vghcH6sDppsHow to Plan a Fun Filled Summer Heather Hopson June 11, 2018 Mom, Pittsburgh & Philly Dear Diary, This summer, my daughter will split her time between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She’ll go on multiple vacation, attend multiple summer camps and even blow out her birthday candles on multiple cakes. It’s a bit much, yes. But such is the life of a co-parented kid. In order for her summer schedule to occur, we had to coordinate and compromise. In the past, my ex and I didn’t budge. The court mandated order dictated our daughter’s schedule. Make plans on your pre-determined dates. That was our response when the other requested additional time or a swap. But time heals all wounds, and ours are pretty much mended. We’re far from friends–although he called me his bestie recently, But we’re learning the meaning of the word flexible and focus on the light at the end of the tunnel–our daughter’s health and happiness. To make the most of my time with my little girl, I turn to Summer 18, a youth-centered campaign that provides thousands of local children, grades K-12, with fun, educational learning activities. Tt’s is a collaboration between Mayor William Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the United Way’s Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time(APOST) as well as various community partners. I can search for summer programs that fit my daughter’s interests and needs by visiting the campaign’s website, PGHSummer18.org. We plan to check out our favorite hot spots, like the Carnegie Museums. And since her schedule is changing so much, we’ll search the event calendar, powered by Kidsburgh, for festivals and other happenings. Plus, check out these low- to no-cost activities. Go to the Movies Bring your blanket or chair, and visit a Citipark’s Movie in the Park for family activities and fun starting at 8 p.m. Once the sun sets, they start the show, including flicks like Coco, Peter Rabbit and Paddington. Check out the schedule here. Make a Splash Go swimming at public pools across Allegheny County for a few dollars. You can even enroll your child in free swimming lessons. Tap Your Feet Move to the beat of free concerts in the park, or learn to line dance. Check out the schedule here. Be Social Join Diary of a First Time Mom, APOST and the Summer 18 partners as we kick off summer at the#PGHSummer18 Twitter Party. You can share stories about your summer plans. Plus you’ll find out about a ton of opportunities for children and youth across Allegheny County. The party gets underway Friday, June 15th at 12:30. Log onto APOST’s account to follow along! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.