Kids having fun. Retrieved June 22, 2016 from http://stapletonscoop.com/files/2012/03/kids-playing.jpg

Summer is here – welp! House full of kids with nothing to keep them occupied. Summer can become stressful when the kids were looking forward to attending summer camp and honestly, so were you. We’ve got some summer camp alternatives to help you through the summer.

  • Assign a Summer task/project
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Cooking challenge idea. Retrieved June 22, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/178947785172952012/

Depending on your child’s age and their interests, assign them a project that can keep them occupied for at least a month and a half. For example, if your child is artistic and loves fashion, assign them a project to learn how to create a complete design, make a clothing item or a fashion accessory. Draft milestones, and track their progress. This project outcome allows them to understand the value of working towards a goal and operating with the resources they have. They will be just as surprised as you are at what they are capable of.

  • Enroll in an internship/volunteer program
Child holding piglet. Retrieved June 22, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/314829830180076377/
Child holding piglet. Retrieved June 22, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/314829830180076377/

Volunteering or interning is a great way to learn a new skill or to assist by giving your time for the betterment of others. If your child is an animal lover, have them volunteer at your local veterinary, ASPCA, or animal shelter. Involving themselves in something they are passionate about will give them a sense of accomplishment but more importantly, they’ll have fun doing something for the greater good.

  • Sign up for a youth league
Girls doing basketball drills. Retrieved June 22, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/529032287458585401/
Girls doing basketball drills. Retrieved June 22, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/529032287458585401/

Sports is always a good idea, and if you have a child who’s a ball of energy, this will help them channel it into something productive. Look up local sporting activities provided by the city you live in. Your city parks and recreations department will have a list of activities for the summer for you to sign up for at an affordable price. You have the opportunity to get your child to learn and develop a new skill that they can continue with into other seasons.

  • Museum fun
Kids at a kids museum. retrieved June 22, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/213850682278325746/
Kids at a kids museum. retrieved June 22, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/213850682278325746/

The museum has loads of activities for all seasons and for all ages. Some museums have family activities and special days where you can enjoy the Museum for half the price. Schedule your visits around those days for activities they love.

Written by: Lungi Moore, Associate Editor, Modern Domestic

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