Like so many families, ours has "the big calendar" where we post everyone's appointments, events, games. During the summer it is a little less crammed than during the school year. Yes, that's a good thing but on the other hand, that's a bad thing. We have a so who is too young to drive/get a summer job but old enough to spend his life on video games and social media if permitted. So each week we mom and dad have a planning meeting -- what plans does he have with friends, what can we add, what chores are on the horizon. Each day as he eats breakfast he peruses the list I've left him on the kitchen table. Even my parents will check the list before spiriting him away to hang out with his cousins or go swimming. If you're looking for advice on how to keep your kids physically active during the summer months check out a free talk at the LVHN Rehabilitation Center - Schuylkill, 300 Schuylkill Plaza, Pottsville on Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. "Keeping Kids Active During the Summer" will be led by athletic trainers Heather Saxton, Christina Page and Christian Ormiston.
Another way to keep your kids -- or anyone -- active this summer is by encouraging their interests. I have two activities for the scientists/gardeners in your life. First, the Tr-Valley Library, 633 E. Main Street, Hegins is holding a workshop to build your own solar-powered lantern on June 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. But you have to register at 570-682-8922 by today. This sounds like a fun addition to your garden or backyard. The cost is $25 and the best part is that $10 is donated to Aspire Youth, an organization that serves at-risk youth in South Africa.
Keeing with the backyard fun/gardening theme, Tuscarora State Park is holding a Monarch Pollinator Workshop on Saturday, June 24 at the visitors center at 9:20 a.m. It's free but you have to register by contacting Tracey at 570-467-2506 or firstname.lastname@example.org Rain or shine!