The school doors close across the country this month, and the yearly question arrives. “What are we going to do this summer?”
There are a multitude of summer activities for kids: indoor and outdoor, free and paid. Here are some reminders! I know you will say…”Oh yeah.”
Clearly, if you live near a beach or lake, your children will find plenty to do surfing the waves, swimming to a raft, tossing a ball, or simply digging and building castles.
Growing up, my good friend would greet me at the door of her home and say. “Do you want to make something, bake something, or play something?” It was my favorite question.
Indoor Summer Games For Kids
On rainy days, indoor games for kids and free summer activities for kids can include:
The local arcade
Mad Libs over lemonade and chips
Creating chocolate cupcakes and decorating with lots of fun accoutrements found at Michael’s Craft store or your local grocery baking section
Plays with the clothes mom and dad don’t wear anymore
A trip to the library or book store for story time—or for older kids roaming the aisles for a favorite book
Create a nail salon in the kitchen and paint palm trees on nails and tiny suns on toes
Coloring or creating collages with those magazines that you have half read
Local museums give some fun tours
Perfect time to check out the aquarium or planetarium
Tour the lighthouses if you live on the coast
Outdoor Summer Games For Kids
Outdoor fun summer activities for kids can include:
Pick strawberries and blueberries this time of year at your local farm
Check out the local hiking trails
If you live near a city, there are multiple ways to take a tour—try a horse drawn carriage or double decker bus
Plan a scavenger hunt around town
Check out local farmer’s markets. Frequently, there are kid activities and free music.
In addition to farmer’s markets there are artisan markets everywhere where you can explore and have wonderful food from food trucks. I am usually at SOWAand the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston each week, but your town will also have weekly and monthly ones too.
Shakespeare in the park plays abound –and sometimes the renditions are free
Outdoor movies are also fun
Miniature golf adventures are popular for the entire family and you can bring your little one along in our Mini Golf Onesie
Free and paid summer concerts typically start up after July 4th.