The average school summer break in the U.S is about two and a half months, or roughly 10 weeks. What to do with kids who have way too much time on their hands is an annual challenge for parents.
RAC is here to help with 10 products to entertain, engage, and even encourage.
New evidence suggests that kids really suffer from “learning loss” in the summer. Keep it to a minimum with the Dell 15.6” Inspiron laptop. Its powerful Intel Pentium processor allows them to multitask between math tutorials, YouTube science experiments, and their blogs. The sleek, slim design makes it a portable study partner when it’s time to go back to school.
Kids will marvel at the way the Samsung 65” curved TV makes it feel like images wrap around you, pulling you into the world on screen. They also will love the TV’s smart technology feature, which allows them to stream from online services using a Wi-Fi connection. With its elegant design and super hi-definition screen, this TV will quickly make your house the place to watch summer blockbusters.
For gamers, summer means finally having time to play without the pressure of looming homework assignments. The Sony PS4 Slim has the old faves teens love as well as new games. No one-trick pony, the system also provides access to the best in music, movies, sports, and TV.
The first phone to feature a big screen (5.7 inches) inside a compact body, the LG G6 smartphone will be adored by teens who stream endless videos, as well as tweens who game nonstop. You don’t need to worry about spills or bad weather, either, because this phone is waterproof for up to 30 minutes. Tip: Get this for the kids, but keep it for yourself.
Maytag metallic slate washer/dryer set: Because this is the summer the kids will embrace laundry duty. (They’ve got the time.) Because this washing machine can handle piles of towels. (It holds up to 29 per cycle, in fact.) Because this is the time to drop everything and head to the beach. (It’s okay; the washer has a Fresh Hold option that keeps clothes ventilated until you put them in the dryer.)
The slate finish of the GE French door refrigerator just may be cool enough to inspire kids to unleash their inner Emeril. (A parent can dream.) The Energy Star appliance has plenty of room for fresh produce (as well as frozen pizzas), and an alarm ensures doors won’t be left open. Plus, the factory-installed ice maker means summer refreshment is always close at hand.
The garage band fell apart when the drummer left for summer camp and the bassist broke his arm, but your budding rock star can still jam thanks to the Singtrix karaoke system. Its compact design and portable 40-watt speaker easily goes from backyard to basement. And there’s no shortage of music, because you can pull songs from any device. Skip the girl band drama with Hit Effect, which instantly transforms one voice into a four-part harmony.
For your budding documentarian, it doesn’t get better than the Cannon VIXIA R70 camcorder. They can capture every summer memory — from family road trips to sidewalk lemonade stands — thanks to the camcorder’s generous storage capacity. Intuitive features, 3” LCD display, and HD video quality make recording life an easy, fun summer hobby your kids may stick with long after school starts.
Some of the best summer activities happen at night — campfires, fireworks, and fireflies, for example — and the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera can capture them all in vivid detail. An autofocus feature keeps both portraits and landscapes blur-free — which is helpful for someone just learning — and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing a breeze.
For family road trips, take along the HP x2 detachable tablet. With nine hours of battery life, it can keep up with movie marathons, while a souped-up hard drive easily stores all of their music and songs. This computer may even help settle backseat disputes: A detachable screen, with stand and tent modes, allows for great viewing no matter where they’re sitting.
Thanks to RAC’s assortment of brand-name TVs, video game consoles, smartphones, appliances, and other electronics — all available for small payments, and without credit — you and your family can afford to have loads of fun this summer.