How to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer


Now that we’re a few weeks into summer vacation, you’ve probably started to hear that old familiar refrain from your kids: “I’m bored.”

We’re here to help! We’ve got all kinds of activities you could consider for this summer that will keep your kids busy and entertained anytime they need help occupying themselves.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Farmers markets: Farmers markets are very kid-friendly, and you can find them all over the place throughout the summer on just about any day of the week. These markets don’t just have produce—they also frequently have live entertainment, arts and crafts for kids and possibly even playgrounds or play areas.
  • Yard work: Okay, the prospect of doing more chores might not be the most appealing thing to your kids, but there are ways you can make it more fun, or even incentivize it with cash or other rewards. The yard work has to get done somehow!
  • Berry picking: Different fruits and berries come into season at different times of the summer. June has strawberries, and later in the summer you get blueberries and raspberries and blackberries. Head out to a berry farm and bring the kids with you—berry picking is especially great for young children!
  • Parks: There’s always something to do at your local park. Whether it’s just going for a stroll, going to a playground or attending free concerts or movies, there’s bound to be something in your local park for you to enjoy all summer long. Check the website for your local city or county to see a list of events they have scheduled to take place in nearby parks.
  • State or national parks: Beyond your local parks, you could also take trips to state or national parks to explore and take in the beauty of nature. Entrance fees to these parks are affordable, and more than worth it for the family. In many cases you can get a whole day’s worth of activity out of the trip.
  • Movie nights: Have a rainy summer night? Plan a movie night. Pick any of your favorite streaming services and find a movie your whole family will like. Pop some popcorn, get some cotton candy (or other candies) and enjoy!
  • Go to museums: Museums often have free days or special deals on weekdays, so summertime is a great time to take advantage of those deals while your kids are out of school. These trips are both enjoyable and educational!
  • Go to the zoo: What kid doesn’t love going to the zoo? Pack a lunch and bring the whole family out for a day of looking at and learning about animals from all over the world.
  • Bowling: Bowling is a great way to beat the heat or to stay active even during bad weather. Put up the bumpers if you have young kids. If you have older kids, they may enjoy the competitive nature of the game.

Take advantage of some of these summer activities for kids, and keep them busy while also having a blast for the next couple months!

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