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May 2, 2014

A Mom’s Perspective: the Best Kid’s Activities to Beat the Arizona Summer Heat. ~ Matthew Dearing

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Summer heat starts around mid-May. Arizona mothers can feel it in the air. School is out…and the Arizona summer heat is coming!

Kids’ summer activities fill the time and provide stimulation. The routines of home may start to drive you both a little crazy after a few weeks! Fortunately, Arizona has plenty of kid’s activities to break up the long, scorching summer! Not only will your kids benefit from new experience as they try new summer activities, but it gives mom some (much needed) break time! Pour yourself a lemonade and catch up on “Doctor Oz.” We won’t judge you.

Finding summer activities for kids of all ages can be easy! Here are a few tips to help you as you plan your kid’s summer!

1. Consider the Child’s Age

When you think of Arizona summer activities for kids, make sure you take into account your child’s age. While a full day (or overnight) camp might be a great idea for a teenager, your younger kids may not be ready. Talk to your kids about the summer activities that they’re interested in, and then explore the varying options of camp lengths to find one that best suits your child!

2. Camp Matter Matters

What subject matter is the child interested in? Think outside the box on this one! You’re not relegated to the usual subject matter of school curriculum. Maybe your kid would be interested in an astronomy summer program. Perhaps your kids have been bitten by the acting bug, and want a taste of the red carpet? Whatever your kids are dreaming up for their summer activities, Arizona has it! Encourage your child to try something new!

3. Remember the Heat

It’s important to remember that Arizona summer heat is not only an inconvenience, but can be a danger! Remember that in the Arizona summer heat, fluids are more important than ever…especially for active children. Encourage your children to drink water throughout the day! The recommended guideline is at least 8-10 servings of water per day! Remember to have them dress appropriately for their level of activity. Light colors and breathable fabrics are great choices for camp wear.

4. Make a Check List

A check list can be a wonderful tool for you and your kids as you prepare for summer camp! You don’t want to find the perfect summer activity for your kids only to arrive unprepared. Make sure you know exactly what your child will need for their summer camp, and create a check list for yourself. Will your kid need to bring their own meals to camp? Is there any equipment or gear necessary for the activity? You don’t want your child sitting on the sidelines, watching all the fun!

If you follow these simple and useful guidelines, choosing a summer camp for your kids will be fun, easy and create an exciting experience for them during the long, hot summer months!

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