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Its Summer!! What do I do with the kids?

Updated on May 29, 2013

It is that time of year when its time to think about what you want your kids to be doing this summer. Even though school is not out yet, it is always good to get a head start. Even if you wait until the last minute it is still possible to find some things for your kids to do in the summer, the question is what are those things? So what can you do? There are truly many choices you have depending on what you and your child/children like to do.

There are:

  1. SUMMER CAMPS - The types and kinds of summer camps are truly vast. There are specialty camps, day camps, weekly camps, overnight camps. Truly there are so many things to consider when looking at summer camps.
  2. SUMMER FAIRS – During the summer there are all sorts of fairs going on for different occasions. These fairs usually have lots to offer; face painting, music, food and arts and crafts. Sometimes fairs are a one day event but there are some fairs that last for a couple of days to a week. Check out the local fairs in your area.
  3. SUMMER CONCERTS – Sometimes there are summer concerts series throughout the summer. Some of these concerts are even free so check them out, especially the ones that are kid friendly.
  4. PARKS – Going to the park is a given during the summer and sometimes some parks have special summer activities that are going on as well.
  5. BEACHES - Going to the beach is a must. Making sandcastle and running with the waves especially on a hot day is a great way to spend the day with your kids.
  6. DAY CAMPS - If overnight or week long camps are not what you are looking for try day camps. Day camps can last one day or for a week. These camps can either be half days or full days to suit anyone’s needs. There are all types of day camps some are specialty camps like sports or other activities.
  7. COMMUNITY CENTERS - Sometimes community centers offer day camps or daily activities for kids so they are a great place to check out especially if you have one that is close to you.
  8. LOCAL EVENTS – Check out local events in your area. During the summer there are all types of events and functions going on check your local paper or events calendar to see what is going on near you. Sometimes local museums
  9. YMCA – The local YMCA always has a great deal to offer for kids. Each YMCA can be a bit different in what it has to offer so if you have a few in your area see what they have to offer during the summer.
  10. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS – Just like the YMCA the Boys and Girls Clubs have a great deal to offer during the summer. So check out your local chapter to see what is available for children.

Is it too late to sign up for camps or summer activities? Not necessarily. Some camps have later sessions that have not filled up and it is always good to check and see if there are spaces available. One place I like to look online for camps is Kids Camps it is a great resource to finding camps being offered in your area. They list the camps by type for example Sports Camps, Academic Camps, Special Interest Camps and so on. There are many choices to choose from because there are day camps, overnight camps and if camps are not for you there are many other choices for your kids in the summer. Checking out the local community or city center might give you more ideas on things to do because sometimes they offer fairs, concerts and other activities some which are even free of charge or low cost. In addition there are parks, playgrounds, beaches and other activities that can be done that are fun. A group of mothers at my kid's school like to get together once a week in the evening so that the kids can ride bikes and play on the play structure. Use your imagination and do a little investigation and I am sure you and your kids will have a great time this summer!!

Will Smith - Summertime


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    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks for the information Marge, its almost that time again to sign up for next summer!!

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      Marge Torrone 9 years ago

      Very nice information. We live in South Carolina but send our grandchildren to summer camp in Los Angeles to the aloha beach camp surfing camp.

      They will teach you to surf and they have nice counselors. But we found the camp on the American Camp Associations internet page at they have a wonderful search engine. like you mentioned is also a good website!

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      SirDent 9 years ago

      Great advice. My son plays baseball for a big part of the summer each year.

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      Gawn Fishin' 9 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      You have your hands full Triplet Mom! My daughter has 6 children, I load them all up in her van, we go to the local State Park and fish. They have the best time, and sleep soundly that night. I talk a lot about them in my hubs, they are my second life. Were you here in AZ, I would to bring your children with us!

      Trisha, aka Gawn Fishin'

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Julie: Thank you I did enjoy it!!

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Crazybeanrider: Disposable cameras are a GREAT idea!! I will have to try that this summer since my kids love taking pictures. That way they can keep their own memories.

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      Julie A. Johnson 9 years ago from Duluth, MN


      Camps are great because they give moms a break, and we need one! Good advice. I invite you to check out my hub Fun, educational summer activities for kids--I think you'll appreciate it! Keep writing.


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      raguett 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips, we wait for summr all year and then when it comes the kids complain it so boring, well I'll show them..LOL thanks again..

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      Boo McCourt 9 years ago from Washington MI

      My niece and nephews stay with me almost all summer. We do alot of bike riding, going to the beach, exploring, walking. I get them those little disposable cameras and they take pictures, we then get them developed, and they can frame their favorites or put them in scrapebooks. Nice hub.