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Summer Vacation

It's time for summer sun and fun! Plan your family's vacation or find activities for outdoor fun right at home. Plus, find tips for selecting the right summer camp, staying safe, and preventing summer brain drain.

11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom

All year long you look forward to summer. So why do you feel like you might lose your mind when school is out and you're at home with the kids – all day, every day? Here are some fun and affordable cures for your family's summertime, stuck-at-home blues. If your kids spend the day with a nanny or sitter, pass along these activities and tips for surviving until September. read more

America's Top Family-Friendly Water Parks

There's no better way for parents and kids to cool off on a hot summer's day than with a plunge down a water slide. Here are some of our favorite family water parks around the country. read more

Stop Summer Boredom

Stop Summer Boredom"I'm soooo bored," sighs eight-year-old Jason as he sits down to lunch. "There's nothing to do." For many children, summer means long lazy days that are a sharp contrast to the scheduled school year. In theory, parents and children alike look forward to a break from the pressure of homework and after-school activities. But in practice, a sudden wealth of downtime can add friction to families. read more

Stupendous Sandcastles

Stupendous SandcastlesAn Imagination Station Activity Materials needed: Sand Water Patience Pail or bucket Shovel or spade (optional) Plastic knife, and spoon (optional) Few things make a longer lasting impression than great sandcastles. Memories of individual summers may fade, but the recollections of the castles of summer will stay with us to the end of our days. A Family Project read more

Summer Addresses Form

Make sure you keep in touch with your friends this summer, by recording their addresses on this printable sheet. read more

Summer Fun To-Do List

From simple pleasures to exciting excursions for all ages, use this checklist to make sure your family covers all the basics when it comes to summer fun! read more

Top 10 Camping Foods and Recipes

Keep your campers happy with kid-friendly, familiar meals while you're roughing it. These foods are easy to travel with and can be cooked right over the campfire or on a portable camping stove. Remember to pack all your camping essentials, and store your food in coolers and sturdy containers — and inside your car, if possible to keep critters away. Bon appétit in the wilderness, campers! read more

Top 10 Frozen Treats

Those scorching summer days can be pretty sluggish. Beat the heat with these tasty frozen treats that are sure to cool you down and keep you energized. read more

Top Family-Friendly Beach Destinations

Are you looking for the perfect beach destination for your family this summer? Check out this list of top family-friendly beaches throughout the country, and start planning your next vacation! read more

Top Kid-Friendly Campgrounds

With the cost of family vacations rising, one affordable alternative is to reserve a campsite at a state or national park. Whether you pitch a tent or rent a cabin, at these campsites you'll have a low-cost base of operations for outdoor activities like swimming and hiking. Reservations can be made online at read more

Top Kid-Friendly Summer Vacations

This summer, chill out with a great vacation getaway that the whole family will enjoy. These kid-friendly summer destination ideas are sure to be a hit with your children, while providing you with some much needed relaxation. read more

Top Summer Games and Activities for Kids

Summertime fun comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether at home or at the beach, try these games and activities to make a summer day special. read more

What's Your SPF IQ?

Sunburn is a year-round concern. Take the quiz to find out how much you know about sun protection. read more

Why Boredom May Not Be So Bad

Why Boredom May Not Be So Bad Like most parents on the planet, Kathy W. has heard the complaint, "I'm bored. I want to watch TV." Unlike many moms and dads, this New Hampshire mom tells her three sons, ages ten, seven and four, "That's good! Now you have a chance to explore new possibilities." Kathy thinks kids have to get bored to get creative. read more