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Tie-dying shirts is a fun summer kids activity

What To Do this Summer?

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to consider what activities you might want for your children.  Camps, local programs, and other activities usually fill up several months in advance, so act now.

There are many types of camps and activities:  academic, art, sports, technology, adventure, tour & travel, military, overnight, special needs, YMCA, local rec departments, scouting, faith-based, and home-grown.  Since each local area will offer its own set of activities, we’ll offer below some ideas for home-grown summers.

You can make your home into its own summer camp! Schedule a type of activity for three days each week, for example, such as:

Arts & Crafts Day

There are dozens and dozens of activities which you can search for on the internet (such as “kids home arts and crafts activities”), including

  • Make tie-dye T-shirts
  • Make puppets with paper bags and put on a puppet show
  • Plant herbs in small paper cups
  • Finger paint
  • With older children, write a simple script for a movie on one day and shoot it (with your phone) on another day (or summarize a favorite book–The Wizard of Oz, for instance)
  • and so on

Outside Activity Day

There are dozens and dozens of activities which you can search for on the internet (such as “kids outdoor activities”), including

  • Sidewalk chalk paintings
  • Water balloon baseball
  • Body painting
  • Running through the sprinklers
  • Nature scavenger hunt and collage of what they finda
  • and so on

Field Trip Day

  • Go to a local zoo/petting zoo
  • Go to a museum (prepare a scavenger hunt list first so that they have to visit and read about specific exhibits)
  • Go to a local children’s theater
  • Go to a Dollar/99 Cents store
  • Go to a local park and make bubbles, play tag, play hide & seek, have a picnic….
  • and so on

Surprise Day

  • Take a tour (contact your local city hall, college, high school, etc.)
  • Have a sleep over *after the Covid virus has passed
  • Make a special mean, including baking a desert
  • Go to the movies
  • Children’s choice day
  • and so on

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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