Seven Ways to Make Your Family Summer Spectacular
The summer is here, and your kids are home from school. Everyone is excited for the time off, but there will come a day when your kids will start to get bored. They are youthful after all; they enjoy consistent stimulation–and, they have the energy for it. Putting them in front of a television screen or video games all day isn’t the answer for family-friendly fun. Plus, there are only so many trips you can make to the library before you start to hear sighs. What to do? Well, set out for an adventure. Here are some ideas to rev up your family-friendly summer fun.
Visit the fire station
Many fire stations offer monthly open houses and tours for anyone interested. If you contact your local fire station, they might even give your family a private tour. What child would not want a picture on a fire truck or to meet local heroes who save lives?
Plus, they will get to learn the ins and outs of fire safety–critical information for kids. When they’re done, you can discuss all of the things they learned. Who knows, it may even spark a career interest.
Go to the zoo
A day at the zoo is fun for all–including parents and guardians. You get to visit exotic and domestic animals, perhaps feed some and just spend some time with nature and our wonderful wildlife. Zoos are quite family-friendly and some even offer educational movies and shows. Many zoos have themed restaurants on-site for even more family time and memories. Make sure to bring everyone kids eyeglasses to protect them from the sun’s glare.
Tour a college
It’s never too early to get your children interested in furthering their education. In fact, the earlier, the better. If colleges are more than a few hours away, you might go for a short trip and stay in a local B&B. College towns can be quite entertaining, and it will give your kids something to think about.
Take a cooking class
Many kids love to help out in the kitchen–if only they knew how to cook. Well, taking a class can be a fantastic treat for the whole family. To keep things simple, you might focus on learning how to make homemade pizza or a baking class. There are many classes that welcome kids, just contact one in advance to be sure.
Have a family game night
Pull out some old board games, and get everyone involved. Some ideas include:
Test their wits against yours, and you might be surprised at their level of intelligence. In addition, board games are so much fun because they are truly interactive.
Head to a national park
There are hundreds of national parks throughout the country from the Badlands of South Dakota to the Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico and of course, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Some parks offer Junior Ranger and recreation programs free of charge.
See the country by train
Depending on your location, you can plan an alluring summer trip via train. Riding a train allows you to see the country close-up, giving you a different perspective than you would have by a plane. Plus, trains offer suites for added comfort–if needed.
Your summer needn’t be drab and dreary. Try one of the activities above to create memories that last a lifetime.