School’s out! This time of year can be stressful, but joyful for the kids. The kids will be home all day and they will need to be occupied in a fun and healthy way. Finding activities that they will enjoy and won’t break the bank is essential.
Checking the local newspaper, subscribing to local sites like the zoo, the aquarium, family fun centers, can help you come up with activities. Kids love to be outside getting fresh air and enjoying the sunshine too.
Here’s a few activities on my list:
1. Crafts and Coloring – I’ll occupy the 5 year old with crayons and printables that I collect all year. My grandson loves to do crafts. He’s very artistic, so he enjoys drawing and painting. Stay tuned for my kid’s craft posts series.
2. Matinee Movies – Matinees are a great summer activity with the kids. They’re much cheaper than evening shows.
3. Family Fun Center – I can occupy them both at the water park, nature center, train rides, jungle gym, and games etc.
4. We’ll spend a day at Shenandoah Caverns in Virginia – They have beautiful caverns, an area that houses props from Presidential Inaugurations, floats from Macy’s and the Rose Bowl parades, and an original 1957 Cafe that serves old time shakes, burgers and fries.
5. Day At The Park – I will be planning an old fashioned picnic where you pack a basket with sandwiches, drinks etc. and find a spot where we can just enjoy nature, the swings, take walks, feed the ducks, paddle boats etc. No grilling on this day.
6. Story Hour At the Library – I’m still partial to actual books and I’ve started a library for both of my grandchildren. I think it’s important that the kids be exposed to books and family friendly stories. Our local library also offers other activities, so I’ll have to see what’s on the calendar during their stay.
7. Baking Day – We’ll make Mawmaw’s famous funnel cake and bake cupcakes. The kids love to cook. I found a kit that has flower pots that we can bake the cupcakes in. A delicious cupcake baked in a flower pot makes a yummy day.
8. Berry Picking Day – We’ll spend a few hours at a local farm picking berries to make homemade jam. They love it on toast and biscuits.
9. Home Movie Day – We’ll spend the day watching movies from the home DVD collection and eating popcorn. I also have Infinity on Demand. I can found shows or movies that we didn’t see at the theater.
10. Sprinkler Day & Sleep Over – I’ll invite a few of their cousins over to spend the day running through the sprinklers and a sleep over. I have issues with public pools and the things that happen in them. They can’t add enough chlorine for me! I’m debating on whether or not I want to put a pool in my backyard. Once I retire, we’ll be able to enjoy it during the summer.
11. Fishing – We’ll spend the day fishing and throwing back the fish at one of the stocked ponds in the area. Life jackets for this one.
12. Summer Reading List – We’re all avid readers in my family, and this summer I will be introducing a summer reading list to my grandson. I will be downloading a few books on his Kindle, but I also want him to enjoy handling a good old fashion book.
13. Nature Hike – Set up a day to go on a small nature hike. Give each kid a backpack with water, snacks, a magnifying glass, and disposal camera. You can look for bugs, birds, and flowers.
14. Bird Watching – Buy inexpensive binoculars for the kids and find them a shady spot in the backyard where they can watch the birds from a feeding station. Let them fill up the feeders, and than wait for the birds to retrieve the treats.
15. Sea Shell Hunt – If you live close to the beach, set up a day to go on a sea shell hunt. You can use the shells to make crafts.
What activities do your children like to do or participate in during the summer?