Some ways to help your kids fight those summertime blues WEST COLUMBIA


June 30, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

Remember how anxious the kids were for school to end and summer vacation to begin? Well, it's been a little over a week since schools closed, and already the word "bored," is escaping from the lips of some.

"Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do, 'cause there ain't no cure for the Summertime Blues."

So what are parents to do when the words to this old song seem to ring true for their children? Obviously, they need things to keep them occupied during the long, hot summer, and parents are often stressed, both mentally and financially, trying to fill the summer void.

The neighborhood pools offer some early relief from boredom, but as the summer wears on, even going to the pool becomes a drag.

A family vacation offers some relief, too. But, alas, it is short-lived, and often serves only to accentuate the boredom in the days that follow.

And, there are lots of camps.

Both Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Columbia Association, offer camps with activities for kids of all ages. Private day care centers also offer summer camps for the younger children. Unfortunately, because of finances, logistics or dozens of other reasons, camps are not for everyone.

According to most experts, and parents who have found answers on their own, the solution lies in a diversity of activities, not necessarily the type of activity, or the length, quality or quantity of those activities.

If a child knows that a variety of activities is scheduled, boredom is usually offset by anticipation and planning.

Ask your children what they would like to do. Concentrate on activating those suggestions that are feasible. Make the kids part of the decision-making process.

Plans don't have to be elaborate, or expensive. Simple things, like planned day trips to local parks, a Sunday picnic on the Skyline Drive, a trip to Harper's Ferry, or a Saturday excursion to the beach can make the "summertime blues" disappear.


One activity that middle school kids can plan on is the Middle School Pool Party to be held at the Faulkner Ridge Community Pool July 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The party is open for anyone entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grades in the fall. There will be music for dancing, lots of games and plenty of snacks to keep the energy level high.

The cost is only $1, and you must pre-register by July 12. Call Slayton House at 730-3987 to register.

) The rain date is July 21.


Mankind has long looked upward in wonder at the night sky, at those tiny sparkling points of light suspended in the blackness, and the ghostly white glow of the moon.

The moon was once worshiped by some, feared by others, and it has served as a symbol of romance to generations of lovers.

But, now that man has walked upon its surface, and brought pieces of it back to Earth, the moon no longer holds an aura of mystery.

However, there are still many wonders and mysteries in the heavens, and many of them will be part of a fascinating adventure for children from ages 6 through 9, when the Howard Country Library presents "Sun Spots and Meteors," a program that will explore the planets, the stars, the sun, the moon and the world around us.

Tales based in both fact and fiction will unfold the natural wonders of our universe.

This informative and exciting children's program will be presented at the Central Library on Thursday, July 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and may be made in person at the library, or by calling 313-7880.


The parishioners of St. John's Catholic Church are eagerly awaiting the completion of renovations being done to their chapel in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Among the additions are skylights, which will allow natural light help illuminate the chapel; a new pulpit area; and an expanded music and choir loft. New carpeting is also scheduled.

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