If you are a parent (or a babysitting aunt or a kind cousin), you are probably wondering how to fill in the many long days of the kids’ summer vacation. Don’t be tempted to take them on an expensive out-of-town trip you can’t afford--or worse, lug them to the nearest mall. You don’t need to look far and wide to keep them busy. Your own home can be an exciting, fun place that can entertain them, teach them life lessons, and help you with the household chores.
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(First published in Real Living Magazine, Decorating Section as "Home's Cool" in April 2009; selected photos in gallery by Miguel Nacianceno; adapted for use in Female Network. Above photo by Alec Courus via Flickr Creative Commons)