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“I’m Bored!” and How to Survive the Summer with Kids


It’s happening—the newness of summer starts to fade, the kids start fighting and you start hearing the whine of “I’m bored” statements. As much as I love the sun, sleeping in, and unstructured time, it’s also a challenge if you are at home all day with kids. Having a few scheduled activities can help break up the mundane day-to-day and give you a break as well.

Here’s the secret. It doesn’t have to be summer camp. Just a few hours can create the structure and schedule to help the day go by more smoothly.

Here are a few ideas that are free and can fill in for a few hours:

-family hikes

-u-pick berry farms

-Farmers markets (we have one every Wednesday in Camas)

-First Friday Art walks

-Getting Artsy on AMNW (free art project I teach each month, always the second Thursday of the month)

-concerts in the park (also every Wednesday in Camas)

-Vacation Bible School (check into local churches for their schedule)

-outdoor movies in the park

-fishing or swimming at our local lakes or rivers

-Storytime at the library

-Scavenger hunt or geocache (you can create your own or check out one of the many apps)

Or starting next week, we have created six weeks of Art-Van-Go camps for kids. Each week has a different theme and, for a few of the sessions, we offer morning and afternoon camps. You can find our Art Van-Go Kids camp schedules here:


Ohhh, and if you don’t have a kiddo but want to support a family this summer you can always make a donation! Your gift would go toward scholarships for art classes to anyone in need. Our goal is to make art classes affordable and accessible to anyone who wants to take them.

Lastly, parents need a break too! We have ongoing art classes every Tuesday. Drop in for a morning or night (the first one is free!) and enjoy a glass of wine and painting.


We also have specialty workshops happening. Join our email list for the latest and greatest.


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