6 Ways to Soak Up Summer Break With Your Kids

It’s already mid-July, and sparsed in between the pool floaties and bright summery knick knacks, backpacks and notebooks are beginning to fill the shelves. That’s right: back-to-school season is right around the corner, and that means your children will soon be spending most of their day away from home again.

At any age, spending less time with your kids is always hard so I compiled a fun list on 6 ways to soak up the summer with your kids. From things like a Willy Wonka-esque ice cream interactive museum for the adventurous sweet tooths to easily accessible lawn bowling for the younger tikes, this list will have you covered to make sure that you can make the most of your summer, together. Check it out below!

Get Messy with an Art Project

Summer With Your KidsYes, the phrases “messy” and “good idea” normally do not go together, but just trust us on this one: set out a tarp on the back porch, get some paint, paper, and let loose some of your creative energy. Try out different challenges: portraits of each other, still life, the most recent dream either of you have had. When your masterpieces are drying, a cute crafty idea is to get some nearby daisies or wildflowers and make some flower chain crowns.

Bring Bowling to Your Backyard

summer with your kidsGather in the backyard with family and friends to enjoy a popular version of classic lawn bowling. Great for an activity for the two of you, or birthday parties later down the line, the rules are fairly simple: there are ten wooden pins and three wooden balls. Set up the pins in a triangle of rows of 4, 3, 2, and 1. The wooden balls allow for easier movement across grass, so make sure to be ready to cheer when your child scores their first strike!

Make Learning Fun By Visiting an Interactive Museum

summer with your kidsHeading to an art museum and lunch would be a classy day for older teens, but if you have younger children, you can’t go wrong with a museum that has interactive displays so that they can really get involved with the exhibition. An example of a cool exhibit to check out is a Willy Wonka-esque event in NYC this summer, at the pop-up Museum of Ice Cream. If you’re in the area, check it out: it boasts a pool of sprinkles you can swim in, a range of edible balloons to sample, and the thing of dreams: a chocolate room.

Get Your Adrenaline Racing with Go-Karts

Summer With Your KidsWho said Moms couldn’t enjoy the competitive thrill of a friendly go-kart race? Perfect for your elder son or daughter, a late breakfast of champions before you hit the track is always recommended. Make the competition even more exciting by bargaining a few chores, or maybe some extra hours of TV — it’s guaranteed to motivate them to win.

Play a Game of All-American Cornhole

Summer With Your KidsThis sturdy, compact game of cornhole can be taken along on any outdoor adventure for hours of fun, from backyard BBQs to camping trips to tailgating at the big game. You and your child each get four six-inch square bean bags, either red or blue, and take turns tossing the bean bags toward the target on the opposite board in order to score the most points.

Spend the Day Fulfilling Their Inner Explorer

summer with kidsWith so much to do and see in the great outdoors, spending a day outside is both exciting and informative for your child. Play Queens of the Forest, go birdwatching, take a hike, bring a picnic, or explore a nearby stream. Children will be so excited for the opportunity to take on the next big adventure, so make sure you remember to grab sunscreen to stay protected, a water bottle to stay hydrated, and even a pair of binoculars to make sure you make the most of your experience.



  1. July 26, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I love the explorer role play idea, sounds great fun. And the museum of ice cream sounds perfect for kids and adults! I can’t believe how quickly the school holidays pass.

  2. July 26, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    interactive museums are awesome. I agree that they are the way to get some fun learning in during the breaks. wish we can take back our yard, though. we used to be able to do a lot of stuff when we’re home bec of it, but now that we’ve moved to a building apartment, we can only take the kids to the park to play.

  3. July 26, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    The ice cream museum sounds so fun. I want to take my boys to this place.

  4. July 26, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    All great ideas to spend time with your children and do something a little different! Thanks for sharing

  5. July 27, 2016 / 1:44 am

    I always loved arts and crafts of course! Hiking was always fun, so lucky to like near mountains!

  6. July 27, 2016 / 2:02 am

    I have always wanted to try cornhole but I never have. I used to see people playing it all the time when I was in college, but I never participated.

  7. Elizabeth O.
    July 27, 2016 / 3:04 am

    There’s so many things that you can do with the kids this summer and it’s always nice to take them to aquariums and museums aside from doing art projects and playing in the backyard! I love the ideas that you have here!

  8. July 27, 2016 / 4:47 am

    I love all of these ideas so much! And my son will enjoy these activities this summer.

  9. July 27, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    So much fun to be had with the kiddos! I love taking the kids to interactive museums during the dog days of summer!

  10. Nicole Escat
    July 28, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    I always like to try Go Kart. These activities sound so fun for the kids and for us parents too.

  11. CourTneYlynne
    July 29, 2016 / 1:50 am

    Great ideas!!!! We have yet to go drive go-karts! Will have to add to our summer bucket list!

  12. Rosey
    July 29, 2016 / 3:35 am

    We play cornhole here. I love it, it’s very fun!

  13. Courtney Gillard
    July 30, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    These activities are so nice. I want to go to an interactive museum with my stepkids.

  14. tauyanm
    August 2, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    it is super hot in dubai in summer. so the only option is roadtrip and visit musuems. it is really nice that they have lots of this. i would love to try go kart too

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