How do we keep our kids busy during the summer?

It’s summer and that means that athletic kids who would usually be filling their days with school, then afternoon or evening sports, then homework, now have a lot more free time on their hands. When I was young, that was no problem. It meant pickup baseball, basketball or football games in the backyard with all the neighborhood kids from morning until dusk. But for a variety of reasons, it seems that the days of kids getting together in informal “backyard” settings and playing unsupervised games are a thing of the past. Or are they? Do your kids still play sports on their own, without a schedule or structure? What are some creative ways you’ve found to keep your kids busy and active during the summer?

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