Ideas for Summer Fun

Handy Dad in the Great OutdoorsA few months ago, my dental hygienist told me that one day a week, she tells her children, “no video games and no television. Go outside and play or read a book.” I thought it was a very cool approach to keeping her kids active and interested in reading, especially considering all the news about childhood obesity and diabetes. She and her husband both enjoy the outdoors, so many of their family outings involve physical activity. Their kids are a lot more interested in being active because mom and dad enjoy it.

As summer approaches, you may be trying to figure out how to keep your kids occupied. If you need some tips and ideas, the library has a number of books to help you get started. Not only will you discover activities to keep them active, if you let them read through the titles to pick out what they find interesting, you’ve added some summer reading at the same time. The subject guide on Outdoor Recreation may also give you some ideas for activities. These websites provide information on state parks, nature preserves, and recreation areas for hiking, biking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and water sports. Enjoy yourselves and have a great summer.