The weather is getting hotter, and school has been out for a few weeks now. So what is a parent to do with these kids who are getting bored? I try to have both my kids spend a little time each day reading/looking at books, they help with a few chores, and we review some academic skills as well. However, when all that is done, we head out on little adventures. Here are a few of our favorites.

Splash Pad Burns, TN Kingston Springs Nashville Summer Things To DoWe find a great library program to attend. We attend a few different Summer Reading Programs around where we live. Most libraries have great programs in the summer to keep kids interested in books. You can also sign up for the Summer Reading Program and will get rewards for reading. This is a big incentive for my nine year old daughter, she loves getting to mark her times off and gain new rewards. Some let adults get in on the reward fun as well. The best part about going to library programs is they are free. The libraries have also done all the work for you. They have found the performers, planned the crafts, and some even have movie events! All you have to do is show up and have some fun with your kids. Scope out your local library for sure!

We go and find some water to cool off in for a little while. This could be a pool or it could be something else. We love the Splash Pad in Burns Park located in Kingston Springs. It is a short drive to a fun little splash park. There is also a playground, bathrooms, and picnic pavilions. Lots of fun in a beautiful setting and my kids love going over and over again. I enjoy sitting under the sun shield and watching them squeal as they run through the water. You could also venture to Cumberland Park or the fountains at the Farmers Market for some splashing good time! One day we even just went in our yard and played in the rain runoff in our ditch. Water is water when it is hot outside. Go find a creek or a river and have some fun.

Nashville Summer Picnics Family Things To DoMessy craft time is a favorite at my house. So far this summer, we have tie dyed shirts, made stepping stones, painted rocks, and made sea animals. Do not stress out if you are not creative. Get on line and google a few simple summer activities or go to a craft store to pick up some kits. Set up a table in the shade and let the kids just have some fun. Keep it simple or get fancy with your projects. It does not really matter. My kids are loving that we have more free time to do bigger projects. The messier the better! I just remember it is not about perfect projects. It is about the memories with your family.

Lastly, my family loves attending all the wonderful family-centered events all over the community. There are so many events happening all the time right now. We love to find the ones we can pack dinner and go enjoy. Our favorite is Cheekwood Family Night on Thursdays. They stay open late and you can enjoy their new outdoor exhibit. My kids like exploring in the darkening gardens as night falls. There is honestly more than one event you could attend on most summer nights. Check out your paper, your favorite websites, and find an event to check out.

The most important thing is to just spend time together, unplugged, and having fun. Summer is short but memories last forever.