How to Beat Summer Boredom

How to Beat Summer Boredom

Summer break is quickly approaching for the school aged child.  Perhaps you find yourself dreading coming up with ideas to keep your child or children busy during the summer hours.  Although it is impossible to keep a child entertained at all times, here are some ideas to avoid summer boredom in your family:

  • Visit a local zoo, or if feeling adventurous, a zoo further away in a bigger city. Sometimes zoo classes or activities are available if you check the site’s specific calendar.
  • Visit a local botanical garden or public park, perhaps bring a kite or a frisbee for a fun game and exercise. Don’t forget your water bottles and sunscreen!
  • Check out the local library for summer reading programs which often offer reading rewards if reaching goals. Remember it is important to keep your child reading over the summer to build on their skills.
  • Swimming on a hot day at a public pool or water park is a great way to beat the heat. You could also just attach a sprinkler in your yard to play in. A local waterway could also be an exciting adventure for the family.
  • Going on a nature walk or hiking is an option at several locations around Springfield. Making your own scavenger hunt to do on the walk could be an enjoyable experience.
  • Crafting at home on a rainy day has endless options,  you can find fun ideas on the internet on multiple different web sites.
  • A baking day could be an enjoyable and tasty way for your child to learn about measurements and helping in the kitchen.
  • You could try building your own tent out of blankets inside or plan an actual camping trip with the family, maybe even in your back yard. Insect repellent may be necessary.
  • Other options include: summer school, summer camp, church camp, martial arts, summer dance or theater programs, horseback riding, pottery classes,  skating, golf, etc.

Sit down and make a calendar with your family so they know what’s coming.  It’s always fun to have something to look forward to as a child. Check the internet for other local ideas and discounted rates for local attractions. Summer activities are a great way to make memories with your family.

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