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Preventing Summer Boredom

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Summer can seem like a long and chaotic time if you have kids and do not have a plan. Here are some ideas to help your family’s summer become more eventful and fulfilling.

Create a play group & meet once or twice a week. Figure out a schedule with the other parents and pick places to meet or go.

Sign your children up for camps, sports, programs or classes at your local recreation center, university, children’s museum, or library.

Make goals with your children and encourage them to help with chores.
Play Bag: Get a mesh bag and put these things in it: Sunscreen, sand box toys, side walk chalk, bubbles, balls of different sizes, catching games, etc.

 

Activity Ideas

Outdoors:
Pool
Park
Water Play Park/water park
Water games
Water fights (Sponges may take place of water balloons and spray bottles may take the place of water guns)
Slip-n-slide
Sprinklers
Amusement Parks
Ride Bikes/Scooters
Little red Wagon rides
Hay rides
Farm visits
Horse riding
Zoo visits
Camping-(roast marshmallows, make s’mores, roast hot dogs)
Boat rides
BBQ
Treasure hunts
Gardening
Obstacle course
Lawn bowling
Fort building
Camping in the backyard
Picnics (With Stuffed animals)
Paint with water on the sidewalk and watch it evaporate
Fishing
Carnivals
Festivals
Farmer’s Market
Tag and chase games
Relays
Simon says
Red Light Green Light
Red Rover
Visit major landmarks
Make movies
Get family together
Parties

Indoors:
(At home)
Cooking/baking
Arts & Crafts
Camp indoors (pitch tent in a room)
Card/Board games
Educational stuff
Sight words
Alphabet
Coloring/workbooks
Letter writing
Book making
Story time
Reading
Hide and seek
Dance
Sing songs
Play restaurant for lunch/dinner (Make menus, set table etc.)
Indoor picnic
Dress up
Toys-blocks, dolls, cars trucks, etc.
(Let your child DIRECT THE PLAY- you don’t always have to come up with the ideas.)
Make puppets
Do puppet shows
Puzzles
Get video camera out & MAKE MOVIES
Sleepovers
Parties

(Going places)
Library trips (Check Story times and events)
Kids gyms
Children’s Museums
Pottery sculpting places for kids
Cooking classes/schools for kids
Home Depot classes
Michael’s Arts and Crafts classes
Lakeshore learning Saturday craft making
Dollar movies/matinees
Theater-plays, cultural center events
Aquarium
Planetarium
Sporting goods store

*Remember to carry your camera around for the memories!
Check out these sites for more ideas:
Family Fun
Kids Page

Check out these websites for UTAH events:
Now Playing Utah
Utah Kids Club

Picture credit KSL.com. Picture is a link to article: “Creating a Summer Schedule”

1 Comment

  1. Bobbi Jo May 19, 2009 at 8:27 PM -  Reply

    Great post! Thank you for wonderful ideas. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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