One of the best things you can do for your kids this summer is to sign them up for fun and educational summer activities. There is a myriad of options out there, from sports clinics, touring, summer camps, volunteering, library events, arts and crafts workshops, and even scouting, to name a few. While most of them are paid, some are free, if you know where to look. That said, the difficult part about picking which summer activity for your kids is the actual picking part. As your list grows, the harder it is for you to pick which activity would be best for your children. Luckily, we have a few tips and suggestions to help you narrow down your search and help you choose the right one(s):

Set A Goal and Limitation

Before you even start searching for summer activities (or narrowing them down, if you already have a list), it’s important that you have set goals and limitations. You can choose an activity that would either introduce a new skill or trade or choose one to develop. For example, you can introduce your child into a new sport such as basketball or baseball through a sports camp/clinic, or you can enroll your child to a dance company in Phoenix, Arizona to further develop their love and talent in the art of dancing or theater. Some camps have a variety of activities, including the ones your child already loves. However, you also need to set limitations and allowances — these can be based on your resources, the child’s physical and/or mental capacity, the location of the activity, duration, and such to help you trim down your list.

Do Your Research

It’s vital that you thoroughly research the activity by doing a background check. You should learn more about the trainers, the facilities, any extra costs, certifications (if any), and their activity outline/schedule. It’s also just as essential to check for unbiased reviews regarding the activity providers to see if there are any issues that you should be worried about. If you can, visit the activity venue and talk to the staff to learn more, you can even bring your child along with you.

Involve the Kids

It’s vital that you don’t just pick one and tell your children that they’re going to that activity. You shouldn’t force your kids to attend an activity they don’t want to. In fact, kids are more likely to connect, enjoy, and appreciate the activities they choose or, at least, have a say in choosing. So one of the recommended ways to approach this is that, after narrowing down your choices to a select few, present them the activities and, if you’re lucky, they will choose one from the list.

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Dealing with Hesitation

There may be cases wherein your child would rather stay at home and play games, or prefer some other activity outside the ones you’ve picked. It’s up to you to persuade them, make adjustments, or have a compromise — these tips aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution, after all, so it all boils down to your parenting style, your child’s personality, and your resources (especially if the one they opt for is quite costly). It may take more than just words to persuade them, so one way to help encourage them is to bring them to the camp or activity, and perhaps even undergo a small orientation or activity by the camp staff or trainers.

Conclusion

Summertime for kids can be a huge opportunity to learn new skills and trades as well as to develop current ones, and with the numerous choices available, it’s important that you take necessary steps to choose the best one for your child.