If anything, they’ll meet other kids, make friends and learn a new physical activity at the same time.

Recreational Activities – Get Outdoors

When did you last take your children out into nature? Summer is the perfect time for camping with family and friends. The kids will get to burn off excess energy by running around and playing outside.  And you may get to soak up the benefits of relaxing in a natural surrounding. For your older children,  seek other adventurous activities such as bungee jumping or zip lining.  Renting a boat, going fishing, and riding bikes are all activities that can be fun for the entire family.

The perfect time to instill important values to your kids is during summer. During this time, you can bond with your children, play and engage in fun activities that benefit you both, and make them more active members of the community.

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