Everyone looks forward to Summer break after a long school year, but it seems not even a week goes by before we hear “I’m Bored”. Trying to plan activities around town can also be expensive without careful planning and budgeting and you can easily break the bank trying to keep kids busy. This Summer you can avoid 3 long months of boredom for your kids and have a more fun-filled Summer vacation with these 10 Summer boredom busters to keep your kids busy, involved and having fun this Summer.
1. Create a routine – It sounds counter productive but kids are really creatures of habit. When school is in session they get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, get on the bus – they know what is expected of them and when. Too much freedom leads rapidly to boredom, so by setting up a schedule you are in effect heading boredom off at the pass. While a Summer Schedule doesn’t have to be rigid it should still be there so children have an idea of what they should be doing when. Remember to schedule in some study time to head off the Summer slump and make sure your kids are on track when school starts up again.
2. Make a Boredom Jar - Scour Pinterest for ideas on making this Boredom Buster. From giving mom a pedicure to washing the car and creating Aboriginal Hand Art ( really) – there are a ton of projects and chores to add to your boredom jar to keep kids busy . Because the jar ideas are interspersed with chores kids will learn not to complain about boredom too quickly lest they get a chore to complete.
3. Find the local YMCA - Your local YMCA has lots of affordable Summer activities for kids of all ages. From swimming to arts and crafts there will be something for your kids at the local Y. Summer programs tend to fill up fast so it’s a good idea to start checking early.
4. Kids Bowl Free - Many Bowling Alleys around the country are participating in the kids Bowl Free Free program. Each alley selects certain days of the week where kids can come and bowl at no cost . Check the website for participating alleys near you
5. Library Programs - From reading hours, to Lego builds and organized games your local library is a lot more than a book repository. Check out the programs near you for kids of all ages at the library.
6. Start Geocaching – Summer is a great time to get out side but daily visits to the park can get old fast. Geocaching will get your family outdoors and engaged in a fun activity. Learn all about this fun outdoor treasure hunt and get Geocaching this Summer.
7. Volunteer – Helping others is a great way to fight boredom this Summer. Kids of all ages can get involved in their communities in one capacity or another. Check out how to get started volunteering with kids this Summer.
8. Get a job - From a lemonade stand to mowing lawns let kids earn their keep this Summer. Not only does having a job fight boredom it also teaches responsibility and money management skills.
9. Summer Movie Programs – AMC theaters , Regal theaters and other theaters have Summer movie programs where you can re-see a flick on the Big screen for just a dollar or two . Movies are a great way to be entertained and beat the Summer heat.
10. Plant a Garden – Kids love to see things grow and you’ll love the fresh vegetables and happily occupied kids. Get in touch with your families green thumb and start a Garden this Summer .