It’s that time of year again! Sunshine, beach trips, summer rain, pool days and the yearly dilemma: What to do with the kids? You love having them in the house, but at the same time you kind of hate it… because they’re bored. Well, no longer! In addition to these camps that our blogger Hannah posted about a few weeks ago, here are some activities to keep your kiddos active and happy this #SummerinMilly:
- First Friday
It’s a Milledgeville tradition to gather downtown on the first Friday evening of every month for food, music, and fun! Take the whole family- you’re sure to run into some old friends, or at least make some new ones. Merchants stay open late, restaurants are running specials and activities such as live music and face painting fill the streets. You can find out more information about each First Friday at www.milledgevillemainstreet.com.
- Trolley Tour
Want your kids to learn some history during these few months outside of school? The Milledgeville Convention & Visitors’ Bureau’s Historic Trolley Tour is a great way to spend a couple of hours learning about the rich antebellum history of the city. Kids 5 and under ride the trolley for free, and ages 6-13 are just $5 (the price will be $12 for adults or $10 for seniors on the tour). There are three stops on the tour for the kids to stretch their legs and look around some historic sites, and don’t worry—the trolley is air conditioned! Call the Milledgeville CVB at 478-452-4687 for more information. The trolley runs Monday – Friday at 10 am and Saturday at 11 am.
- Summer Reading Club at the Library
The Twin Lakes Library System, which includes the Mary Vinson Memorial Library and Lake Sinclair Library, is now holding their annual summer reading club. Get your kids and teens motivated to read by doing so for prizes, and you can even join the club yourself! A free library card is required for participation. Visit the Twin Lakes Library System for more information.
- Mark the Magic Man
The local magician visits the Brick on Friday nights at 6 pm. Take your kids for a fun night of card tricks and other illusions, and maybe even some balloon animals! Visit Mark the Magic Man’s Facebook page to learn more about him.
- Go on a picnic
There are plenty of sweet places for a picnic in Milledgeville, such as the Greenway, Lockerly Arboretum and Front Campus at Georgia College— just to name a few! The Oconee River Greenway has picnic tables and benches along the trails, as well as plenty of grass to spread out a blanket and have a fun picnic. Then, to cool off, the kids can wade in the river – just be careful of the rocks! You could also head over to Lockerly Arboretum for a picnic. Check out both websites or call to see where you are free to have your picnic (and check out the river conditions at the Greenway).