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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Summer Time Fun - Tip of the Month

As school draws to a close and summer draws near, you might be thinking, what am I going to do with my kids this summer?! There are tons of places you can go and things you can do. Here are a few websites and places to visit this summer to keep your kids happy and learning.

  • Family Fun Magazine - Lots of great games, crafts, and cooking ideas at www.familyfun.com
  • Starfall Learning to Read through Phonics - Practice reading and learning letters online at www.starfall.com
  • DLTK's Printable Crafts - Printable educational activities at www.dltk-kids.com
  • PBS Kids - Online games and educational activities at www.pbskids.com. (There is also a link for parent information about child development.)
  • Home Depot or Lowes - They do a monthly building craft workshop on the first Saturday of every month. They provide the tools, materials, and an apron for the kids to use. Call the store manager to find out details.
  • Mesquite Groves or Hamilton or Desert Oasis Aquatic Centers - A lot of great swimming fun. Lots of extra features besides just the pool. www.chandler.gov
  • Toy Town Play Center - An indoor play center with dress up, toys, dramatic play and more. http://aztoytown.com
  • Arizona Science Center - A great place to explore and learn about science. All hands on science exhibits. They occasionally have free nights. www.azscience.org
  • Makutu's Island - An indoor play place full of slides, tunnels, a zip line and more. It has a couple of different rooms for different age levels and also offers other programs in the summer like Polynesian dancing. www.makutusisland.com
  • http://www.arizonaguide.com/events-calendar/heritage-cultural - An online month to month calendar of events going on in the valley.
  • Desert Breeze Park - A shady, huge park with a splash pad, train, carousel ride and shaded picnic areas.