As a mom, I sort of have a love hate relationship with summer vacation. On one hand no more early morning drop-offs or running a million miles an hour from school to practice to church and back to another practice. But that also means kids are home 24/7...yeah!
Planning a big vacation is great but figuring out what to do the other 12 weeks of summer can test any mom's patience, especially when the words "I'm Bored" are on repeat every hour on the hour. We Rise is all about finding ways to make the most of summer vacation AND create memories that will positively impact our kids for life. Here are just a few of our favorite summer event ideas!
1) VBS...Vacation Bible School.
Why? Because many of them are free, safe, and family friendly environments
Benefits: If you are a Christian by faith or not, VBS provides a great place for 2-3 hours a day full of music, games, and social activities to keep kids busy. Many are free or low cost events. Bonus, VBS is offered throughout the summer, so why not sign up for more than one!
June 10th-June 14th- Family Community Church Fresno www.fccfresno.com
June 10th-June 14th- New Covenant Community Church http://www.newcov.com/toy-story-vba/
June 17th- June 21st- The Well https://thewellcommunity.org/blogs/kids-connection/summerpalooza2019
June 24th-June 28th- Trinity Community Church Fresno https://trinitycc.com/childrens-ministries/
June 24th-June 28th- http://www.northfresnochurch.org/?pg=event&spg=197
Teach your kids compassion, empathy, and the importance of serving someone or something bigger than self. There are so many organizations that offer summer volunteering opportunities for kids and teens, just choose an area of interest- serve and have fun!
Magic Fresno- https://www.facebook.com/magicfresno/
Provides adaptive & integrative sports training and athletic opportunity in exceptional needs friendly sports environment.
Miss Winkles Pet Adoption- http://www.misswinkles.com/volunteer/
Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center believes that pets help make a family complete. We work with you to find the pet that will bring your family joy, laughter, happiness and companionship for many years to come.
Interest: People and Humanitarian Relief
Poverello House- https://poverellohouse.org/get-involved/volunteer
All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian at all times. Poverello House accepts volunteers ages 7 and up. They also accept groups, get a group of your kids friends together and instill service leadership.
I know it sounds traditional for all my modern moms but there is no greater joy than cooking with kids. Why? Because cooking teaches math, science, nutrition, and best of all... kids can get their hands dirty. Here are a few ideas that can take cooking to a new level!
Bake some treats and deliver them to those in need.
You won't have to drive around town too long before you find someone that will gratefully accept the treats. Kids will have fun preparing and learn the joy that comes with small acts of kindness.
Visit a local culinary school (www.learn.iot.edu)
Believe or not we have one of the top rated culinary programs in country sitting right in our back yard. Institute of Technology has well known chefs that lead the baking and pasty and culinary programs at the school. Who knows you may have the next master chef.
We live in a world where standards have been compromised- in music, in character, in relationships, in the quality of how we live...and the list goes on.