Now that the final bell has rung and school is out for the next few months, your kids are sure to be clamoring for excitement and adventure. After a few days, the novelty wears off and those excited cries of “Yay, no school!” are replaced with “I’m bored!” The following activities will help ensure they have a summer to remember.

Stimulating the Mind

  • Make reading a daily habit
  • Start an art project
  • Enroll in summer enrichment programs
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Visit a local museum
  • Sign up for a library card – and visit often
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Perform (safe) science experiments
  • Sign up for community service
  • Watch educational TV shows
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle
  • Ask their teacher for a summer packet
  • Start a journal or creative writing project
  • Create sidewalk chalk murals
  • Stargaze in the backyard

Keeping the Body Active

  • Go swimming
  • Dig for fossils
  • Take a hike
  • Enroll in a recreational sport
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Plant a garden
  • Fly a kite
  • Go bowling
  • Pick berries
  • Run through the sprinkler
  • Sign up for summer camp
  • Visit neighborhood parks and playgrounds
  • Explore your city
  • Organize a summer dance party
  • Set up an obstacle course

Are your kids still complaining that they’re bored? We’ve got a checklist with even more ideas to keep them engaged all summer long!