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Keeping Kids Busy in Summer

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

The clock in your house is ticking down to summer vacation. If you're like me, you're dreading the inevitable mantra, "I'm bored!" Here is a list of national websites that can guide you to a greener and less boring summer for you and your children:


  • AAM. The American Association of Museums website has links to all registered museums in the USA. Visit the link and you can zero in on the type of museums that feature environmentally driven events, collections, and interactives.


  • Local Harvest. The Local Harvest website enables you to connects your with your local farmers' markets, organic farms, and community agricultural events. You'll be able to teach the kids about eating healthy, how agriculture works, and what organic living means.

  • National Parks & Recreation Association. The NPRA website provides an interactive calendar allowing you to input your location and desired happenings to advise on the best events and courses for you and your family. So many of their outdoor activities are nature based and environmentally friendly.

  • National Park Service. The NPS website search engine locates the parks nearest you and what activities are happening there. The NPS functions with an environmental agenda and always has new insights and adventures to share with the public.


  • Netflix. Rainy days are inevitable, but they don't have to be wasted opportunity to learn about environmentalism. There are many family friendly documentaries and TV series on digital media and Netflix: Blue PlanetMicrocosmos, Wild China, Blackfish, just to name a few. There are so many more, and I would be thrilled if you would comment on your favorites as to expand our repertoire. 

You can also investigate your local YMCA, public libraries, local parks, school district, and cinemas featuring free weekday morning movies for kids. Best of luck keeping your sanity and children busy this summer!

Categories: Education, Lifestyle, National

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