Summer break is here. We all know summer can be one of the most special times in a child’s life! But for many parents, summertime can be tricky. What should you do with your kids when they don’t have school? How can you keep the kids entertained? How can you make the summer fun and memorable? Next time you’re feeling stumped, try these ideas to add some pizzazz to your summer.
Join a pool
A pool provides endless hours of fun for the kids! In and outside the water, there is so much to do. In addition to all the swimming activities, many pools also have basketball, ping pong, gaga pits, and more.
Not only do kids love to play in the water, but there are plenty of options for them as they grow. They can take lessons, join the swim team, and maybe someday find their first summer job there.
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Play water games at home
Another hot day at home? Break out the water games. Kids love to play in the water, whether it’s a lawn sprinkler, water guns, water balloons, or just playing with a hose. While they’re wet, get out a bucket and sponge…they might even like to wash the car!
Keep arts & crafts on hand
When it’s time for quieter activities, be sure to have plenty of arts and crafts materials on hand. If you’re looking for crafts that are easy to clean up, opt for crayons, water color sets, stickers, washi tape, and coloring books. If you’re more ambitious, go for play-dough, slime, and finger paints. Then sit back and let their creativity soar!
Take nature walks
Kids love a nature walk, where they can run, explore, and feel the wonder of the natural world. Fun tip: mark a paper lunch bag with each child’s name, and have them collect treasures as they hike the trail.
Go to your local library
Libraries know that parents need summer activities for their kids. Check out the lineup at your local library for story time, craft events, movies, and other entertainments. Be sure to sign up your children for their own library card. Checking out books is a great way to build a love of reading.
Make your own popsicles
Popsicles go hand-in-hand with summer vacation. This summer, why not try making popsicles with the kids? Even a simple fruit juice tastes great when frozen in a popsicle mold. Or you can go the extra mile and puree fruits and yogurt together for a creamier frozen treat. While you’re at it, make one for yourself. Who doesn’t love a popsicle?
Find a local playground
Playgrounds are a great way to entertain kids. They are the perfect break from being at your own home. While your kids are exploring the playground equipment, you might get a chance to sit and relax or talk with other parents who are there. Pack a lunch, and you’re all set until nap time.
Explore free outdoor music
Local parks and plazas usually have a summer schedule of free music concerts. Also look for magic shows, juggling acts, or other performances that your kids will love. Who knows, you might even find yourself singing along!
Everything is better with friends. Make an effort to stay in touch with old friends or make new friends who have kids. The kids will keep each other busy while the parents have a chance to catch up and socialize. Spending time with other adults can be so energizing!
Go on a low-key beach vacation
When you have little kids, vacations can be stressful. Sleeping schedules get thrown off, and kids can feel tired and out of sorts. For this reason, this is probably not the best time for a family vacation to Europe. Instead, plan a low-key vacation to a beach, lakefront, or other waterside spot for a few days. Let the kids splash in the waves, search for seashells, and build a sandcastle. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best!
Finding the best summertime activities for your kids can take some extra planning, but it is well worth it! With these tips, we hope this summer with your kids is one for the books!