Source: Flickr, Mack Male

Source: Flickr, Mack Male

The end of the school year is fast approaching and we all know what that means – summer! Summer can be a great time for children and families, especially when pool parties and picnics are involved. But it can also be a stressful time for parents. From juggling work and childcare, to coming up with fun things to do during the day and evenings so your children aren’t restless at home (and driving you crazy), summer often means brainstorming activities at the last minute. This year, we are compiling fun and educational things you and your children can do as your families grow and create more wonderful summer memories.

Parents Get a Break

Youth at the HeART – This unique children’s art studio and gallery is the first of its kind. It’s run by local artists and offers a kid-friendly studio that features face painting, ceramics, color classes, and group options. While your kids learn about art and have fun, you can tour the gallery or relax with a coffee next door.

Tech Camp – Just down the road a bit from Lenexa, are iD Tech Camps at the University of Missouri. With classes for children as young as 6, these camps are a great way to have your children learn new tech during the day and expand their possibilities. Classes vary between half and full days, and for those with older children they can also stay overnight on campus. These camps are successful and fun, so for those with kids who can’t put the phone down, check these out.

Summer Camps – There are camps for every interest happening in and around Lenexa. From those focused on nature, to sports, art, performing arts, and even special needs camps, your children can have lots of fun all day long. The KC Kids Fun site compiles all of the local camps in an easy-to-access list and they update regularly. It’s not too late to start registering, so check these out and you’re sure to find something that works.

Easy On the Budget

Black Hoof Park – This 210 acre park is full of waterways, wetlands, and forest and is a Lenexa staple. Plan a picnic and bring kites for you and your family to have a fun-filled afternoon. You can hike, fish, and let your kids get their energy out on the playground.

Sports Leagues – Have kids interested in sports? Then check out All American Indoor Sports with league options for every age, including Lil’ Kickers for those 18 months to 9 years old.

Peeper Ranch – For those with horse lovers, this ranch is a must. Riding lessons are available and the grounds are lovely to visit.

Cooking Classes – For those with children who are a bit older, check out the great offerings from Young Chefs Academy in Lenexa. There are summer camps, field trips, and master classes all year long, so there’s something for everyone’s budget. Have a child in girl or boy scouts? They can also do group trips to learn all about cooking. Next Thanksgiving, you could have help in the kitchen!