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  • Writer's pictureKara Kohnen

20 Creative Summer Ideas to Fight Boredom for Parents and Kids


Introduction


Summer break is a wonderful time for families to bond, but it can also be challenging to keep the kids entertained without resorting to screens. Here are 20 creative and fun ideas to help parents fight boredom and make the most of the summer months.


Outdoor Activities


1. Nature Scavenger Hunt


   - Create a list of items to find in the backyard or a local park.


   - Include items like a specific type of leaf, a flower, a rock, etc.



A family of four playing outside
Family playing outside

2. DIY Water Park


   - Set up sprinklers, water balloons, and a slip 'n slide in your yard for a fun water day.



3. Backyard Camping


   - Pitch a tent, make s'mores, and stargaze to create an outdoor adventure at home.



4. Garden Together


   - Plant a vegetable or flower garden. Teach kids about different plants and their care.


A father and child riding their bikes outside
Riding Bikes

5. Bike Rides


   - Explore local trails or parks. Make it a regular activity to look forward to.




Indoor Activities


6. Arts and Crafts


   - Set up a craft station with supplies for painting, drawing, and DIY projects.


7. Cooking and Baking


   - Get the kids involved in the kitchen. Try new recipes or bake cookies together.


Three kids enjoying baking
Baking for fun

8. Science Experiments


   - Simple experiments like making slime, volcanoes, or crystal growing kits can be educational and fun.



9. Reading Challenges


   - Set up a summer reading challenge with a reward system for completing books.



10. Movie Marathon


    - Have themed movie days with snacks and decorations matching the movie theme.



Learning Activities


11. Summer Camp at Home


    - Create a schedule of activities similar to a summer camp, including crafts, sports, and educational games.


12. Online Classes


    - Enroll in online classes for music, art, or language learning.


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Visit Museums

13. Visit Museums Virtually


    - Many museums offer virtual tours. Explore art, history, and science from home.


14. Educational Apps and Games


    - Use apps that promote learning in a fun way, like math games or language apps.



Community and Social Activities


15. Playdates


    - Organize regular playdates with friends to keep social interaction going.


16. Library Visits


    - Many libraries offer summer programs and activities for children.


Photos of books in library
Library of books

17. Volunteer Together


    - Find local volunteer opportunities that are kid-friendly.



18. Join a Summer Sports League


    - Sign up for community sports leagues or classes such as swimming, soccer, or tennis.



Relaxation and Mindfulness


19. Yoga and Meditation

Picture of a notebook and pen
Journaling

    - Practice kid-friendly yoga and mindfulness exercises together.


20. Journaling


    - Encourage kids to keep a summer journal, documenting their activities and thoughts.



Conclusion


With these 20 ideas, parents can create a summer full of fun, learning, and bonding without the need for screens. Embrace the season and make lasting memories with your family!



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