Summer vacation is the best when you are a kid, but for parents it can be a nightmare trying to keep them busy, and off the couch playing on their phone or tablets.

Here in the Twin Ports we have an abundance of resources for families to stay active and have fun. Here are 4 places I chose that have a diversity of programs for kids of all ages.

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    Duluth Childrens Museum

    We are really fortunate for a city the size of Duluth to have a museum geared specifically for kids, with a huge array of activities and tools to make learning fun. The museum offers a chance to experience science, theater, story time, and more with daily programs with their staff and community partners. Plus a membership is very affordable starting at $65 year.

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    Great Lakes Aquarium

    Besides all the great attractions the Aquarium offers a summer camp for kids ages 6-14 starting in June. The age breakdowns are 6-8 y.o.(Superior Explorers) 8-11 (Animal Care Camp) and 11-14 (Scuba Camp). Not only will the kids learn about all these different species they will have a lot of fun doing something different.

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    Lake Superior Zoo

    The Lake Superior Zoo offers great educational programming year round, and has some special camps for kids to make human and animal friends .

    Zoo Tots: (Ages 2-3) Cub Club: Ages 3-4, Zoo Troop 6-8, Zookeeper Camp for youth with autism (Ages 8-11), Eco Explorers (Ages 9-12)  and Zookeeper Job Shadowing (ages 13-17)

    For more information on all the Zoo programs and camp information click below:


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    Duluth Parks and Recreation

    The city of Duluth Parks and Rec. Department does an awesome job of offering a variety of programs for kids and adults alike on top of some of the free family activities it offers during the summer.

    If your kids are interested in trying a new sport it runs the gambit from basketball, rowing, baseball, T-ball, flag football, tackle football, swimming, tennis, soccer and much more. Of course not all of these sports are offered in the summer, but a majority of them are. For more information Click Here

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