Summer is finally here! June is the honorary month for celebrating zoos and aquariums, the great outdoors, and fresh fruits and veggies but you can celebrate them all year round! July is anti-boredom month and with so many fun summer activities to embrace solo, with family, or as a group, who could be bored?
It’s time to make your summer bucket list. Consider categorizing them into groups or writing each activity on a slip of paper to draw from when you’re ready for an adventure. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your community as well. Summer reads are a core staple of any summer to-do list. If you’re looking for a place to find reading resources, be sure to check out our list.
Zoos, aquariums, and museums are a lively and educational way to spend a summer day! Often, museums and aquariums can be an ideal way to spend a particularly hot or rainy day. All also offer great programs perfect for drop-ins, such as a craft, story time, or other guided activity. Make it an adventure by taking a day trip, having a picnic, and taking lots of photos!
Fruits and vegetables are abundant in the summer! Whether you’re gardening at home, in your community, or checking local farm markets, this is a great time to try new things and make them. Many markets carry more than just fruits and vegetables, too, so check out these places for flowers, crafts, dairy, and other farm products. Pick your own farms are also increasingly popular so it’s a great way to spend the day with a low-cost activity, outside, and enjoying a picnic or a meal made together as a family to top it all off.
Summer is also for celebrating the great outdoors! Check out your local, state, and area national parks for hiking, camping, and other activities. For local parks, consider a group hike or nature walk for students and their families. If hiking or camping isn’t the preference, check out festivals for crafts, music, and art. Many festivals include all three! This is a great way to spend a day outside, having a picnic, and enjoying the atmosphere.
Spending the summer with new adventures is great, but we have to include some classics here, too! Form picnics to bon fires, s'mores to water balloon fights, these are great yet simple ways to create a space for your community to come together. If you are able, consider hosting a casual event for families before the end of summer. Not only does this provide a fun atmosphere but it gives families a chance to meet, particular for families new to your school district.
Embrace summer this year with your entire community! Create a resource list using social media for families to share what their summer plans are or their favorite summer activities. When you share these opportunities with your community, you encourage them to try something new, meet up with others of similar interests, and learn and grow. Keeping students engaged during the summer months helps to not only combat learning loss while outside of the classroom but connect them to others and develop their social-emotional skills.