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Summer Activities for Kids

Why Mama Was Jealous of Camp Dada

Denise Henry | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

When my husband told me about the adventures he and our oldest son had planned for Camp Dada, I immediately felt the seeds of jealousy growing in my gut. I quickly pushed those feelings aside and praised him for his great ideas.

Now That I Finally Like Summers With the Kids, Why Do They Have To Go So Fast?

Betsy Hnath | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

I chased my kids across cement pool decks convinced they would rearrange their teeth with a single misstep. And just when one child was old enough to understand the rules, the next was ripe and ready to give me a workout.

Swimming With The Kids

Carrie Kenny | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

They scatter. I put my towel on my chair. I settle in. I start to sunscreen myself and wonder how the hell the hair on my legs can grow so damn quickly. Within seconds, someone is back, dripping on me. "I'm bored." "I'm hungry."

5 Dreadful Things That Happened to My Daughters at Summer Camp

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I did something that totally pissed my kids off. I sent them to summer sports camp so I could work and try to make money to pay for their braces and college. That's right, I'm an a**hole.

The Beauty of Device-Free Days

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

As much as these days are a ritual designed to connect us, they too are a lesson in mindfulness. A reminder of the present moment, an inventory of what we have, how far we've come and to whom we owe at least a few hours of gratitude.

These Are the People Who Stop at Lemonade Stands

Galit Breen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

The neighbor we rarely see whose kids are grown and gone but still come home to pass footballs in the cul de sac. Whenever I see him and his wife I feel like we offer each other a trade of sorts -- a look at their past for a peek at our future.

10 Things to Keep Your Toddler Busy This Summer

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

When you're a parent, along with all that summer goodness comes a few other things -- namely, hot, whining kids; boredom; and if you're anything like me, a last-minute panicked quest to entertain the children each morning.

Smarter Summers: Keeping Kids Engaged During Crucial Summer Months

Anna M. Babin | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Anna M. Babin

When school doors close for the summer months, studies show the learning gap widens drastically for kids from low-income families compared to their more advantaged peers.

10 Genius Ideas for Cheap Summer Family Fun

Women & Co | Posted 09.25.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

For most kids, the start of the school year is still weeks away. But whether they're enrolled in camp or you're heading to the town pool to beat the heat, filling those long summer days with activities can easily add up.

How Pinterest Saved My Summer Parenting Plan

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Pinterest is helping me parent this summer. To put it more emphatically, Pinterest is my parenting save this summer.

A Digital Family Shoebox of Summer Memories....

Alex McCord | Posted 09.01.2013 | Parents
Alex McCord

This summer, instead of letting the kids overdose on laptop gaming during their down time, my husband and I are going to DO THINGS with our children.

9 Best Family-Friendly U.S. Campsites

Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty

Hit the great outdoors this summer with the best family-friendly campgrounds in the U.S. Happy National Camping Week! Grandparents.com is celebr...

8 Great Ways To Surprise Your Grandkids

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpgSPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com | Bethany Kandel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Guess Who! Every child loves a surprise, especially one that's filled with their grandparents' love. When they le...

Bullies and Cyberbullies Don't Take a Summer Vacation

Sue Scheff | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Bullying and cyberbullying are topics that won't grow old until they become extinct. We can't stand idly by until that day arrives.

Summer Camp: Tales Of A Grown-Up Sleepaway Camp Kid

Emma Gray | Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents
Emma Gray

Sitting here in my grown-up office, I've somewhat accepted the whole "you don't get a three-month summer vacay" reality of adulthood, but I'm still a sleepaway camp kid at heart. And in my 100 percent biased opinion, your child should be one too.

Eco-Friendly Summer Fun for Kids

Margaret Hyde | Posted 06.27.2012 | Parents
Margaret Hyde

If space is an issue or you have older children, a pizza garden is a lot fun and keeps them really engaged. In a small bed or pots, plant a few tomato plants, basil and oregano -- all of the garden ingredients that you need for a pizza.

Community Seeks To Ban Sidewalk Chalk

Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents

We’ve heard of kids getting in trouble for graffiti. But sidewalk chalk? A Colorado community is trying to stop local children from coloring on t...

45 Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

I refuse to let another "must," "ought" or "should" prevent me from savoring this brief window of opportunity that I have to enjoy time with my only-young-once daughters.

What's Up for August From Kids Off the Couch

Sarah Bowman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Los Angeles
Sarah Bowman

With blue whales cruising our coastline in record numbers and a bevy of outdoor screenings and concerts, what could be better than LA in August? Another month of summer, that's what.

Laura Stampler

9 Tips To Make The Best Lemonade Stand In Your Neighborhood

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Stampler | Posted 10.05.2011 | Parents

Some things are summer cliches for a reason. Lemonade stands aren't just a great way to embrace the August heat, but they can also teach your kid h...

Go Outside And Play! How To Unplug Your Child

Posted 08.31.2011 | Parents

The average American kid practically lives plugged in. That's not an exaggeration, either. A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates kids ...

A Cruel Summer: Budget Cuts Rob City Kids Of Activities

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 07.31.2011 | Education

NEW YORK — A rising number of children can look forward to excruciatingly boring school breaks this year as budget crises in places such as New ...

Tackling Your Kids' Summer Boredom

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Alderman

Before you give up and surrender the TV remote, consider some activities that can be productive, safe and fun for kids of all ages.