Summer can be a great time for kids to take a break from the pressures of school, explore their strengths and interests, or just have fun with friends. Finding things for kids to do over the summer is a challenge for every family, but it is particularly difficult for our families. Sensory issues, anxiety, attention problems, fine and gross motor problems, or the potential for outbursts can be barriers for our children’s participation in many activities.
But don’t give up! It’s so important for our kids to be involved in their community. We are listing below lots of ideas to help you get started. In this issue, we have low cost activities for families, fun and affordable ideas for kids, special swim lessons, and opportunities for teens.
A few fun and affordable ideas for kids:
- –Art in the Parks
- –Bocce Ball (adaptive)
- –Drama – Act Out at the Library
- –Geocaching for S’mores
- –Gaming Nights at the Library
- –Horseback Riding (therapeutic)
- –Open Gym & Open Adaptive Gym
- –Tennis – Inner City Tennis
- –Yoga and Autism – Center for Engaging Autism
IDEAS FOR TEENS
Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
- Animals – Animal Humane Society
- Art – Juxtaposition Arts – VALT Training
- Books –Library work, tutoring, summer programs www.hclib.org
- Carpentry – Habitat for Humanity internships
- Urban Boat Builders – Apprenticeship
- People – Seniors – Meals on Wheels
- Kids – Twin Cities YMCA
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation
Programs for Teens
- Youthline Outreach Mentorship
- Youthline engages youth ages 12-16 in positive leadership experiences and recreational activities while connecting them to adult mentors in the parks.
- Teen Teamworks
- Teen Teamworks is a summer employment and educational program for youth ages 14-18.
- Nite Owlz
- Nite Owlz provides extended teen programming at various recreation centers from 8-11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Activities may include open gym, cooking, computer labs and more. Contact a neighborhood recreation center for details.
- IDEAWERKS is for youth ages 12-18 to learn multimedia production; record audio and video information on a digital media workstation; study music basics and computer software to create music tracks and videos; and produce and record individual multimedia projects.