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Inexpensive fun with the kids

Posted: June 19, 2012 - 6:32pm  |  Updated: June 19, 2012 - 6:42pm

 

Summer seems to be the time when we all hear “I’m bored” out of our kids’ and grandkids’ mouths. Believe it or not, there are a lot of things that you can do to keep them busy and make it a fun time for everyone.

Crafts are a great idea. You can make homemade playdough and have them make all sorts of projects. Have them string beads to make necklaces and bracelets, or even make paper dolls or chains from paper strips. For the older kids, it may be something a little more involved like creating a science craft that could be fun and a learning experience at the same time.

Take them to the library for books and videos. You can also check for all of the programs that libraries have going on during the summer, such as movie nights and other events.

There are so many sightseeing opportunities in the area. The Woodrow Wilson house in Augusta, Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island, Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, Lake Thurmond, Emerald Farm in Greenwood, Ninety Six Historic Site in Ninety Six, S.C., and The Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield are just a few of the places to take the kids. Head to the Augusta Museum, Aiken County Historical Museum, The South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture, or any other local museum. You can look any of these up on the Internet or even go to the state visitor centers and get handfuls of brochures on places to go.

Let the kids go in with you and pick out the places they want to see.

On somewhat cooler times of the day, go for a bike ride together. The Greeneway in North Augusta is a great place to sitesee while riding, walking or jogging. The Augusta Canal is another place to take a bike ride or walk with the family.

For some water adventures there are plenty of pools to join, whether you join a private pool like the Hammond Hill pool, join the Family Y and visit one of their pools, or even buy one of the above-ground pools for your own yard.

For the mornings you want to cool off, check the listings for our local movie theaters for their free or low-cost kid’s movies.

Get a list of your children’s friends and their phone numbers. When boredom starts, suggest inviting a friend over for the day.

You don’t have to plan anything elaborate, just give them a place to hang out and play.

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