Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

Summer vacation is here, and we are faced with the question of what to do with all that time. Or more like, what do we do to entertain those kids that are so bored and don’t know what to do.

For kids, summer feels like it flies by, particularly when they are looking back on it as back-to-school time rolls around. But parents know it takes a lot to fill each of those long summer days while kids are at home.

If you work at home or are a stay-at-home mom, you need practical ideas for kids’ entertainment, things for children to do by themselves, particularly summer activities.

For children, fun always seems like a spontaneous thing and often is. Sometimes, kids can amuse themselves for hours with just a balloon or an empty paper towel roll. However, frequently parents have a hand in engineering kids’ fun. It’s not always as spontaneous as it looks.

Like everything else, fun can take some planning. So parents need to make a plan for summer. Take a little time early in the summer to map out some of the things your family wants to do this summer. Here are a few ideas to fill in those long summer days.

Start your summer right by setting into place a reason to read. A kid with his nose in a book isn’t bickering with siblings or making a mess. But most important, of course, he is learning.

Start some type of collection. Bugs are everywhere and once properly dried can be collected. Also marbles of every color and shape, coins or whatever interest them.

Summer camp is always fun. There are many camps throughout the summer to experience. Some kids don’t like to leave for a long period of time, so they can go to day camps. If they have a special interest like basketball, volleyball, theater, horseback riding or whatever, there may be a camp they can try. They even have camps for the whole family to enjoy.

Youth extravaganza planned

Lazard Temple Church’s, 15750 La. 43, Greensburg, youth department will host a youth extravaganza at 6 p.m. June 6 at the church.

Special guest for the evening will be Family of Praise of Baton Rouge. There will be various choirs, musical groups, dance teams and more. Call Valerie Foreman at (903) 363-8021, Tonya Jackson (985) 215-2047 or John Dunn (225) 747-0476.

The Rev. Elder Milton Bryant invites the community to the event.

Painting class at the public library

There will be a Caroline Harrell painting class for children ages 10 and up from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m June 3 at Audubon Regional Library’s St Helena Branch, 53 South Main St., Suite A, Greensburg. For more information on the programs visit audubonregional.org or find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/audubonregional. Call (225)-222-4328.

Homecoming celebration

Mount Everett African Methodist Episcopal Church, 4280 La. 37, Greensburg, will have a homecoming celebration at 2 p.m. June 14 at the church.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Joe Chaney of Rocky Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Amite. Call (225) 222-6820.

St. Helena High reunion

St. Helena Central High Class of 1995s 20-year class reunion is set for Sept. 18-19. Details such as time and location have not been finalized. Anyone interested in attending or for further details send an email to shch_co_95@yahoo.com.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email swarren@theadvocate.com.