(KUTV) With the school year coming to a close, kids across the state are looking forward to long, lazy days. But parents may be wondering what to do with all that free time.
Here are four suggestions for making the most out of summer vacation:
1. Visit a National Park â with five National Parks in Utah and plenty more in surrounding states, planning a visit to one of these destinations is an inexpensive way to see some of the countryâs greatest sites. Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dinosaur, and Zion all offer camping facilities as well as a variety of fun activities for kids. More information can be found at www.nps.gov
2. Check out local attractions – you don’t need to take a trip to find something fun to explore. In the Salt Lake area, you can spend an afternoon at the Hogle Zoo
or Tracy Aviary
. Check out The Children’s Museum of Utah
or the new Living Planet Aquarium
. There’s plenty to do right in your own neighborhood.
3. Bury your nose in a book – school-aged kids risk losing valuable literacy skills over summer break if they’re not encouraged to keep reading. Many local libraries offer programs and incentives to help, and the National PTA has plenty of resources for finding great age-appropriate books. Go to www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2523
4. Get active – warm weather and spare time are the perfect combination to get outside and get active; but far too many kids spend their summers indoors on the couch. You can encourage your child to get some fresh air with tips from www.letsmove.gov
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