Your kids have now been out of school for a few weeks and ideas on how to keep everyone busy, entertained, or just happy might be running low. We asked the Zoonicorn pack what fun activities they would do to make the rest of the days of summer fun.
Here’s what Aliel, Valeo, Ene, and Promi recommend:
Aliel is full of energy so she’s recommending activities that will get you out having fun and doing good.
- Summer Concerts: Many cities have free summer concert series each week. Pack up dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy some live music.
- Start a Coin Jar: Start the family saving by setting up a family coin jar. Get the kids, parents, and grandparents involved and encourage everyone to drop in their loose coins each day. When the jar is full, use the money to do something fun with entire family or donate it to a local charity.
- Host a Kid-Friendly Yard Sale: Gather up all the gently used toys, clothing, books, and kid-friendly things around your house that no one is using any more and have a yard sale.
- Bookstore Author Nights: Bookstores regularly invite authors to give readings from their newest books, and many book nights are free to attend. Check out your favorite local books store to see what fun book events they have planned.
- Volunteer: Local non-profit organizations are always in need of volunteers. Find an organization that interests you – local foodbank, animal shelter, or outdoor organization – and find out how you can help.
Valeo loves the outdoors so he’s recommending activities that will get you and your family outside and having fun.
- Local Parks: Whether you live in a small town or a big city, chances are there’s a free park nearby ready for you to stop by and enjoy the afternoon.
- Stargazing: Laying down on the grass and looking up is always free, so find a cloudless night and download a free astronomy app to help you identify what you’re seeing.
- Backyard Camping/Outdoor Movie Nights: Where better to pitch your tent than in your own backyard? It’s a fun way to experience the thrill of sleeping outdoors with your entire family. And while you’re at it, watch a movie! Don’t for get to bring your favorite Zoonicorn, they’re big fans of camping.
- Farmers’ Market: Local, fresh veggies and fruit stands come together weekly around most cities, find a local Farmers’ Market and enjoy the sweet taste of farm-fresh.
- 10,000 Steps: Get fit this summer. Set a daily challenge and start walking. Aim to reach 10,000-step-per-day (which is almost 5 miles) by the end of the summer.
Ene is a little shy compared to the other Zoonicorns, so he’s recommending activities where he can stay close to his sisters, brother, and parents.
- Make some Homemade Popsicles: Get in the kitchen and make homemade popsicles. Check out our blog, 4 Homemade Popsicles Your Kids Will Love, and get making the perfect treat for hot summer days.
- Family Movie Night: Locate some of your kid’s favorite movies, pop up some popcorn, turn off the lights, and relax with the entire family.
- Build a Fort: Find a large box and let the kids decorate it with paint or markers. If you don’t have a big box, do the next best thing, build a fort with sheets and blankets instead. Play games, read, or just take a nap inside your cool fort.
- Local Library Summer Reading Program: Public libraries often offer free summer reading programs that include workshops, movies, children’s theater, puppet shows and more. Stop by your local library to find out more.
Promi love to be with her friends, so her recommendations are to do things ’s that bring friends together.
- Toy Swap: Bring out all the toys your kids are no longer playing with and swap them with other families in the neighborhood.
- Offline Hangout: Put down the Smartphones and tablets and gather up all your kids’ friends and play some games outside. Zoonicorn favorites include: Hide-and-seek, kick the can, baseball, hopscotch, and jump rope.
- Start a Kids Book Club: Gather up the kids in the neighborhood and pick a few books that they can read. Then, get together for snacks, share thoughts and discuss the book. This is a great way to get the kids to read and finish their required summer reading before school starts.
- Go on a Picnic: A meal with family and friends is more fun on a blanket in the park, woods or even the backyard.
How are you making the most of your summer? Share the fun activities you’re doing this summer on our Facebook page.