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Counting down the Days till summer! Ideas to Keep Kids Busy

Only a few weeks to go until summer break!  Kids and parents are counting down the days till school is out for the summer.  No more packing lunches and hurrying to get to school on time.  We can hardly wait to say goodbye to homework and tests.  Time for sunshine, vacations and relaxation.  Well, at least that is the vision we are all hoping for…. The truth is that kids can get bored very easily on summer break.  Their brains need stimulation.  Here are some low cost fun and educational ideas to keep kids busy this summer:

Kids jumpingVisit some local museums!

  •  The Museum of Flight- Admission is $11.00 for youths and FREE for kids 4 and under.
  •  Seattle Art Museum – Children and teens are FREE the first Thursday of each month.
  •  Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture – On the first Thursday of each month there is FREE admission.
  •  Pacific Science Center – Youth admission is $13.00 and adults $18.00.  Members are FREE.
  •  EMP Museum – Youth tickets are $16.00 and Adult tickets are $18.00 if you buy online.
  •  Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park – FREE to visit the park!
  •  Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union – Admission is FREE!

Go to the Movies!

The Regal Summer Movie Express begins on June 24th and runs for 9 consecutive weeks.  Select movies will play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am for only $1.00!  Here is a link for additional information. Visit the Beaches around the Puget Sound! Take a day trip down to Alki Beach and go beach combing for the day!  Another idea is canoeing……University of Washington offers canoe rentals for $9.00 per hour.  It is fun to canoe around the Seattle Arboretum and see the turtles sunning themselves on the rocks.

Go for a Hike!

There are tons of hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest.  Get the kids outside and explore the woods and learn about nature.

Some more fun summer ideas would be to visit the local zoos for the day, camping in the back yard, go swimming at the pool, have a water fight, set up a lemonade stand, go to camp, etc.  The biggest thing is to try to keep your kids busy so they will continue to learn, but try and keep it fun too!!

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By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
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