Summer for parents and children can be great when it first starts and then it can wear everyone down when the kids get bored and the parents run out of ideas.
No worries! Here are some ideas for you to check out to keep the summer fun going till they go back in August!
There are SO many things for children to do this summer. From camps to physical activities indoors and out, Jacksonville offers endless opportunities for your child to stay busy this summer.
For as large of a city as Jacksonville is, you don't need to go far to find something to keep your children busy!
The Jacksonville Zoo offers camps as well as one day activities your children will love. Check out their "Night at the Zoo" taking place on four dates this summer. You can enjoy live music, food trucks, and seeing the animals at night!
Another hot spot in Jax for kids is Adventure Landing. There are various passes you can buy along with add-ons for say meals or tokens for games. In case you were unaware of all of the things to do here, there is laser tag, miniature golf, a water park, and even a roller coaster! It is a full day of fun at Adventure Landing.
If your kids have more energy than you care to deal with I suggest one of these places for full on movement. Jumpstreet offers different pricing based on the child's age. This location offers all the typical jumping trampoline courts and dodge ball courts. It is located on Beach Blvd. Pump It Up is also on Beach Blvd. and offers slides, air hockey, and mostly bounce houses.
Velocity is another jump place that on the southside of Jacksonville. This place also has a trampoline park and an arcade. They also have foam pits and slam basketball as well. Rebounderz has the same activities as well and is located off of Old St. Augustine Road.
Once they are all tired, why not head to a movie? I know, they can be SO expensive, but there are $1 movies here in Jacksonville!! The Regal Cinemas will show Tuesdays and Wednesdays so definitely check it out! Buy a large REFILLABLE popcorn and you will save some money when all the little ones are wanting some buttery fingers to enjoy the cinema!
MOSH stands for Museum of Science and History. Here your child will exercise their brain! There is a great Dinosaurs in Motion and other Discovery Camps designed to entertain and educate.
If your child needs some quiet time (yes, this is the teacher part of me) I'll always suggest hitting your local public library. Not only can you check out FIFTY books at one time, there are plenty of programs to take part in.
Do your children like rock climbing? Ok, so it's indoors but the Edge Rock Gym offers classes to teach people how to rock climb for all ages. They also offer yoga and Pilates classes.
If your child is too young for those of those places, try Bay & Bee. There is a location on Atlantic Blvd. and one near Bartram. This company bases its philosophy of "free play". This place takes more of the Montessori approach of allowing children to play on their own and explore. Creative dance, learning Spanish, and even learning sign language are just a few of the classes you can sign up for here at Bay & Bee.
How about the good 'ol YMCA? They have multiple locations around Jacksonville and offer an array of activities and camps for your child.
Maybe you want to spend the day with your kids and miss the days of roller skating. Try Skate Station at their two locations in Mandarin and Orange Park. Now there is much more to do than just skate! They offer a playground, rock climbing, and an arcade. Click here for the Skate Station in Mandarin. Click here for the location in Orange Park.
In Jacksonville there are so many camps as well. Sure a lot of the local schools offer camps, but check out this unique one at the Happy Acres Ranch. It is known for being a camp for children of all ages and they will swim, learn about nature, canoe, kayak, arts & crafts, fishing, archery, and more!
Frankly, after writing this blog post, I also want to remind parents that bored children is not a bad thing. Let them be bored and have to use their imaginations to inspire creativity and fun. Kids do not need to be entertained 24/7!
Enjoy your summer everyone!