10 Totally Awesome Boredom Busters for Summer

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

Combat Bored Summer Kids“I’m booooooo-red.” What mom hasn’t heard that whine? And, truth be told, felt completely annoyed by it. Here are 10 ways to keep your kids entertained — we’ve got five fun outings that go beyond the usuals you’ve already thought of…. and five ways to keep ’em busy when you’re busy at home.


1. Park-a-palooza:  Have each family member choose a park they’ve wanted to visit. If it’s close by and not too hot, grab a scooter, Big Wheel, wagon, trike, or bike or walk, saunter, or skip on over. Map out your day and go park-ing! Get out and get some exercise, and bring a kite, blanket, picnic basket.  Meet a friend and her kids, and make it a social hour!

2. Ice cream a-rama: Similar concept — life is too short not to eat dessert first! Or, for the main course! Start your venture with an appetizer of crudité to get those vitamins in while you each pick a fave ice cream shop. Get a scoop at each and be sure to keep a chart comparing and contrasting. Hey, nothing wrong with a little dairy dinner every now and then! Bonus points if you can bike or walk to the ice cream joints!

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0057K0JUO” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YrinnMVjL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]3. Geocache. Like high tech hide and seek, geocaching combines hiking with finding objects that other people have hidden. Google “geocache” and your zip code to find caches near you and then download the geocache app to help you find the coordinates or go really high-tech and get a GPS. Make sure to pack something fun to leave in the cache for the next finders. My brood loves to bring coins or fun stickers. Check out these cool moustaches!

4. Go berry picking. Most towns have a farm somewhere close where you can head out and buy ’em by the pound. It’s a great way for city kids to get some perspective on where food comes from, and that sometimes it can be pretty hard to get it! Your tasty reward is a delicious cobbler when you get home.

5. Go ice skating. What better way to cool off than in a below freezing ice rink? Fun, cheap entertainment!

At Home

1. Experiment. This book has tons of ideas of fun things to do with objects around your house. Depending on your child’s age, many of them can be done on their own or with minimal supervision.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0448464969″ locale=”us” height=”156″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515Rnt-wSyL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]2. Have a reading time. Some schools do something called DEAR — Drop Everything and Read. What a fun thing for families to do too! Pick an hour once a week where you DEAR….if the weather is nice take it outside. No matter what age your kids are, they will still love to be read to. Pick a juicy chapter book and dive in!  Maybe revisit one of your kid faves, like Nancy Drew!

3. Have a lemonade stand. I promise, the time you take helping set it up will pay dividends with the time it takes to entertain them. I use it as a sneaky excuse to teach them either charity or entrepreneurship. If they commit to donating all proceeds to the charity of their choice, I match the donations they receive. If they want to keep the money, I make them pay for half the supplies. Great way to learn that you have to spend money to make money!

4. Have a toy wash. Again, this is a surprisingly engaging activity that also takes care of a pesky chore and lets those grimy toys shine. I empty out all the bins (I usually help with this part so I can weed out that which we don’t need anymore!) and then fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. The kids dunk all the toys and then spread everything on big beach towels to dry.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1933615893″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51j7VUvineL._SL160_.jpg” width=”128″]5. Put them in charge of meal planning. Pull out recipe books – here’s an awesome one with basics and cooking techniques GALORE! — or send them to allrecipes.com to pick some favorites. Give them guidelines, as in it must contain a protein and a veggie, or whatever else is important to you. Then have them create a shopping list and direct them to the circular for your favorite store to note which items are on sale. Often kids are way more interested in cooking (and eating!) meals that they have planned themselves!

Got a favorite way to entertain the kiddos inside or outside the house? Would love to hear your suggestions for things to do when kids are bored!

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