Colleen Bernadis, Youth Program Coordinator
Kids love summer. They look forward to the last school bell of the year for months, then it’s the time for friends, fireworks, no school and no homework. Summer is every kid’s favorite… until the dreaded mid-summer slump hits. By mid-July, kids are no longer feeling the excitement and joy that came with the arrival of warmer times, and parents are running out of ideas of how to fill their little ones’ days. Summer begins to lose its appeal as your kids get restless and bored– and then all of you are in a slump. Here’s my advice on how to get out of the slump and reclaim your kids’ summer fun
We all know Colorado is an amazing place to grow up– there’s so much to love about the state, but the best part might be the outdoors. We have so many days of sunshine, it’d be absurd to not take advantage of them. Take your kids to the park for a walk, on a hike in one of Colorado’s gorgeous parks, or better yet, soak up some rays with them at our pool here at the Club. There is a lot of fun to be had in our outdoor swim areas– plenty to beat that mid-summer boredom!
Summer is supposed to be a nice break from class, but there’s no need for your kids to shut their brains off for a full three months! There’s no harm in encouraging a bit of reading or some math problems for your kids to keep them engaged and on track in school. Denver has many libraries, events and museums centered around learning to visit with your kids– and Camp Greenwood visits the Museum of Nature and Science every summer for a fun, science-focused field trip.
If your kids are bored, pick a healthy activity and get them to work up a sweat! Organized sports are great for kids of all ages and everyone can benefit from a family workout. The Youth department here at Club Greenwood offers classes and activities for families and kids alike– whether it’s a morning spent in Gym Jam or a session of Parent-Tot Dance Class, your kids have endless opportunities to get moving here with us at the Club.
Sometimes a little boredom is good! Random downtime with nothing planned helps give kids a chance to explore their own interests and learn to manage their time. A little boredom never hurt anybody and the downtime makes the planned activities in their schedules that much more fun.
Take advantage of camp!
Perhaps the easiest solution to curing the mid-summer slump is right here at Club Greenwood! We have an amazing summer camp program here for kids 5–12, and a “Counselor in Training” program for kids 13 and up. Every portion of the day is scheduled fun, led by focused and committed counselors. Kids swim, play basketball, learn yoga, paint solar systems and take a field trip every Friday. Camp cures the summer boredom for all involved; kids, counselors and yes, even me. If you’re feeling slumped, bring your kids over to Camp Greenwood — you won’t regret it!