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RIDDLE: Summer fun for kids and adults

Summer is here and chances are you are looking for something interesting for your young ones to do. Or maybe you are looking for something interesting to do so that you can escape your young ones for a few minutes of adult quiet time. (Hey, I’m not judging. We all know it’s tough.)

Here are a few suggestions to get into the swing of summer.

It’s about to get hot outside. What we’ve had heat-wise so far has just been a taste of what’s to come. Looking for a creative way to cool off? The Polar Bear Den at the Museum of Arts and Sciences is designed with the littlest of little ones in mind. Children ages 2-5 years old can take part in storytelling, art projects and even a little science, all while parents get involved in the fun, too! The event takes place the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 per child. Call 478-477-3232 for more information.

The Children’s Summer Workshop at the Ocmulgee National Monument seems like it will be a lot of hands-on fun for the youngsters this summer. Children will take a 1-mile hike (meaning they will be good and tired when they get home), they will play some traditional Native American games, make jewelry and pottery. The workshops take place June 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is for children ages 6-12 only. Attendance is free, but you do need to make reservations, so call 478-752-8257 to reserve spots for your young ones.

Let’s say you have really creative little ones. They are always drawing, painting, cutting paper and gluing pieces together. Certainly you want to encourage more of that enthusiasm and creativity! How about the “Art! Day Camps” at the Creative Alternative? There are dates available throughout June and July. Ages 5-9 meet from 9 a.m.-noon, and ages 10-teens meet from 1-4 p.m. Tuition is $100 a week or $25 a day and includes supplies and a snack. For information and reservations, contact Brooks Dantzler at 478-474-8457.

After you have found plenty for the kids to do, you deserve a break yourself. How about some quiet time knitting or crocheting with other like minds? “Knit One, Read Too” happens every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Washington Library. Maybe this becomes great bonding time between you and the oldest kid in your family, or maybe (most likely) you leave the significant other with all the kids and you get some much-needed adult time. After all, you deserve it.

I hope these ideas make your summer fun and creative!

Contact Roger Riddle at roger.riddle@gmail.com.