Havenâ€™t we heard this one before from our kids on summer vacation?
â€œIâ€™m bored, thereâ€™s nothing to do.â€
Now the kids of Minnesota canâ€™t say that because summertime is filled with lots of fun and safe stuff for them to do.
The Twin Cities park and Recreation Departments are providing tons of activities to keep kids safe and entertained all summer long. From tennis lessons in Edina, kiddie soccer in Plymouth, day camp in Bloomington, fishing clinics throughout Minnesota, and playground activities in Hopkins and Minnetonka, summer activities and classes are offered for some 800,000 kids.
Jan Ficken, recreation manager fro Brooklyn Park recently said, “We have to have safe places for our kids to go, we have to have them connected to quality adults, and we also have to provide them with a variety of activities so they can explore interests and talents.â€
Summer activities in local parks and recreation districts for kids is important for their emotional and mental health as well as promoting health and fitness. These activities give kids a way to make social connections and provide a form of day-care for working parents. There is even a mobile-fun wagon that drives around to communities and offers free puppet shows, climbing wall and inflated rigs for jumping and bouncing.
In todayâ€™s world where our kids need to be aware of the â€œstranger danger,” recreation programs are part of proactive policing that helps keep kids safe and out of trouble.