Even though we still see snow and feel cold, it is not too early to begin thinking about summer activities for our gifted children. Often, summer activities bring the challenge, excitement, and friendships our children crave, yet do not experience throughout the rest of the year. Parents often tell me that their children are able to make it through the school year only because they look forward to summer activities with like peers.
Below are several sources that list summer activities. This is by no means an inclusive list, but, rather, a place to start your exploration. You may want to share these links with your children, have them research the activities, and make a list that fits your parameters (location, cost, dates, etc.). From this list you and your child may need to complete an application to the program, many of which have due dates beginning in early May. That is why it is important to begin the exploration process now. In addition to program applications, there may be scholarship applications to complete as well. The WATG scholarship is due on April 1. This scholarship is to support gifted children’s summer activities.
Summer activities do not need to cost anything. Many local communities offer free activities for children and adults. The public library is a great place to start, as are museums, recreation departments, zoos, parks, and other local resources unique to your community.
Enjoy thinking about summer. It will be here before we know it.
WATG Summer Activities
Wisconsin Summer Camps and Youth Programs
Ask the Doctor