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Whether at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

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By Rachel Wells

Summer will (thankfully) be here before we know it. Apollo After School offers unique summer programs for kids in Chicago and here we will suggest great activities if your kids can’t attend this year.

Summer programs for kids that integrate educational aspects into fun daily after school program activities (like our summer STEM projects), can help ease that summer slide.

Camps help students unplug, make new friends, grow personally, reconnect with nature, create memories, and have tons of fun! Our day camps offer fun and educational activities along with traditional camp favorites, in unique weekly themes.

This summer, some of our weekly camp themes include:

  • Masters of Illusion,
  • Jawesome Sharks,
  • Super Hero Week,
  • The Apollo Time Machine,
  • Spooktacular Summer and more.

Structured summer programs for kids are incredibly beneficial. Research has shown that students can lose as much as two months of grade level equivalency in reading, writing, and math over summer break.

If your child is unable to participate in Apollos summer program for kids this year, there are still lots of fun activities you can do together at home that will make this summer one your kids will remember forever, while keeping those brains engaged and learning a little something too.

Have a water balloon toss

See who can throw a water balloon the furthest by measuring how far each person was able to toss them. Practice your aim by setting hula hoops in the grass, and try to toss water balloons into the targets. And after you have practiced your aim with the hula hoops, put on your swimsuit and have some fun getting each other wet.

Have a water balloon toss - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Bake cookies and make ice cream sandwiches

After baking cookies together, make your own ice cream in a bag together too. Cooking provides an opportunity for children to practice measurement and how to follow written directions. To make ice cream in a bag combine:

  1. 1 cup of half and half,
  2. 2 tbsp. of sugar,
  3. and ½ tsp. of vanilla extract into a Ziploc bag.

Push out all the air and seal the bag. In a larger Ziploc bag, combine 3 cups of ice and 1/3 cup of kosher salt. Place the small bag inside the bigger bag and shake for 10 minutes, or until the ice cream has hardened. Remove the inside bag and enjoy!

Bake cookies and make ice cream sandwiches - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Make a photo journal

Take photos throughout the summer of all of your child’s adventures. As you print and glue the pictures into a journal, have your child write stories or memories of the event. At the end of the summer, you will have a pretty fun book to look back on.

Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Have a picnic

Try out a new park, or just head to your backyard. Have your child help you pack up everything you need and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic together.

Have a picnic - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Set up a lemonade stand

Another summer classic. Help your child set up a lemonade stand. Your child will learn how to count money, make change, and the value of hard work.

Set up a lemonade stand - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Make outdoor chalk games

Use chalk to draw a giant twister board on your driveway or create a large maze that your child can walk through.

Make outdoor chalk games - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Look for shooting stars or constellations

Stay up late and stargaze. Make sure to do some research ahead of time so you know where to find the constellations that are visible near you.

Look for shooting stars or constellations - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Paint rocks

Take a walk and collect rocks with flat surfaces. Decorate the rocks to look like animals, or write inspirational words on the rocks to decorate a garden.

Paint rocks - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Catch fireflies in a jar

Try to catch as many fireflies as you can in a jar or bug keeper – just remember to set them free later that night!

Catch fireflies in a jar - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Make bubble snakes

To do this STEM activity together, cut the bottom off of an empty plastic water bottle. Cover the cut hole with a cotton sock, and place a rubber band around both the sock and bottle to secure the two parts together.

Place a few drops of food coloring onto the part of the sock that is covering the hole. Dip the same side you just put food coloring on into bubble solution. Blow through the mouth part of the plastic bottle to create colorful bubble snakes!

Make bubble snakes - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

Set up a tent in the backyard

Even if you don’t want to camp overnight, a tent set up outside is bound to ignite all sorts of imaginative play and fond memories.

Set up a tent in the backyard - Whether Your Child Will Spend Their Summer at Camp or At Home, These Summer Programs for Kids Are Sure To Be a Hit

More activities and summer programs for kids

All of these activities and summer programs for kids combine education and entertainment, and will keep your child engaged throughout the summer months. A balance of both free play and organized activities make for a winning combination. I hope you enjoy your child’s summer break and making memories together that will last a lifetime.


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