Now that the kids have gone back to school in San Ramon Valley, you no longer need to plan day trips to keep them busy. They will be in school all day. So what happens after school? There are several hours between the time that the kids get home from school and before they go to bed that needs to be filled. After you children have finished their homework, here are a few activities lined up to keep them busy.
After School Activities for Kids
If you want to keep your kids off the couch away from their video games, you can take them to MY Gym on San Ramon Valley Blvd. My Gym offers a variety of classes for kids that are age-appropriate, safe, and build self-esteem.
Athens Downs Park
On a nice day, taking the kids to Athens Downs Park is a great way to spend their time after school. The family has scenic walkways and fun, playground structures. You can pack an after school snack, and have a picnic at the park.
On a rainy day, outdoor activities are not possible. If you want to keep your kids away from their electronics and encourage them to be creative, fuse beads are a great option. Fuse beads come with different shaped plates. The kids can fill in the plates with the different colored beads to create a picture. When they are finished, you can iron their masterpiece and the beads will melt together, creating something they will have forever. Not only are fuse beads fun, they also help develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and they can help with shape recognition. If you want to get your kids into fuse beads, you can find them on Amazon.
Create a Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt will be fun for kids to do inside or outside. Make a list of items for the kids to find. When the kids have found everything on the list, you can give them a prize. It will keep the busy, off the couch, and they will have fun doing it. Here are some fun ideas to inspire your next hunt.
Cook Dinner Together
Having your children cook dinner with you is fun for them, and you can get one of your own tasks completed. You can read recipes together, have the kids gather the ingredients, and let them measure things out. The skills that they learn when cooking with you will stay with them for a lifetime.
Kids love to do art projects. Most children can sit down for hours working on art projects. You can go to your local craft store and create a craft supply box containing the following:
- Construction paper
- Children’s scissors
With the kids back in school, creating fun things to do when they get home will help keep them entertained and engaged.