Summer is Back! Ideas for Safe and Social Family Time This Summer

After a long and challenging school year it is finally time for children and parents (and teachers!) to enjoy a well-deserved summer break.  This time of reopening after the pandemic is filled with a variety of emotions.  While some of us are ready to jump right in and see our friends and family and get back to our favorite social events, others are feeling anxious and fearful about how to safely navigate being in social situations again.  A recent article from the Child Mind Institute offers a few tips on ways to check in with your family about how everyone is feeling in order to enjoy a safe and social summer vacation.

  • Plan ahead and be prepared to be flexible. Try to make your plans a few weeks ahead of time, as children will feel less anxious if they know what to expect.  They should also understand that some plans may change and that is ok.
  • Lay down some ground rules. Decide with your family what being safe and social means to each of them.  Different family members may have different expectations about this “new normal.”
  • Take things gradually and step-by-step. Instead of jumping right into a busy summer schedule, ease into activities and social gatherings.
  • Validate fears. Let your children know that you understand they may still be fearful of being around people or getting sick and it is OK to take things slowly.

We have put together a few websites that offer some recommendations for fabulous family fun in New Hampshire:

Family Friendly Things to Do

This is your guide to all things to do with your family in NH from where to go if it rains (or too hot outside) to where to pick your own blueberries!

2021 Family Summer Fun Guide

This helpful guide includes Ten Top Spots to visit in NH, the Best Family Friendly Campgrounds and a guide to the best lakes, beaches and swimming holes.

Summer 2021 Family Programs at Families First

Families First offers a wonderful variety of family programs this summer, outdoors and online.  Some of these include Family Hike Night and an online workshop with author Peg Dawson on Executive Functioning.

Library Outreach Programs from Children’s Museum of NH

Check out your local library to experience a trip around the world to investigate animal science through popular folktales and legends.  This will be a virtual summer reading program with pre-recorded videos, online activities, and activity kits.

The Best Summer and Fall Comeback Events for 2021

Check out this guide to some annual summer and fall events that are back, including the Deerfield Fair and the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival!