30 Fun Ways to Keep Active

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!