Enjoy Summer Vacation!

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When another year of school is finished, it’s good to have some fun before it’s time to get back to the books again. Some relatives plan to elaborate vacations and are gone for several weeks, and others like to choose small scale and stay close to home. Regardless of which camp you’re in, below are 10 things you can do that are simple, don’t mandate traveling, and will help you make some fun moments as a family.

1. Scoop up some ice cream, read from a favorite book, and then lie on your back and watch the heavens. There’s something about getting lost in that immensity of space and the quiet of the world at that time that is restorative and peaceful.

2. Invest some time with family. Some people may do this without any travel at all, and if that’s the case, utilize it! Building family bonds with cousins and aunts and uncles can’t be beat.

3. Try out something new. Whether that’s trying a new hike that you’ve never done before, helping your kid make the whole dinner for the first time, signing up for your first 5K, or putting a sprinkler system in your yard, accomplishing something different will make things exciting.

4. Go out in nature. Go camping. Do some biking on a mountain trail. Get up in the mountains to cook dinner on an open fire. Go fishing. Dust off your rock climbing gear and give the kids a chance to try.

5. Get some fireworks and BBQs in there somewhere. Between city festivals and the nation commemorating the 4th of July, you should be capable to catch at least one good show in the sky. And what else says summer quite like a BBQ?

6. Spend some time to wonder, and cultivate it in your kids, too. Delight in the morning dew on a spider web or the crazy fast wings of a hummingbird. Watch a summer storm roll in, dance in the rain, and love the clean smell that involves it. Lay on your back under the trees, stare up at the leaves, and daydream. Not all time has to be scheduled, and sometimes that quiet can help you reset and refocus.

7. Grow a garden. If you’ve never accomplished this before, it’s a great method for kids to watch the process of growing food, from seed to table. Getting out there and working together as you weed, harvest, and plant is one way to educate some great life lessons, too.

8. Get out and enjoy the sunshine. There’s something about feeling warm rays on your face and taking in some of that wide blue sky.

9. Play a card game. There’s nothing like a card game and some good snacks to create the environment for a super fun evening without leaving the house or spending a dime.

10. Read a book, cover to cover, and eventually more than one. Taking some time to read individually and with your children is an easy way to think and relax, and books can also provide you a new window through which to view the world.

And when the end of summer rolls around and it’s time to head back to school, we are here to help take care of the transportation. We provide a safe, reliable way for kids to get to school in the morning, and we’ll make sure they make it home at the end of the day, too.

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