At last, the long-anticipated summertime is nearly here. Time to relax, unwind, sunbathe by the pool with an ice cold lemonade in hand, and not have a care in the world. Sorry, think again. The kids are out of school and ready to go, go, go; ready to burn their pent-up energy. Let’s face it, you need them to do just that for the sake of everyone’s sanity! But, what to do? Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or other school personnel, we think you’ll appreciate this list of great activities – in and around Chester County – this summer.

Check out Variety Philly. From day camps to vocational programs, there is literally something for everyone. Programs are specifically designed to accommodate children with intellectual and physical delays, but are open to children with all levels of ability between the ages of 5 and 21. For more information visit:

Reins of Life offers a unique opportunity for children with autism, Down Syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and more. Located in Landenberg, PA, this program has been offering therapeutic horseback riding for over 20 years. CCRN supports this type of therapy to improve fine and gross motor skills, as well to increase independence and confidence. Programs are open to children ages 2 to 25.

MetroKids, by itself, has a plethora of activities and resources that you can use, all online. They also have an extensive schedule of events, such as sensory friendly films, zoo activities, parent’s night out, and more. Many activities require advance registration, so be sure to keep an eye on dates and mark your calendars!

Checking out Chester County’s website! It’s a great resource and they not only list the most up to date happenings in the area, they also have a ton of resources. Whether you’re looking for counseling, diagnostics or educational programs, therapies, the County website has it all.

Feel better? We hope these ideas will help keep your kids fully occupied this summer and give them a way to release their pent-up energy. And don’t forget — your kids aren’t the only ones who need time to release energy and enjoy the sunshine. Take some time for yourself. While the kids are in the backyard belting out their favorite songs, be sure to have that ice cold lemonade in your hand.

Have a great summer!