School's Out for Summer!

By: Kelsey Cadran

It’s that time of year again, trees and flowers are in full bloom, and in typical New England fashion, you’ve got a t-shirt on as soon as that thermostat rises above 50. Having four seasons means there’s only so much time to get out and enjoy the lazy hazy days of summer before it becomes apple picking season and the snowflakes start to fall again. What better way to make the best of the season then to get out and get moving!

There are so many opportunities in the area and all over New England. Social media outlets (like Facebook) have recently started being a great resource to find out what’s going on around you. Understandably, there are some choices that may have a cost associated, which could be a deal-breaker for some. Fortunately, there are low- to no-cost options! Since summer does not mean sunshine all the time, there are also a few indoor ideas too!

Low or No Cost Things to Do!

Visit a State Park (hiking, walking, swimming)
http://www.newenglandwaterfalls.com/top25newenglandhikes.php
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/passes-and-fees/parking-fees.html

Museums (some can have more cost to them, be sure to check out the fees. Some are free!)
http://bostononbudget.com/boston-museums-with-free-admission-every-day-of-the-week/
http://www.visit-massachusetts.com/state/museums-and-galleries/
http://www.visitnh.gov/what-to-do/arts-and-entertainment/museums.aspx
http://www.visitconnecticut.com/state/museums-and-galleries/

Splash Parks & Water Parks
http://funthingstodoincentralmass.com/water-parks-splash-pads-and-more-in-massachusetts/

Free Fun Fridays!
http://highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.html

Kids Bowl Free!
http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

Other Ideas you may find near you (check out your town calendar, local library, or social media for events and activities):

  • Outdoor Movie Nights
  • Band Concerts
  • Parades
  • Town festivals
  • Charity Events/Road Races
  • Craft Seminars

There are so many benefits to keeping our youth active. During the school year, structured plans driven by the school district are designed to keep kids engaged and active. It’s very important to maintain that engagement through the summer. Often as adults we may find ourselves quite busy, and it is easy to overlook the fact that during the summer, children are not as busy. The activities listed above can be helpful for you to keep your kids and family stimulated and active throughout school break! Summer camps and programs offered by local recreation departments can be a great opportunity as well for youth. Some costs associated with these options can be tough for families to swing, be sure to check into the programs to find out if they offer cost savings for low-income or half day options.

Wishing you a happy and healthy summer!

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