Kick Boredom to the Curb this Summer

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Monday, May 4th, 2015 at 12:40pm.

Summer vacation is almost upon us. In fact, St. Louis Park kiddos will be let out for their summer break on June 8th, a little more than one month from today.

Summer break is a lot different today than it was when we were kids. TV, video games and the Internet are all responsible for that sense of boredom kids feel when they aren’t being constantly entertained or stimulated.

While we understand that we grownups don’t get a summer break, and most of us must continue working during the time the kids aren’t in school, many employers allow parents a day off here and there. These are ideal times to get in some parent-child bonding and there’s lots to do right here in St. Louis Park.

Miss the ice?

The indoor ice rink at St. Louis Park’s rec center beckons you to open skating all summer long, until August. Hours vary and there is no open skating on certain days, so check the website for details.

By the way, the Rec Center is also offering ice skating and hockey lessons for the kids during summer vacation and they also offer two week-long summer ice skating camps. Register online.

Forget the ice!

If you prefer wheels on your skates rather than blades, and skating on hardwood rather than ice, you and the kids will have a blast at Roller Garden.

A St. Louis Park fixture for more than 70 years, Roller Garden is participating in the Kids Skate Free program on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Fridays from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Register for the program here.

What’s summer without getting wet?

What kid wouldn’t love a day at Oak Hill Splash Pad? Located at Oak Hill Park, they can enjoy bubbling hoses, sprinkler arches and water nozzles with the wave of a hand. Folks at the Rec Center liken it to “running through the sprinkler on a grand scale.”

We particularly like the Splash Pad for its admission prices: FREE if you’re a St. Louis Park resident. Get details on hours of operation by clicking here.

How does?

When you were a kid did you ever wonder how a radio d.j.’s voice gets from the studio into your radio? Wonder no more, because the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting will clear up that and more.

Not only does the museum hold an amazing collection of of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment, but it offers educational classes for kids and adults.

You’ll find the museum at 3517 Raleigh Ave. in St. Louis Park. Get more information by calling the museum at 952-926-8198 or on its website.

Need more ideas?

Westwood Hills Nature Center is hosting summer camps and the Rec Center is offering week-long skateboard camps.  Kids can also take some very cool classes at the Rec Center, such as self-defense, archery, tennis, scuba diving and more. See the entire list of programs by clicking here.

 

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