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Top 6 Things to Do with Kids This Summer


It's our weekly Saturday tips and this week I want to talk about things to do with your kids during the summer. Kids love the thought of being out of school for the summer, and during the first couple of weeks, they can find something to do to keep them occupied. However, after those first couple of weeks, you will hear them constantly say that they are bored. Trying to keep them occupied can be a bit challenging, especially if you only have the weekends off. Make plans to do things during the weekend. Here are a few ideas of places you can visit that your young children will surely enjoy.


1. Visit a Recreation Center- Plan on taking them to the local recreation center. Usually there are activities that they can participate in that are geared to specific ages. Dance classes, aerobics, mommy-tot classes, gymnastics, tae kwon do, art classes, and other similar activities may be offered. It will give them an opportunity to learn a new skill and perhaps meet some new friends.

2. Visit the Beach- Take along some sunscreen, beach towels, sun glasses, and a change of clothing and head to the beach. Your kids will enjoy playing in the sand, and dipping their toes into the water. They might even decide to take a dip or skip rocks over the water. Chances are they will also bring home a collection of beach pebbles, driftwood, or even seashells.

3. Visit the Local Zoo- Children love to get a firsthand look at animals. Why not take them to your local zoo? Here they can enjoy viewing the animals and seeing them in their natural habitat. If your children are a little older, have them take along a notepad and pencil. Have them write down each animal, and some things that they learned about the animal. You can surprise them all with a little reward at the end of the excursion for what they have learned.


4. Plan a Picnic- Plan a picnic over at your local state park. Take along some water, pre-made food, or stuff that you can barbecue. Remember to take along some sunscreen and some sports toys such as a badminton racquet, baseball equipment, and a Frisbee. You may also want to pack swimming attire as the park just may have swimming facilities or a lake in which you can swim.

5. Visit the Museum or Science Center- Your local museum or science center is a great place for entertaining kids. Your local museum will have many exhibits pertaining to the history of mankind. Some may also have hands on exhibits for kids to explore. The same thing applies to the Science Center. Many exhibits to educate people about science and technology. Plan your visit when there is a hands-on exhibit available. Although kids love visual effects, they also like to get the feel of things and create things themselves.

6. Visit a Water Park or Amusement Park- Plan a trip to your local water park or amusement park before the summer is over. Get more bang for your buck by heading to the amusement park which may also have a water park area as well.


These are just a few places to take your kids during the summer. It will give them something to look forward to and will take away the boredom. Although they long for the school year to end, before you know it, they will be anxious to get back to school.

What about you? What do you do to keep your kids occupied during the summer?

Annmarie John
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  1. These are great tips! Its so nice to just take a day as a family and find something fun to do! We are planning a trip to the beach and now thanks to you and all your zoo pictures I want to go to the zoo. I am always a HUGE fan of the Aquarium.

    We have a Touch Museum near us and I want to take my son. It seems to be a lot of fun!!! Thank you for all the great tips!

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  2. Interesting...some creative games can also be added to this list.. I recall my Dad playing with me.. Sense of Touch & Sense of Smell. This is a fun indoor game for less than 5 years kids... Dad use to blindfold me..and hand me some objects. With a sense of touch i had to identify what it it. Alternative to this ..was sense of smell.

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  3. Children will enjoy visiting these places. In my city, there are a lot of museums and parks that may interest kids and grown-ups, and I am thankful for them.

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  4. These are great ideas and tips. And we too have done a few of these each summer with the girls here, too ;)

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  5. An amusement park sounds really fun right now! These are not only great tips for kids but also adults. I won't mind enjoying these myself. :)

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  6. I love all of these! And the range of costs is a factor but that's why we try to do many different things. And our local library has passes to local museums, science centers, zoos and farms.
    I really love summer and I'd hate for it to pass by without all of this joy.

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  7. These do sound like great ways to keep your children occupied over the summer. I particularly like the Zoo and Science Museum trips! Of course anything with water will make any child smile!

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  8. I love going to the zoo with my niece and nephew. They just love looking at the animals just like you do. I actually have plans to go to Dorney Park with them this month or early August. Lots of great tips.

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  9. we have a lot of movie days where we pile up on the sofa with snacks and watch old movies for fun.

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  10. All of these are on our list for this summer. We have a small zoo 10 minutes from our house that we have a membership to actually.

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  11. I like those tips. Most of them were on our summer bucket list :)

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  12. Our kids always spend a week or two with their grandparents right at the start of the summer,Then it is all about beach days and visiting different places.My oldest son has already requested that we go to lots of different places with animals he is so in to everything with animals right now.Also we will be doing a lot of horse riding.Pool and BBQ days also.I hope you have a great and fun filled summer Madison.

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  13. We have already done 5 out of the 6 things you listed :) We don't really have a rec center around here, but we do have lots of playgrounds & we visit those frequently!

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  14. We are always at the beach and the boardwalk. Summer is busy season for us!

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  15. I'm ready for a water park. They closed down the local pool here, so we have to drive quite awhile just to get a swim fix. Might as well make it a water park then, right? :)

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  16. We visit museums and parks. We also try to fit in one trip to an amusement park.

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  17. I love all of these. We have been contemplating taking our older kids to a water park this year.

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  18. Yes they most definitely start getting bored after the first few weeks. We live in Miami so we go to the beach a lot, and this summer my daughter has taken up cooking. She looks for recipes on cooking.com and she's made a few things already!

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  19. My kids always love visiting the beach and the zoo. I love that both can be educational AND fun.

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  20. I'm actually planning a picnic for tomorrow so I totally agree with that one. It's important to keep the kids engaged during the summer.

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  21. My girls love heading out for a picnic. I usually take them for a small boat ride and then a picnic. They love it.

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  22. Visiting the zoo is still on our list this summer! Love animals. Amber N

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  23. ///the zoo is the best place to bring a kid, they've always got an expression of wonder shown there.

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  24. I used to love taking the kids to the zoo. They are older now so hard to tell what they want

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  25. These are all activities I love. Unfortunately, we are bit close to the beach, so that means another thing I love: road trips!

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  26. We also went to the library during the summer as they had lots of summer themed activities going on.

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  27. Great ideas on this list for summer fun! Thank you for sharing. I love the zoo!

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  28. We like to try to explore new places around town that would don't have time to do during the school year. It's great to get to explore your own city!

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  29. We were always involved in sports and that really filled our summers up. Several kids playing several different sports means not much time left to do anything else. We also did a lot of traveling with the team sports. It was hectic but fun and we have so many good memories from that.

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  30. Great ideas! I have been taking my kids out as much as possible! It keeps them from fighting all day at home!

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  31. Aw she is gorgeous! I remember my daughter used to love bubble machines when she was little! All we had to do was set her in the grass, turn it on and she would be entertained for hours!

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  32. Great list! I'm making my sister take part in exercise & dance classes as well... I want to make sure she keeps active!

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