It’s June! We look forward to these 3 months all year! Here’s some ideas to get your kids offline and busy this summer. Some are free, some cost money, all are fun! Kids grow up fast and summers are short.
1-Play flashlight tag. What a great way to end the night on a beautiful summer day. Stock up on a few flashlights and have fun! I let the kids wear glow sticks on necklaces too for more glowing lights.
2-Have a yard sale or lemonade stand. Nothing like letting the kids sell off their old stuff for a bit of a cash stash. Every kids loves to have a lemonade (and cupcake?) stand!
3-Have a family slumber party. Why not lug, I mean carry, your sleeping bags out of the basement and camp out in the backyard with the kids? If the thought of bugs puts you off, invest in or borrow a tent or just consider having one in the living room like I do (yep, we don’t like bugs much around here). Movies, popcorn, staying up late and lots of family giggles.
4-Hit the beach at night We all know the beach in the day is wonderful, but there’s something magical about being at the beach at sunset time. Take the kids, the cameras and the bug spray and savor the summer sunsets.
5-Head out to a local concert. Many towns have free concerts. Libraries often do too! Even if the kids don’t know the music or band, it’s extremely fun to pull up the lawn chairs or blankets and listen and dance to music under the open sky!
6-Get wet! What better to do on a hot day right? Even if you have a pool at home, consider taking the kids for a day at a local spray-ground park or town pool with slides. or better yet, if you have a water park nearby, like Long Island has Splish Splash, our season membership keeps the kids very busy! There’s always someone to meet and even if you go for 2 hours, it’s getting out and doing something!
7-Take a train ride. Even a train ride to nowhere. I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t LOVE trains! So hop on, go a few stops, or to a town where you can walk around, and let the getting there and back, be the highlight of thekids all LOVE train rides and to tell the truth, the break from driving and traffic is quite enjoyable for love to take the train into NYC or out to Greenport.
8-Speaking of NYC, hit up a free attraction like Sony Wonder Lab, walk around Central Park( our favorite!) or just window shop and people watch. My favorite souvenirs from NYC are the caricatures we had drawn on the street for 10 bucks! While you’re there, visit Toys-r-us , Trump Tower, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, the Lego store, Rockefeller center and more. That’s a full day in itself. The kids will love the giant ferris wheel and the huge dinosaur at toys-r-us.
9-Take a drive on the north fork of Long Island, stopping at farm stands and any shops that strike your fancy. Many of the farm stands offer small playgrounds or activities for kids while you shop. Others have animals like chickens and goats for the kids to feed. I really enjoy our drives out “to the country”. At the very end , do some hiking at Orient Point state park, or just let the kids play on the beach playground. It’s always a lovely day out there!
10-Walk the boardwalk Which one? Try Coney Island or any of the boardwalks in New Jersey. What a fun summer experience for all!
11-Organize a treasure hunt for the kids. Or consider geo-caching. These are enormously fun things that can keep kids of all ages busy for a while, especially if you offer prizes for the winners (they’re all winnes!) like toys, ice cream at Friendly’s, etc.
12-Read Join the library summer reading program or just get a good family novel and read it to the kids nightly. Summer is a time many kids slide in their reading so keeping it going is very important and when parent’s, or prizes, are involved, more kids will read. Many libraries have summer classes too that are free and the reading programs offer little goodies after reading a certain amount of hours. Win-win!
13-Go skating. A nice break from the heat, chill off at an indoor ice rink for a day of slip-sliding fun. Or look for local roller rinks.
14-Pick some fruit Out east you can find farms with pick your own strawberries, peaches. blueberries and much more! You can also buy them of course. It’s great to support our local farmers. And there’s nothing like fresh fruit on a summer day!
15-ROADTRIP!! Don’t forget to book a family vacation. Summer road trips are incredibly fun! Exploring our own state, or local ones, can lead to new discoveries. Hit up the amusement parks like Hershey or Knoebels. Head up to the Catskills or Fingerlakes or Niagara Falls. Try an all inclusive family resort. Take a trip to another city like Boston, Philadelphia or Washington DC where there is rich history and many family places of interest. The ideas are endless but the summer is short. The time to start planning, and DOING, is now! Enjoy