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Bright Ideas from our Readers: Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

Thanks to our readers who shared their thoughts on whether it's a parent's job to keep kids occupied during the summer. Here are a few of their comments and suggestions:

Bright Ideas From Our Readers: Inexpensive Summer Outings

From factory tours to collecting bugs, our readers share their ideas for free and low-cost summer outings.

Bright Ideas From our Readers: Low-Cost Summer Learning Fun

GreatSchools' readers share their ideas for inexpensive summer activities that keep children busy and learning all year long.

Ten fun ways to keep your child learning this summer

Backyard gardens, puppet theaters, scrapbooks and crafts are some of the ways to keep your children active and their minds working all summer long.

Learning apps to stop summer slide: grades K to 2

Yes, kids should be out playing. But when you're waiting in line at the grocery store and your child's begging for your smartphone, try one of these apps to keep your child's brain sizzling.

Learning apps to stop summer slide: grades 6 to 8

Try sandwiching these learning apps between tween social engagements. You'll be surprised how palatable these educational tools can be.

Kid-Friendly Adventure Vacations

On these educational and fun immersion vacations throughout the U.S., kids can have adventures and build skills they can use for a lifetime.

Turn Your Family Vacation Into a Real Education

Learning can happen anywhere, even while visiting Grandma this summer.

Learning Vacations at National Parks

Take your family to a national park.

Kids Speak: What Is Camp All About?

During the summer of 2000, campers in approximately 20 camps accredited by the American Camp Association shared their insights about summer camp.