School is out and camps are closed, find eight ways to keep the kids entertained this summer with our Camp Mom activities. We're back with week two and we've got some great ideas to keep the kids from driving you batty.
Family Fun: Head to a Drive in Movie
This week embrace the retro way to see a movie. There are currently only about 330 drive-in theaters that remain in operation in the United States (back in the 1950's there were over 4,000 drive-ins). Added to the classic theaters, many "pop-up" drive-ins have come on to the scene when traditional movie theaters shuttered. Look up the nearest drive in at https://www.driveinmovie.com/ or see if your neighbors know of a local spot that's showing outdoor movies. You can also create the same vibe by hosting an outdoor movie night in your driveway. Hang a sheet up and gather the lawn chairs for a viewing of a summer classic like Jurrasic Park. Head here to get all the information you need for your family drive in.
Move: Jumping Rope
Jumping rope does wonders for building strength, and increasing overall muscle tone. Try a 21-day jump challenge with prizes. Start the kids on 5 minutes and add a minute each day! Did you know there are nine ways to jump rope? Since we were talking about jump roping, start with a cool Double Dutch video. Head here to get a set of 6 for the whole family. I also love this set of two fully adjustable ropes.
Learn: Connecting with Congress
Activism is in! Start with this old school schoolhouse rock video, then help your kiddos locate who represents your family in congress. There are a total of 535 Members of Congress. 100 serve in the U.S. Senate and 435 serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. First, look up who represents you and then have your kids send an email or postcard sharing a concern or idea.
Find your senator here www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm
Find your state representative here www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Create: 4th of July Fireworks Wreath
With Independence day coming up, it's the perfect time to create this DIY ornament for your door. Here's what you need:
- Popsicle sticks (about 400--- a pack of 100 goes for $1!)
- Wreath base
- Hot glue
Get the directions here: www.momtrends.com/do/craft-corner-video-4th-of-july-firework-wreath
Service: 100 Days of Reading
Did you know that millions of children in America don’t own a book? You can help! Simply read and log your minutes – every minute added will unlock books and educational resources for kids in need. Read with your children (or on your own!) and enter the number of minutes. Bookmark this page so you can come back daily! Get details here www.savethechildren.org/us/more-ways-to-help/read-a-story.
Skip the Crowds and Take Your Family Skiing in Waterville Valley
After a sizable snow storm over Martin Luther King weekend, there were plenty of lift lines and skiers heading to Vermont. Amazingly, most of them drove right past an awesome resort. I'm encouraging families to skip the crowds on the next winter holiday and take a family ski trip ...read more
Keeping your New Year's resolutions
The New Year is off to a fresh start, and many of us are committed to doing something or many things with more intention this year. But it's tough to stay on track. In fact, “Quitters Day”, which falls on January 14th this year, is the day when most people give up. How can you ...read more
Kids in the Kitchen: Mini Banana Waffle Pies With Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
School has started back for many (us included!), and today's Kid's in the Kitchen recipe makes for a perfect breakfast or after-school snack. We made ours for an after-school snack the other day and my second grader loved it. We call this recipe Mini Banana Waffle Pies With ...read more
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Watch: Movies of Summer
Since you are setting up the outdoor theater, you're going to need some great movies. Head here for the list of the best-summer-movies
Cook: Make Fruit Salsa
We got this inspiration from a kid's cooking subscription kit. It's a healthy treat that even little ones can help make. Ingredients:
- Strawberries (1 medium package)
- Mango (1)
- Kiwi (2)
- Strawberry Jam - 2 tablespoons
- Cinnamon sugar pita chips
- Chop your mango, kiwi and strawberries.
- In a medium bowl mix your fruit with about 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam.
- Serve with cinnamon sugar pita chips for dipping.
Visit: A virtual visit to the Eric Carle Museum
One of our all time favorite children's museums is the Eric Carle museum in Amherst, MA. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a museum devoted to the art of the picture book and especially the children's book. If you can't make it to this magical spot, you can still pop into Carle's world and enjoy an online visit. They also have online book readings on their YouTube channel here.
WHAT MOMTRENDS SUMMER CAMP
What will you get every week? Here's a look at our offerings each week. You've got to sign up to be linked to all the resources from Camp Mom this summer. Sign up for your weekly email here.
MORE KID-CENTRIC FUN FROM MOMTRENDS
- Printable gratitude activities for kids
- Create a cozy reading nook for kids
- Toddler Puzzles and Sorting Games
Need more ideas on what to do with the kids? Be sure to follow our Activities to Do with the Kids board on Pinterest here.