February 23, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Beat the Summer Heat: Entertain your inner child along with your kids

As Southern California sees its first summer temperatures, some Angelinos and Santa Monicans are already needing a respite from near-triple digit temperatures. Well if this describes you, here are five days of indoor activities that are sure to make you and your child happy. Your body will be thanking you as you beat that summer heat.

DAY ONE: Watch Game Show Network (or a local channel) and play along with the contestants.

This one requires a little bit of prepping, as you will want to have prizes (one for every show) to reward the winner. All you will need besides the prizes are a pen and paper to keep track of your own Game board. Once you are setup and ready to go, you and your child become the contestant!

Watch “Deal or No Deal” with them, and instead of playing for money, play for different types of candy or pieces of fruit. Watch “Match Game” and see if you and your child can match celebrities! Catch witch celebrities are lying or telling the truth on “Late Night Liars” or “Hollywood Squares.” Take on the mob on “1 vs 100” with your child. See how far you can get.

If the real contestant gets eliminated before you or your child, you can either keep playing with the next contestant, or declare yourself the winner, and say you made it “all the way!” With the variety of game shows on the Game Show Network or your local channel, this can easily become an all day activity. If game shows aren’t your thing, have a movie-marathon for the day with your child’s favorite actor or actress, or a themed movie day such as moves that have the word “sun” in their title or is the subject of the film.

DAY TWO: Arts and Crafts, Part One.

Remember when you were a kid and made cool crafts out of things like beads, macaroni noodles, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and rice? Well, those fun activities never grow old to do such things!

Pick a theme, such as “Power Rangers,” and set a time limit of two or three hours with the above mentioned items (and other items you want to use) and see who can build the best replicas of things that resemble the theme… a whole Power Ranger Empire! Of course, don’t forget things like glue and tape as well.

DAY THREE: Arts and Crafts, Part Two.

Go to your local toy store, such as Kay Bee Toys, or Toys “R” Us, and buy one or two different model kits, such as an airplane, a car or even a figurine of an animal (like a pony). Take your child with you and let him/her pick it out so it’s interesting to them! Take it home and build the models together. From my experience, planes and cars seem to keep a child’s interest the more than any other building activity.

DAY FOUR: Board Game Mania Day.

This day is pretty easy to setup and complete. Get out four or five of you and your child’s favorite games (buy them if you have to – after all they are your favorites!) and play. Have a competition with them with minor prizes. See who can win the best-of-seven series of Chutes and Ladders!

DAY FIVE: Catch a Movie and help the homeless.

As with all five-day camps, Friday always brings in the grand finale! Make some sandwiches, and other side items that you can put in brown paper bags. Drive around Santa Monica area for a few hours and distribute them to the less fortunate. This will help you and your child have a better sense of community and nothing bonds two people closer together than those who serve together.

When you’re done, hit the local Cineplex to watch a movie with your child. With the amount of child-appropriate movies out right now, maybe you can even catch two of them. Afterward, take your child to their favorite place for dinner and to celebrate a week of indoor fun!

Above all, don’t forget to have fun with your child and build great memories with him/her. A child’s memories and imagination are only as big as their parent allows them to have. Remember, this is their vacation and who doesn’t want to make a vacation great?

Related Posts

Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

July 19, 2023

July 19, 2023

FILM REVIEWMISSION IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART ONERated PG-13163 MinutesReleased July 11th The story in this “Mission: Impossible” chapter, “Dead...

Film Review: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

July 5, 2023

July 5, 2023

FILM REVIEWINDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINYRated PG-13154 MinutesReleased June 30th The director of Indiana Jones and the Dial...

Film Review: Past Lives

June 27, 2023

June 27, 2023

FILM REVIEWPAST LIVESRated PG-13105 MinutesLimited Releases June 2nd and June 9th, Full Release June 23rd The Korean concept of “In...

Film Review: Sanctuary

June 8, 2023

June 8, 2023

FILM REVIEWSANCTUARYRated R96 MinutesReleased May 19th In my humble estimation, this is one of the best movies of the year....

Film Review: The Little Mermaid

June 2, 2023

June 2, 2023

FILM REVIEWTHE LITTLE MERMAIDRated PG135 MinutesReleased May 26th With today’s technological developments, a live-action The Little Mermaid is not only...

A Riveting Revival of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning “A Soldier’s Play” Now Playing At The Ahmanson Theatre

May 31, 2023

May 31, 2023

On Stage With… Murder mysteries, whether cinematic or theatrical, are one of the most popular subjects. The list is quite...

Film Review: Chevalier

May 12, 2023

May 12, 2023

By Kathryn Boole  RATED PG-13107 MinutesReleased April 21, 2023 Chevalier is based on the true story of a historical figure...

Ballet at the Broad Stage Memorial Weekend – Meet the Talent!

May 10, 2023

May 10, 2023

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica returns to the Broad Stage with special guest artists kicking off Friday May 26th with...

Elizabeth McGovern Lights Up The Stage in “Ava – The Secret Conversations”

April 26, 2023

April 26, 2023

Play About Legendary Screen Star Runs Until May 14 At The Geffen Playhouse By Beverly Cohn Ava Gardner, born Ava...

Unconventional Art Festival “The Other Art Fair” Returns to Santa Monica This Weekend

March 31, 2023

March 31, 2023

140 independent artists, immersive installations, performances, DJs, and a fully stocked bar await visitors at Barker Hangar The Other Art...

Samohi Theatre’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” Takes the Stage in Santa Monica

March 1, 2023

March 1, 2023

Shows will take place at Barnum Hall on March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and March 5 at 3...

Film Review: “Marlow”

February 23, 2023

February 23, 2023

FILM REVIEW“MARLOWE”Rated R109 MinutesReleased February 15th “Marlowe” is a beautifully shot period piece that takes place in the late 1930’s....

Film Review: All Quite on the Western Front

February 22, 2023

February 22, 2023

I have never been a soldier at war, although I have close friends and relatives who have been. Universally they...

SMC Emeritus Concert Band to Hold Free Concert This Weekend at the Broad Stage

February 22, 2023

February 22, 2023

Concert February 26 will feature musical selections with an outdoor theme Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Concert Band, under the baton...