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Summer offers a lot of opportunities for families. After all, the weather is warm enough to enjoy and kids are out of school. That makes it a good time to plan family activities and spend quality time with your children since you don’t have to worry about getting homework done on time or waking up early to make it to class. So, what should you do with all of this free time? What are the best activities to enjoy with your kids?
A great way to spend time with your kids as well as a great chance to invite over friends, family, and neighbors for time to catch up as well. You can grill up everybody’s favorites and spend time outside enjoying the sun.
If you don’t have a smoker or grill, you aren’t completely out of luck either. There are plenty of smokers that offer value for the bucks to help you set up your next summer barbeque. This will help you complete the fun of the day with a hearty, enjoyable meal.
During the summer, between the time that students leave school and when they go back, there is something called the summer slide. While it has a fun name, it actually refers to the backward slide in the information that children can experience when they suddenly have three months where they aren’t learning.
There are plenty of things you can do to help reduce this slide and one of them is to keep learning experiences going during the summer. Taking the time to visit museums or nature centers where kids can learn about their favorite subjects is a fun way to keep them thinking even during their extended break.
If you want something with the same outdoor spirit as a nature center but with more of a DIY mindset, you could always go on a kid-friendly hike. This allows for a little more exploration in the outdoors and can even give you a chance to have a picnic in a sunny spot!
Depending on how old your kids are and how often your family hikes, you’ll be able to choose a path to suit your skills. If your kids are young or you haven’t been hiking before, though, it’s a good idea to stick to an easy trail.
Reading is another good way to keep your child actively learning over the summer. Summer reading programs help develop reading as a habit, keep their skills up, and even improve their skills.
You can start your very own summer reading program by finding books at your child’s reading level and reading it with them. For an extra boost, you can discuss the book with them the same way you might if you joined a book club.
If you aren’t sure where to start, many local libraries also offer summer reading programs. If they don’t offer a comprehensive program, they usually offer events for kids and families over the summer. This is also a great way for your kids to meet new friends too!
If you live near the beach or are interested in a vacation, consider a family day at the beach this summer. This is a trip that offers plenty of opportunities whether your kids want to pick up seashells, swim in the waves, or build sandcastles. Just remember to slather on plenty of sunscreens to prevent painful sunburns!
Summertime is full of opportunities when it comes to family time. With ideas like these, you can plan a fun summer for your whole family to enjoy.