Summer isn’t the same this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t make memories. We’re updating this page with ideas for making the most of whatever summer throws our way!
10 Summer Sanity Savers to Buy
Sometimes it’s just nice to save sanity by having options that you can buy for your kid. Here’s my list of 10 sanity savers for you to buy your kids. Bonus: They are all on Amazon and mostly educational.
Family Friendly Hiking in Kansas City
It takes effort to walk a family of five through several miles of trees, rocks, streams, and mud, but we’ve found that hiking allows us to breathe. It enables conversation. It is good for our bodies. It brings laughter. It heals.
Summer Reading Programs
The Kansas City area libraries are partnering with the theme of “Imagine Your Story” for their 2020 summer reading programs. Below is a list of the details for various branches across the Metro.
Science City: A Place for Early Learners
Did you know there is a new early childhood learning space open at Science City? I was so excited to have the opportunity to check it out before it opened to the public! This 13,000 square-foot area is just what we needed as a family with young kids. There are three new spaces for younger kids: Let’s Play, Creative Corner, and All Aboard.
COVID-Conscious Day Trips from Kansas City
We live in Kansas City, smack in the middle of the country, so none of my suggestions are going to compare to the serenity of the ocean or to breath-taking mountain vistas, but these Midwest destinations all offer beauty in their own right and quite-frankly, at least it is a place to be and a new experience to devour!
Take A Cross Country Road Trip (with Dinosaurs)… Without Leaving KC
This fun, all ages exhibit walks you through some of America’s favorite landmarks along Route 66 from Seattle to New York. Throw in a couple dozen life-size animatronic dinosaurs that called North America home and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing way to spend a couple hours!
Low-Budget Backyard Park
For our family, we don’t have the money, space, or time to build a fancy swing set. Instead, I’ve had to get creative with how to keep my little one active in our backyard within a modest budget.
In the Garden
Gardening as a family provides more than just health benefits. Gardening together can create stronger bonds and opens the doors to communication.
UPDATED: Summer Camp Guide
Registrations are open for summer camps and activities are filling up fast! Check out some of our favorite camps for kids of all ages and interests. Not only do they continue learning and having fun, but you get a little, well-deserved break.
Stop Squabbling Siblings While Staying at Home
The idea to separate the sisters has not been a magic bullet that has ended the fighting. But it has made us more aware that our kids, like us, just need some dang space every once in awhile.