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Around The Home: Beat the summer boredom

POSTED: May 23, 2012 1:30 a.m.

There’s an undeniable burst of excitement at the beginning of summer vacation.

Students can look forward to days of fun and relaxation.

For some parents, the end of the school year seems to arrive before they can get things scheduled and in place for a smooth transition.

Keeping kids moving is always a challenge no matter what time of year. And keeping their brains active is no easy task either.

So what can you do to prevent or defeat the summertime blahs or blues?

Low or no cost outings and activities are something consider for your own kids or a group of friends getting together, suggests The University of Maryland Extension.

With each of these ideas, you can make "what to do" boxes. Create two boxes (one for "outside" and one for "indoors") and include index cards with activities written on them.

Let a different family member pick a card each day.

Let’s take a look at a variety of inexpensive summer activities suggested by The University of Maryland Extension:

Visit a farm, pet store or the animal shelter.

Visit a fire station.

Have cooking lessons at home and share loved family recipes (bake bread, make homemade ice cream, grandma’s cookies).

Visit a television station, radio station or newspaper facility.

Learn to knit, do needlework, macrame or sew (also a good time for parents to learn how to mend).

Get a giant piece of paper and colored pencils and draw your dream house interior view with all the details.

Participate in free summer reading programs and story times offered by many local libraries. Hall County offers several.

Visit zoos, museums and art galleries that have free or reduced rates for kids on special days.

Have paper airplane or paper boat races or try making and flying your own kites (books at the library have the instructions).

Put on a theatrical performance, a puppet show or a talent contest.

Write and illustrate a story.

Plant a small garden or container garden and watch it grow.

Plan a picnic as an activity.

Hold a bring-a-dish block party.

Rent a movie and have special "movie night" snacks (healthy ones, of course).

Take your kids on a tour of family history and photos.

Search garage sales as family fun and walk away with a few really good deals.

Play board games on rainy days.

Walk, hike and enjoy nature. Northeast Georgia has no shortage of state parks and trails.

Go camping in the backyard.

Remember to make safety a priority and make sure you have well-stocked first-aid kits around the house and in your vehicles.

Visit the Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County website for more safety information:


Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Contact: 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on



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