The summer vacation time is a time for kids to enjoy life without homework, early mornings on the bus or the redundancy of a teacher's lecture. However, it's your responsibility to keep them engaged and excited during the time they're off from school. Even though many parents might think that summer camp is the best choice, there are tons of activities you can do in addition to that. Try these three options for entertaining your children during the summer months. 

 1. Games Whether 
it's an ongoing game of Monopoly or a really fun cornhole toss with the official cornhole boards, find ways to incorporate games into the schedule. Each week, pull out a new game for the children to try. Keep in mind that these games don't have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, some of the best games are free and involve simple items around the house. A rousing game of musical chairs is perfect for when the children get to invite their friends over. On a Saturday night, host a fun game night. Order pizza, take lots of pictures and have a great time. 

 2. Local Activities 
Many cities do an excellent job of providing interesting, free activities for the community. Do your research to find out if your city is hosting a movie night on the lawn. If so, make a picnic basket and gather a few lawn chairs. Take the whole family out on the lawn for a picnic dinner and a great movie underneath the stars. Other local activities include fairs, live shows and swim meets. 

 3. Educational 
Themes Even though the summer months are equivalent to school vacation, this doesn't mean the children get to stop learning. In fact, it's a great idea to create your own curriculum. Each week, create a new theme. Plan activities and events surrounding that theme. One week, the theme can be all about the animals. Read bedtime stories about specific animals. Find coloring books with animals for the children to enjoy. Take a trip to the zoo. Watch a movie on the National Geographic Channel. There are so many ways to learn and have fun at the same time.