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While the calendar won't officially say summer for a few more weeks, every kid knows the official start to summer is Memorial Day. Even if you have to go to school after Memorial Day, you are just biding your time and counting the days until summer break is finally here! This weekend brings the first big barbeques of summer and looking at the weather forecast, the temps are definitely on the rise.
Welcome Summer Fun and Be a #LocalLegends!
It's definitely time to open that pool! Once the kids are out of school and things are more relaxed, what's next on the agenda? That's the $64,000 question, right?
You don't have to take a fancy vacation or spend a lot of money to have fun this summer. Not everyone can afford a week at Disney or a trip to Florida. Why not just take the time and become a #LocalLegend? What does that mean? Simple. Think back to the days of your childhood. If you're my age(cough) you probably remember long summer days spent with your friends--riding your bikes, playing tag, catching lightning bugs after dark. Summer meant trips to the local pool, dripping popsicles and hours on end spent swinging on our swing sets and running through sprinklers.
We didn't have day camps, sports camps or day care to fill our days. We may have gone to Vacation Bible School and if we were really lucky, our parents would pack us up for a Myrtle Beach vacation which was the absolute highlight of our year--after Christmas, of course!
Times are different, but you and your kids can still be #LocalLegends. Take the time to relax this summer. Make a trip to the community pool. Have a picnic at the park. Explore your area and look for hiking trails, waterfalls, and natural wonders that are right in your own back yard. Search for local sights and events that can make summer fun. (We have the Mothman Museum nearby that's a fun day trip for older kids as well as Blenko Glass where you can watch glassmakers in action. Another fun spot is The Mystery Hole.)
Your local library is also a great place to hang out in the summer. Check their schedules for summer programs for kids or just take the kiddos on a weekly excursion. It's a great way to grab some quiet time and teach them a love for reading at the same time. (Yeah, I know. They spend all day reading their iPads and maybe even their iPhones, but there is nothing like a BOOK in your hands to foster a love for reading.)
There are lots of ways to have a fun-filled summer without breaking the bank or straying too far from home. It make take a little thought, but if you work it right, you'll never hear the dreaded "I'm BORED" whine out of your kids this summer!
Gymboree is ready to help you make your kids #LocalLegends. They have some super cool clothes available that are not only cute, but comfortable and perfect for all those day trips you know you're taking this summer.
You know the kids need new swimsuits for all those fun days in the pool, at the beach or racing through the sprinklers. Gymboree has some adorable swimsuits available including rash guard suits and you'll like the prices you see right now, too! Choose from sizes for baby, toddler, girls and boys. They have a suit for every kid.
You can also get Girls Dresses & Girls Rompers at Gymboree that will keep them cool all summer. They'll want to wear these darling dresses everywhere, but don't forget the tees and shorts. There's a great selection of those, too!
Your boys will love these tees from Gymboree as much as you do. They're are lots of designs to choose from. Gymboree has coordinating shorts and accessories, too. You can do all your shopping in one spot!
Whatever you do this summer, make sure you take some time to just BE. Just BE a family. Just BE a mom. Let your kids JUST BE kids. JUST BE #LOCALLEGENDS. Remember the days before life was over-scheduled and you had time to swing on the swings all day long, only taking breaks for popsicles or Kool-Aid? Those were magical days and choose to make these days magical for your kids, too!