Summer is coming! I'm so excited about warm weather and sunshine. We just moved to the area earlier this spring and we've really enjoyed exploring what the greater Augusta area has to offer. As Spring Break snuck up on us, and the world descended on Augusta, I wanted to make sure I had a plan for the summer weeks.
My kiddos will be 9, 8, and 2 this summer which means I sometimes have a challenge on what keeps all of them entertained at once. Luckily they all love playing outside. As we begin to explore playgrounds and parks, I wanted to keep track of all the area had to offer. I especially want to make the transition to summer easier for my fellow military families who arrive and want to meet people.
Here's some of the best of what the CSRA (that's Central Savannah River Area if you're still learning the lingo) has to offer:
If you're looking for summer camps, look no further than this awesome list right here. From overnight camps to camps for preschoolers to the fantastic programs put on by the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club. There are also some great camps on Fort Gordon, including an adventure camp and horse camp, which are open to everyone.
Vacation Bible School
I'll be the first to admit that my kids have done several VBS programs in the past. They love it, they have fun, I get a little time to myself, it's perfect. So, here's a list of a few in the area. I'll add more as they become available. (If you know of one I'm missing, share it with me!)
- Abilene Baptist Church
- Advent Lutheran Church pm, with dinner, adult study as well
- First Baptist Church of Augusta
- Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church
- Whole Life Ministries
I'm so excited that there are splash pads here! After four summers in the desert and no good splash pads, this is going to be awesome. This list has eight splash pads, and quite a few open the beginning of May! Splash pads are the perfect place to meet up with old friends or make some new ones. Pack some snacks and enjoy a few hours of water fun.
I'm not sure how you feel about camping with kids (I am still scarred from our first attempt), but there are some great locations nearby for camping. Explore history while you camp at Elijah Clark State Park and enjoy Clark's Lae while at Mistletoe State Park. Both have several camping options, from tents to cabins to cottages. And if you're military, you can check out Pointes West for swimming in the lake, camping, and even a little beach. I think a little getaway with a few other families would be the perfect mid-summer vacation.
I know that sometimes playgrounds are hard in the summer, with all the "big" kids who are normally in school and the hot weather. But they're also excellent for overcast days or days when you really want to run them ragged. Some of the parks I'm eager to try out this summer include Brookfield Park, which has something for all my kids, as well as shaded area and a putting green. (It also looks like a great place to go before lunch or snacks at Boll Weevil.)
Reading is fun, and I love a good library reading program. It's nice to take the kids to an inside activity once in a while and to make sure they are keeping up their reading skills. It's also fun to check out new books myself. For those in Columbia County, the reading program will run from June 1st through July 27th at local branches. The Fort Gordon Library also has a summer reading program that beings on the evening of May 30th, make sure you follow them on Facebook. And if you live in Richmond County, Aiken, SC or North Augusta, make sure you check out those libraries, too!
What did I miss? What are your favorite things to do with kids in the Augusta area?