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June 19, 2012

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Green

Honestly, this is a regional thing. I am from NY, and until the summer before 10th grade didn't even KNOW there were kids who didn't go to camp each summer. School ends at the end of June, and you're off until Labor Day. Camp was eight weeks long. Period. You either went to day camp, travel camp, or sleepaway. Those were the only options. You wash cars, play in sprinklers and go to the beach either after you get home from camp or on the weekends. I had plenty of time to make up games with my brother, write stories, practice basketball in the yard, read books, practice baton twirling in the driveway, ride my bike, etc. Now I live in SF, and most camps here are like 1 or 2 weeks long.

I was a high-energy kid, and one of those kids who had 11 after-school activities and was totally happy doing all of them (and yes there was time for homework, dinner, watching tv, all that). But there are other kids who only do one activity one day a week and that's almost too much for them. There's no one answer that's right for everyone. Do what you see working best for your kid and family (and budget).

kayla

As a fellow working mother, I share your pain in trying to find activities for the kids during the summer months. One activity I like to do with my children is paint rocks. It’s a cheap craft, and you will be surprised with the pieces of art your kids are capable of making! I am constantly getting compliments on the rock art that I have prominently displayed in my office at Dish. Another fun activity is making a pillow fort and having a movie night. Since we have the Blockbuster@Home service through our Dish account, it is easy to pick a movie and stream it instantly. It’s hassle-free and lots of fun. If you try any of these ideas, be sure to let me know what you think!

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