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Examiner
  • Best summer activities - from those who know

  • Summer school ends this week for students in Eastern Jackson County school districts, and one of the things on the minds of students is what to do with their remaining summer vacation.

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  • Summer school ends this week for students in Eastern Jackson County school districts, and one of the things on the minds of students is what to do with their remaining summer vacation.
    The Examiner spoke with fourth graders at Blue Hills Elementary about what they enjoy most about summer. Students in kindergarten through fourth grades at the Fort Osage elementary school spent Monday participating in “Fun Day.” The annual event marks the end of summer school, and there was a variety if activities including an obstacle course and bounce houses.
    5 Spend more time with family and friends. Summer means no school, and no school means children have more time to spend doing other things or having fun with people they do not get to see as often during the school year.
    “My favorite thing to do in the summer is spending time with my family,” David Jacquez said. “We get to go swimming and do other things. It is really fun.”
    4 Play sports. Various sports are available for children and adults in the summer including softball and baseball leagues. The cities of Blue Springs and Independence both offer recreational activities for those of all ages.
    “I love playing my sports,” Xander Jones said. “Baseball is my sport. I think just comes naturally to me, and it’s a lot of fun.”
    3 Play outside. What better way to get children off the couch and away from those television shows and video games than to send them outside. Whether it is playing with friends, kicking a ball around or playing tag, there are a multitude of options to keep children entertainment.
    “I love playing tag hide and go seek or even washing the car,” Jada Brockman said. “It is pretty awesome play outside.”
    2 Swimming. A favorite among children and adults, warmer temperatures mean more time in the swimming pool. Eastern Jackson County has several options for cooling down in the water including Adventure Oasis in Independence, The Blue and the Blue Springs Family YMCA in Blue Springs and CoCo Key Water Resort in Kansas City. Each location has membership or season pass options for the family.
    “I love swimming. It is so much fun,” Jonessa Longknife said. “When it’s really hot, it’s nice to just jump into a pool.”
    1 Just have fun. When asked what their favorite summer activity is, one theme was consistent - having fun.
    “I like to have fun,” Lacee Harris said. “I like to go swimming all the time because it is exercise, but it’s also fun. I just like to have fun in the summer.”
     
     

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