Summer Fun Activities

With only a month of school left for children, parents might be once again thinking about what to do with them for the two months they are off. Well, Windsor Public Library has plenty of resources that can help you plan an exciting and rewarding summer vacation.

For the adventurous family, camping is a great activity. There are hundreds of campgrounds across Ontario that can provide you with a great experience. For those interested in birding on the trip, be sure to discover some of these excellent resources: Birds of Ontario, The ROM Field Guide to Birds of Ontario or Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario. The children themselves may want to do some research before they go; Camping And Hiking and Camp Out! are great books to get the whole family involved. For those with vigour, hiking is an ideal way to experience the wilderness and trails. Essential Hiking for Teens and Hiking in Ontario will prepare everyone for an adventure.

For parents wishing to send their children off for a few days (or a few weeks!) nothing says summer like summer camp. Picture campfires, s’mores, canoeing, sing-alongs, and friendships that last a lifetime. However, for first timers, this can be an anxious experience for both parents and child. Why not get comfortable and excited about the idea by reading about it? Parent’s and Kid’s Guide to Summer Camp Fun and The Summer Camp Survival Guide, are sure to set everyone at ease. Now there is only capture the flag, swimming in the lake and campfire stories to look forward to.

Some families might be preparing for a larger summer vacation. Does the “happiest place on earth” sound appealing? Disney World is every child’s fantasy trip and a joy for parents too, but there are traveling mistakes that can wreck a beautiful trip. Long lines, expensive tickets, sunburn, tired children and bad walking shoes can all be factors. Nothing makes for a better Disney trip than planning ahead and being prepared. Frommer’s Easyguide to Walt Disney World & Orlando and Walt Disney World For Kids 2014 are just a sample of great books.

Don’t forget, if you aren’t leaving Windsor, there are great activities in your own backyard. Windsor Public Library will be offering entertaining and educational programs for children of all ages at all 10 library locations, at no cost. The summer activity guide will be posted to our website soon and paper copies available at the library. This year the summer reading theme is Eureka! The Southern Ontario Library Service emphasizes that Eureka! will have kids be “dreamers of dreams and makers of worlds, and books will be the sparks that help inspire, the tools that help them build.” Programs will encourage them to invent, create, hack, tinker and innovate.

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you in the library!

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