Summer is right around the corner, with many schools wrapping up the year in the next few weeks, many parents are asking themselves what to do with the kids when they get out of school.
The reality is that with today’s hectic lifestyles, it’s getting harder and harder to find the time to plan out fun activities for kids during the summer. But here are a few tips that may help make the process easier.
While reading a book probably isn’t the first think your kids think of for ‘summer fun’ – as a parent it’s a good idea to make this a high priority right from the beginning. A good recommendation is to start with at least 30 minutes a day towards reading and set goals for the end of the summer much like your kids do each quarter with “AR Points” in grade school. By helping re-enforce good reading habits during the summer, you can help make sure that reading is a lifelong habit and not just something kids do during school.
Additionally, it’s easy to find books that follow a certain theme. So if your kids like action or adventure there are many books at the public library they can find to make them happy. Also many of the local libraries feature fun activities like story time for the younger kids as well as organized games and puzzle gatherings for the older kids. And no matter how old your kids are, you could plan an end of summer day reward if they hit their goals with the books they’ve been reading.
Enjoy Living in Louisiana
Louisiana is a vibrant place, with many people choosing to visit to the Bayou state for their vacation plans. Why not share in this excitement and plan to do something that otherwise may be overlooked during the school year when we are too busy to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds.
Here in St. Tammany, the UMC Museum in Abita Springs is an awesome adventure for all the family in which the history of New Orleans regalia and wonder are on display. Thousands of memorabilia items have been collected over the years and are captured in this wonderful and wacky mystery house; this day trip is sure to captivate even the most dubious of visitors.
Across the lake, the Children’s Art Museum in New Orleans will also be hosting a variety of family-packed fun events which change weekly, ensuring you won’t be without ideas or places to go! With an attention to creating an educational and exciting environment for all ages, the Children’s Art Museum should be on everyone’s to do list this summer!
Other Ideas for Local Summer Fun:
- Take a day trip and visit the campus of LSU.
- Arts and crafts are a fun way to spend time together designing new artwork
- Enroll kids in a cooking class or take time at home to teach them how to cook the basics
- Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding experience for kids during summer and there are no shortage of great volunteer opportunities around our area
- The Mandeville Trailhead has a free splash area for the kids as well as easy access to yummy treats at the Shiver Shack
- Fontainebleau State Park has been recently renovated to include a splash park in addition to other fun activities like fishing off the pier, enjoying the sandy beach, playing at the park or overnight camping
Have Fun This Summer!
So now that you know what to do with the kids when they get out of school, we hope that you have a wonderful and safe summer with lots of fun for all the family!