Welcome to my summer series of posts! I’ll be posting every week with new recipes, activities, and how to really enjoy the summer with your kids!
Woo hoo summer is here and we are jumping headfirst into the fun and activities already! Some of our favorite things to do is to go swimming and splashing in the pool! My girls also love to play outside until sunset! But summer weather does not always allow for outdoor activities, and so it’s nice to have some indoor alternatives for entertaining the kiddos!
I have come up with a list of 10 things we like to do when it’s too rainy, or if the kids (and perhaps mom) just need a break from the sweltering sun!
1. Movie Time
Whether it’s dollar theater or the brand-new Disney movie coming out, kids love going to the movies! Many theaters offer a summer series of kids classics at a discounted rate and are usually earlier in the day for a matinee! Kids always love getting popcorn and treats to make it fun and special!
2. Have A Playdate
Whenever we invite a friend over for a Playdate, my kids are guaranteed to have a great time! Often times we will just do a fun activity–perhaps watch a movie or play games and toys! But with friends around it’s double the fun! Oh and Mom’s make sure to have your kids clean their room and do their chores before their friends come over! Go ahead and bribe 😉
3. Art Time
We love arts and crafts at our house! Sometimes if we need a little activity inside I’ll get out all the markers and colored pencils and crayons and stamps. Then I make sure they are stocked with paper and set it on the table. After that, their cute imagination takes over and it’s so fun to see what they create! If they need a little inspiration you might give them an idea for a subject…..like how about everyone draw mermaids or dinosaurs?! And remember to display and save your little Picasso’s masterpieces!
4. Indoor Swimming
If it’s a rainy summer day and the kids really want to go swimming, go ahead and take them…. to an indoor pool that is! Often times indoor pools have fun slides and splash toys that are really entertaining!
5. Build A Fort
Building a fort as a special treat at our house! When the kids get my permission they can build a fort out of the couches and the cushions, and blankets and pillows! I also try to help them in the construction a little bit to make sure that the fort doesn’t fall down! It’s amazing to see how creative they get! They also like to bring their favorite stuffed animals and pillow pets into the fort.
6. Cooking Time & Picnic Time
Another indoor activity is to have cooking time where you can bake a treat or a snack together with your little ones. I picked up some cute little chef aprons from the dollar store for all of my kids to wear while they’re helping me cook and they love it! Perhaps have your children decide on what you make?!
After your food is ready, spread out a blanket on the ground and have a fun little picnic and enjoy the treat you made together!
When my children are really lucky we will head to the aquarium! We like to go to the Living Planet Aquarium and it is so fun and interactive for the kids, and some days we don’t even get to see everything during our visit since there’s so much to see! Just be prepared with a stroller and snacks since it’s usually a long day!
8. Go See A Play
Taking your kids to go see a play is yet another easy and neat indoor summer activity! Last week we went to go see the play, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at BYU, and it was a really cute production! My ten-year-old and seven-year-old sat through it wonderfully, but my two-year-old had to have a potty break or two! Since it was a matinee there were lots of other children there so we felt right at home with a little background noise, ha ha!
9. Puppet Show
Something new to try with your kids is a puppet show! You could either have your kids make paper puppets out of paper bags and color them, or you could have them just use little stuffed animals and have them talk according to how your child wants to act it out! An easy stage would be to pull the couch out and have the kids behind the couch with the puppets on top! Oh and Mom’s be sure to film your children’s puppet show for fun memories!
10. Home Read-A-Thon
You know how your kids get so excited for read-a-thon’s at school? How about hosting your own read-a-thon at home? Let your kids wear their pajamas, make a comfy reading spot with blankets and pillows, and prepare a few tasty snacks! Then they can pick out their favorite books and you’re set! It might last for 30 minutes or a few hours, who knows? But any reading is good right?!
Well I hope that these ideas are helpful for you to try on those days where you just need a fun, and a little out of the box indoor activity with your children! Have fun making memories this summer!