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125 Fun Things To Do With The Kids This Summer
Are you looking for fun things to do with your kids this summer? Try these on for size....
1. Pick your own….whatever. Find a farm with blueberries,strawberries, tomatoes, flowers, etc., and get picking.
2. Play outside in the rain. Smell the rain on the pavement;splash in puddles; make mud pies.
3. Make your own rain. Douse everyone with the hose or sprinkler.
4. Take family naps. Parents nap too!
5. Have daily quiet time. Big kids need rest too.
6. Cook out….frequently. Go beyond the burgers. Try veggies or fish. The kids might like them!
7. Make ‘smores. Chocolate + marshmallow + graham cracker=summer
8. Camp out. First-timers, try backyard camping.
9. Camp in. Put the sleeping bags on the floor and have a familyslumber party.
10. Stargaze. Invite friends and make aparty of it.
11. Catch lightening bugs. And then watch them flicker awayinto the night.
12. Rearrange the furniture. Give the kids graph paper andhave them draw out a plan first.
13. Make your own pizza. Try this recipe.
14. Invite friends over for a game night. Have a kids' games tableand an adult one too.
15. Go to the demolition derby. And expect to see some majorcrashes.
16. See an air show. And hope for no crashes.
17. Stop to smell the flowers. (Go to a botanical garden.)
18. Talk to the animals. (Go to the zoo.)
19. Get wet. (Go to a water park.)
20. Play a word game. Think Scrabble, Boggle or Bananagrams.
21. Play a card game. Maybe crazy eights,spoons or poker. Take your pick.
22. Play a board game. Candyland, chess or Monopoly,depending on age and inclination.
23. Make good use of nearby parks. Go to your local parks website,print the schedule of activities and tape it to the refrigerator.
24. Pack a picnic. And plop down to eat itjust about anywhere, at a free concert, in a state park or in your ownbackyard.
25. Start the back-to-school shopping early. The farther from thestart of school the more fun my kids think it is.
26. Get the summer homework done. Not exactly fun, but get it outof the way.
27. Experiment with new hairdos. Let the kids try outnot-permanent colors or braids. Or maybe a spiked look.
28. Dig in the sand at the beach. Doesn’t matter if it’s on theocean, lake or bay.
29. Set a goal and complete a home project. Find ways to let thekids help.
30. Take an early morning bird walk. Choose the right fieldguide.
31. Grow vegetables. And then eat them.
32. Grow flowers. And then arrange them .
33. Let the kids cookdinner. Infact, make a tradition of it.
34. Host the kids' friends for a sleepover. And the maybe your kidswill be invited next…giving you a free evening.
35. Go to a nearby museum that you’ve never been to before.
36. Go to your favorite local museum…again.
37. Go to a carnival or county fair. Eat cotton candy, frieddough or something really bad once this summer.
38. Decorate your walkways with chalk. Better yet, make your own chalk.
39. Take a hike. Choose a route near your house or take a drive toa more distant park.
40. Plant a butterfly garden. Watch the butterflies flutter by.
41. Make freshlemonade. Maybeeven sell it at a lemonade stand!
42. Take road trip to a nearby city. Spend the night if youcan or just make it a day trip.
43. Show the kids science is fun. Try these experiments.
44. Go to a matinee. Find a bargain movie houses andpay less.
45. Go to the drive-in. If there isn't one nearby, lookfor one near your vacation spot. Every kid should go to the drive-in at least once!
46. Read a chapter book aloud. Or even go on and read a wholeseries together.
47. Listen to a classic as an audiobook. Or try these newer audiobooks.
48. Teach the kids a game you haven’t played since you were a kid.
49. Meet friends at the playground. Not groundbreaking, but alwayspopular nonetheless.
50. Visit a historic house. Kids will be amazed at what theold-timers lived without.
51. Make ice cream. We use this recipe with great success.
52. Use bikes as a mode of transit. Show the kids the way to the storeor a friend’s.
53. Take bike rides for fun. Either leave from your own houseor drive to biking trails.
54. Go fishing. In many states kids can drop a line in without alicense.
55. Paddle a kayak or a canoe. Or if you’re really adventuroustry white water rafting.
56. Jump rope. Chant these jump rope rhymes.
57. Press summer flowers. Make a pressedflower picture.
58. String beads. Try these safety pinbead designs.
59. Blow bubbles. Make yourown!
60. Play miniature golf. Can you make the last hole-in-onefor a free game?
61. Eat at the counter of a diner. And let the kids spin on the stools.
62. Find a new place to play. Easy idea: Clear out the basementor garage. Complicated idea: Build a treehouse.
63. Build a Lego castle. Clear off a table and make it afamily project.
64. Master a new skill together. Learn to juggle, play harmonica,do the hula hoop, etc.
65. Teach the grandparents to use Skype. And show off your new skill.
66. Build a fort. Try pillows in the living room or cardboard boxesin the yard.
67. Make fairy houses. Use moss, bark and leaves in adwelling fit for Thumbelina.
68. Write/illustrate a comic book. Make it a group effort or leteveryone do their own.
69. Oooh and ahh at fireworks. Might have to wait until July 4.
70. Find a free concert near you.
71. Fly a kite.
72. Run in the yard. Kickball, wiffleball, Frisbeeand tag will keep you moving.
73. Visit a local farmers market. And feast on the fruits andveggies of the season.
74. Create art with beach items. Check out these seahellcrafts
75. Have breakfast in bed. Take turns being the server andthe served.
76. Play with clay. Then bake your creations to make them permanent.
77. Make play dough creations. Then rip them up and do itagain.
78. Make paper airplanes. See whose goes the farthest.
79. Join the library summer reading club. Parents can list alltheir books read over the summer too, but I doubt the library will give you a prize.
80. Keep a sketch diary.
81. Write in a journal. At the end of the summer shareselections with each other about the highlights of the season.
82. Teach the kids to skip stones.
83. Make photo giftsonline. Grandma will love them.
84. Take lessons together. Cooking, yoga, tennis, music,etc.
85. Play croquet on the lawn. And try bocci too.
86. Set up a badminton net. You could use it for volleyball too.
87. Play HORSE. With little ones, set up a mini basketball netnext to the real one.
88. Create a scavenger hunt. Do it on your own property oraround town.
89. Erect a bird feeder. And then watch the show from your window.
90. Join a Junior Ranger program. Both nationalparks and many state parks have them.
91. See a dramatic performance together. Doesn’t matter if it’s apuppet show in the park or a touring Broadway show.
92. Put on your own dramatic performance. Write a script, sewcostumes or just do a little improv.
93. Make music. Either make your own instruments or play traditional ones.
94. Play charades.
95. Break out the family movies. And the popcorn too!
96. Go to a flea market or garage sale. See if the kids arebetter negotiators than you.
97. Have a garage sale. Kids can earn spending money byselling their old stuff.
98. Climb trees together. Of course, only if the kids are big enough, and you are brave enough.
99. Get a book a riddles. See if you can stump each other,then write your own.
100. Keep your kitchen cool. Make no-bakecookies.
101. Have a cupcake picnic
102. Go on a walk
103. Collect Bugs and find out what they are
104. Bake brownies
105. Have an un-birthday party
106. Do each others makeup
107. Paint rocks
108. Read a book
109. Put curlers inyour hair
110. Plant some seeds
111. Write a letterand mail it
112. Color pictures of the family
113. Take silly photos and put in an album
114. Do a photoscavenger hunt
115. Make breakfast for dinner
116. Dress each other up (with no complaints from the person being dressed)
117. Make cards totell each other why you love each other
118. Paint each otherstoe-nails
119. Bake cookies forsomeone and deliver them
120. Try a new recipetogether
121. Make a timecapsule (including predictions for the future)
122. Cut sponges intoshapes and make sponge paintings
123. Make a sillyvideo
124. Make a count downcalendar for something you are looking forward to.
125. Make play dough
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