So, you’ve just about finished your 180 days, completed your evaluation, prepared your portfolio, and possibly have even worked on your goals and objectives for the 2014-2015 school year. Whew! Now the big question:
What to do with the kids all Summer of 2014?
Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities! Here are a just a few:
Science in the Summer at your local Philadelphia library. This program is available to all kids in Philadelphia in grades 2 through 6. This summer kids will be learning about Simple Machines (Physics). They also get to do fun, interesting experiments. If you’ve already submitted your goals and objectives for the next school year, you can count these classes as school time. Best of all, its FREE! Registration began May 1st and space is limited. Check this website to find out when the classes will be held at your branch: http://www.freelibrary.org/libserv/scisummer.htm
Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library. Kids in grades K – 6 are encouraged to read books at their local library. This program has really motivated my children to keep reading all through the summer. It’s FREE! Check this website for more information: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/summerreading/
Home Depot’s Kids Workshops. This program gives children ages 5-12 the opportunity to build simple projects. It’s FREE! Check out this website for more information: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/?pn=HT_WS_KidsWorkshops. (Click on the “Kids Workshops” tab.)
- Lowe’s Kids Build & Grow Clinics. This FREE program also gives children the opportunity to build simple projects. Check out this website for more information: http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx
Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre. If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive. This year’s shows include Dr. Dolittle, Shrek the Musical, and Alice in Wonderland, as well as several other shows. Check out this website for more information: http://udpac.org/
It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp. There are numerous great Christian camps out there. Three camps my kids have enjoyed are: Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness Camp, Camp Iroquoina (Christian) Soccer Camp, and High Point Christian Camp. Following are the web addresses: http://www.sprucelake.org/youth-camps/summer-camp/ , http://iroquoina.org/summer-camps/, and http://hpcamp.org/
- Don’t forget Vacation Bible School! If your home church is not doing one, there may be other good churches nearby that are. Kids have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, learn great new songs, and hear the Word of God.
- Free Movies: Families can watch movies for free at Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street and Gray’s Ferry. Check out these links for more information: http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/events?tag=movie and http://www.schuylkillbanks.org/stories/2014-movie-nights-0.
- $1 Movies at select Regal Theatres. There are a few in or around Philadelphia. Check out this link: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express?locset=1
- Free Young Peoples Concert Series at the Mann Music Center: Give your children the free entertainment of music and dance at the Mann. They are hosting four free shows this summer. Check out this link for more details: http://manncenter.org/content/young-peoples-concert-series-2014
- Don’t forget to take your kids to Pennypack or Wissahickon Park! Both of these parks are part of the Fairmount Park system and give families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it. Whether you’re going for a bike ride or just a hike, they’re a great place to visit.
- Two Free Nights at the Franklin Institute: Target Community Nights at the Franklin Institute are fantastic, and they’re free. This summer the free nights are on July16th, and August 20th from 5 to 8pm. Check out this link for more details: https://www.fi.edu/special-events/target-community-nights
- Barnes and Nobles free book program: Barnes and Nobles will give each child a book after completing an 8 book reading record during the summer. Check out this link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/
- Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys. Check out these links for more information: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5803, https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=3977, and https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5802.
- Kids learn to make movies for FREE at “Apple Camp” at Apple Retail stores. There are a few nearby. Check out this link for more information: http://www.applersvp.com/?cid=CDM-US-DM-P0016094-326466&cp=em-P0016094-326466&sr=em
- FREE Basics of Web Programming class for kids. Click here for more details: http://www.forthuntparent.com/academy/HTMLFrontPage.cfm?from=PhillyHS&CFID=242932&CFTOKEN=a232b12aec47f8a6-3F7D83D0-AB9E-A15D-99D5E9112484744E&jsessionid=252EC05B87D5FEF9924126B69BF90C19.cfusion
- Free Roller Skating: Kids can receive free roller skating passes if parents register their email address with a participating rink. Click here for participating locations and details: http://kidsskatefree.com/
Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you!
Posted by Gwen Fredette June 18th, 2014