Tuesday, June 2, 2015

33 Fun Activities To Do With The Kids This Summer!

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It's June and summer is just around the corner. Now is a good time to start thinking about how to keep the kids busy and entertained while they are out of school for summer vacation.

Here are 33 fun things to do this summer including art, cooking, attractions and travel destinations, indoor and outdoor fun.

Art

  • Crafting is always a fun activity, and you get to keep their wonderful creations! Target has some great craft books with loads of crafts that will keep the kids busy for hours.
  • Paint Canvas Sneakers - I saw a demonstration of this on TV, and it is so cool! Take plain white canvas sneakers like these from Target, and paint them with fabric paints. As you paint each small section, take a dropper and apply drops of rubbing alcohol to the wet paint. This causes the paints to bleed into each other creating a sort of tie-die effect. Your kids will have fun painting, and wearing the art afterwards!
  • Sidewalk Art -Let the kids decorate the sidewalks with their art. Take a picture and let the kids take the hose and wash it away or wait for the rain to erase it.
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Cooking

  • Bake cookies - Help the kids mix up a tasty batch of homemade cookies.
  • Summer is the best time to whip up some homemade ice cream. If you don't own an ice cream maker, Sur La Table has several types of ice cream makers in different price ranges.
  • Or make another cool treat, popsicles! Just pour fruit juice into popsicle molds even paper cups and wooden sticks will work), then pop them in the freezer to enjoy later.
  • Make s'mores with your backyard fire pit! Obviously this must be an adult supervised activity.
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Destinations

  • Visit an amusement park. If you are interested in visiting a Disney park, check out these offers from Bookit!
  • Attend a baseball game. Major League Baseball has ball games all summer long, as does the minor league, so go catch a game!
  • Build sandcastles at the beach. You can find hundreds of beach destinations at Bookit!
  • Go horseback riding. Kids love horses, and horseback riding is a fun family activity.
  • Play miniature golf. Mini golf is something the whole family will love.
  • Visit a national park. We have so many beautiful parks, you should definitely visit an appreciate them. The National Park Service has a quiz tool that helps you find the park that meets your needs and interests.
  • Go on a road trip. Pack up the family and explore! Save 20-90% on Last Minute B&B Getaways!
  • Take the kids to a water park. Bookit! can help you find deals on the water parks you want to visit.

Indoor Fun

  • Have a dance party! Turn up the volume and dance. It's a great stress relief, and the kids will love it.
  • Get everyone together for a game night. Gather around and play your favorite board games like they did "back in the day".
  • Make a trip to the library. Public libraries often have special summer programs, so check into that.
  • Go see movie. If you need a nap, take the kids to a movie (you might need earplugs). Or pick a flick that everyone will love.
  • Visit the museum. Keep the kids learning during their break from school by taking them to a museum.

Outdoor Fun

  • Take a splash in the backyard pool or visit a public pool. Target has all sizes of pools if you want to check them out.
  • Go biking along a trail. Get some exercise and enjoy the scenery. Guess who has a large selection of bicycle? You guessed it Target!
  • Pitch a tent and go camping. Take a look at the selection of tents at Target!
  • Set up a lemonade stand. This is a great way to teach your kids the value of a good work ethic
  • Go to the park and have a picnic. Pack up your favorite eats and let the kids run wild then relax under a tree and enjoy a picnic with your family.
  • Plant a garden. I have found that children love to plant seeds and watch them grow. Find a veggie that they love and plant the seeds in your garden. You can order seeds online from DirectGardening.
  • Go roller skating. Roller skating is good exercise, and the kids have loads of fun!
  • Set up a slip and slide. Did you know you can make your own? Get a tarp and spray shaving cream all over it. Really! The family will have a blast!
  • Sign up for a sports team. Organized sports is good for teaching sportsmanship and competition, and it's another good way for the kids to get some exercise.
  • Run through the sprinkler. I know, it's "old school", but it is easy and fun.
  • Have a squirt gun fight. Another "old school" summer activity that is sure to bring smiles.
  • Fill and throw water balloons. My last old time fun activity to suggest; fill a bunch of balloons with water and watch the excitement happen.


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