Places to go, Things to do

Ask your local library if they have family or child activities, like reading days.For some, summer break means a chance to get away and explore some new places with their children. You don’t need an interstate map to find adventures, though. One of our previous camp articles talked about creating adventure in your own backyard, now let’s find it in your neighborhood.

Here are 6 local activity ideas for a fun-filled day with your children:

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Get Crafty: 14 ways to reuse items and reinvent ideas for craft day success

Craft days: they are a staple among the child-rearing population, but at times they can become very stale…and expensive! These ideas call for the repurposing of many items you probably already have around home. They skimp on spending, but not on creativity. Each idea will allow your child to dive into the great world of crafts, meanwhile fine tuning their motor skills and exploring their senses.

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How to play Key Punch

Come the end of summer, you may be running low on new ideas to entertain your child and their friends. This family-friendly, material-low game works on team building, critical thinking, communication, and –of course!– fun-having. Watch as our Child Life Specialist Jessica Doletzky and her team teach us how to play Key Punch.

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Pedestrian safety this summer

crosswalk signAs parents, we should help our children strive to be active and safe. Walking can help reinforce good behaviors for both subjects. Be a role model and teach your children safe ways to be a pedestrian, and encourage walking as an exercise.

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Make a Safety Splash

Safety in and Around the Water

It is so important that an adult be responsible for watching children around water at all times. Download the Water Watcher card to help manage the task.

It is so important that an adult be responsible for watching children around water at all times. Download the Water Watcher card to help manage the task.

Spending time in and around the water is a great way to stay cool in the  summer.  Whether it’s just you and your child in the backyard,  or a dozen splashing kids and their parents at the  neighborhood pool – safety needs to be a priority.

Accidental drowning is the third leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. Here are some basic ground rules and tips to encouraging safe water play with your family.

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