School is almost out, and summer is near, but plans of summer vacations, summer camps and summer sports have mostly been cancelled. Well sort of – although you may not see the images of new vacay destinations and the hashtag #FOMO won’t be displayed all over social media. There are still activities to do this summer that won’t keep you and the family in the house during the summer months, in addition to some in-house activities.
Take a look at your local library’s website and check out what activities they offer in the summer. Most libraries offer discounted programs for the community to visit museums, zoos and restaurants. Our local library here in Louisville offers a free Reading and Cultural Pass program to encourage the community to read during the summer and try exciting activities for the whole family. Once they complete the pass, children receive a prize as an award. That’s a win for any child!
Because of the current situation, most places will not be open to the public or will be limiting the number of people visiting. Take this opportunity to do something new and visit your local museum, but with precaution.
My oldest son had planned on attending his first sleep away camp this year, but COVID-19 got in the way and camp was cancelled. The next best option would be to do a Virtual Summer Camp. It is not the typical summer camp that you would think, but this is a great opportunity for your children to meet other kids from all over the country. Take a look at some of the summer virtual camps from Playtivities, Varsity Tutors, and Common Sense Media.
Take a Trip
Resorts are opening back up and ready for business. However, if that is not for you, try reserving a cabin or chalet for the weekend. If not a cabin, the campgrounds are opening back up and it would be a good time to bring out the camper or rent one. Being secluded, surrounded by nature and doing outdoor activities will be a fun family experience. It will create a stronger family bond or break it apart, either way, it gives you the chance to be one with nature.
What a better way to keep your kids mind active during the summer by getting them into tutoring. Tutoring will give your kiddos a little boost of confidence and keep them ahead or caught up with their classmates. Online programs such as Varsity Tutors or K12 are a couple of websites for tutoring at a cost. US News provided information on where to find free tutoring.
Overall, this is the time to create those memories that you haven’t had the chance to do. There may never be an opportunity like this. Take advantage of the time you have and don’t be cooped up in the house this summer when there’s still tons of things to do.
Love life and full of smile,