As school gets out for summer, it's only a matter of time until you hear it. "I'm bored." "There's nothing to do." Keeping kids engaged in quality programs and away from the TV is tough at times. Fortunately, there are a number of great events around the area going on this summer.

The Owatonna Public Library kicks off its summer reading program, "Libraries Rock," Friday, June 1 from 3 to 6 pm. But readers can stop in anytime to get a reading log and dive into some books.

Owatonna Hyvee along with Steele County 4-H is hosting a series of one-step garden camps for students in third through sixth grade. Starting dates are June 5, July 17 and August 28. Sign up through Owatonna Community Education. The cost is just $25 per camp.

Take the kids on a stroll or bike ride along the newest addition to the Owatonna trails system, the North Straight River Parkway. A grand opening celebration for the trail is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 at the south end of the trail, off Industrial Road.

River Bend Nature Center in Faribault is sponsoring half-day and full-day camps for youth entering preschool through eighth grade. The first camp is the week of June 11.

Kids love live music. The 11-at-7 concert series in Owatonna's Central Park began May 31. Nearly every Thursday over the summer, bring your lawn chair and enjoy free entertainment. The fountain is usually a big draw for the kids too.

A free movie will be shown in Central Park Friday, June 22. Wonder is the story of a young boy who looks different and has to navigate public school after years of being home-schooled. Concessions will be available.

River Springs Water Park in Owatonna is a great way to cool down and to wear out the kids. June 1 is the first day the park will be open.

Enjoy the summer and make sure your kids don't end up in the principal's office next school year like these people did.




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