15 Summer Activities For Kids That Will Make Them Forget All About the TV
For kids, Summer is pure, uninterrupted freedom. The warm weather, sunny skies, and blissful few months off from school pave the way for an endless amount of adventures. But for some parents, Summer can be a bit overwhelming as you try to plan activities to make sure kids get outside, stay active, and keep boredom at bay. The last thing parents want is for their kids to be cooped up inside watching TV and eating junk food.
Luckily, there are lots of ways you can help your kids get — and stay — outside, whether it's a big group activity with friends or a solo adventure. Trust us, they'll be begging for just one more hour in the backyard every night.
Bring back the '90s, and encourage your kids to take up rollerblading! It's a fun way to enjoy the nice weather with their friends, and they can even practice in the driveway.
Kids love to explore, so hiking is a great Summer activity for them. Make sure if they're going far that they have an adult with them!
Slip and Slide
It's easy to build your own slip and slide, or you can always go out and buy one. Your kids will have hours of fun, and it's the perfect way to stay cool in the Summer heat.
If you don't have your own pool, head to the public pool with your little ones for a day of fun in the water. Many pools have free swims for kids throughout the Summer. Or if you're feeling more adventurous, find a fun (and clean!) swimming hole to explore.
Play in a Sprinkler
Put your irrigation system to good use, and let your kids play in the sprinklers! They'll be glad to get some relief from the hot sun.
Do a Treasure Hunt
This one takes a bit of planning, but a treasure hunt is a fun and memorable Summer activity for your kids. You can do one for all of the neighborhood kids, for just your little ones in your backyard, or for a birthday party. The possibilities are endless!
Have a Water Fight
Whether you choose water balloons, water guns, or the hose, water fights are the perfect Summer activity for kids and adults alike. You can set everything up for your kids and their friends, or you can get in on the fun yourself and battle your little ones for victory — just make sure to set a few safety ground rules first.
Ride a Bike
Riding a bike is a great solo activity for your kids, but it can also be a great family activity. Don't forget those helmets!
Climb a Tree
With proper supervision and the right tree, climbing a tree can really let your child's imagination run wild.
Plan an Obstacle Course
Grab a bunch of toys, boxes, ropes, and other items and build your kids an obstacle course! Or better yet, have them put one together themselves.
Learn to Garden
It's never too early for your kids to learn about nature and to start developing those green thumbs. Gardening is a satisfying, fun, educational, and useful activity for the Summer!
Fly a Kite
Teaching your child to fly a kite is a great bonding experience that can be passed on from generation to generation.
Take Swimming Lessons
Learning to swim isn't just important for safety reasons — it's also a fun Summer activity! Take your kids to the local rec center for swimming lessons so they can enjoy the pool and the beach this Summer.
Put on a Play
Encourage your kids to really use their imaginations this Summer and put on their very own play! Try to let them create all of the elements themselves, from the scripts to the costumes and set pieces.
Hide-and-go-seek has to be one of the oldest and most beloved activities for kids. Whether around the house or outside, they'll have endless fun playing this classic.