Summer Activities to Do With Your Kids

By Ebony Porter, May 16, 2017, Events & Fun, Family

Summer is coming! Have you got a bucket of ideas of what to do with your kiddos over the course of the next three months?

We’ve got you covered on ways to spend some affordable quality time with your kids that will also keep their brains, as well as their bodies, active over the hot summer months. These ideas are for those weeks when the big family vacation isn’t planned, yet you need some ideas to keep you busy. Plan now and get ready for a fun summer!

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Visit Art Museums

Art museums are a great way to escape the heat and spend a half day indoors. Get cultured by looking at old historical relics, or see what’s happening in contemporary art by taking in exhibitions with work made recently. From regional makers to international artists, look up your nearest major art museum and make a plan. Many of them will offer at least one day a week of free entry, which makes the excursion that much cheaper.

The day after your visit, plan to set out some art supplies and have your child reflect on what their favorite work of art was by drawing it. You may find you have your own little Picasso at home!

Learn How to Make Ice Cream

Pick up an affordable homemade ice cream maker or try a DIY method. Nothing is more satisfying than making your own ice cream on a scorching hot day!

Get creative by adding lavender, or other fruits and herbs growing in your yard. Head to the local farmers market and pick up a bucket of fresh peaches with the intention of making peach ice cream the following week. The varieties are endless, and by summer’s end, plan a little gathering of friends to showcase your top 3 flavors for the summer. Making ice cream is also a great science lesson, too!

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A Splash Pad Tour

For those with little ones, make a list of your local splash pads, and hit up a new one each week! You might find that one has more shade than another at a certain time of day, and changing it up keeps everyone interested and ready to explore.

Plant a Garden

Summer is the season across America for growing. As a lesson in botany and agriculture, planting a garden is a great way to teach your kids patience, nutrition, and the magic of growing something you can eat or simply admire. Don’t be discouraged by apartment living, either. Purchasing a few large pots and filling them with high quality soil will be enough to get your seeds and seedlings growing.

Select a location that receives 6 or more hours of sunlight. Grab a few bags of good soil, a few packets of flower, herb or vegetable seeds that are right for your region, and plant away! Also consider a few flower varieties that attract butterflies.

Building a garden teaches a lesson on commitment as it requires watering every few days until your seeds are established and tending to weeds that may show up throughout the season. Using your harvest, make herbal scones, pick bouquets of flowers for the dining room table, and use your flowers for summer crafts.

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Create a Summer Journal

What fun it would be to at the end of summer, to look back and see all the ins and outs of what you did each day? The days are long but the months are short. Make the time to document it all to remember it.

Pick up a few blank page journals, one for each of your kids, and yourself if you want, and start at day one by drawing a little sketch of what the day looked like. Or draw an image that represents a moment from the day. Perhaps if you try out a new cookie recipe you can jot down that recipe to have forever.

Another way to document your summer is for everyone to write a haiku each day. A haiku is a poem that consists of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables.

Study Birds

Grab a regional bird guide, pack a picnic, and head to your nearest state park to watch and listen for the song of your local birds. What better way than to let the days sift away than by waiting and watching for wildlife? Learning at a young age what different birds sound like will make your little explorers bird watchers for life!

What summer activities do you like to do with your kids? Let us know in the comments below!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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