For students, summer means sleeping in, hanging out with friends, relaxing, and for some, swearing off learning until the bell rings for the new semester. It’s healthy for students to give their exhaustive schedules a break, but too much inactivity will lead to summer learning losses and a slow start to a fresh, new year.
Keeping kids busy, out of trouble, and actively learning during the summer months is a common cause we have nationwide. In Denver we have tons of free activities this summer. Below, I’m sharing a mix of festivals, events, concerts, and attractions happening in Denver to help you search for activities offered in your city.
- Downtown Denver Arts Festival
- First Friday Art Walks
- Denver Chalk Art Festival
- Cherry Blossom Festival
- Farmer’s Market
- Latino Rhythms Heritage Festival
- City Park Jazz
- U.S. Mint Tour
- Colorado State Capitol Tour
- Denver Parks and Lakes
- Denver Bike Trails
- Denver Botanic Gardens (free days)
- Denver Art Museum (free days)
Kids don’t always have to go somewhere to explore, learn, and discover. The internet is full of educational resources for the self-motivated student.
- www.khanacademy.org – Self-paced videos and exercises in math, physics, finance and history.
- www.ted.com – free talks from inspirational and influential people
- www.funbrain.com – math, reading, and arcade games
- www.barnesandnoble.com – kids win a free book for every 8 books they read
- www.kidsites.com – A guide to websites for kids
This summer LifeBound is launching a Summer Virtual Academy for students in or transitioning to high school. On May 24, we will present a sneak preview of our Summer Virtual Academy for parents and educators so they can see what is expected of their students. Click here to find out more and register for the free webinar.
Also, be sure to check back in at www.lifebound.com or www.facebook.com/lifebound to stay up to date on our monthly parent engagement webinars to support lifelong learners, educators, and parents who want to improve their effectiveness with students in 5th-12th grade.