10 Things to Do with Your Kids in West Georgia this Summer


Summer vacation 2017 is here! Though kids and parents counted down the days, now that school is out, how are you going to fill those days? Here are 10 ideas sure to make both you and your children happy and active this summer.

1. Explore the world. Sign your K-2 students up for Wolves Exploration Camp at the University of West Georgia (UWG). Each week, this day camp taught by UWG staff will take kids on an adventure to a different time and place. Learn about Jurassic dinosaurs, art, oceans, the spy life, or space—the choice is up to you! Camp is held daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Find out more here: UWG Continuing Education or call 678-839-6611.

2. Bike the Greenbelt. As the largest paved loop trail system in the state of Georgia at 18 miles, the Carrollton GreenBelt is one of our area’s natural treasures. Ride your bike or walk the trail and make stops along the way at stores, restaurants, and parks to complete the experience.

3. Take a swim. One of the best places to cool off in Carrollton is Midtown Water Park, located just off Highway 27 at 125 Leroy Childs Dr. The park includes slides for smaller children, a 150-foot Spiral Speed Slide, a Zero Depth Entry for young children, a rain tree, walrus swings, concessions stand, picnic area and more. The park is open daily at noon (1:00 p.m. on Sunday), and on family nights, play from 4-7 for only $1. Regular daily admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students (with ID) and seniors. Family passes are available.

4. Learn to play soccer. Soccer continues to gain popularity in the U.S. because of the athleticism required. Challenger Soccer Camps are a great way for kids to learn the basics and improve their skills while having a lot of fun with coaches from around the world. Most camps include a free soccer ball, t-shirt, poster, and certificate. Camps will be held in our area throughout the summer, including in Carrollton, Villa Rica, Bremen, Sharpsburg, and Douglasville. To find a camp location near you, go to
www.challengersports.com/summer-camps/ and click “Find a Program.”

5. Take a walk. If it’s too hot outside for you, enjoy a walk inside at the East Carrollton Recreation Center Gym. Ten laps equal a mile, and the gym is open from 10-11:30 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday free of charge.

6. Jump and tumble. If your child seems to be flipping out, maybe gymnastics is the answer. A variety of classes for boys and girls is available each week at the East Carrollton Recreation Center. See the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Brochure at www.cprcad.org for a complete list of classes and times.

7. Get creative. The Carrollton Cultural Arts Center will offer day camps throughout the summer for students 5-15 years old. Camps will focus on several different artistic approaches, including working with clay, using nature in art, designing dollhouses, and costuming. For a complete schedule of day camps, go to www.carrolltonarts.org/visual-art-camps-2/.

8. Perform in a musical. The Cedartown Performing Arts Center will hold camp July 17-21 and 24-28 to prepare for its 2017 Children Summer Camp Show, Lion King Kids by Disney. Camp participants will perform the show on July 28. If your child loves to sing and dance, this is a great opportunity to get professional direction and stage experience. For more information, go to www.cedartownshows.com.

9. Enjoy nature. West Georgia is blessed with abundant natural settings that often cost little or nothing to enjoy. For example, visitors to John Tanner Park can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, miniature golf, paddle boats, and swimming. At McIntosh Reserve, hiking, picnicking, and playing at the splash water park are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Or check out one of Georgia’s many state and local parks, where you can paddle a kayak, fly down a zip line, or just relax in in the great outdoors.

10. Volunteer. Motivated high school students will find several options to serve others this summer. Tanner Health Systems, the Carroll County Soup Kitchen, and Keep Carroll Beautiful have opportunities for teens and families, or you can check with organizations that interest you to see what needs they have for the summer.

Do you have more suggestions for summer fun? We would love to hear about them in the comments section. In the meantime, your friends at Duffey Realty wish you a safe and happy summer!