Keeping the kids busy and away from their latest video game/ YouTube obsession during summer vacation is tough. If you’re lucky enough to be one of those parents who get to spend the whole day with their kids at home during summer vacation, I know your pain. I’ve been working on a summer bucket list /chore chart to help set some goals and have fun.
Find your local library’s schedule of events. Many host activities and summer reading rewards for kids and adults! Bonus: air conditioning. Check out the Putnam Public Library or Thompson Public Library for events.
Many of the State Parks have trails within them (including those above listed in Swimming). You can also visit Ross’ Cliffs (aka Old Furnace; Danielson), the Audubon Center (Pomfret) or walk/bike the Rails to Trails near you (which are usually easy to walk, wide, flat trails).
Pack up a tent and make some s’mores. Choose a private campground that has lots of planned activities (and pools) to keep everyone both busy and happy. Check out River Bend (Oneco), Brialee (Ashford) and Stateline (Killingly) Many of Connecticut State Parks offer basic camping - usually more budget friendly than the private ones. Visit Wolf Den/Mashamoquet (Pomfret), Hopeville (Griswold) or try beach camping at Rocky Neck (Niantic).
Where do you like to go for summer outings in the Quiet Corner? I’m always looking for an adventure - leave me a suggestion below!
Nicole Bushey is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer located in Woodstock, CT.