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37 Things to do with your kids this summer

“Mom, I’m bored!

“Mom, there’s nothing to do!”

I don’t know about you, but this started about 3 days after school ended. When does school start again?

Well, to help keep your sanity and give your kids something to do we have compiled a list of things to do this summer.

  1. Bake cookies for ice cream sandwiches
  2. Volunteer at a nature center
  3. Make a photo journal or a family yearbook
  4. Have a luau in the backyard
  5. Visit the beach and collect shells
  6. Make a fort out of cardboard boxes
  7. Visit a farmer’s market
  8. Stage an A-to-Z scavenger hunt, where you have to find something that starts with every letter
  9. Pick fresh berries
  10. Have a picnic at a state park
  11. Make ice cream
  12. Go canoeing at a local lake
  13. Build a sandcastle
  14. Write and illustrate your own book and have it published into an actual hardcover book using IlluStory
  15. Set up an ice cream sundae buffet for dinner
  16. Clean up trash at a park in your neighborhood
  17. Have a backyard campfire and finish off with s’mores
  18. Make homemade pizza
  19. Go for a nature walk and then make a collage from objects you find along the way
  20. Head to a creek and look at the duck
  21. Set up a lemonade stand and raise some money for a good cause
  22. Have a water balloon toss … or fight!
  23. Practice your origami skills and make construction paper crafts to hang from the ceiling
  24. Go biking on a trail.
  25. Interview a grandparent or an older relative about what life was like when they were young
  26. Plan a picnic at a local park — or in your backyard
  27. Plant a garden of herbs and veggies
  28. Make a sidewalk chalk mural and invite the neighbor kids to join in the fun
  29. Go ice blocking (sledding) on grass with a towel-covered block of ice
  30. Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvases or cardboard
  31. Visit a fish hatchery
  32. Plant a butterfly garden with flowers
  33. Pretend to be pirates for a day — dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate
  34. Make an indoor “sandbox” using colored rice by mixing 4 cups of rice, 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of food coloring and and letting it dry overnight
  35. Turn the backyard into a carnival — set up a face painting area and games like ring toss
  36. Visit a museum you’ve never been to
  37. Make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on the lawn (with spray paint) or driveway (with chalk)

Well, we hope this list helps. Good luck!

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