At long last, the first day of summer has arrived! Today, June 21, marks the first of this beloved time of year.
Here at Laurel Springs School, we just love summer, and have a few suggestions for how to make the most of the all the activities this season has to offer.
Take a trip to the park
A simple, budget-friendly outing, a trip to the park can provide a full day’s worth of entertainment and activity for the whole family. Students and parents might consider bringing a favorite book to read to one another—an activity that can keep the dreaded “summer slide” at bay. For reading suggestions for Upper School students, click here; for suggestions for Lower and Middle School students, click here.
The park is also a great place for some classic family field day fun. Arrange a day with family or friends to compete for fun or small prizes in games such as baseball, soccer, or flag football; track and field contests; or even limbo, hula hoop, or jump rope contests. Games where no one keeps score—such as freeze-tag and “Red Rover”—are always great too!
Take a trip to the zoo
What better way to spend a summer day than surrounded by all things scaled, winged, or furry? A trip to the zoo is not only entertaining but provides ample educational opportunity for children and parents alike.
To make the most of a trip, visit the zoo web site in advance and do a bit of research about your favorite animals. That way, once you’re at the zoo, you can ask the experts your questions to get the most of your visit.
For added fun, make a “zoo bingo” game of favorite animals and bring sheets with you to the zoo. Break into teams and mark off animals as you see them, and then meet up with your teammates to see who wins!
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” When in doubt for how to spend your vast expanse of free time during the summer, consider volunteering to help your community or the world at large.
Volunteering is not just for those aged 18 and older; kids can do plenty to help the world, too. Participate in a park clean-up, a fun run or 5-K for a cause close to your heart, or even create your own event to help others.
We encourage you to visit the sites below to find out how you can give back.
You may be inspired to create your own charitable event, too; enlist a group of friends or family members to help. You could also partner with a local community center to organize an event such as a bake sale, book drive, or canned food drive.
Certain organizations also offer help in arranging one’s own event. For example, through the “Dive into Action today & Swim for MS!” initiative, students can organize aquatic events benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. For more information on this particular endeavor, visit SwimForMS.org.
Have FUN & make the most of your time this summer!