WOW! I can’t believe that April is already here. This year is just flying by. If you are anything like me, you have already started planning activities for your children for the summer. Need to keep them busy right? I know I have been a bit MIA from here this week, so I have a ton of ideas floating around. This week I have been researching things for my oldest son to do this summer to keep him busy and not going stir crazy stuck in the house. If you live in a state where in the middle of the summer temps can reach around 101 on a cool day like I do, indoor activities are a must. But, we were wanting fun yet educational activities to challenge his young mind.
So, after some internet surfing I found a few activities that are completely different and fun and educational, somewhat at least.
My favorite is Animal Adventure Summer Camp at the Zoo. During June, July, and early August, the Dallas Zoo will offer single day and week-long summer camps for children entering PreK through 8th grade. Majority of Zoos offer similar type camps. You can check out your local zoo for complete information on the programs they offer. The Dallas Zoo offers single day camps that teach young children all about Lions and Tigers to Primates and Birds as well as offering Week long camps designed for certain age groups.
Art Classes/pottery – I only added this one because I think its great to get kids involved in the arts. However, my children have no real interest in painting. We have tried on several occasions to attempt painting pottery classes. More for the older age group. We have a great studio in the next town over which is not to far of a drive from. Perfect for getting out of the hot sun or nasty rain.
Head to a bounce house play spot – a few of these just popped up around us and we headed to one for a birthday party recently. Admission was free since we were attending a party, but usually costs around $5 to $6 a person for a small independent place and up around $10 a person for a larger one like Pump It Up or Bounce U. These are perfect to get your kids in and just bounce their hearts out!!! The party we attended was great! My 3 year old had a blast and didn’t want to leave. This is on our must do list this summer.
Another great activity is a Cooking Class. There are so many companies to choose from but one that has been tried and tested and approved is Kids Cooking Company. An innovative concept in children’s cooking classes developed to inspire, excite
and feed the curiosity of your growing gourmet. Growing gourmets will have the opportunity to cook and have fun in the kitchen.
They will be introduced to cooking vocabulary and techniques, tools and utensils, basics of etiquette, nutrition, safety, kitchen math and new foods! (Kids Cooking Company)
Aside from the usual playground which is pretty worn out in our house, these make great alternatives and while some are pricey others are very budget friendly. Libraries always hold story time and usually no charge. Some libraries may even have theme family nights for a very small fee. Pottery Barn Kids hosts Story and Craft times on certain days for free as well. We are always on the hunt for new and exciting things to do. While these are just a few things to do, they are different and can add some excitement to your summer.