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"Mom, I'm bored" has probably been heard by now in many homes for the past few weeks. It's spring break, and many parents must work. Children are at home because parents do not have the time to take a family vacation during spring break. Childcare is sometimes not available because of cost, or centers are full, and are unable to enroll children who are on spring break. There are many options for parents who find themselves with bored children who are on spring break. Children are accustomed to having a rigid schedule during the school week, and when they find themselves without a schedule and planned activities, they pull out the word "bored".

Sarasota has many options for low-cost day camps for spring break. The YMCA is a great option for short-term day activities that your child can participate in during the weeks of spring break. Information for activities at the YMCA can be obtained by logging on at www.thesarasotay.org. YMCA locations in the Sarasota area include the Frank G. Berlin,Sr. Branch and the Evelyn Sadlier Jones Branch.

Your local library is also an excellent source of information to manage spring break boredom. Gulf Gate Library is temporarily located in the Sarasota Square Mall next to JC Penney and Yoders. Don't forget to use your local library for ideas to ease the spring break boredom.

There are also many parenting books that are available with ideas that can provide fun at home. LEARNING AT HOME-48 WEEKS of FAMILY FUN -A NEW PARENT RESOURCE by Rhonda Cratty is a new release that contains daily activities for fun at home. The educational ideas are challenging and motivating. Materials for the activities can be found in every room in the house. Objects found around the house and books from your local library are all part of the activities that Rhonda includes in her book. The activities in this resource are for multiple ages, and books listed for activities are family-friendly. Rhonda Cratty has 30 years experience in public school teaching. She currently writes articles on parenting and educational tips. Her recently released book is available through Amazon, with the link http:/www.createspace.com 4605718 and http:/www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203. Her book is available in e-format through Amazon.com. More information can also be found at http:/famfunlearn.com.

Both spring and summer breaks can be both fun and educational if you are having a stay-cation this year. Check out Sarasota's hometown resources and Rhonda's book for family fun during these breaks.

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