10 Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer


It doesn’t matter if you are a stay-at-home or working parent, it’s likely that keeping your kids busy during summertime can get tough. When kids are home and out of the routine of school, you may hear “I’m bored” more than a few times a day – but you don’t have to resort to screen time as your main form of entertainment.

Here are 10 ways to keep kids busy this summer that are fun, easy, and inexpensive – and will help you maintain your sanity, I mean, keep your kids busy this summer.


1.      Let them be bored

There is nothing wrong with experiencing a little boredom. It is actually healthy and promotes creative learning development. Remember to give your child down time to come up with their own things to do.

2.      Help your child start a business

If your child is old enough, help them start their own business. From mowing lawns, to walking dogs, to babysitting and more – you can help your child find a skill they have that they can use to make some money this summer. Work together to design flyers to hang around your neighborhood, or create business cards to hand out to advertise their services.

3.      Join a library summer reading program

Most local libraries have summer reading programs which include reading goals for prizes. Summer is a perfect time to catch up on reading for enjoyment.

4.      Research free activities in your area

You may be surprised how many free or inexpensive activities are in your area. Joining a local parents group online is a great way to find out about free events as well.

Check out these free activity ideas to get you started:
  • Movies or concerts in the park
  • Park district hosted drive in movies
  • Children’s gardens
  • Splash pads
  • Local baseball games
  • Farmers markets
  • Cruise nights
  • Traveling carnivals

5.      Water play

Get wet this summer! Hit up local splash pads, beaches, or pools, or head to your own backyard for some fun with water balloons, a slip and slide, blow up pool, or sprinkler.

6.      Register for a local summer camp

If your kids really wants to get out, why not check out a local summer camp? Interested in learning chess? Chess Wizards has some awesome camps this summer all around the country.

7.      Work on a service project together

Want to spend time giving back to your community? Check out these service ideas prefect for kids.

8.      Visit a zoo

It’s easy to make every trip to the zoo unique. Bring a scavenger hunt with for even more fun.

9.      Pick your own produce

Check out local farms that let you pick your own produce. Currently many local farms are picking strawberries and asparagus, and other vegetables and fruits are available throughout the summer.

10. Host a Popsicle “cooking” challenge

Pick up some inexpensive Popsicle molds or even ice cube trays, and have a cooking contest to see who can make the yummiest recipe. Fruit juice and gummy bears is always a fan favorite!  

No matter how you choose to spend your summer break, remember, there are only 18 summers in childhood… make this one count!

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