When school lets out and the days get long and hot, kids are at first thrilled with their new found freedom. This excitement often quickly turns into boredom, as the first “What can I do now?” is uttered. Never fear, there is no need for boredom with tons of fun summer activities for kids and families alike.
Take a Hike
Summertime is the perfect time to get out and explore and enjoy nature. Whether a simple stroll around the neighborhood or a backpacking adventure, walking is something people of all different ages and endurance levels can enjoy. Many park districts have summer hiking or camp programs that are free or inexpensive and offer fun incentives for the participants.
Do Some Good
Take advantage of time away from school and volunteer as a family. Most non-profit organizations can always use extra volunteers, and many welcome entire families to participate. An internet search can help you locate volunteer opportunities in your area. It is a good idea to contact them ahead of time if you are bringing a larger group or if you are a first time volunteer. This lets them know you are coming so they can let you know what to bring and what to expect, and ultimately helps assure you and your family will have a great experience.
Go for a Swim
It’s hard to imagine summertime fun without thinking about water and the many associated fun activities. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the fun, cooling benefits of water. From wading pools in the backyard to ocean beach vacations, from a quiet rustic lake to a loud and crazy water park, water has something to offer everyone. Before jumping in, remember to always practice water safety. Some companies, like Shimmer tail, know that it’s always smart to practice safety in the water. After all, no one can have fun if accidents happen.
Grow Something Green
Gardening is a great and fruitful activity for families to participate in. Kids love digging in the dirt, watching things grow, and eating the produce. If space is an issue, just plant something like lettuce, strawberries, or a couple tomato plants in pots on a patio or windowsill. Summertime is also a fun time to check out local “pick your own” farms, where you can go and pick things such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, or peaches.
The list for summer activities is vast, but sometimes it can be hard to think of things in the moment. Consider creating a list at the start of summer that you would enjoy doing together such as going to see a movie, visiting a planetarium, swimming, rock climbing, going to a park, visiting a zoo, or attending a local concert. If you ever feel stuck, you can check back and choose something from your list.
What do your kids like to do during summer vacation? Let us know in the comments below!