With the changing season comes a change in your kids’ schedule. No longer in school for months at a time, summer offers a break from classes, tests, and extracurricular activities and offers them a chance to have some fun.
Fun Summer Activities for Kids
Summer doesn’t mean that your kids slow down one bit. In fact, you have to provide activities for kids that not only pass the time, but also provide ample opportunity to learn, explore, create, and play. Use some creativity this year and get your kids involved and active this summer. These ideas can keep them busy and provide some relief for both of you as the season warms up.
Be a Backyard Explorer
Going on a family vacation is fun, but you don’t need a plane ticket or passport to explore your hometown. Buy a cheap camera and teach your child how to see the world through the eyes of an explorer. Take them to places where nature is clearly present like a local hike or lake. Show them how to frame a photo, get in close to capture details, and even write about the experience so they can share it with others. Carry a pocket-sized notebook with you to record observations such as changes in the weather and scenery. This can become a summer-long project that keeps kids entertained and motivated.
Sign Up for Free Summer Programs
From museum visits, to free movie screenings, to workshops and camps of all types, see what your city offers in the way of entertainment for kids throughout the summer. Then decide which activities are the most rewarding and fit your schedule best. You have nothing to lose when programs are free. One that many children enjoy is the summer reading program that many libraries host. Kids read a certain number of books during their school break and then report back to the library. They’re then eligible for a long list of prizes which are awarded through a drawing.
Start a New Sport
Summer is the perfect time to make sure kids get outside and run off excess energy and channeling that energy toward a new sport can be a great way for them to learn new things. Whether its morning soccer practice, t-ball, or swimming lessons, you can keep kids outside and engaged all summer long. Give them some extra motivation as well, like promising to sign up for the school team if they keep it up, or getting them their own Shimmer Tail for completing all their swimming lessons.
Add Your Own Ideas
Keep a running list of fun ideas for your kids’ summer vacation. Borrow from the suggestions highlighted here, or come up with your own fun activities. No matter which way you approach your child’s break from school, you’ll provide them with worthwhile things to do while class is out as well as plenty of lifelong memories to look back at as a result of your creativity.
Now that you have some fun ideas in mind for summer, you can keep your kids busy and happy. Feel free to add your own ideas to the list of suggestions featured here. After all, no one knows your children as well as you do. You’ll want to grab their attention and hold onto it throughout their summer break.