The dog days of summer are here! The sun is shining, you’re spending more time outside, and the kids are ecstatic to be done with school for the year. But therein lies the catch. Without school to occupy them (and tire them out) during the day, the kids need new activities to last all summer long that get them out of the house and keep them entertained. Summer camps or other long range programs are the obvious solution to the problem, but that’s not always an option for everyone. As a mosquito control company that makes outside fun again, we’ve taken the lead on putting together some unique ideas (see below) the family can do together to enjoy the sunshine and make the most of this summer.
- Pitch a tent and camp under the stars. This is an oldie but a goodie. Going on a full camping trip is time consuming, takes a lot of preparation, and can be exhausting with kids. So why not cut out most of the work and skip straight to the fun? Pitch a tent, have a bonfire, maybe even tell some ghost stories, all in the comfort of your own backyard! Take a look at this article from Parenting.com for ideas on how to make your adventure even better!
- Organize a scavenger hunt for the kids. There are plenty of ways to set up a scavenger hunt for the kids. It’s a great option that works both indoors and outdoors, gets your kids moving, and engages the mind. Check out some of these scavenger hunt ideas for inspiration. A little bit of preparation work is worth the fun they’ll have!
- Invite the neighborhood kids over for a luau or other themed party. Whether or not you were planning to host a kids party this summer, there are plenty of ideas to spice up the theme and make it an opportunity to bring all the neighborhood kids together. Ease the party planning stress by making it a pot luck and inviting the parents as well.
- Create giant board games in the backyard. You could stay inside all day playing Checkers or Bananagrams, but doesn’t a game of giant backyard Jenga sound so much better? There are do-it-yourself solutions for dozens of games that take them from traditional board games to life size interactions. Most of these are easy and inexpensive, perfect for a lazy summer day.
- Hold your own summer olympics. The 2016 Summer Olympics are right around the corner, so why not get everyone in the spirit by holding your own backyard olympics? You can even stretch this out over a longer period of time to make it a real competition! Aside from having the kids participate in events, you can get them to make country flags, hold opening ceremonies, and even make their own medals.
- Go to a local farmers market. Take the kids to a local farmers market to pick out some fresh produce for dinner. Not only will it get them out of the house, but you can take the opportunity to teach them about healthy eating and good food choices!
- Plant a garden. If you have the space in your backyard, planting a garden is a great long-term summer activity to do with your kids. You can pick out which seeds you’d like to plant, spend time planning the layout of the garden, and then watching from the beginning as the garden grows! If it’s a success, use your haul to make delicious summer meals or share with neighbors.
- Have a bonfire and backyard feast. This is another oldie but a goodie. Many of you probably have memories of summer bonfires, hot dogs, s’mores, and firecrackers. This summer is a great opportunity to pass the memory onto your kids!
- Sign the kids up for a cooking class. Thought cooking classes were only for adults? There are a variety of franchises and private companies that offer cooking classes to kids too! Aside from learning new recipes, these classes offer kids a creative outlet that is sometimes missing in the summer. Check out the Young Chefs Academy to find a location near you!
- Once a week, let the kids choose and help cook a meal. If those cooking classes pay off, the kids can even help you in your own kitchen! Instead of making dinner alone or ordering out, let the kids help you make dinner once in a while to turn cooking into quality family time.
Out on the Town
- Go for a hike, and take a picnic. When everyone has a free day, take the family to a nearby park or forest for a hike and picnic adventure. Let the kids help you pack a picnic lunch that everyone will enjoy, and get movin!
- Volunteer together. As an adult, it’s hard to find time to volunteer. Pick a weekend this summer, and take your kids to an organization of your choosing to give back. It’s a great opportunity to teach them valuable lessons and can serve as a bonding experience for you all as well.
- Visit a new local museum or educational attraction. Wherever you live, I can guarantee there is a museum, festival, or landmark in your area that you’ve always meant to visit but never have. Take this summer to change that! It’s a chance to get everyone out of the house AND learn something new.
- Go to an outdoor movie. A lot of cities around the country hold outdoor summer movie events in parks, ampitheatres, and even cemeteries! A quick online search will bring up local results near you, many of which are kid-friendly. This is a unique activity the kids will love, especially if it means staying up past bed time!
- Attend a kids workshop at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Pottery Barn. Many home improvement and home decor stores offer workshops for kids and adults. These free clinics range in topic from “Build Your Own Captain America” to “Build Your Own Father’s Day Trophy“, giving you and your kids a chance to learn the true meaning of do-it-yourself.
There are thousands of ideas to keep your kids occupied during the summer months. A simple Google search will keep you busy for hours! Hopefully your summer activities have you spending more time outside to take advantage of the warm weather. But before you head into the backyard for a bonfire or camping adventure, call your local Mosquito Joe for service to protect your yard from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee means that we get rid of the mosquitoes, so you can enjoy being outside again.