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It is officially Day 5 of Summer 2014, has the phrase, “I’m bored!” been uttered from the mouths of your kids or grandkids yet?

Although summer is the season many people, especially children, look forward to, it’s surprising boredom often rears its ugly head. Summer is supposed to be the time of year when we are able to step away from our usual busy lives and unwind for a couple of months.

But now, back to the main question, how can you beat summertime boredom? Lions Pride has come up with a list of things to do with the restless kids in your life.

  • Bring back traditional outdoor games

With the endless supply of video games and hundreds of channels on television, it seems like there would be no reason to go outside. Re-introduce the games that you grew up with such as tag, frisbee and hopscotch. Visit this website to find games you may have even forgotten all about.

  • Plan a day tripSummer Fun

A trip out of town for even just an afternoon can be a great mini-vacation for everyone. The best part is you don’t even have to go far.  There are plenty of things to do in our great State. Click here to find a link to events and attractions. Find a nearby county park by clicking here and you’ll be on your way in no time at all. Many have hiking, swimming, biking and other activities; you never know what you might find. Pack a picnic lunch and you’re sure to have a day of fun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

  • Check the community bulletin boards

June, July and August seem to be the months where there is always something happening. Look to the bulletin boards at coffee shops, restaurants, movie theaters and bowling alleys to find events happening in and around the city.

  • Reach out to your favorite organizations or charities

There’s no better time to lend a helping hand than this time of year. Many organizations host special events or fundraisers in the summer months. Check your favorite charity’s website or call their office to see if there are any volunteer opportunities available. You can check out a list of what your local Lion and Lioness Clubs are doing by clicking here.  This idea has more than one benefit; not only are you helping an organization in need, but you are also showing your children/grandchildren how good it feels to help others.  It’s hard to be bored when you are busy.

Remember summer is fleeting and ends all too soon, take time to enjoy it. Before you know it, school will be back in session!

What ideas do you have to stop summertime boredom?  Share your ideas in the comment section below.