Take A Family Trip

Is the open road calling your name? Or are you ready to hop on a flight and take off for another locale? We won’t deny it — the prospect of vacation is certainly intriguing.

Whether you spend quality time with grandparents, eat your way through Disney World, or hike in national parks, your kids will surely enjoy the time spent with you and away from their normal routine. Your children’s most memorable summer could be a summer spent away from home.

Spend as Much Time Outside as Possible

Take every opportunity to do an activity outdoors. Bring your dinner to the patio, set your weekend lunch out on a picnic blanket, and hop on your bikes whenever there is a chance. Also, being outside provides more opportunities for organic neighborhood fun to happen with the other kids around, like playing in the backyard with water toys, coloring chalk murals, and catching fireflies. Giving your kids opportunities to explore and time to be spontaneous captures that summer magic.

Make Sidewalk Chalk Art

You’ve probably seen the geometric sidewalk chalk “stained glass” art either on Instagram or around your own neighborhood. Good news—it’s easy. All you need is some painter’s tape and sidewalk chalk. Tape off your driveway or sidewalk area into geometric shapes with your kids and let everyone use whatever colors they want to fill in the gaps.

Go an a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Triple threat here: outdoor time, exercise, and competition. Before you head outside, make a list of different items in nature and see who can spot them all first.

Camp Out” in Your Yard

I have the best memories of “camping out” with my dad in our backyard when I was younger—and I don’t even like camping. Whether you actually sleep outside or just make it a late night of fun with the kids, it’ll be an “adventure” they’ll remember.


Enjoy A Staycation

Perhaps, though, you can’t get time off of work or you can’t afford to take the whole family across the country. No worries! A staycation will do the trick, and it will teach your children to be creative and find activities no matter where they are.

Explore Brandywine Museum of Art (free first Sunday’s), Children’s Story Time at Barnes and Noble, Highland Orchards, Tyler Arboretum, Linvilla Orchards. or Tree House World. Make an event of the weekend and or have fun activities planned for the whole day.

Find A Summer Program

Summer camp for kids is one of the most popular summer youth programs, and for good reason: your kids will love it, you’ll get time to get things done at home or at work, and your kids will benefit from enriching social and educational experiences.

Do Fun Activities At Home

On those days when you’re at home with your children, make the most of it! Your children will certainly enjoy the one-on-one time with you, and they’ll always remember the time they learned to bake cupcakes or make presents for their teachers.

Pull up Pinterest, make a list of your favorite summer activities for kids, and get creative! This time will be influential in establishing the creative, curious side of your child. Look up local libraries or museums and see if they offer classes, tutorials, or creative times for children. Your kids could meet other children and be creative during these more structured events as well.