FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga.—With school out for almost a month now and temperatures climbing above 80, it’s safe to say that summer is in full swing.
As excitement over the end of classes starts to wear off, complaints of “I’m bored!” start coming from kids. Parents and caregivers might find it more difficult to think of activities to keep young minds entertained.
While Forsyth County has its fair share of beautiful parks, movie theaters and pools, sometimes families with kids need a more unique activity to shake off the summer boredom.
Here are a few ideas to change up the regular routine, explore the local area and have an unforgettable summer.
Shop at a local farmers market
Farmers markets can be great for teaching kids about where their fruits and vegetables come from. Forsyth County has a few farmers markets where locally made and grown products are offered.
The Cumming Farmers Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds is open from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Don’s Farmers Market, at 2152 Peachtree Pkwy in Cumming, is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Farmer Don keeps his market stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, cheeses, milk and more. Forsyth County’s newest market is the Lambert Farmers Market. Started by rising Lambert High School seniors Julia Ciaccia and Cesar Ruano, the Lambert Farmers Market takes place on the high school grounds from 4-8 p.m. Saturdays.
Volunteer at the Humane Society
Kids who love animals can have a great hands-on experience helping out at the Humane Society of Forsyth County. Kids younger than 16 must have a parent or guardian present while volunteering, so this is a great opportunity for the whole family to get involved.
Volunteering at a shelter can teach kids how to be responsible with animals, while providing an enriching summer activity. Go to http://www.forsythpets.org/get-involved/volunteer/ for more information.
Cool off at The Ice in Cumming
Usually, when thinking of a good way to spend a summer day, ice skating isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
But, The Ice, at 1345 Atlanta Hwy in Cumming, offers public skating hours every day through summer. Ice skating can be a great activity on a day that’s too hot for outdoor activities. Kids can have fun testing their skating skills while getting exercise. The Ice also offers summer camps and clinics.
Explore the area through geocaching
Geocaching is a scavenger hunt using GPS coordinates to search for geocaches — or containers — at specific locations. Participants can sign up for a free membership on geocaching.com and search for geocaches in the area. After a geocache is found, participants can sign the logbook and leave something in the container.
Geocaching can be a great way to explore the local area, and kids can enjoy participating in a real-life treasure hunt. If geocaching seems a bit too complex, kids can always download an app, like Pokémon GO, and go on a mini-scavenger hunt right in the neighborhood.
Climb a tree at Sawnee Mountain Preserve
Sawnee Mountain Preserve is known for its excellent summer camps and more than 11 miles of hiking trails, but this August, adventure-seekers can get a unique view of the preserve from the tree tops.
On August 5, 12, 19 and 26, participants can drop by the preserve and partake in this fun summer activity. Sawnee Mountain also offers rock climbing, crafts, guided hikes and other activities to allow participants to learn more about the natural beauty of the mountain.
Pick fresh berries at Blueberry Garden’s
Blueberry Garden’s is a U-Pick blueberry farm at 5475 Crow Road in Cumming. Kids can enjoy the outdoors while also snacking on kettle corn, blueberry lemonade, fried Oreos and other treats made at the farm.
Having fresh blueberries at home can also lead to making new recipes and teaching kids the basics of baking. Blueberry Garden’s is open for picking on Saturdays from mid-June to August and by appointment.