Easy, Fun Summer Activities for Kids

If you’re anything like me, you are in a mad scramble to find things to keep the kids busy this summer. We all know that idle kids make for a messy house. So, I’ve come up with a list of things that I’ve found to keep my very active boys busy, even if for a little while.

Planned Activities:

  • Visit the zoo! If you’re not lucky enough to live in a metropolitan area that has a great zoo, like our Brookfield Zoo, look for smaller ones in your area. Many of them are free or cost very little to visit, and are often sanctuaries for animals that have been hurt in the wild and are being cared for by the zoo. This is a great lesson for your kids in saving animals.
  • Summer camps. There are all sorts of camps available through park districts, YMCAs, and even zoos! Most are half day classes for little ones and offer them a new experience, and you a couple of hours of freedom. We even have a local science museum that offers classes. Easy to find, just Google “Day Camps” or check with your local nonprofits and park district.
  • Sports camps. Just like summer camps, these are offered by local park districts or sports organizations. Even some of the professional teams will offer camps. One year, we all chipped in to send Joey, Sam’s son, to the Chicago Blackhawks camp. It was an experience of a lifetime!
  • Nature Walks. Get out there and walk the trails! Pack a picnic lunch and find a nice shady spot. Most areas offer some sort of outdoor fun, whether it’s a set of trails, or manatee park, or state park, there’s so much to see and it’s great exercise for the entire family.
  • Be a tourist in your town! Is there something you’d love to go and see? Do you live near a big city, but don’t get the chance to visit it? Well, why not do it with the kids?

Things to do at home:

  • Set up an obstacle course. Use cones, crawl through tunnels, bikes, whatever you can think of, that’s age appropriate, to challenge the kids. It’s a fun way to get them moving and create a competition.
  • Send them on a scavenger hunt. In the picture above, I created little bags with pictures and words of things in nature for the kids to find. It was great fun! It’s also an activity that all ages can do.
  • Water balloon fights! Yep, if it’s hot out, get the balloons filled, put them in baskets and let them loose in the yard! And, you should join in too.
  • Drive -n Movie! Little projectors can be purchased so cheaply now. All you need is a light colored garage door or side of the house, and you’ve got a theater. You can set up a concession stand and even give the kids some boxes to create cars!

These are just a few of the things we’ve done and will do this summer. What are your ideas??

Red Flannel Hash

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DIY Birthday Invitations

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Cheer Bows

Photo credit: Angela Ambroffi

Photo credit: Angela Ambroffi

If you know anything about youth sports, you know it’s a family affair. Doesn’t matter if it’s baseball, soccer or hockey, everyone loves to go watch the kids play. Recently, my nephew’s hockey team made it to the championship game. Sam was trying to think of something to give the sisters of the players, as a thank you for all of the time they spend at hockey games supporting their brothers. I thought of cheer bows!! I mean, what says team spirit better?? And, since I only have boys, the chance to make something for a bunch of girls made me giddy! Continue reading