Now that school is out for the summer the American family can expect new schedules, new routines, and sometimes . . . boredom. After the initial thrill of not having tests and homework, our little crumb crunchers, and big crumb crunchers are faced with a dilemma…how to fill those long, hot summer days. If your community has a pool your problem is solved, right? Wrong. It won’t be long before you hear the dreaded words, “Mom, I’m bored.”
Here are a few ideas which may be helpful in solving this problem and might even shape the lives of your young people.
Find free things for the kids to do. Check the community events calendars such as Paulding County Uncensored’s Events, Eventful and Eventbright for a listing of things happening in and around your community.
Then there are the events you create yourself. Have a block birthday party for each child on your street. Put on your own Community Play, Beauty Pageant, or Dog and Cat Show. Record your own Screen Play and have a Block Party Movie night. Rent a movie and set up a big screen and have popcorn/pizza and a movie night for the whole neighborhood. Another idea is a community bazaar or yard sale. If your local library has a Children’s Story Time you could take them there. Many churches in the area are already announcing their week of VBS and Youth Camps. Check to see if your local Art Studio, Horse Stable or Community Pool is offering a week of Camp, Horseback Riding Lessons or Swimming Lessons. Don’t forget your summer reading list! You might be surprised how quickly the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day go by.
But there is one other idea that should not be overlooked . . . Service Projects. If you look around you might be surprised at how many opportunities there are. Here are just a few: Road side clean-up, front entrance clean-up, the yard of a widow, elderly person or family whose husband has been deployed in the military. There are yards of abandoned houses or ones for sale whose yards are in need of care. There is a great resource within your neighborhood and it’s called “Man-power” or better yet . . . “kid-power.” With a little direction and effort you could have your community spruced up and lookin’ good all summer.
There are lots of fun, free and fantastic things to do to fill those long, dog dazes of summer. All you have to do is look around. Have a great summer!
Ideas offered by Bryan Powell, owner of Hiram Bookstore located at 5077 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy, Hiram, Ga 30141 (two doors down from Cheeseburger Bobby’s on Hwy 278). 770-943-0571, Info@hirambookstore