Half of the summer has come and gone! Parents…..are you hearing the words “I’m bored” too frequently? How can you keep kids engaged, without over scheduling in structured activities or defaulting to too much screen time? Here is a list of family-friendly and budget-friendly activities to help you make the most of the remaining days of summer:
- Watch a parade – or join one!
Nearly every area community has its own unique summer festival, with lots of fun (and free!) family activities. Watch for Genesis Classical Academy students in several area parades this summer!
Faribault Best of Summer Guide
- Take in the Fair
There’s more to the county fair than the midway and mini-donuts! Take in a horse show or antique tractor parade, visit the animal barns, or take a walk down history lane to see what life was like in the one-room schoolhouse and historic church.
Faribault County Fair
- Find a Great Read
Keep kids on track by encouraging summer reading. The local library offers a summer reading program, as well as other special events and activities.
- Visit a Museum
Local museums are a hidden gem in many communities, and offer insight into our rich history. Share a trip to the museum with grandparents or great-grandparents to give kids a perspective into your family’s unique story.
Winnebago Area Museum
- Take a Hike!
Minnesota’s state parks offer lots of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Visit the waterfalls, take a hike, or check out the bison at Minneopa State Park.
Minnesota State Parks
- Go Fish
No boat? No problem! Bass Lake offers a handicap-accessible fishing pier at the public landing, and Daly Park on Lura Lake has a number of places where you can fish from shore.
- Create a Little Drama
Encourage creativity by having the kids write and perform a play for the neighborhood. They might retell a favorite fairy tale, or write their own story. A thrift store can offer low-cost costumes and props. Enroll in a week-long theater workshop through community ed. Top off the experience by attending Town and Country Players’ production of Seussical or Minnesota State University Mankato’s production of The Little Mermaid.
- Take in a Concert
Many local venues offer free or low-cost summer concerts by local performers. Check out the range of options here: Greater Mankato Events
- Chill Out
The local swimming pool or water park offers a great way for families to beat the heat!
Winnebago Parks & Pool
Forget the mess….the kitchen can be cleaned, but the memories will last forever! Baking or cooking with kids can build math skills (units of measurement, fractions, etc) and give them life-long survival skills. Pass along Grandma’s secret cookie recipe, or let the kids plan, prepare, and clean up for a special meal (with appropriate adult supervision!)
Pull weeds for an elderly neighbor. Read to the residents in a nursing home. Pack a meal for starving children. Use money earned from a lemonade stand or extra chores to buy gifts to pack in Operation Christmas Child boxes. Volunteering helps kids develop compassion, gratitude, and learn that the world does not revolve around them.
- Learn Something New
What special skill or talent can you, a grandparent, or a neighbor teach to the kids? Build. Draw. Play an instrument. Learn to sew. Play chess. Perhaps your child will find a hobby that will give them a lifetime of enjoyment.
- Make a Memory
Think about special memories from your childhood….what memories warm your heart? Camp in the backyard and look at the stars. Take a walk in the rain. Play catch. Turn up the music and dance. Time shared with our children is the most precious gift we can give.
What memories will you create with the remaining days of summer?
Kids’ Summer Boredom