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Getting kids involved in summer activities

May 18, 2016
By Amber Hovey - Staff Writer , Estherville News

As the end of school approaches, many parents are looking for ways to entertain their kids this summer whether it is through vacation, camps or area activities.

The great attribute about the area community is that it is family friendly and many local organizations are working to get kids involved. So if you don't have plans already this May and June or are looking for more activities for the kids to do, be sure to check out these great kid friendly events.

On May 24, the Emmet County Wellness Coalition with the help of a number of area sponsors are hosting a bike safety event from 5 to 7 p.m. At the Estherville Public Library. Here kids can entering a drawing for a bike, get a free bike helmet and the Estherville Police Department will be performing bike safety checks.

Starting May 25 through the month of July, the library will be hosting a Library Weekly Bike Ride every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This is a great chance for families to come together and ride.

On May 26, the library will be hosting the Family Coding Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Here kids and parents can learn about coding and how their family can benefit from learning technology and programming skills.

Beginning in June, the library begins their summer reading program, which is a great way for kids to pass the time as well as better their reading skills. One way to make reading more fun is to make it a family event, whether it is reading to your child, having them read to you or just designating a time where the whole family sits down and reads for half hour.

On June 4, families can spend a fun filled day supporting Relay for Life and enjoying a number of great activities and delicious food. Kids can also spend 1 to 4 p.m. fishing for Youth Fishing Day out at Jordet's Pond. Participants for Youth Fishing Day must be ages 8 to 15 and must pre-register with the Emmet County Conservation.

The Emmet County Conservation will also be hosting their Junior Naturalist Camps on June 7, 14 and 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. These camps are for K-8 and there is a limit of 10 youth per day so be sure to pre-register.

On June 11, from 2 to 8 p.m., families can head out to Peterson Point for the Peterson Point Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive. Here kids can sample traditional pioneer food, enjoy horse and wagon rides, and participate in some old fashion activities.

These are just some of the fun activities and events happening in the months of May and June.

Other activities fun for kids include taking a nature hike through one of the multiple conservation areas, fishing on one of the area's beautiful lakes, camping at one the many area campgrounds or going out to watch a local baseball or softball game.

Summer is a great time to kick the kids outside and have some fun outside the digital world. There are just so many fun activities and events that helps kids to socialize as well as get the exercise they need for a healthy life.

Don't let your kids tell you they are bored this summer! Get them involved in what Estherville and the surrounding community has to offer.



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