100 Summer Fun Ideas for Kids and Parents
We found this great article by By Laureen Miles Brunelli and wanted to share it with you!
When you work at home you need practical ideas for kids’ entertainment, things for kids to do by themselves, particularly summer activities. Otherwise, they may end up getting too much screen time. If you need ideas for every day, check out this series of things for kids to do every day—one activity for the weekdays of summer.
However, parents, you know what they say about all work and no play, right?
- Pick your own…whatever. Find a farm with blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, flowers, etc., and get picking.
- Play outside in the rain. Smell the rain on the pavement; splash in puddles; make mud pies.
- Make your own rain. Douse everyone with the hose or sprinkler.
- Cook out…frequently. Go beyond the burgers. Try veggies or fish. The kids might like them more if they come off the grill!
- Make “smores.” Chocolate + marshmallow + graham cracker = summer
- Camp out. First-timers, try backyard camping.
- Camp in. Put the sleeping bags on the floor and have a family slumber party.
- Stargaze. Invite friends and make a party of it.
- Catch lightning bugs. And then watch them flicker away into the night.
- Rearrange the furniture. Give the kid’s graph paper and have them draw out a plan first.
- Take family naps together. Parents can snooze too!
- Make your own pizza. Try this kid-friendly recipe.
- Invite friends over for a game night. Have a kids’ games table and an adult one too.
- Go to the demolition derby. And expect to see some major crashes.
- See an air show. And hope for no crashes.
- Stop to smell the flowers. (Go to a botanical garden.)
- Talk to the animals. (Go to the zoo.)
- Get wet. (Go to a water park.)
- Have a puzzle race. Use 100-piece puzzles and see who finishes first.
- Play a card game. Maybe crazy eights, spoons or poker. Take your pick.
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