4 Summer Ideas for Kids

Parent & Family Engagement | 06/10/2019

David McGuire
Indy K12 blogger and Principal

This blog was originally posted on June 9, 2019 by David McGuire on the Indy K12 blog.

Kids are ready for the summer after spending almost 40 weeks in school learning. Parents always want to make sure their kids enjoy the summer but often do not have ideas on how they should spend the summer with their children. Here are four summer vacation ideas.

  1. Visit a Museum. I get shocked when my students say they have never been to a museum. The museum was one of my favorite field trips growing up. I also know that many schools do not go on field trips, so parents, it is up to you that your kid experiences the museum. This summer, find the museums in your town and book reservations for your child. Many of the museums, like Newfields, offer a free day monthly or have a meager cost for children to explore.
  2. Go on an Outdoor Adventure.There is so much that can be discovered outside. I remember when I was a kid, and it was summer vacation; I spent the majority of my time outside. Kids nowadays spend most of their time in the house watching TV or playing video games. I encourage parents to send their kids outdoors during the summer. Whether that is pushing them out to play once the sun comes up and return once the street lights come on or taking them on an outdoor adventure like hiking or bike ride. There is a world out there for children to learn and experience, and the summer is the perfect time to do it.
  3. Participate in Summer Camp. Parents, do you want your kid at home all summer? Why not consider a summer camp? Summer camps can serve many purposes. They can be summer camps where kids learn and stay engaged academically. Summer camps can be great for ensuring kids get outdoors and learn different skills or have experiences to share. Summer camps can do both; they can be both academic and fun.
  4. Learn a new skill. Learning a new skill could be an excellent summer opportunity for any kid. Learning a new skill could be something that a kid brings back to school and to share with their friends. New skills can include riding a bike without training wheels, a new yo-yo trick, or even learning an instrument. For some kids, when they return to school, the talk is all about what did you do over your summer vacation.

 Let your children have many experiences this summer.





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