School's out for summer! While all that sunshiney free time can be a lovely break allowing you to spend more quality time with the kids, it can also leave you wondering what to do to keep them busy each day. Bored kids can often lead to stressed out mom and dad.
Fear not, parent! Here are 25 ideas for a fun summer you all will love: kids, mom, and dad. No matter where you live or what weather you find yourself in, you should be able to try all of these free or inexpensive ideas. These boredom busters will make this summer a bit more magical for all of you.
1. Find local free museum days for air-conditioned fun.
2. Make your own popsicles.
Recipe Runner has a healthy, high protein chocolate pop you will like just as much as your kids will!3. Try a traditional meal from a different country each week.
4. Toss good ol’ fashioned water balloons.
5. Go rollerblading: fun for the kids, great exercise for mom and dad!
6. Try an outdoor science experiment to keep the kids learning while they are having fun.
Rhythms of Play has a simple human sundial experiment on their blog!
7. Attend a local farmer’s market.
8. Find your favorite album from childhood on Spotify, put it on, and have a dance party with the kids.
9. Stargaze in the backyard.
10. Recreate famous paintings with watercolors.
11. Help the kids make an ice cream craft and then go out for ice cream as whole family.
I Heart Crafty Things has a fun cupcake liner ice cream cone craft the kids will love.
12. Throw a movie night complete with a pillow fort and popcorn.
13. Print out free summer coloring pages.
14. Go bowling.
15. Visit a nearby historical site.
16. Make a bird feeder.
The Resourceful Mama has a simple bird feeder tutorial the kids can make too!
17. Play a new card game.
18. Find a neighbor who needs a bit of help and pitch in as a whole family.
19. Make s’mores.
Bella’s blog has a great alternative for those who don’t have an at-home firepit!
20. Hike a family-friendly trail and take pictures of interesting birds or plants along the way.
21. Breakfast for dinner - PJs included!
22. Read a children’s book then watch the movie version on Netflix.
23. Paint terra cotta pots with the kids to add some flowers to the house or front porch.
Edventures With Kids has a fun tutorial for these colorful pots.
24. Fly kites.
25. Buy each child their own summer journal to document all their fun activities - picture drawings make great entries for little ones who can’t write yet.
Are there any summer activities or crafts you’ve tried so far this summer? Share your photos with us by tagging us (we’re @justsayinvinyl) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and we’ll post our favorites!
To fun and frolicks in the sun,