Pediatrician at Eskenazi Health
With temperatures starting to trend upwards and the school year coming to an end, it’s time for children and their parents to consider fun and interesting activities for kids during the upcoming summer months. Activities for the entire family are a great way to enjoy a beautiful summer’s day.
It’s easy to have fun together by going to a pool, enjoying an amusement park, going bicycle riding, attending a baseball game and cheering on your favorite team, going canoeing, having a picnic or going for a walk.
For many kids, one of the most worthwhile summer activities is going to a camp where they can pursue their personal interests and spend much less time on their iPads and other electronic devices. Summer camps give children the opportunity to meet new friends from different backgrounds and help them learn to get along with others.
Kids often return from camps with improved self-reliance, resiliency and problem solving skills, and with greater selfesteem. It wasn’t long ago when summer camp choices were limited to outdoor camping, sporting and adventure activities. Those camps are still prevalent throughout the country in addition to camps for nearly every imaginable interest or hobby for young people to enjoy and benefit from.
Academic camps on a variety of subjects are common these days along with camps that specialize in the arts such as sculpture, dance, painting, acting and music. Different churches offer day and sleepaway camps and there are also camps for children special
interests like the military.
Service organizations such as 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Kiwanis Kids also offer camps, and more traditional summer camps are hosted by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. If your child has a fascination with technology there are camps that offer experiences in animation, graphic design, website design, robotics and computer programming.
Children with special needs also look forward to summer camps especially designed for them whether they have autism, developmental disabilities, impaired speech, vision or hearing, or other chronic conditions such as asthma.
As you begin your search for the ideal summer camp for your children, please see this helpful link: IndyChildSummerCampsYourKidsWill Love and for other family friendly activities see https://mccoyouth.org/resource/youthactivity-directory/ As always, if you are in need of a pediatrician for your child or a primary care physician for yourself, please call 317-880-7666 or visit www.eskenazihealth.edu/doctors.