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The Bored Kid Syndrome

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Seniors love to interact with young kids and this opportunity shows our kids the importance of giving back and supporting the community. Soup kitchens need help prepping meals, greeting patrons and cleaning up. You can look in the phone book or on-line for a non-profit in your immediate area.

A night at the drive-in. Instead of being cooped up in the cool air-conditioning of a movie theatre, enjoy a night under the stars. Most drive-in’s cater to families and offer other activities like pony rides, moon bounces and a playground. This great outdoor activity lets the kids enjoy time outside and meet other children. Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and bug spray for a great movie and night of family fun. Some drive-in’s even allow pets. You can bring your own food but most drive-in’s make their money at the concession stand. Here is a list of drive-in’s by state: http://www.driveinmovie.com/mainmenu.htm

Some other things to consider are:
• Visiting a fire station
• Visiting a fruit farm and picking fruit
• Hosting an outdoor costume party
• Rainy day movie marathon. Pick a theme like science fiction or the 80’s
• Open a lemonade stand. You can also sell cookies or Popsicles.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Sources:
http://www.squidoo.com/kidssummeractivities
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/06/14/battle-the-bored-kid-stuff-to-do-this-summer/
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Summer_Activities_for_Kids_125380688.html
http://moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/video/affordable-summer-activities-for-kids/6257047/?tag=content;col1

Reviewed July 14, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Alison Stanton

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