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Still Looking to Entertain ‘Bored’ kids this Summer?

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

From Kindergarden to High School, summertime offers kids a lot of unscheduled time. Unfortunately, living in an urban environment might mean kids will spend a lot of time at home, looking at a screen and complaining that they’re bored.

There are some great local places that offer some great outdoorsy, arty and social opportunities for kids of all ages.

The YMCA: Their Summer Camps offer kids the opportunity to grow through exploring the outdoors, building self-confidence and independence, learning core values, developing life skills and being actively engaged.

Seattle Tilth: From digging up bugs, planting flowers to gardening basics and more, Seattle Tilth offers a bounty of fun summer activities to youngsters and teens.

Greenlake Community Center et al.: There are so many classes, camps and fun things to do through the Seattle Parks and Recreation! Check out their catalogue of stuff to choose from for kids who need something to do.

Most camps offer some sort of tuition assistance, so if you are tight in the pocket book, make sure you ask about special offers, or scholarships! Don’t be shy, that’s what they’re for. But if that is not available there are also some DIY options.

To keep summer Fun and Free, you could also get together with some other parents and switch off day’s having kids over and create your own camps. All you need are a few craft projects, hiking destinations, even swimsuits and a hose! There are a kazillion ideas on sites like Pinterest for crafting with kids. With a little surfing, you could find more than you could throw a camper at!

So, the main thing here is, put the screens away, get the kids outside, or at least enjoying the summer as screen free as possible. You might even find it gets you off the couch and into the day too!