Fun Summer Activities for Kids
With young kids, it can be a challenge to find enough activities to fill up a long summer, but if you plan ahead and keep your schedule flexible, you and your young one(s) can have lots of fun. Here are a few great ideas for having a fun-filled summer:
- Early Morning Walks – Morning is a great time to get out and about since the sun isn't too hot and the temperature is reasonable. Go for a walk with your kid, and see what you can find. Bring a stroller or wagon in case he or she gets tired, and don't forget the hat and sunscreen.
- Music Classes – Kids at this age love to move around and music classes are perfect for helping your kid burn off some energy. You may even help to awaken a love of music that will follow them well into adulthood.
- Hit the Park – Your local playground or park is a perfect spot to head to after dinner, when it's less warm and the sun is lower and less powerful. Bring a towel to sit on, some after dinner snacks, and some balls or sand toys.
- Swimming Lessons – Summer is a great time for swimming lessons as it helps to beat the heat and will get your child more comfortable with water. Lessons will also teach your child important water safety skills. If your child is old enough, he may be able to take lessons without you, so you can hit the sauna or swim a few laps.
- The Zoo – On overcast days, your little one will be delighted to spend a few hours at the zoo or aquarium. It will spark his interest in various animals, and you may even learn something new. Remember to bring drinks and snacks, you'll both need refreshment to keep going.
- Redecorate – Is it too hot to go outside? Consider staying inside and making some changes to your child's room. Put up some posters, get new bedding, or just move the furniture around. Let your child decide.
- Picnic – Sometimes a simple change, like eating somewhere new, is enough to make your kid's day. On a warm day, pack up some sandwiches and a blanket and head to a shady spot in the park. Don't postpone if it's raining, just have it in the living room instead.
If you ever run out of ideas, ask your child what they would like to do. Sometimes the most fun activities are the ones that they get to pick themselves. They may surprise you, and you may learn something new about your child.