How do I keep my children active this summer?

KMVT/Children playing on a playground in a Twin Falls park.
KMVT/Children playing on a playground in a Twin Falls park.(KMVT)
Published: May. 31, 2016 at 1:09 PM MDT
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School's out for summer and as a parent you might need some ideas to keep the kids busy and active.

Arielle Harrison made her way around town today and shares what she found.

Being a mom of three children under the age of 10, Katie Henna has lots of experience keeping her kids busy and active.

Her 7-year-old is her oldest, and just barely finished up the first grade.

"She's used to being in school from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. So during that time in the summer we have to think of lots of fun things," Henna said.

With Friday being the first official day of summer for this family, Henna says she wanted to start it off right.

This morning they made breakfast together, worked on crafts and made a trip to the Twin Falls Public Library.

"The library is a great resource,” Henna said. “They have story time for toddlers, they have preschool story time, sing songs, do crafts. They have stories to tell that are short for their attention span."

While programs at the library help sharpen and maintain reading and learning skills, other summer camps offered through the YMCA, The Boys and Girls Club, and The College of Southern Idaho help in those areas too.

"I think specifically for the camps that I run, the art education camps, it's a way for kids to brush up on the skills that they maybe have put aside from the summer,” said Camille Barigar with CSI’s Community Education. “My son has done these camps and you just watch them light up. They're bored and home playing video games and then you get them here and you get them surrounded by other kids that love the same things they do, and they just light up."

Another local and low cost option for kids and parents this summer are the summer movie series at both the Magic Valley Cinema 13 theater as well as the Orpheum Theatre in downtown.

From a health standpoint, doctors say studies prove kids who stay active during the summer months are better off when they go back to school in the fall.

"The kids that were active during the summer, had better school grades, better test scores for cognitive functioning,” Dr. Jonathan Tripp of Tripp Family Medicine. “They found that the ones who were actually most active had the best scores."

If you're interested in summer camps for the kids, there is plenty of information online for you to browse, decide and get your kids signed up.

For moms and dads like Henna, creating summertime fun for the kids is something you won't soon regret.

In addition to all of the summer camps and programs both the Orpheum and Magic Valley Cinema 13 movie theaters are kicking off their summer movie series.

These are family–friendly movies at discounted rates.