The summer holidays are here and the kids are home. Don't
panic! It can be a challenge to keep children entertained, but with
a bit of planning no one will be whining "I'm bored". The following
ideas will ensure that kids of all ages are busy with fun and
engaging projects all summer.
• Go to a beach with lots of shovels and pails to build
sandcastles and sand sculptures.
• Plant a balcony garden of herbs and
• Plant pots of plants that attracts bees and
• Make a fort out of cardboard boxes, sheets and tarps. Do
it inside the house or out in the yard.
• Make a birdhouse and bird feeder.
• Set up your TV room like a movie theatre and invite
friends to a matinee. Make invitations, snacks too.
• Build a house of cards.
• Imagine and create a city made out of Lego.
• Make homemade pizza with traditional ingredients or
whatever you like.
• Make your own popsicles in small paper cups using fruit
• Put together a family cookbook with all your favorite
• Have a campfire using a BBQ. Roast hot dogs on sticks
and enjoy some gooey s'mores.
• Bake cookies and make ice cream sandwiches.
• Is there a China Town, a Little Italy or such in your
town? Check out their grocery stores and make lunch using
interesting spices and new ingredients.
• Have a fancy tea party with pretty china.
• Go to a baseball game, soccer or rugby match. It doesn't
have to be a major league game, any level is fun to watch.
• Organize an A to Z scavenger hunt in which you have to
find an item for each letter of the alphabet.
• Use chalk to make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on a
• Set up a net and play badminton and volleyball.
• Use items around the house to create an obstacle
• Create a jumping contest involving water sprinklers.
• Organize a games night with charades, bingo and board
games for every age.
• Have a water balloon fight.
• Send the kids outside and let the kids paint each other
with a washable tempera paint. Wash them off with the hose or let
them run through the sprinkler.
• Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or
make a rock family.
• Paint on paper, the ground or on a wooden fence using
coloured ice. Freeze washable tempera paint in ice cube trays.
• Attend an outdoor music festival or Shakespeare in the
• Go for a walk and then make a collage of the twigs,
leaves and other natural items you find along the way.
• Make a mural on the sidewalk or driveway using sidewalk
• "Paint" the sidewalk or balcony with water and sponge
brushes. When the picture is dry, the kids can start a new
• Go to the Dollar Store and pick up inexpensive craft
items for easy art on a rainy day.
• Have a fashion show using outfits made from recyclable
• Go to a matinee on a hot afternoon.
• Visit your local library to check out all types of
books. See if the library has a story time or other kids'
• Does your library have a summer reading program or kids'
• Interview an older relative about what life was like
when they were young. Write and illustrate a story from their
• Create and decorate a writing journal about your
family's summer adventures.
• If you travel this summer, have your children keep a
journal or scrap book. If they are too young to write have them
draw a picture from an activity during the day.
• Instead of watching movies, write a screenplay and act
• Search for bugs in the park with a magnifying glass and
a glass jar.
• Go camping in the backyard or at a campsite.
• Visit a zoo or aquarium.
• Find a shallow stream and wade through it in search of
minnows and frogs.
• Visit an amusement park or water park.
• Pick berries at a "pick-your-own" farm.
• Visit a farmer's market.
• Plan a picnic at a local park.
• Visit museums.
• Go horseback riding.
• Rent a canoe or paddle boat at a local lake.
• Head to a creek and look for ducks, frogs, turtles,
• Bike along your city's bike trails.
• Visit the beach and collect shells.
• Pick a nearby town to visit for the day.
• Go swimming at your local community pool.
• Visit as many local parks as possible, ever on the other
side of town.
• Clean up trash at a local park.
• Visit a retirement home and read stories to