Ultimate Summer Fun Guide

It's summer! All the children and teachers are now rejoicing in the streets, and parents everywhere are scrambling for ideas and activities for their children to stay occupied. If you need links and ideas, then here is the ultimate guide to keep the kids occupied and hopefully save your sanity.


Free Activities:
Library
Story time at library or Barnes & Noble
Community events (ie. movie nights hosted by HOA or city)
Play dates
Reading clubs (some schools host different clubs during the summer for free)
Community Pool or Beach
Park
Mall
Mardel Bookstore. They have a video area and a train table in the store. This is all free and usually not crowded!
Slip and Slide
Hikes
Bike Riding
Sidewalk Chalk
Make a video of your summer fun and send it to the grandparents
Color boxes to look like cars or trains
Obstacle course with things you already have in your home
Cabela's and Bass Pro have aquariums

Indoor Activities:
Movies and Cartoons
Crafts and more Crafts/Games
Indoor Play 
Games (Video and Board Games)
Reading
Rearrange his/her room
Puppets
Tea Party
Throw a Party
Build a fort or a tent
Fashion Show
Paint
Put together a memory book or scrapbook

Helping Hands:
Chores (They help make the mess, so why not make them clean it up)
Write letters to the troops
Make cards for the folks in nursing homes
Instead of spring cleaning, do summer cleaning
Yard Work
Plant a Garden
Find a local charity and volunteer with your children

Local Excursions:
Zoo
Festivals
Water Parks
Aquariums
Planetariums
Movie Theater
See a play, symphony, or opera
Local resorts offer classes and activities for children
Fast food play areas
Camps (Church, sport, tech, robotics, etc)
Arcades
Trampoline and Bounce House Facilities
Museums
Putt-Putt
Bowling
Laser Tag
Sporting Events (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, etc.)
Farmer's Market

Classes:
Sports Camps
Karate
Swim Lessons
VBS (Vacation Bible School)
Art and Painting
Writing
Home Depot Kids Build
Lowe's Build and Grow
Williams and Sonoma Cooking Classes
Tutoring
Fire and Safety Classes hosted by local fire departments
Theater and Preforming Arts

I hope this list will keep your kiddos happy this summer. What fun activities would you add to this list?

Have a Great Summer,

Amanda

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