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Sticking Around this Summer? Tips for Keeping the Family Entertained at Home!

June 29, 2012

We’ve discussed your next beach vacation. We’ve prepared you for your summertime road trip. But what if you’re staying put this summer? How do you entertain a house full of kids when the mercury rises and the kiddie pool in the backyard has lost its luster?

The first few weeks of summer vacation are easy. Kids are excited to have some unscheduled time, and are making the most of the sunshine, the backyard, and morning cartoons. But as July draws closer, families are getting restless and the backyard is beginning to feel a bit like an old hat. Look to your local community for remedies to this problem! Chances are that your local library has a summer reading program that encourages kids to read throughout the summer and allows them to get together and socialize outside while they talk about their new favorite books. Similarly, many museums, parks, and zoos have summer programs filled with classes and activities that will keep your kids busy and looking forward to their next educational outing.

Remember, if you’re out of ideas, your neighbors probably are, too! You and your neighbors can lean on each other and help to provide your kids with fun and variety this summer. If the family next door has a great pool, maybe they can host a couple of pool parties with plenty of adult supervision from the rest of the neighborhoodIf you’ve got a basketball hoop in the driveway, invite over the neighborhood kids for snacks, juice, and a tournament! A family we know has a nice media room and hosts the neighborhood children for movie afternoons on rainy summer afternoons. Talk about the possibilities with your neighbors…they might be ready for some fresh new ideas!

And, especially later in the summer, kids start feeling a need for some space of their own. Without a strict schedule, and surrounded by siblings, parents, and neighbors, a little outdoor oasis might be a great place for them to read a book or play some board games. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can build a treehouse using a kit or instructions from the hundreds of videos on the topic on YouTube. If you’re not the handy type, you’d be amazed at what you can do with a few lawn chairs, old sheets, and some big, squishy floor pillows. Erecting a little makeshift hideaway for your kids might give them (and you) some much-needed privacy and quiet time.

What do you have planned for your kids this summer? Any tried-and-true tips for keeping them busy? Share with us in the comments section!

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. hottie3 permalink
    July 2, 2012 12:47 pm
    This is a great site to sign lists all the free things to do and special events happening on the Waterfront area which includes from the USS constitution to Christopher Colbus Park (near the North End @ Quincy Market) and on down the Greenway. Always bring a bathing suit for the kids. Fun Fun Fun ……

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