Hello dear GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS & ADULTS reader!
I know this pandemic has hit you like a ton of bricks - with having to finish the school year out in quarantine, then the loooong summer (which we are still in!), and now the worries about how this coming academic year will look. I am the mom of two sons who are now out of the house - because of them I began helping families starting in 2004. It’s been a ton of fun for so many reasons, one of which is that by helping other parents, I helped myself figure out family fun and day camps during school holidays. I also am an “info-preneur” and love to research and then share what I know. So in situations like we are in now, I strap on my running shoes and jump into action!
That’s why I created a new blog for these uncertain times we are in to help ya’ll during the school year. Welcome to EXPLORE PICKS! I will, of course, continue producing my CAMP PICKS round-ups of offerings when school is out of session (you can see past editions here). And now I will give you some great ideas for enriching your child’s online or even in person schooling - once each month in August/September/October/November. Many after school or extra-curricular programs aren’t happening - or have changed their structure so it might not work for you. Or perhaps you want a place for your child just to do something new and/or different (after all, this is a great time to go for it!). Just because we are in a global crisis, it doesn’t mean we can’t make life better or more interesting for our kiddos. We will get back to a non-virus world (hopefully soon!) - in the meantime, let your kids have fun in between the school obligations!
Below are some wonderful organizations that I want you to please check out. They are offering a mix of virtual and in person programs - all of them are interesting. Please note that ALL in person programs are following strict safety guidelines.
Speaking of fun - SUMMER IS STILL HERE. I hope that you can take these last few weeks and enjoy some quality family time together. I’ve been doing “Monday Night Live” videos on my GISH PICKS KIDS Facebook page at 9pm where I talk about how to be a “tourist in your own town.” My most recent video is below and you can see the others here, here, and here. Enjoy!
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P.S. If ya'll don't know about the Holderness family and their HILARIOUS videos, you should. They have kept me in stitches for months, and they really understand the struggles of being a human and being a parent in this pandemic (in life really!). You can see their videos here.
"Monday Night Live" August 17
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