We can't spend all summer outside. It's just too hot and too much sun, especially for little Lexie. That doesn't stop us from finding other fun things to do. One of our regular routines, to take some time out of the sun this summer is story time. Micah and I try to hit story time during the school year but he isn't always in the mood to sit still (busy little guy!) but with Abby by his side he pays much better attention. We have two libraries that are pretty close to us, we've been to the same one so far but we may try the story time at the other one next time to see which we like better. Last time we went to the other one, they have a substitute and she didn't hold Micah's attention.
After a couple stories and songs, the librarian has a craft for them to do that relates to the books they read. This week it was cards for father's day after reading a couple books about Dad. Last week it was dinosaur puppets and dinosaur books (right up Micah's alley - he was already wearing a dinosaur shirt.)
After story time and our craft, it was their favorite part... picking out books to read. The library offers a summer reading program that we are well on our way to finishing already two weeks into the summer. In addition to the library, HEB, Barnes and Noble and Half-price books offer their own summer reading programs - all of which have rewards (a shirt, book, giftcard) for completing. I have the form for HEB started and need to swing by the other two to pick up their forms or at least print out B&Ns.
Does your library do a summer reading program?
An added benefit of checking out new books? A few minutes of peace and quiet at home while they read them or sitting with them and reading to them.