With summer now here for the foreseeable in most places and the kids out of school you might be wondering what you can do to keep them entertained all summer long and even into the autumn. Maybe it’s not in the family budget to head abroad this year – or on any real getaway – so you have to think up some other great ideas to while away those dog days of summer. Here are some top ideas on activities the whole family can enjoy both this summer and in summers in the future.
Pick Up A Summer Sport
Taking part in a summer sport – whether it’s on a team or just with your siblings, kids, cousins etc can be a great way to entertain everyone when the dog days of summer start to lengthen and it seems the school year can’t come quick enough. Sports that don’t involve a whole lot of equipment are the best because they’re easy to outfit and you don’t need to find storage for things like goalie nets, pads and big lumbering sticks like for street hockey. Softball (or fastball) is a great summer sport that everyone can get into as it’s fairly easy to play, even if you can’t seem to bat. Pick up your gloves, balls and softball bats here.
Invest In Some New Games
Games don’t have to all be sporty for summer and in fact many more games can be done on those rainy days, the days when it’s too hot or in the evenings as you’re winding down. Board and card games are great to have around when the weather isn’t cooperating or you need a break from the summer heat. There are so many amazing games out there now that picking a couple to keep in your hallway closet for those off days shouldn’t be an issue. Some big name suggestions include ‘Monopoly’, ‘Life’ and ‘Sorry’, but there are many others that are fun, engaging and range in ages, so take a look online or visit your local store where you can find them in person to choose your favourites.
Hit The Pool or Waterpark
Local pools or waterparks are great ways to keep cool in the summer months and many often do summer deals for families so everyone can get in for cheaper and enjoy the day. Not only is swimming great exercise, but climbing all those stairs to get up to your favourite slides will help tucker the kids out too and expend some of that excess energy. Plus on top of all that, waterslides, pools and parks are just great fun for everyone!
Join A Team or a Class
It might be a bit late in the year to join teams for summer sports, but it’s entirely possible that your local teams might be taking on around midsummer for autumn sports like football and more. Check out your local options and see what’s available. Failing that, many churches, community leagues offer summer camps, and various other entertaining activities that kids and families can get involved in.
So there you have some top suggestions for summer fun that everyone can enjoy. With so many options when the weather is warmer, why not get out and enjoy the heat, sun and fun for a couple hours every day?