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Summer Screen Time Alternatives for Kids

For many parents, it’s not realistic to outlaw screen time altogether during the summer months. But we can offer a balanced mix of activities for our kiddos including outdoor fun, exercise, creative outlets, camps and educational activities. 

The Central Texas area is blessed with an abundance of summer activities tailored to different age groups. 

There are ways to curb the summer slide, which can be defined as less time engaged in educational pursuits like reading, math and problem solving. So before breaking out the phones or the tablets, consider the following to keep the kiddos occupied and engaged throughout the hot, Texas summer. 

Reading Options

Temple Library Summer Reading Program

Belton Library Activities

Barnes and Noble – Reading Program


That Art Place

AR Workshop

Board N’ Brush - Belton

Michaels Camp Creativity

Temple Children’s Museum – Summer Pop-up Events

Out and About

Kid’s Night Activities – Bird Creek Burger

Chick-fil-A – Tuesday morning activities

Animal Encounters

Aggieland Safari

Franklin Drive-Thru Safari

Cameron Park Zoo


UMHB Sports Camps

UMHB Swim Lessons

Temple Parks n Rec Programs


Area Vacation Bible Schools

Church Camps

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About the Author

Avery Green

Avery Green

Avery has worked as an assistant professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor since 2005. She is the Program Coordinator for the PR degree and oversees student internships. She earned her Accreditation in PR (APR) in 2015. She teaches classes in journalism, editing, public relations and social media. Avery also serves as a Subject-Matter-Expert in communication for UMHB’s myWay program. She earned an MA degree in Mass Communication at Texas State University and a BS degree in Journalism/Speech Communication from Texas A&M University. Avery and her husband Chad have two beautiful girls, Anya and Elise. When she is not teaching or chauffeuring kiddos to and from activities, she enjoys traveling. 

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