02 Jun Summer Planning: Things to do with the Kiddos
If you’re a parent of a school-age child living in Miami, you know very well that there are only TWO more days until summer vacation. With that, come the dreaded questions, “What am I going to do with my kids this summer?! How am I going to keep them busy for two months?” If you still have no idea, there’s no need to worry. Here are a few suggestions you may want to consider:
1- Code Kids Camp: If your child is between the ages of 7-13 and loves video games, just imagine how much fun they would have creating their own game. Code Kids lets them do just that; have fun, while learning the most valuable skill of the future… programming!
2- Summer Fun Pass: If your a local, you must take advantage of this amazing pass which gives you access to 4 South Florida attractions for just a fraction of the prize: Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Science and Discovery (Ft. Lauderdale), and Lion Country Safari (Palm Beach County). This pass is good for unlimited visits to any of the four attractions and is valid from May 15- September 30.
3- YMCA Summer Camp: Every year the local YMCA holds a summer camp which gives children the opportunity to stay active during their time off from school. I encourage you to get more information at your local YMCA to get details about the specific camp, since activities may vary by location.
4- Local Library: Check out your local library’s event calendar. They usually hold various interactive activities for children of all ages at no cost. They also sponsor Summer Reading Programs to keep the kiddos reading during their break.
5- Swim Lessons: If you haven’t done so already, you need to put your child in swimming lessons. It’s for their safety, so quit waiting around! And really, what better time to do it than in the summer? There are classes held in many different locations around town for children of all ages, so there’s no excuse. However, if your a local, I highly recommend Little Swimmers. Last year, my then 3-year old, took classes there and learned how to swim in just 2 weeks! They have several locations in SF, so check them out to see which one works best for you.
5. Brain Freeze: I’ve been wanting to try this place out because I’ve heard some great things. Will definitely be checking it out this summer.
6. Summer BreakSpot: An organization that offers free breakfasts, lunches and snacks to anyone 18 and under all summer long at locations near you. Check out the link to learn more about specific locations, or if you’re interested in getting information on how to help out by becoming a sponsor or site.
If you live outside of South Florida, I suggest you check out your local YMCA chapters, local libraries, or city attraction guides to get more information on things to do in your city. You may also be able to find some special deals online to help your budget. The main thing you should keep in mind is to have fun and enjoy your little ones because this summer will fly by before you know it.