Have you discovered "Pinterest.com?" This is a wonderful site that allows you to "pin" very cool ideas and activities to different boards. You can have boards for science experiments with everyday home supplies. You can make one for backyard water games. Or how about summer crafts? There are hundred's of ideas to pin, share and do!
In between all of these fun activities you can check out your neighborhood church. Many churches offer Vacation Bible School for a week in the summer. Vacation Bible School (a.k.a. V.B.S.) offers your children games, crafts, snacks, movies, science, song and drama. It is a very affordable day camp of activities and academics.
Our church, North Scottsdale United Methodist church, will being hosting our V.B.S. day camp the week of June 16-20, 2014 from 9am until 12noon. Our theme is Cokesbury's Workshop of Wonders, Imagine and Build with God. You will find our campers doing some of those Pinterest water games, building activities, science experiments, making their own snacks, learning Bible stories and singing catchy songs. Oh, and on Friday we bring in a 12' water slide! The church is transformed into a magical oasis for the children and this complete week of activities is only $45 per child (ages 3-12). Youth are invited to help our adult volunteers during the week.
If you are new to town or just new to this concept, just Google V.B.S. and you'll be amazed by the number of options you and your family have to choose from.
Oh, and by the way, while they're at V.B.S. you can check out the Pinterest boards on summer books, local coffee shops, the best way to unclutter your closet, how to maximize power naps or if you are so inclined, you could volunteer your time with the other adult V.B.S. volunteers. Sharing your love of children and God is contagious, rewarding and a lot of fun!
I obviously believe in this experience because I have been part of V.B.S. for over a decade! Not only do you help nurture children on their faith journey but you make some amazing grown-up friends on YOUR journey! <><