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Summer Fun With The Kids
With children out of school for the summer, au pairs often find themselves wondering what interesting and engaging activities they can do to keep their host siblings entertained. Here are some ideas to consider!
Around the House
Long days and short nights bring many summertime hours to fill with interesting adventures. You don't have to leave the house, however, to keep children from utter boredom. To help beat the summer heat, consider some of these “around the house” activities from EurAupair:
- Make ice-cream cookies - Who doesn't like ice-cream and cookies? Mash them together, either with store bought items or homemade confections, and enjoy a sweet, chilly treat.
- Stage an impromptu water fight - Squirt guns, water balloons, soaked sponge balls, and a hose can lead to hours of fun. Stash your items around the yard and enjoy a summer time favorite.
- Build an outdoor adventure - Using items readily available around the house or bought for cheap at local stores, build a customized outdoor adventure in the backyard tailored to the unique interests of your host family - such as a scavenger hunt, backyard carnival games, and more.
Out and About
When the children start to get antsy, head out of the house for fun play-dates. Look into local attractions, such as mini-golf, bowling, or the roller-rink. Explore local farmers' markets and take your tasty finds with you on a bike ride to enjoy a picnic in the park! If you are a strong swimmer, spend a day by the beach, at the pool, or a local water park.
However, it's very important not to take the children anywhere without speaking to your host family first, to make sure they are okay with your choice. Also, if for any reason you do not feel as if you can keep your host siblings safe, such as at a busy water park, it's better to skip that activity. The alternative options are virtually endless with a bit of imagination.
Use your summer time to get the most out of your American family experience and visit museums, science centers, or even watch a new movie. For more information on the American family experience, please contact EurAupair today! They have worked hard for over 30 years to help enrich the cultural understanding between young people all across the globe.