When your kids get out of school for the summer, you’re going to find that it can be tricky to give them things to do and keep them out of trouble. While chores and family trips might take up some time, you’re going to want to find some fun activities that will give them a summer to remember, as well. Here is a list of some ideas for inspiration to keep them entertained this summer.
SIGN THEM UP FOR A TEAM SPORT
Take a look around town for a rec league, or even check to see if the city sponsors a league. Sign your kids up, and encourage them to get their friends to sign up with them. This will give them a routine activity throughout the summer, and also helps promote physical activity, teamwork, and improvement of motor skills. Even if you’re not into sports and your kid isn’t either, it’s important to make sure that your kid tries a team sport at least once.
PLAY MUSIC TOGETHER
Sign your child up for some musical instrument lessons. At first, this will seem like a chore to them, but you can give them more inspiration for it by playing music with them at home. If you want, you can even record some of your music andmake a song with them that you and them can hold onto. This establishes an interest in creative activities and builds a bond between you and your child as you create expressive things together. It’s also an enjoyable activity on bad weather days when the whole family is staying inside.
VISIT A NATIONAL PARK
Our country is full of astonishing national parks. There’s really no shortage of beautiful land that is only a handful of hours away from us. If you want your child to better appreciate nature, and also have an understanding of the world around them, then plan to take a day trip to one of the national parks that are closest to you. Oftentimes, this can be accompanied by a hike and even a picnic! Just be sure to clean up your trash when you are done.
VISIT A LOCAL PARK
Some days, when you really don’t want to think of some elaborate way to keep your kid entertained, just remind them of their local park, put them on their bike, and send them off for a day of shenanigans with their friends. Often, there are even local activities and events that go down at your neighborhood park that can add a spice of fun to each day!
GET A LIBRARY CARD
Even though there are plenty of physical activities that can take up the summer days, it’s essential to grow the mind and your child’s creativity still, as well. One simple way you can do this is to get them a library card and encourage them to do some reading every single day. At first, they might resist this, but if you keep up on them and actually help them find a book that they genuinely enjoy, then you’ll find that they’ll start to have a hard time putting it down.
GET A SWIM PASS
During the hotter months, there’s nothing better than dipping into a cool pool. Unless you happen to have a pool at your home own home, it’s a great idea to get a summer pass to your local rec center so that you and your kids can take a swim whenever is convenient to you. Pool days can be hours and hours of fun, and also promote physical activity and teaches your kids the critical skill of being able to swim! As an added bonus, their friends may also have a pool pass as well.
These are just some ideas to help you get started! Every summer really is an open box of endless possibilities. Find something that you and your child love and make sure to make it a central part of the season.