Summer is bursting at its sun-soaked seams with activities to entertain the troops. All you need is a vivid imagination and a little bit of spending cash to brighten up the midsummer doldrums. Children are ecstatic to be free of school for a few months and parents love the opportunity to spend time with them and enjoy the warmer weather together. Here are some fun summer activities kids will love.
15 Fun Summer Activities Kids Will Love
Build the Ultimate Sand Castle
You don’t have to live near a beach to make your ultimate sand castle dreams come true. If you’ve got some boards or a base, just fill it with sand and you’re halfway there. Build a homemade sand castle kit with shovels, old cool whip containers and large oatmeal cylinders. Throw a little Elmer’s glue into your sand and water mixture for a non toxic way to help it last.
Organize a Neighborhood Game of Wiffle Ball
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Take Advantage of the Internet
With an HDMI plug-in cord, you can hook your laptop up to your TV for an unforgettable movie night. Introduce the kids to a few early Charlie Chaplin films or watch some classic cartoons. Sit back with some popcorn and have a few laughs with the family. Or find a drive-in theater if you can. Pack up snacks and sleeping bags and settle in for a night outdoors with a great show. If all else fails, borrow a projector, hang a bed sheet, and pop some corn.
Learn a New Skill
Ever wished you could play the violin, speak French, juggle or ride a unicycle? There is nothing stopping you from learning a new skill along with your family. In addition to bragging rights, they’ll learn patience, consistency and perseverance, and that can extend to other areas of life. Or pick something the family can work on together to learn, such as beginning a new language, cooking, or needlework. Sit down with the kids and break out those artistic skills by creating custom tote bags or tye-dye t-shirts. Compete with each other for fun prizes like the right to attack the less- practiced with a hose while they are armed with squirt guns. Pick a reward for the whole family if everyone reaches a certain level and cheer each other on.
Go Green Together
Think of new ways to recycle or reuse- here are some plastic bottle reuse crafts. Have the kids each do a presentation on how everyone can be more green this summer and see who can come up with the most suggestions.
Go Camping in the Backyard
A camping trip or vacation can get tedious, expensive and difficult to plan, but not if it’s in your backyard. Wrangle your kids’ friends, go with a theme like “African safari” or “Arabian nights,” and they’ll have a blast, and it’s a good way to get the kids outside. Have your kids pick a spot, real or imaginary, that they would most like to visit. Then work together to find household objects to recycle to transform the backyard into a fantasy getaway. They can spend the day building the tent, making decorations out of boxes, and getting all set up. They can spend the evening making smores, telling spooking stories, and relaxing in their sleeping bags!
Take a Heads-or-Tails Road Trip
Gather the family in the car, take a coin and you’re ready to go. Flip the coin at every turn: heads=right, tails=left. Give yourself a time and/or distance limit and see where you end up. You might just find out that your hometown has more to offer than you thought.
Set a World Record
You could be the next famous record-breaking family. Maybe you could make the world’s biggest cupcake or blow a record number of bubbles. Even if you don’t set a record, you’ll have fun trying.
Make Giant Board Games to Play Outside
For outdoor Twister, all you need is grass and nontoxic spray paint. Simply measure a patch of clean, moved grass, pick your colors (red, blue, yellow, green), measure 10-12 9-inch circles for each color, then measure the area you want to play on your lawn and, voilà! Life-sized Jenga is simple to carry out as well: You just need four 2 x 4 x 16 pieces and a circular saw. The key to making it work is ensuring each piece is exactly 10.5 inches long. A quick sanding and you’ll have a perfect jumbo Jenga in no time.
Take A Trip To The Library
Kids love to be able to pick out their own books. A trip to the library is always fun and followed with some quality reading time out loud or to yourselves. Many libraries also offer fun summer children’s programs.
Build A Lego Creation
I’m not talking about buying a new set, I am talking about building something out of the pieces you have. Using your imagination and building a city and things to drive and fly. And then, of course there will be a lot of pretend play time to follow that up as the LEGO characters explore their new digs. My son likes to use LEGOs to build Pokemon characters and sometimes to build Transformers.
Discount & Free Days At Museums and Zoos
Many zoos and museums offer free or discount days, particularly on days when they expect fewer visitors. Be sure to consult the websites of locations within driving distance and do a search for coupons or passes as well. Another place to check is the local Chamber of Commerce for any budget-friendly days or deals.
Get Out And Play
Get fit together the old-fashioned way– get out and play. Go for long walks in parks or on trails, take family bike rides together, have water fights and play tag. Make up your own fun summer games and try new things.
Cool off at local lakes or the community pool. If a summer pass for pool admittance is not too pricey, consider splurging for the fun and exercise of local swimming options.
Anything out of the ordinary can become a summer adventure with your kids if you go about it with the right attitude. Unique experiences that capture their interest and build memories do not have to break the bank. Be sure to include surprises but also to ask for their input on ideas. You might be surprised by some great ideas for fun summer activities and all kids like having their voices heard and valued. You can create a calendar filled with mystery days, kids’ idea days, and fun family activities for everyone to enjoy anticipating the coming fun summer activities.
Summer always seems like it will last forever when it starts but before you know it, you can’t believe it is over! There are so many fun activities to do with kids, and really, as long as you are spending time together, any thing can be fun! I hope you enjoyed these fun summer activities kids will love to you through any summer lulls. What are your favorite fun summer activities kids are sure to enjoy?