Kids’ Summer Activities Ideas (2016)
So, you’ve just about finished your 180 days, prepared your portfolio, completed your evaluation, and possibly have even worked on your goals and objectives for the 2016-2017 school year. Whew! Now the big question:
What to do with the kids all Summer of 2016?
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 Bioscience. 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 6th and space is limited. Check this website to find out when the classes will be held at your branch: http://www.scienceinthesummer.com/library-map.html
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/kids-workshops (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: https://lowesbuildandgrow.com/
Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre. If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive. This year’s shows include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Disney Princess Heroes, Bye Bye Birdie, Elf Jr., James & the Giant Peach and several others. 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/, andhttp://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 and the Schuylkill Banks. Check out these links for more information: http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/events/great-plaza-at-penn-s-landing/screening-under-the-stars and http://www.schuylkillbanks.org/events?event_type=10&event_activity=All.
- $1 Movies at select Regal Theatres. There are a few near 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 two free shows this summer. Check out this link for more details: http://manncenter.org/education/young-peoples-concert-series-2016
- 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 June 22nd and July 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 this link for more information: http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/index.php
- 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
- $5 Michael’s Crafts camps for kids: http://www.michaels.com/classes-and-events/classesandevents They also have inexpensive summer classes for teens and adults: https://classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/control/main?firstVisit=firstVisit
- 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 16th, 2016