School’s Out For the Summer!

School’s out for the Summer!!!!

It is time for summer fun for everyone!!!  Some of the greatest fun for parents and children is free. All it takes is knowing when and where to look. Now is a great time to peruse city and county websites for all the free fun that’s taking place.

From the first official kick-off of summer which is Memorial Day, to the final summer holiday being Labor Day there are many fun and adventurous activities for children and families.

During my years as a parent advocate, one of the tasks I enjoyed most was putting together information about spring and summer events and activities. It was called the Summer Activities Catalog. In this catalog was listed all the fun (and free) things that were taking place in the city and county. If there was a cost involved, I made sure it was minimal, and the date of the function gave families plenty of time to prepare for events if they wished to attend. My families really looked forward to the catalog each year, so I thought I would share some ‘how to’ tips with a new generation of families and friends.

Tip 1 – This is the social media generation. Our children know how to access the web and retrieve information. This is a wonderful opportunity to look for things to do this summer as a family.  Create a family-friendly Facebook page and link monthly activities there so others will be afforded the opportunity to access the information as well. This project allows the whole family to engage and children will feel they are an important part of decision making.

Tip 2 – Parenting magazines, neighborhood newspapers and local event happenings can be found in community information areas at most libraries.  The events listed in them are free and contain many family fun happenings at low or no cost. For more information click here https://www.tripsavvy.com/places-for-kids-in-central-ohio-798941

Tip-3 Stay safe – Health and safety ensure family and friends make wonderful memories. Click on these websites for summer safety tips.

https://www.harrisschool.edu/top-5-summer-health-and-safety-issues-to-remember/#.WwWLBkgvyM8

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1887-top-five-ways-to-enjoy-every-moment-with-your-little-one-this-summer

Tip 4 – The best things in life are free. If it is a picnic or bar-be-que in the backyard or a walk through one of Ohio’s beautiful parks or wildlife sanctuaries, it doesn’t cost a thing. Metro park walks also promote health and wellbeing click here for one near you. http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/

This is just a sample of what can be accomplished when searching for summer activities. Stay safe and enjoy your summer!!