The school year has come to a close and if you’re the super organized mom, your child’s summer schedule is loaded with the best day camps in your hometown and S.T.E.M. sleep always. But for those of us who are driven off the pure adrenaline of procrastination, don’t worry! There is still plenty of time to pull it all together and plan a summer full of enrichment and adventure for your little ones.
It’s definitely crunch time when it comes to day camp enrollment. Long school days and after school activities have stood as a pillar in your daily routine. If you’re lucky enough you have access to an awesome before/aftercare program that happens to host a fun filled day camp. This is a naturally appealing first option because such programs offer hours of operation consistent with your current hustle and bustle, providing a seamless transition between the academic year and summer.
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However, if this is not the case, take a deep breath while we plan an exciting summer for your child. Grab your calendar and take an inventory of events that demand your attendance that you’ve already committed to. You know…your best friend’s baby shower, the family reunion, and your in-laws milestone birthday. Now visit you local parks and recreation website and cross your fingers. You may just luck up and find one week of skateboard camp for your adventurous seven year old. But be assured that all the reasonably priced robotics slots are already full.
Still coming up short? Church is not just for Sunday. As we mold our children in productive citizens, we all could use some reinforcement in the character building department. Our church home offers one week of Vacation Bible School for absolutely FREE! Don’t have a church home, don’t be discouraged. Many churches offer such programs and my boys absolutely love them. While your there inquire about other children friendly groups or activities that your little one may take a fancy to like girls scouts and theater clubs.
Next stop is the popular discount sites. I lean to Certifikid, Groupon, Living Social, and local mom bloggers like DC Thrifty Moms or Atlanta’s Mommy Week. You’ll be sure to grab some great deals for activities that the entire family can enjoy. You’ll be likely to nab some great deals that can fill your weekends with trips to the puppet theater, zip lining, and trampoline house.
Don’t want to blow your budget? Free is the key! Look for free exhibits to keep your young one’s mind engaged during their summer vacation. Smithsonian museums are absolutely FREE! Did I say FREE again? Well we’ll surely be packing a lunch and catching the metro to visit the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, and the National Zoo. The museums in your city aren’t free? Well check you local library, civic center, and small businesses for family oriented free events. The story hour at our local library and the nature center at our neighborhood park offers a great outlet for restless little ones who complain of boredom.
Still haven’t quite filled up that calendar yet? Well no worries, you can have an awesome time at home! Host a scavenger hunt, blow bubbles, play a game of t-ball in the backyard, or take your bikes out for a quick ride around the block.
No matter what your plans are, just remember to have fun. Don’t worry and don’t forget to etch in your week of relaxation when you ship the kiddies off to grandma’s house.
Written by Bridgett Allen
Bridgett Allen is an Interior Designer and owner of District BluePrint www.districtblueprint.com