summer activities

Summer Fun

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Summer break can be a great way to recharge and relax after a school year full of work. We’ve compiled a list of several ideas you and your learner can participate in this summer!

1. Spend time reading.
Summer is a great opportunity to work on your learners’ reading skills by reading with each other. You can also use different websites and apps to assist.

  • For a small fee, Epic will provide your kids with unlimited access to 35,000 books and videos over the summer.
  • ABCYa provides a variety of educational games and activities.
  • Starfall has a host of activities for kids in grades TK-3.
  • Storyline Online reads stories aloud by great actors.
  • Celebrate summer reading with the Barnes and Noble Book Reading Program!
  • Check with your local library about summer reading programs!

2. Stick to a schedule.
If your school year is structured with a specific schedule, structuring your summer with a similar flow can make for an easier transition back to school again in the fall.

3. Kidsbowlfree.com offers your children the opportunity to bowl for FREE all summer long! Each day, every child gets two free games. Visit their website to find the nearest participating bowling alley near you!

4. Planet Fitness welcomes high school teens ages 15 – 18 to work out at any of its more than 1,800 locations throughout the United States for free all summer long as much as they want! This offer is available from May 15, 2019, to September 1, 2019!

5. Other Fun Activities
Build a fort or tent. Take an afternoon and push your couches close together. Drape them with blankets or sheets and eat a snack or play a game under your fort or tent!
Play hide and seek in the dark. Blackout your windows and prep areas that may be hazardous. It certainly makes for great entertainment.
-Make milk carton boats. Shape an old milk carton into a boat. You can even paint it and stick a toothpick in it with a taped flag! Test it out by putting it in water in the sink or bath. Does it float? If not, your kids can brainstorm ways to fix it.
Complete a puzzle together. This can be a wonderful time to bond with your kids and work together to solve a puzzle.When searching for the right puzzle, look for the correct age group, as there are specific difficulty levels out there!
-Write in shaving cream. This may get messy, but what a fun way to write! If you’re prepared for the mess, have your kids practice their ABCs.
Paint rocks. Have fun painting faces or designs on rocks with your kids. You could use these as door stoppers or paper weights!
Balloon tennis. Using paper plates, paint stirrers, and air-blown balloons, you can easily make this fun summer kids’ activity for the outside. You could also play this inside since they are hitting a balloon!
-Homemade water blob. Using plastic sheeting and duct tape, create your very own water blob!
Squirt gun water painting. With watercolor paper, watercolors, an easel, and a squirt gun, painting is made fun!
-Glow in the dark mason jar. You can make believe with this glow-in-the-dark jar! You can capture fairies or even use it as a night light. The results are radiant!
-Dig for fossils. This activity involves preparation, but the fun your kids will have is a lasting effect. Bury different items in dirt-filled shoeboxes and have your kids discover different items!
-Egg drop. Obtain a set of eggs you don’t mind wasting and have your kids come up with inventive ways to secure and protect an egg so that when you drop it from a window, it does not break. This can include placing the egg inside a shoebox filled with foam, or any other creative method out there.
-Make a video. Take the family video camera and have your kids video record the summer-y nature outside with commentary, conduct talk shows outside, or be actors and actresses. It can be an amusing memory to look back on one day.

Summer Fun in June

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Our experienced facilitators have put together some free or discounted activities for the month of June in your area that you may want to check out during our summer break. Please take a look at the links below for more information:

Orange County
All Summer: Adventure Playground at University Park
All Summer: The OC Zoo at Irvine Park
All Summer: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
All Summer: HB Concert Band Summer Series Concerts 2019
All Summer: Magnolia Bird Farms
All Summer: Volcom Skate Park
Starting 6/1 (M-F): Centennial Farm in Costa Mesa
Starting 6/21: Concert in the Park at Crown Valley Community Park

Los Angeles
All Summer: UCLA Fowler Museum
All Summer: Long Beach Concerts in the Park
First Tuesday of every month: Kidspace Museum Free Family Night in LA
6/9: The Wallis Dance Sunday
Starting 6/9: Valley Cultural Foundation in Woodland Hills
Every Thursday: Thursdays@Newhall Series in Santa Clarita
Starting 6/18: Long Beach Moonlight Movies on the Beach
6/10 – 6/27: Santa Clarita Library Reading Club
6/22: Great American Camp Out Day in Santa Clarita

Inland Empire
6/12: Riverside Summer Concert
6/15: Inland Empire’s Summerfest
Starting 6/17: Starlight Cinemas in Corona
Starting 6/19: Chino Hills Concerts in the Park
Starting 6/20: Apple Valley’s Sunset Concerts
6/29: Rancho Cucamonga’s 4th Annual Veggie Connection

Please note that these summer events are not sponsored or part of the iLEAD Exploration program.

Summer Fun in July

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Here are some more ideas for the month of July. Please check out these opportunities to help you fill your summer calendars.

Orange County
All Summer: Bowers Museum in Santa Ana
All Summer: Pioneer Road Park in Tustin
All Summer: Tucker Wildlife in Fullerton
Every Wednesday starting 7/1: Nights at the Anaheim Nature Center
7/9: Costa Mesa Concerts in the Park
7/30: Chargers Training Camp

Los Angeles
All Summer: Arcadia Junior Golf Camps
All Summer: Hart Museum in LA
All Summer: LACMA Membership in LA
All Summer: Long Beach Concerts in the Park
7/8: Aviation Career Education Camp ACE Academy

Inland Empire
7/5: Temecula’s Art Off the Walls
7/13: Rancho Cucamonga’s VG Kidz
7/13: Movie Night at Orchard Park
7/15: Temecula Trivia and Pizza Night
7/20: Jurupa BMX/Skate Summer Jam

Please note that these summer events are not sponsored or part of the iLEAD Exploration program.

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