School is officially out, which means kids are home from school for a few months. For kids, summer means fun and games; but for parents, it’s important to find trustworthy programs that keep them entertained and engaged. There are all sorts of different organizations that offer summer activities for kids. So before you choose one, do research. Below are some ideas that can help them get the most out of their summer break, while affording you some well-deserved peace and quiet:Summer camp. Kids can attend day camps, overnight camps, or camps that last all summer. After deciding what type of camp is right for your family, make sure to do your research. It’s also important to make sure they’re licensed. The California Department of Public Health requires resident (overnight) camps to be licensed. However, day camps aren’t required to have a license. The American Camp Association accredits camps that have met up to 300 nationally recognized standards. Make sure to look up the camp online, especially at bbb.org, and check that they’re licensed. Understand the fees and payments, and read the contract completely before signing it. Learn more about choosing a summer camp here. Volunteer. Encourage your kids’ philanthropic spirit this summer by getting them involved with an organization that needs help! There’s a volunteering job for every child – from helping out at a food bank to cleaning up local parks. Depending on your child’s age and the task at hand, they may or may not need parental supervision. Having trouble choosing a non-profit? Check out give.org, run by BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance (WGA). WGA accredits charities that meet 20 comprehensive standards. At give.org, you can look up non-profits and find out what percent of fundraising goes to projects, how effective they are, and how much money goes to overhead and salaries.Encourage entrepreneurship. It’s never too early to become an entrepreneur! Have your kids brainstorm ideas by thinking about their passions and interests, and how they could be turned in to a business. Check out books on entrepreneurship and creating a business from the library. There are also a lot of great resources online. Whatever they decide to do, make sure they’re incorporating good values. A great place to start is BBB’s Standards of Trust, which include advertising honestly, telling the truth, honoring promises, embodying integrity, and more. Print them out a copy, and encourage them to keep it in mind.Get creative. Embarking on a creative project or trying to learn a new skill can take a lot of time, but it’s incredibly rewarding. Encourage your kids to get creative and think of a big project they’d like to complete. This could be a collection of drawings, a new board game, or something entirely outside of the box! They can also pick something they’ve always wanted to try and learn how to do it, like learning to sew or crochet, learning a specific type of dance, or learning to cook.Set goals. Some children respond best to goals – they love to check things off their lists! Align their summer goals with things that they’ll be working on in the upcoming school year. A good goal could be to read 20 books in three months or complete one page of math problems every day. Rewarding them along the way can keep them motivated.