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Fun Activities To Do With The Kids This Summer!

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There are numerous fun activities you can do with your kids during the summer to keep them entertained and create lasting memories! Here are some ideas:

  1. Scavenger hunt: Create a scavenger hunt with a list of items and clues for the kids to find around the house, backyard or park.

  2. Picnic: Grab a blanket, pack up some containers with snacks, fruit and sandwiches and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the park.

  3. Pools and Water balloons: Go to the local park pool or sign them up for a swimming program. Water balloon fights are always fun for the kids and you can even use the popular reusable water balloons!

  4. Visit a local farm or petting zoo: If you don’t support the zoo there are plenty of cage-free animal farms or petting zoos for your children to interact with and learn about different animals.

  5. Build a fort: Get some blankets, pillows, and chairs to create an indoor or outdoor fort where the kids can play, read, or even tell scary ghost stories to themselves with a flashlight.

  6. Hiking or Fishing: Exploring nature or going to a nearby nature center is always a fun and educational experience. Plenty of nature centers provide children’s programs, theater in the woods, bug or bird exhibits and other activities for them to participate in. Plenty of forest preserves have ponds and you might be able to take your children fishing or tadpole-catching! If not, you can always plan a trip to the lake and enjoy a fun fishing day!

  7. Science experiments: Something as simple as dry ice, milk, salt and vanilla extract can become a fun experiment for your children to make their own ice cream while also teaching them about science! There are plenty of resources online for all age-appropriate experiments.

  8. Arts and crafts: You can never go wrong with arts and crafts activities! Painting, drawing, origami, or even creating friendship bracelets or other bead-animals are a fun way to turn off the internet and keep their focus on a new activity.

  9. Movie night: Have a special movie night at home where you watch your kids' favorite movies, complete with popcorn and snacks.

  10. Camping in the backyard: Set up a tent in your backyard and spend a night camping under the stars. Tell stories, roast marshmallows, and enjoy an outdoor experience!

  11. Bike ride or rollerblading: This is a fun way to be healthy and active with your children!

  12. Local museum: Spend a day exploring the local museums and all of their new exhibits. Many places offer interactive exhibits, special and/or free events for kids.

  13. DIY cooking or baking: Get your kids involved in the kitchen by preparing a simple recipe together. Let them measure ingredients, mix, and decorate the final product.

Remember to adapt the activities based on the age and interests of your children. Have fun and enjoy the summer with your family!

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