The school year is coming to a close – maybe for some of you it is already over – and the kids are perhaps excited to be home for the summer, or perhaps they are missing school and their friends or routines. Either way, if you’re finding yourself wondering how to keep them occupied this summer, we have compiled a list of several ideas for keeping the kids busy and having fun.
- Visit new parks – do a search for parks in your area and visit some new ones! Even if it’s a bit of a drive, a different park and stopping for a snow cone or ice cream afterwards can make for a great summer day!
- Sensory activities – the opportunities for creating sensory activities are endless, and can be done both indoors when it’s just too hot, or outdoors. Check out this list for ideas.
- Visit the library – this one may seem obvious, but your local library can be a great resource for summer fun. Many libraries have programs going on during the summer to get your kids involved and reading. My 5-year-old loves visiting our local library to play checkers, use the computer, and read books. Bonus – they’re air conditioned.
- Take a trip to a museum – find a local children’s museum or art museum within driving distance to visit! My daughter is obsessed with children’s museums, and we always look for them when we travel, as well.
- Movie marathon – while I’m not suggesting a plethora of screen time during summer break, a movie marathon day can be something fun and special for everyone to enjoy, especially on a hot day. Pop some popcorn, set up a blanket fort or other cozy way to watch, and enjoy!
- Go geocaching – searching for geocaches together is exciting, adventurous, and fun for the whole family! Not sure what geocaching is? Do a quick google search, download an app, and start hunting!
- Obstacle course – build an obstacle course in your backyard! Bonus points if it includes a sprinter or kiddie pool for staying cool.
- Board game day – pull out all the board games and have an ultimate challenge! Your kiddos may even get inspired to create their own board games, like mine did recently.
- Wash the car – bust out some sponges, buckets, and a hose. It’s productive, messy, fun, and and an easy way to stay cool.
What plans does your family have for the summer break? Let us know!