Here we go again! Summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to start planning. Most parents don’t need any convincing to agree that their kids don’t need more time sitting around watching television, playing video games, or surfing the Internet. Still, in reality, when parents fail to plan in advance, these types of activities can become the default activities for their kids. Where can parents find activities that will keep kids away from tuning in and zoning out? Here is a list we have put together to get you started in planning your kids’ summer vacation time.
Team Sports: Team sports allow kids to hone athletic skills, learn and build teamwork, self-discipline, and of course good exercise. Consult the recreational department in your community.
• Inline skating
• Board games
Spectator events: Many teens enjoy spending time cheering on their favorite teams.
Camping Programs: As a family or participating in local camping or Christian camping programs.
Service & Mission Opportunities: Many churches offer summer service and mission opportunities through the youth ministry program. And, you can also plan your own family projects.
• Help needy families
House & yard work: Preteens and teens, with a little guidance from adults, are capable of accomplishing project work around the house and yard. Routine household chores, cleaning, painting, gardening, landscaping, and yard maintenance are all well within the average teen’s ability level.
Part-time employment. Generally, many businesses hire teens for part-time employment. In the summer, seasonally based businesses often look for teens to fill out their work-forces. For example, some parks and recreation departments hire teens to staff their children’s programs during the summer. Or, independently, have kids create their own business opportunities, such as yard work, babysitting, or dog walking.
Educational opportunities: Summer can be a great time to enroll kids in community-based courses or summer school that provide instruction on learning new subjects, skills, and interests at low or no cost.
For information on planning a successful strategy for summer vacation, read our article, Planning for a Successful Summer.