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Mocha Tips: Summertime Activities

by Danae Aicher

Kids in summertime
Last week we asked you for your advice on summer kids’ activities and you responded with some great ideas! Here is what some you had to say:

Chanelle Andrews, Mocha Moms South Jersey Chapter
This summer my two year old son will start his first set of swimming lessons. According to the CDC, "African American children 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of whites." To prevent our son from contributing to this sad statistic, we sought out a local Water Babies swim class to get a head start.

Also, as a former teacher, I would encourage all parents to be sure their school are children are keeping their minds sharp to prevent "summer brain drain." Reading at least 30 minutes or more a day and practicing math facts for elementary school children ensure a successful start for the next school year.

Chanelle’s resources for great book suggestions:

Chanelle’s recommendations for math facts practice:

Erica Crosby, Greater Baltimore Mochas
Follow or register with your local city or town website/social media to receive program information.  Try your local Parks & Recreation and Library too.  We've found great things from town: new farmers market locations,  pottery activities, free outdoor concert series; from Parks&Rec: new festivals, enrichment programs;  from Library: recurring events like story time, Minecraft competitions and science programs.  Best thing from our Parks&Rec is their summer guide that comes with a 1-page refrigerator page listing activities so I check them off when we go ie. carnival, library, museum etc.  It spurred a conversation via chapter posts and our members began sharing our favorite/secret places so we can make our own summer 'bucket list'.

Our local children's magazine hosts summer camp fairs in the winter so parents can meet the reps and get brochures in Feb/Mar to start making preparation.   But don't knock word of mouth from families in your clubs and sports. If camps aren't an option, certainly being outdoors and city pools are.  Our chapter meets each Thursday but during the summer will meet on non-scheduled days at a lake or park for a walk and different city pools.

Erica’s recommended links:

Tiffany S. Thompson
My LO (three year old boy) is very active and we keep him busy with age-appropriate sports and activities through YMaryland. He is enrolled in Karate, Swimming and summer camp. Summer camp is only four weeks so during the rest of the summer we have "camp" at home. We do crafts courtesy of KiwiCrate. We watch age appropriate movies based on recommendations from CommonSenseMedia. We play outdoors on cool days and have homemade water play activities courtesy of HoneyBearLane and Parents magazine. We also find fun free activities like bowling from Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long! as well as inexpensive ones like $1 movie days from RegalCinemas.

We hope you’ll weigh in on the next question:
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