May 19, 2021

Melanie's Blog: School's (Almost) Out

In just a few short days(!), school will be out for the summer. If you’re a parent, you may be thinking “I can’t wait! We’ll have more free time! And, I don’t have to nag my kids about homework for two whole months!” OR, you might be thinking “How am I going to entertain my kids this summer? They’ll complain of being bored on day 2, I just know it!” 
So, here are 5 practical things you can do to keep your kids busy and build in some intentional family time this summer.

1. Give them time to create. Make a craft station in your home that is always stocked with interesting craft supplies (maybe change it up each week). Plant a vegetable or flower garden and place them in charge of helping it grow. Throw some old clothes and hats into a “costume bin” and encourage your kids to write plays and perform them for you.

2. Let them explore. Do some fun science experiments (YouTube and Pinterest are your friends!), or go on nature hikes.

3. Play games. Board games, yard games, made up games. Institute a family game night and let everyone take turns choosing the game.  Maybe come up with a silly trophy that the winner gets to proudly display in his/her room for the week.

4. Get together with friends. Schedule a meet up at a park or a restaurant. Let your kids enjoy being able to just hang out with their friends this summer.

5. Sign your kids up for Kidventure Camp, which is June 21-24! We're planning an amazing week with your kids in mind. Not only will we pack ALL of the above into four crazy, fun-filled mornings, but we'll also talk with your kids about the confidence that they can have because God loves them, they belong, and they can make a difference. I can’t imagine a better message to give our kids as they finish this crazy school year and look to the next one! Let’s make this summer the BEST one ever!
Whatever it takes,


Melanie Klinker I truly love seeing kids at church. I love seeing kids discover God and His love for them. I can’t think of a better use of my time than helping kids discover Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. That’s why in June of 2005, when I got the call from Randy and Mike to be the Children’s Ministry Director at The Ridge, I felt led to take it. I had been attending The Ridge since I was four years old and I loved the church’s vision, to do whatever it takes to reach our community for Christ. What I Do I oversee Little Ridge Kids and Ridge Kids ministries, which serve infants through 5th graders. I appreciate the unique combination of gifts and talents represented by our staff, support staff, and volunteers. I love that we encourage teens at The Ridge to get involved and serve. It’s neat to see teens work with kids and grow in their relationship with Christ while making an impact on those who are coming up behind them. Life Before The Ridge I was a preschool teacher, then a stay-at-home mom before I joined The Ridge staff in June of 2005. Words I Live By  “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6 The promise that follows this verse is something I cling to, as it is easy for me to get caught up with worry. When I'm Not at Work, I… My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. I enjoy being a cheerleader for my boys at sporting events, concerts, or whatever they are doing. If I can spend time with my family on a beach, that’s even better. Something that May Surprise You I’m a sports fan, especially NFL.