“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” — Kay Redfield Jamison
“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with [parents].” ~Edgar W. Howe
“If there were no summer vacations to take the children away from school for a few months, the insane asylums would be filled with teachers.” ~Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos
- Go to the beach – even if it’s overcast and you have to bundle up just to sit by the shore – the family that shivers together stays together!
- Volunteer – find something your child is interested in and do something as a family
- Play in the rain
- Reconnect with nature – go ahead, be a treehugger!
- Have a family game night, once a week – just not with Cards Against Humanity
- Do a family movie night – check out commonsensemedia.org to make sure you aren’t about to screen anything inappropriate
- Build a fort indoors or out – even if the kids protest!
- Bake cookies and have a lemonade stand
- Stage a scavenger hunt
- Make a photo album or a Family Summer journal
- Have a tricycle race at the park – include yourself!
- Investigate an ethnic grocery store and make lunch using interesting spices and kid-friendly international recipes
- Visit a fire station
- Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or pet rocks
- Go roller skating / roller blading – be safe!
- Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn about animals
- Run through the sprinklers – naked!
Have fun and read read read read read!!!