A lot of kids are enjoying the first days of summer vacation. Camp, sleepovers and road trips are on the agenda -- at least for some. For others, the calendar’s empty. Parents might have to leave kids at home to entertain themselves while they are working all day. For families who can't afford special activities, summer becomes a season of boredom. Ryan Warner discusses how parents can ward off the summer slide with Bridget Coughlin. She's a biochemist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

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