Summer is here, now what to do with the kids

It’s official! Summer season is here, we all enjoyed a long Memorial Day weekend- the unofficial kick off to summer. By now, parents are about 6 days into summer vacation and wondering how they will possibly entertain the kids till school starts in August. Luckily, there is tons of great opportunities right here in the region to keep everyone busy all summer long.

I am pretty sure the most popular activity in the Boonslick region is the Aquatic Center. The pool is open from 1PM-8PM every day and is a sure fire way to wear out active kids and bring the kid out in every adult; what more could we ask for? Season passes, punch cards and day passes are all available. They are also offering swimming lessons in 2 sessions this year, the first one begins June 10th. As a swimming lesson graduate, I can honestly say this is one of the best things my parents ever forced me to do; a true life skill.

For those rainy days (which it seems like lately we get all the time) the Boonslick Regional Library can be a great option. Summer reading story times for two and three year olds occur weekly on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Additionally, the library’s summer reading program kicks off June 1st. Every year, the summer reading program hosted by libraries across the nation encourage and motivate kids to keep reading all summer long. Teachers everywhere will be quite happy with you if you engage your kids in reading. Studies have shown this can help with the summer forgetfulness that happens over the holiday.

The Ashby-Hodge Gallery, located on the CMU campus is also open all summer long in the afternoons. There are several shows coming this summer, including one featuring Fayette artists. Journeying over to Fayette can be a perfect day trip- do a little shopping, tour the campus, check out the art gallery and enjoy lunch. Also, if you haven’t seen it, you should visit the mural in the Fayette County Courthouse; it represents the growth of the area and provides quite a history lesson.

Finally, the Tourism office has created a scavenger hunt for families, which challenges everyone to unearth a little Boonville history. The scavenger hunt can be collected at the Depot and if you bring in the completed form, children will receive $5 in Boonville bucks (just perfect for a sweet treat at an ice cream shop!).

Summer can be the perfect time to get out and Discover the Boonslick! Play Local, Shop Local and Go Boonville.