Kick Boredom to the Curb

Pediatricians highly recommend limiting screen time for youngsters, but what is a parent supposed to do over the summer months? If you combine the heat, the finances, and the time it takes to have an outdoor adventure, it is much easier to look at alternative forms of entertainment. Fortunately, you can find many indoor activities that will impress your kids and keep them busy for hours on end.

Try Out Some New Learning Apps

If you have unlimited satellite internet, allow your children to spend some time on their tablets or computers. There are hundreds of quality educational apps for all age ranges.  By giving your children some purposeful screen time, not only are you able to keep them occupied, but you also keep them engaged with schoolwork. Teachers are always talking about the difficulty kids experience coming back and time it takes to jog a child’s memory after taking such an extended break. Your child can avoid falling into an educational slump with the right apps.

The makers of have created a brilliant program for early learners, and Adventure Academy is designed for elementary school students. Through these games, kids engage in fun games, videos, songs, and activities that follow a traditional learning path for their age range. Your kids will be reviewing old material and learning new things, all while having fun and being entertained. Popular apps recommended by teachers also include Homer, Splash Math, and SpeakaBoos.

Check Out the Local Library

Gone are the boring days of library research and dusty old books. If you haven’t been to your local library lately, you need to stop in and check out their scheduled events. Throughout the summer, many libraries offer a kid’s reading program. There is a list of books recommended, and weekly or monthly activities are held at the library to reinforce or support the reading goal. The programs will differ by age group, but there are plenty of things to do. Because of the focus on literacy and education, many of the activities over the summer align with academic subjects that will be explored in the upcoming school year. Social media sites are a great way to receive notifications about upcoming events.

Give DIY a Try

If you are still feeling the pressure to entertain your family, take a deep breath and get creative. Being resourceful can lead to a whole lot of entertainment when you are worried about being perfect. With websites like Pinterest and PBS kids, you can find out how to make just about anything your kids might need to stay busy. It is totally okay if you aren’t crafty. The fun is in learning and just doing things together. Turn your background into a splash park with a DIY slip and slide or sprinkler run. Have an indoor camping trip and throw in movie night. Raid your linen closet for sheets and pillows and turn your living room into a giant tent. Gather underneath with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a movie together. Host your own cupcake wars or baking show and have each family member show off their mad skills with some frosting and candy. You will take it to the next level of fun when you add in some DIY activities.

Year-Round Fun

Once the summer ends, the fun doesn’t need to stop. In fact, if you have done your job well, your kids will be begging to spend more time you. Making memories and having fun will take a little bit of effort, but it will be worth it in the end. You will be able to take your place on the list of “cool parents” and avoid hearing “I’m bored” all summer long.

Kimberly Lacy talks about HGTV’s “Curb Appeal”

Kimberly Lacy is the project manager on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” formally known as “Curb Appeal: The Block”.. She is also attending this year’s Central Florida Home & Garden Show May 25-27th, 2012. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Kimberly about working on the show and also about the upcoming event.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about your involvement with the “Central Florida Home & Garden Show”?
Kimberly Lacy: I’m coming to Central Florida Home and Garden Show as a presenter and Consumer. As a presenter I plan to inspire and motivate the “average” Do It Yourself’er with easy, budget conscious tips and ideas to get them well on their way to becoming the rock that needs to be turned over to one of the Jewel’s in their neighborhood.

MG: Tell us what you enjoy most about working on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal”?
The thing that I love the most about working on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” is that it doesn’t seem like much of a job. Don’t get me wrong it is a job and it hard work but the instant gratification and appreciate from the Homeowner’s makes it all worth it. It get’s more rewarding everyday and every homeowner I meet. I can be myself and considering I was born to turn Frown’s upside Down, It’s my way of paying it forward and building community.

MG: Working as Project Manager on the show, what is your process when approaching a new job?
I approach a new job with an open mind and the “Can Do Attitude”, I don’t worry. All with knowing and keeping the budget for the project in mind. The budget can easily make or break the job. With that being said, when scouting neighborhoods for the perfect candidate to be a neighbor makeover, we only choose homes that we can give the homeowners and viewers a dramatic before and after with clean up, trimming and pruning, paint, and landscape and still staying within a $1,000 budget.

MG: Any fun stories from behind the scenes that did not make it to the show?
That’s funny! There are always so many fun stories from behind the scenes that don’t make the show. These stories include the crew that work with us behind the scenes. We were working in Oakland, it was a bright and sunny day and every one was in a good mood. We had empty Burlap sacks, which had pebbles in them, laying around and I (being the life of the party) had the bright idea to put on a potato sack race. We even had the human wheel barrel race going on. We created the lanes and finish lines for the races with bags of soil and mulch, pots and paint pails. It was a really good time and we filmed it on my flip cam.

MG: When can does the fourth season of “Curb Appeal” start and what can we expect?
The name of the show has changed from “Curb Appeal: The Block” to “Curb Appeal”. The shows time has also changed from 8:00pm to 5:30pm on Saturdays. So set your DVR’s, it may be hard for people to make it home at 5:30pm on Saturday. The show airs on March 31, 2012. The fifth season will roll in right after so no one will be without their favorite show, “Curb Appeal”. The fourth season is the last season we have Chip on the show and we are having a lot of fun, as per the usual and creating some spectacular makeovers. We are in the San Francisco Bay area, so there are several different types of architecture and John is able to create some serious never seen before designs.