As June is coming to a close,the weather is getting hot and summer vacation is upon us! I will soon be hearing the “I’m bored,” sighs and complaints from my children. Over the years, I’ve learned that by having a back up plan for boredom is much better than listening to the complaints and it makes a much better household. (I do think it’s alright to be bored though, that is usually when they are most creative!)
June is always extremely busy in our household but after it’s over and there are no more ball games, VBS is over, and swimming lessons are finished so there is more time for them to entertain themselves. I wanted to come up with some extra ideas before I heard their complaints! July brings our County Fair which means it’s time to finish up 4-H projects but that can only consume so much of our time before we all go crazy! I hope that there might be a few new ideas in this list for your family to enjoy!
- Go to the playground or park
- Have a picnic
- Feed the ducks
- Take advantage of free events at the park such as plays, movies, or other recreational activities
- Have a no electronics night!
- Make a family meal together. Everyone can take part in cooking dinner (and a fun dessert) and cleaning the mess. As a reward for all the hard work, sit at your clean table and have a family game night. This would be fun to do once a week!
- Have a “Lego Day” where everyone sits down and builds together.
- Make a homemade pizza, pop some popcorn and have a family movie night
- Go tubing or tanking down the river
- Give the family some card board boxes, duct tape and let the creative juices flow!
- Put up a big sheet outside and create a drive in movie with lawn chairs.
- Go for a hike
- Roast marshmallows and make S’mores
- Invite some friends over for a pot luck meal and yard games
- Plant the tops & seeds from fruit & veggies that you’ve saved
- Go camping
- Have a dance party
- Play glow in the dark tag with glow sticks or necklaces
- Have a family puzzle night or afternoon
- Have a read aloud story afternoon
- Go for a bike ride
- Visit a museum on free days
- Check out books or DVDs from the library
- Throw a summer party. Use up all of your extra birthday party supplies and have a blast!
- Make crafts together
- Complete a family project
- Serve the community together
- Put on a play
- Make cookies
- Teach your kids how to play card games you played as a child such as tic tac toe, checkers, or chess
- Go to a nature center
- Go fishing
- Go berry picking
- Horseback riding
- Do some home school activities. My kids love doing school at home and it keeps their little minds fresh
- Make mud pies
- Catch fireflies or lightning bugs
- Build a tree house or fort
- Make a tent out of blankets in your living room
- Make homemade play-doh, puffy paint, or other fun art supplies for the kids to have a blast with
- Make your own bubble solution and blow bubbles
- Run through the sprinkler
- Go to the pool
- Visit family
- Have a water balloon fight
- Go to the beach or a near by lake
- Visit the Farmer’s Market
- Play hopscotch
- Go to the zoo
- Fly kites
- Paint each other’s faces
- Paint rocks
- Have a meal eating only what you grew in your garden
- Mini golf
- View surrounding community fire works
- Wash the car together
- Make sand castles together
- Go to the children’s museum
- Go mini golfing or bowling
- Go to the movie theater
Have you seen The Intentional Moms “I’m Bored” List? This is a great way to fight the “I’m Bored” blues!
What do you like to do with your family in the summer?
Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily) says
Thank you so much for joining our little family at Recommendation Saturday!! <3 Heart Hugs, Shelly
Jayleen Zotti says
My son would looooove it if we did #7! Thank you for the suggestions!