The Best Books, Games and Plays for Beating Your Kids’ Summer Boredom

Summer’s coming, and soon the kids will be out of school. You can keep everyone busy this summer with the best plays, books and games of 2016. Nobody will be bored in your house!

The Divergent Trilogy

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Veronica Roth, author of the “Divergent” series, which includes “Divergent,” “Insurgent” and “Allegiant,” plays with romance, powerful consequences and electrifying choices in her series, making it the perfect trilogy for your teen reader. The first two books have made their way onto the silver screen, and the last is set to make its debut in a two-part feature in early 2017. But your teen doesn’t have to wait to find out what happens — you can get the entire series online via Amazon.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Adults and kids alike are anxiously awaiting the summer release date for J.K. Rowling’s newest book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Potter fans will be lining up at bookstores to take home the eighth story that picks up 19 years later. This incredible story will also be the first of the Potter stories to be presented on stage. The play will make its world premiere in London’s West End in late July 2016. If you can’t make it to London for the show, the story can be purchased for Kindle or you can pick up a hardcover for your child.

Matilda: The Musical

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Author Roald Dahl’s story comes to life on stage with “Matilda: The Musical.” The show has won more than 50 awards and continues to be a crowd pleaser for audiences of all ages. If you’re ready to experience “Matilda: The Musical” or another Broadway show with your family, check out online ticket seller Telecharge. Here you can find tickets to shows in New York, Boston and other major cities with the click of a button. Browse shows in your area, and narrow down your search field with helpful search tools. Attending a show is a wonderful way to connect and share a memory with your entire family.

Hairspray: The Musical

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Another Broadway musical is also great for the entire family. Taking place in the 1960s, “Hairspray” follows big-haired teenager Tracy Turnblad on her journey to dance on TV. While this Tony award-winning musical may seem lighthearted, there’s a deep, underlying message about racial integration, a hot topic in the 60s. This play provides fun and excitement plus a learning opportunity for kids.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Kids and old-school Nintendo junkies are excited about two notable gaming icons making a comeback on Wii U this June. Parents and kids will be happy to play this game. Sonic and Mario will compete in the summer Olympic Games in Rio, playing games such as volleyball, rugby and soccer. The game will also teach players about the Rio Olympic games, making it both fun and educational.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

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Your favorite turtles are making an appearance in New York this summer. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will take Manhattan in their upcoming summer release. The game will be available on a variety of systems, including PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The game is rated “T” for teen, for fantasy violence, so if you’ve got little gamers in the house, this game might not be the best choice.

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