We have reached the point in summer when there is less than one month left until school officially starts. For many of our older patients this means that fall sports are starting up. (Please drink lots of icy cold water for those outdoor practices!!)
For those not getting an early start on fall activities, (and probably for some of those who are), the dog days of summer often lead kids to utter words that many parents dread, “I’m bored.” To help you and your family make the most of the last days of summer, I asked the parents in our practice for some of their favorite boredom busters.
Dr. Jennifer Cardwell enjoys cooking and baking with her girls because it’s fun and teaches a little math and science. She also suggested playing Monopoly which teaches about math and counting money. Rock climbing at Main Event is another favorite in her household. Sounds like a nice physical inside activity for a hot day!
Dr. Brent Cardwell suggested climbing Mount Everest, swimming the Amazon, and exploring the North Pole. I think he was joking, but I love these ideas! Why not schedule a morning to climb Mount Everest? Older kids can research and learn about each of these places and help create great make-believe play with younger siblings. Where else would your kids like to “go” on an adventure?
Dr. Lisa Hutchen’s favorites include water balloon games, scavenger hunts, reading, insect hunts, and library story time. This lists sounds very much like the way my siblings and I spent many long summer days. Add bikes or swimming in the evening, and it sounds just like my childhood.
Check out these sites for local story times in your community:
Dr. Cameron King suggested G-rated movies shown especially for kids over the summer time. Several local theaters have these programs available and the Free Fun in Austin website is a great resource to find children’s movie listings, as well other fun things to do with kids and as a family in and around town.
Another great way to stay cool and give your kids an educational experience is to visit one of the many museums that Austin has to offer. The Blanton Museum of Art and the Texas Memorial Museum both located on the University of Texas campus both provide hours of air conditioned learning fun!
Enjoy soaking in summer for the next few weeks!