Our last post looked at some things you might do to keep your teens busy as the summer unfolds. Here are some tips for younger kids:
- Take a splash park tour – Stephen’s Lake, Flat Branch, Douglas, and Pirate’s Landing. Or take a tour of our park district pools. You can find out locations for both pools and splash parks here.
- Lie on your back, look up at the clouds and discuss “the pictures” they form.
- Walk around Forum Nature Area and look for fish, insects, birds, turtles and other creatures. Find the peninsula with the frog call sign; listen and see how many frogs your kids can identify. Frogs are more vocal in the late afternoon than mid-day.
- Go the library and check out a book.
- Sign up for an activity with Parks and Rec. Some are free and financial assistance is available for others. Also check on activities and schedules at the Columbia Art League.
- Keep an illustrated journal of bugs seen, or birds, or plants, or places.
- Teach and play old fashioned games like Hop Scotch, Red Rover, Red Light Green Light, etc.
- Draw together with chalk or even water on the sidewalk.
- Tour area playgrounds – most schools and neighborhood parks have one.
- Set up an outdoor “cooking station”. A pot, some water, some large spoons and lots of grass, leaves and other ingredients can keep some kids occupied for a surprisingly long time.
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