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Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids at Home on Summer Break

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Not long after the school bus has dropped off the children at home for the final time before summer break begins, parents will start to hear the echoes of “I’m bored. What can I do?”  Before investing in new state of the art ear plugs, parents should take a few minutes to plan a couple of summer activities for kids to help children make the most of their summer break from school. With a little research and planning, parents may be surprised at the affordable and often free summer activities for kids that parents and children can take advantage of during the summer months while kids are home for summer break.


Summer Activities for Kids with Learning Opportunities


With formal education taking a break, the summer is the perfect time to let children experience some learning opportunities that may not be available to them during the school year. Many school districts offer educational summer activities for kids in the form of summer enrichment programs ranging from languages to science camp for the academically inclined, as well as offering sports camps or workshops in a variety of topics. Summer break is also the time of year when parents might be able to enroll their children into an intensive reading or math course, especially if their children are struggling with these subject areas during the school year. Often those classes have a smaller student to teacher ratio so that students can receive more individualized help. Parents should check with their local school district for the specific offerings in their area. Parents may also want to check with some of the local private schools to see what summer activities for kids and related summer educational programs that they may be offering.


Summer Activities for Kids with Community Connections


Parents may find that their local community may well be offering a host of summer activities for kids and summer community youth programs during the summer school break. Local libraries often have summer activities for kids and summer educational programs for kids that are free or available at a minimal cost for parents and children.  Parents should take their child to visit the library weekly for programs like story time and to also check out books for reading at home during the summer break.  Parents should also check with their local Parks and Recreation Center to see what summer activities for kids they are offering. The Parks arid Recreation Department will often operate the local community swimming pools and offer low cost swimming lessons for children during the summer break from school. Also, summer is a great time to enroll younger children in safety programs. In some communities these programs are often underwritten by local business or community groups.  Vacation Bible Schools are also offered in the summer by local religious organizations and are quite often free or provided at a nominal fee. These summer activities for kids are all great ways to help children connect with their local community.


 About the Author


The author, Elizabeth Smith, is a 23 year Educator in Lee’s Summit Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City Missouri. Elizabeth Smith is a Librarian in her local school district and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from William Jewell College in Liberty Missouri. Elizabeth Smith also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Certification in Library Science from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg Missouri. Elizabeth Smith is writing and developing several children’s books. She tutors children in reading and other educational areas and contributes educational articles for Guardian Child Support Enforcement at

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