Creative Ways To Keep Kids Busy This Summer
Summer is almost here! The kids are almost out of school, and I am so excited to not set an alarm until August with my mini tribe. We are looking forward to sleeping in a little longer and embracing the lazy mornings. Of course, there has to be enough structure to keep us all sane and the house in an orderly fashion. However, like most parents, exploring and making memorable summer experiences is my goal.
We are a family that loves the great outdoors, especially the beach. That is one of the main reasons why we moved back to Southern California—to be outside all year round! This summer we will have plenty of pool days, beach days, hiking days and more. And because Bobby is officially a “Clark Griswald,” who teaches our children that every day should be an adventure, I can assure you there will be minimal do-nothing days. In the spirit of capturing the fun of summer, here are our favorite ways to keep the kids entertained and learning all season long.
The phrase “dogs days of summer” refers to the end of July when the star Sirius (known as the “Dog Star”) began to rise in the sky just before the sun. It was so bright the Romans believed it gave extra heat to the sun and made for hot days in summer.
Call Your Local Museums
Find out what summer events they have for the kids and calendar them. For example, our local Museum of Contemporary Art has family events geared towards kids and teens. What a great way to immerse my kids in art and have family fun!
Summer Concert Series
I can assure you almost every town in the country has live music, free live music, for us to expose the children to. Our kids love to dance and Bobby and I love the entertainment. Just look up your local Summer Concert Series in your area and you will be surprised how many parts of town you can venture to with your family.
Movies in the Park
Another event I have seen in several states was free outdoor summer movies for kids. I have seen it on the East Coast, and of course (with a little bug spray) that could always be a great event. Here in San Diego, they offer movies at the local parks and beaches, which is super fun for the family.
The term “summer” comes from the Old English word sumor, which originated from the Proto Indo-European root sam, meaning “together or one.”
Apple Youth Programs
While this activity may seem untraditional, to say the least, working with your kids to improve computer skills (for free!) is an incredible opportunity. Apple Retail Stores have started to offer various workshops and classes for families who want to “hone their Mac skills” this summer. Youth workshops offer families with kids a chance to collaborate on projects while simultaneously learning basic skills and Mac programs. Most towns at this point have an apple store, so be sure to stop in to find out their schedule for these free classes.
Tour Historic Buildings
Make a list of all the historic buildings in your town, or even neighboring towns and call them to find out about getting a tour and making sure they are open to the public. It’s a great way to get a nice history lesson in with the children.
While your kids may initially resist the idea of going to the library during their summer vacation, rest assured that they will find the hundreds of free programs very fun. Programs can range from film screenings to story time for kids of all ages. In addition, many classes for adults, such as free yoga, are available. Each branch offers different activities and events, so check your local branch to get a list and ask your children to choose one.
Summer in the Northern Hemisphere begins on June 21 and ends on September 23.
Look for Sea Creatures
One thing that is always fun for my little ones is exploring the tide pools at low tide for various sea creatures. I love to give my kids a bucket for their oceanic treasures as we look around for crabs, shells, and so much more. (If we collect anything that’s alive we always release it back into the pools.) For more info, check out this feature on Orange County’s best tide pools.
Give Back to the Community
I love this idea so much. Have your family volunteer with a great charity this summer. There is almost always a summer event to raise awareness that is free to the public. If you can’t volunteer because your little ones are too small, don’t worry, just attend the event. This is a great way to teach kids about nonprofit groups that are trying to help others.
Call Your Church
No matter what religious background you come from, I can assure you there are summer activities at your church or youth center. Find out what you can do with the little ones. Also, ask about volunteer opportunities for them to try.
During summer, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, grows about 6 inches due to heat the expanding iron.
Red Tricycle is a great website and is offered in bigger cities to give you a ton of ideas of what to do with your kids, as well as local events. Check to see if it’s featured in your city.
Every day for at least 30 minutes, I encourage my kids to perform. Whether they are singing, dancing or playing the drums, watching them be little free spirits is invigorating as a mom, and allows them to be themselves. I love to just sit back and take it all in.
Make Temporary Art With Their Toys
I love this idea of working on a long-term art project together. This DIY magnetic car mural is quite awesome and your kids will love doing it and be super proud when they are done. A perk? Dad will think you rock if you surprise him with this project!
The first Modern Era Olympic games were the Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the Olympiad, held in Athens, Greece, from April 6-15, 1896.
Summers seem to be getting shorter and it truly is my goal to make each one memorable for them. These kids are my heart and soul, they are the ones that drive me to be a better mom and a better role model. Motherhood truly makes my heart so full, but it’s never easy. However, it is so rewarding when they hug me and say, “I love you so much, momma.” I am diving into the summer fun with these gorgeous beings and paying attention to what I want them to learn. I would love to hear from you—comment below and let me know what you are doing this summer to show them the way!
The Summer Solstice, Friday, June 21, 2019, is the longest day of the year.