School’s Out! Fun Ideas for the Summer
Ah, the lazy days of summer. They are full of warmth, fun and leisure. Depending on where you are, your kids only have 1-2 months remaining in the school year. With summer vacation right around the corner, your kids will be home 100% of the time! What’s a parent to do? Don’t worry, here are a few Kids Summer Activities to keep them busy.
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I remember summers as a kid. You look forward to it all year long and the first few weeks are magic! We weren’t a family that could travel for summer vacation. The most we could do was a week of camping about 30 minutes away at the lake each year. I loved that.
It’s great if travel is on your list. If so, be sure to read the post on Road Trip Hacks. But what if you need some other options closer to home?
If you aren’t sure where to look for ideas, look close to home. Finding ways to have fun in your area gives you more options on a regular basis. For so many reasons, Staycations are Better for Families and might be perfect for you.
If you’re trying to fill the time for a day or an afternoon, chances are you are already part of a group or organization that offers summertime entertainment solution for kids and families.
You don’t have to go far to find summer fun activities for the kids. Not only do many community centers offer summer camp options, they also host other activities for kids sand families throughout the summer. Like community centers, there YMCA facilities are found in many cities throughout the United States.
The summer months are peak business for some places. There are also entire towns that are only “open for business during the summer” because of tourism. If you don’t mind the traffic, visiting a place like that could be fun for the whole family.
With the nice weather, cities and towns across America come out to celebrate. You will easily find festivals for music, food, entertainment from coast to coast. Pack up the kids and spend a day celebrating pretty much anything that comes to mind. For example, in my area, there’s a garlic festival as well as some for the Armed Forces and so many more.
Don’t forget the county, state, city fair! The fair combines the thrill of rides, animals, rodeos, monster trucks and more food than you could imagine, all in the same place.
Businesses & Organizations
- Community Center
- City Parks Department
- Military Groups
- Non-Profit Kid/ Family Organizations
- Community Pool
Summer Vacation Activities
So, now that you have an idea of where you can go for fun summer activity ideas, what kind of stuff can you do? You can do, so many things! In some places, the summer months offer the warmest, most favorable weather people will see all year!
If your kids have been itching to get outside and play, now’s the time to do it. Playing in the yard, or in the neighborhood with friends is always nice. But, there are other options to consider beyond your neighborhood.
There’s a summer camp for everything. Literally. Depending on how much you want to spend how long and how far you want to go, there are several options available at home and abroad.
- Vacation Bible School
- Summer Camp for Artists
- Camps for Musicians
- Sports Camps (Basketball, Baseball, Football, Cheerleading)
- STEM Camps (Computer, Robotics, Engineering)
- Circus Camp
- Wilderness Camp
Camp durations range from day camps to 1 week or more. For camps outside of your region, there may still be restrictions in place due to the pandemic, so keep that in mind when making your plans.
This could be an ideal solution for some families, because not only are the kids socializing and gaining new experiences, you may also be solving the child care challenges you’re facing.
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Again, the weather is great so why not enjoy?! I think it’s safe to say that the best part of summer, outside of no school, is being outdoors!
But, the mom in me has to talk about safety. Do yourself and your kids a favor and stay health risks if you don’t take precautions.
- Scuba Diving
- Water Skiing
- Paddle Board
- River Float (Innertubes)
- Kiddie Pool (Fun for Kids & Pups)
In the Wild
- Star Gazing
- Camping (Campground, Park, Backyard)
- Day at the Beach
Around the Neighborhood
- Sprinkler/ Water Slide
- Foam Pit
- Water Balloons/ Squirt Guns
- Riding a Scooter
- Roller Skating/ Rollerblading
- Outdoor Trampoline
- BBQ/ Picnic
- Zoo/ Animal Farm
- Outdoor Movie (Backyard or Drive-in)
More Kids Summer Activity Ideas
Of course you want more ideas! Happy to share a few more…
- Family Time: Summer break is a great opportunity to spend extended time with relatives near or far. Not only does it provide a time for relationship building, but can also serve as a childcare solution.
- Play Dates: If your kids are far from their peers, arrange a couple of play dates throughout the summer. Parents can choose to host them, or meet at a park if you prefer.
- Volunteer: Does your family volunteer? Clean up a park, run a race (5K), collect back-to-school donations (supplies, backpacks, etc.).
- Storytime at the Library: A great year-round activity.
- Outdoor Theater: Who says plays need to be indoors?
- Lemonade Stand: Adding for nostalgia sake. This was common and no biggie when I was a kid, but now, the law could come down on you if you don’t have a permit. Crazy right?
It doesn’t have to be all fun and games. Fun is in the eye of the beholder.
For some kids, school the place where feel more confident and at home. That makes summer vacation a challenge for their well-being. Believe it or not, the summer months can offer an opportunity for academic advancement.
If you have a child excited for learning, they can take classes at the community college, or attend summer school offerings. There are even focused programs or internships in a particular area of interest.
Before you know it, the days will be winding down and it will be time to get ready for another school year. If they’ve enjoyed even a handful of the ideas shared here, your kids will be ready for the break.
Summertime is a time full of fun and magical memories for kids. The time spent during the summer stays with you throughout life.
Parents, you’ll like this. One of the best things about it, is that these fun ideas for the summer are budget friendly. Day camps through the community center are reasonably priced. And, adventures in your neighborhood are completely free! Even fireworks put on by the city are free and fun for the whole family!
You can even just open the door and usher the kids outside to create their own adventures!
Tell me, what do your children like to do? There are many kids summer activities to choose from. Sign-up for summer camp, head to the fair or simply take advantage of the great weather right in your own yard.
There’s just nothing like that feeling of freedom, adventure and relaxation. Whether they like chasing butterflies, rolling down a grassy hill, or gazing up at the sky looking for animals in the clouds, it’s great to be a kid during the summer.
These summer vacation activities should provide you with lots of options to keep your kids happy and busy.
What do you have planned with your kids this summer? Share your plans in the comments below!