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Summer Fun Activities For The Kids

It is already summer in this part of the world. The days are longer and the nights are shorter so this will give us more reason to engage the young ones in healthy, safe and fun activities this summer.

As parents, our primary concern is the safety and at the same time, enjoyment of our litte ones so we try to make the most of what we can afford in summer camp to ensure our kids are getting enough fun and play time with the program they have been enrolled in. While enrolling them in summer camp ensures the endless fun activities the kids will be engaged in, there are also other affordable ways to let our kids have fun without breaking the budget.

Here are super fun things to do at home, at the nearby park or beach resort or community for your kids. Of course, adult supervision will still be required to ensure their safety.

Take them to the public or community library and introduce them to the old fashioned way of reading books. Let’s tap those budding bookworms to embrace continuous learning and feeding their young minds with good ideas from great books like Dr. Seuss’ collection or The Berenstain Bears which has stories with good moral and promoted respect and love for family.

Enroll them to an arts, dance, music or even acting class in the nearby community college. You will be surprised to find out what your little one can actually do in front of a camera, a musical instrument or even on a stage.

Let them run around the park with friends and enjoy their youth.

If they are old enough to care for another creature, take them to a pet store and allow them to pet some animals. You can also visit your nearby petting zoo, if you have one that can let your kid hold or pet small and cuddle animals. This will help your kid develop a sense of compassion to other life forms aside from him/herself and to be responsible in taking care of another creature.

Teach them how to ride a bike, skates or roller blades.

Give them simple tasks to do at home like watering the plants, cleaning the pets’ food and water bowls, sweeping the floor, cleaning their room and keeping their bed.

Take them to the nearby beach area and let them build sand castles and even learn to fly a kite there.

Take them to the museum, art gallery or exhibits to introduce them to History, Arts and Culture.

Ask them to help out in the kitchen when cooking or baking. That will teach them how to be good cooks and bakers and even promote the sense of being responsible.

Let them bird-watch and write down notes about the birds they have seen.

Allow them to take pictures of nature, friends, skyline, and pets. This may tap their inner eye for beauty.

Teach them gardening, stitching, handicrafts and more.

Teach them a new language.

Let them watch their favorite movies and cartoons over and over. That is so much fun!

 

There are so much more to do and I am sure, the kids will never run out of ideas when it comes to having fun and making the most of the long summer months. Enjoy the time with you will spend with them because it is precious. Have fun!

Close Friends and Sleepovers

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.  ~Elisabeth Foley

I thought my daughter will never outgrow her shyness. She used to clam up and barely invite friends over. All those introvert traits changed. My daughter is already in her teens so having a sleepover is something I have to get used to. Well, her friend from Scotland is in Dubai to visit her mom and friends. One of her activity in the line-up is to visit old friends from school. My daughter happens to be her BF here in Dubai. So she and another close pal is here to spend the night.

I am okay with sleepover as long as the parents of the other kids are okay. I just want to make sure that they have told their parents of their plans and that the parents would inform me of their approval. So far so good. I know the kids’ parents so I am okay.

I am so happy to see my daughter enjoying her evening with friends. I don’t mind the shrieking banshees at night. I don’t mind buying food and snack for them as long as they are having a fun time at home. I am thrilled to have them around since it is an honor to be a hostess to my daughter’s friends. That means their parents trust us for them to allow their kids to sleepover.

This is the 4th time since her friend’s visit last July. She and her other friends are always welcome to come and stay. I would rather they make noise here because I know they are safe in the confines of our home.

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