School’s almost out for the summer so you know what that means- the dreaded phrase “I’m bored” will soon be uttered by kids everywhere.  While the excitement of not having school for a couple of months is still fresh and new, kids can quickly become “bored” with a lack of routine and things to fill their time during the summer.  Luckily, there are several fun ways to keep your kids entertained while also maintaining your sanity.

Continue the Learning

Avoid the “summer slide” by having your kids read and write daily. You can also ask your child’s teacher for a packet of math problems for them to work on.

Stay Active

Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The nice weather makes this an easy task. Some great ideas include riding bikes, swimming, taking a walk, and swinging.

Make Use of Free Entertainment

There are so many fun things to do that don’t cost a dime. Visiting the local library and checking out the numerous playgrounds in the area are just a few ideas.

Keep an Eye Out for Special Deals

Many movie theaters run dollar specials throughout the week where kids can see a movie for just a dollar. You can also check the newspaper for buy one, get one, free deals at trampoline parks, mini golf courses, museums, amusement parks, and arcades.

Get Crafty

Kids love being creative, so search the web for kid crafts and you’ll be greeted with thousands of awesome ideas. From turning pool noodles into an obstacle course to spray painting a Twister board in the grass, the possibilities are practically endless.

Encourage Your Budding Entrepreneur

Who doesn’t love making money? Having your kids run their own business- such as a lemonade stand, slime business, or even a garage sale- is a great way to teach them responsibility and get them to sharpen those math, reading, and writing skills over the summer.

Assign Chores

The kids being home means more messes around the house. Summertime is the perfect time for them to chip in with chores. Age appropriate chores include dusting, vacuuming, laundry, washing the car, and weeding the garden.

With this list of ideas, your kids are guaranteed to have a busy and exciting summer. Come September, they’ll be thanking you for filling their days with plenty of wonderful memories.