Summer, summer, summertime! Are you singing that Will Smith song like I am? Tomorrow is the 4th of July. That means you’ve probably been loading up on the fireworks, grocery shopping for grub and firing up the grill. This is just one of the many outdoor activities that you and your family can participate in this summer. But what else can you do?
I mean lazy summer days are the best. Sleeping in, staying up late, poolside chillin’, and eating whatever you want. But when you have kiddos, the days seem longer and the complaints get louder. So what are some ways you can wear them out?
Outdoor Activities For Kiddos
It’s easy and fun to watch movies and lounge around the house but summertime is outside time! Get the kids outside to play with some of these ideas.
- Slip ‘N Slide
You can buy a good slip ‘n slide for under $100 and use it all summer (and future summers). Just grab your dish soap and turn on the hose for hours of fun.
You can have a “waterpark” day and combine the slip ‘n slide with the sprinklers and let the kids run wild in their suits. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Oh, if you want to get extra crazy then throw in water balloons.
Think of all the messy activities you’d rather not let your kids do in the house and move it outside. Buy some white poster board and paint and let the kids paint their little hearts out. They can wash off on the slip ‘n slide :).
4. Treasure Hunt
Buy some fun toys from the Dollar Store and hide them around your yard. Set a timer and send out the kiddos to find their treasures. It’s like an early Easter Egg Hunt!
5. Dog Walker
Kiddos love being in charge of something. Go out for a walk and let them hold the dog’s leash. Don’t have a dog? Ask neighbors if they want their dogs walked.
6. Bike Rides
Family exercise is fun for everyone! Whether it’s scooters, rollerblades, or bikes everyone can get exercise. Let each kid take turns choosing the route for some adventure.
If you’re lucky enough to have a park close by, take the kids out for some swings and slides. If it’s close enough, walk or bike there!
8. American Ninja Warrior (Kid Addition)
Hopefully, you have enough stuff around the house that you won’t need to buy anything. Get creative and build a backyard obstacle course for the kids, or better yet, let the kids build it. If you really want to make them laugh, you should do the course first.
Get Outside and Play
I know these ideas aren’t really unique but hey sometimes we need a good reminder. Try one until it gets boring, then move onto something else.
What are your go-to ideas for outside fun?