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Dr. Tisha Shipley has been in education for over 23 years. She has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, Gifted and Talented 3rd-6th Grades, Dr. Shipley was an elementary principal, a cheer coach, and was on...
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Summer Fun For Families

 

As summer approaches and children are out of school, what fun activities can we encourage our families to do? Family time is vital, and summer is an important time to engage with each other, enjoy fun activities, and even take time to learn. Children are only young once, and you won’t be able to get this time back, so now is the time! Go do something fun this summer! Consider constructing a letter with a list of things that families can do in your town or surrounding areas. Include both free and paid options. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Visit museums. There are many free ones available.
  2. Visit the zoo.
  3. Attend a family camp.
  4. Plan a family walk every evening before it gets dark.
  5. Go on a picnic.
  6. Go to the park.
  7. Go to the library.
  8. Go to the lake.
  9. Go swimming.
  10. Eat ice cream. Try making it together; there are many recipes available!
  11. Go camping.
  12. Take time to stargaze.
  13. Cook dinner together.
  14. Take pictures.
  15. Jump rope.
  16. Run or jog around the block.
  17. Hula hoop.
  18. Make snow cones.
  19. Take a trip.
  20. Roller skate.
  21. Go to an amusement park or carnival.
  22. Go to a drive-in movie. If there isn’t one, go to a theater movie.
  23. Play in the sprinkler. (No matter your age, it is always fun!)
  24. Write with sidewalk chalk.
  25. Paint rocks and hide them for people to find.
  26. Visit grandparents.
  27. Visit neighbors.
  28. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or local hospital.
  29. Visit and read to the elderly in an assisted living or nursing facility.
  30. Create a lemonade stand.
  31. Clean out the house and have a garage sale.
  32. Paint canvases or furniture.
  33. Check around the community for all camps and community events!

In addition to this list, consider creating a family take-home bag tailored to each family's interests, backgrounds, and preferences. While there are many free ideas for families, you could also organize fun nights at the school throughout the summer. These could include a carnival, movie night, painting sessions, or even a day trip.

What is one thing you want to try this summer?