5 Simple Activities To Help Your Kids Unplug This Summer

5 Simple Activities SL

This week I asked my girl to share some fun and simple things that her and her sisters like to do during their spring and summer breaks.  Just like your kids, my kids love time watching TV and catching up on their social media accounts.  But as a Mom I want to help them learn balance between those things and learn margin for their own lives.  It’s just as important for kids as it is for adults.

Now that our Spring Break is approaching, my sisters and I are looking forward to having free time to do some of our favorite spring & summer activities.  I’ve done these activities growing up with my sisters and with my cousins.  Not only do we have a blast but they are some great ways to get us out of the house and away from electronics for a short while.

So, if you’re looking for some fun activities for your kids during the break, here are five great ideas that my sisters and I have always loved doing as the weather warms up.

  1. Camping. Now I don’t mean loading up the car and going to a campground for the weekend. That’s a lot of fun but it can be expensive and take a lot of effort. The kind of camping I’m talking about is the kind that happens in the living room or the backyard.  Whether it’s pretending that a blanket fort in the living room is a tent out under the stars or it’s an actual tent set up in the backyard, this has always been a fun activity to do on warm nights. This is a great way to use your imagination to create the perfect camping experience, despite being at home. You can have a small campfire, roast marshmallows, catch lightning bugs, or incorporate some of the following activities to have a great staycation.
  2. Go to a local park for the day. This is a fun way to spend a nice Spring day. My sisters and I like to bring along soccer balls, softball equipment, bikes, and a camera to enjoy the park. There are hiking trails, soccer and baseball fields, and nice scenery so bringing these items along give us some fun ways to enjoy the park for the day. We also enjoy packing a picnic lunch – blanket, basket, and all – for lunch time. Our park also has a shallow river that we enjoy wading in on a hot day, skipping rocks, and feeding the ducks that occupy it. Before going to your local park, do some research to find out what kind of facilities they offer so that you can bring along items to use and enjoy what the park has to offer.Picture taking in the field
  3. Scavenger Hunt. Every summer my sisters and I get together with our younger cousins for a few days and we’re always looking for ways to occupy everyone. In the past years we have started this tradition of creating a backyard scavenger hunt in which we’ll divide into pairs and look for different items in the woods surrounding the house; the first pair to find everything wins. This could be a simple hunt for specific items on a list or a more complex one including clues to follow in order to find a larger “prize.” You can do this in your backyard (during your camping staycation) or even during your day at the park. This will work basically anywhere.
  4. Outdoor Movie Night.  This is a fun activity that we love doing on warm night and it’s quite easy and inexpensive. Just find a white sheet, a place to hang it up, a projector, some picnic blankets, a movie, some bags of popcorn and you’re all set! My sisters and I like to invite some friends over to enjoy the movie with us as well. This will save you quite a bit of money then going to regular theatre, paying for the tickets and the insane snack prices.
  5. Day trip to a local museum or local attraction. If you do your research it’s often quite easy to track down local attractions that would make a good field trip. My sisters, mom, and I often take day trips to local museums or hiking spots that offer little to no admission fee. This is one of our favorites.  These are great learning experiences that can be a lot of fun and a good way to learn about the places around you. Many places like this also offer different events and/or workshops for younger children that can be a lot of fun and worth looking into.

Kids in water

There are many other activities that we enjoy during our Spring Break, but these are definitely our top five favorites. They are great ways to spend time together and create memories. Plus, each of these are rather easy and will save you a lot of money. I hope that these ideas are helpful and that you have a lot of fun with your children this Spring!

What are some of your favorite warm weather activities? Love to hear your thoughts!

Michaela w logo~ Michaela

 

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14 replies
  1. Rebecca Sanders
    Rebecca Sanders says:

    These are great ideas! I wish we could do the projector movie night! That sounds like so much fun! We just had spring break here in Indiana and had Indiana bi-polar weather where it was 65 and sunny and the next day windy and snowy! Didn’t help that the kids were sick! So hopefully we can use some of these ideas for summer vacation! Thank you for all the great ideas!!

  2. Kelsie
    Kelsie says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I love these all. Kids are spending far too much time on technology and watching TV these days. These are great ideas for adults to unplug too!

    • Victoria Mininger
      Victoria Mininger says:

      Absolutely! We love doing all these activities with our kids – one of my favorites is the camping and times around the fire. I have wonderful memories of the conversation and laughter those summer evenings held.

  3. Shannon @ Of The Hearth
    Shannon @ Of The Hearth says:

    Does your local library offer activities for kids? We like to take advantage of these. Ours has story times for the younger kids and book clubs, art clubs, etc. for the older kids. The activities are always free and fun!

    • Victoria Mininger
      Victoria Mininger says:

      Wonderful addition Shannon! Yes – our girls love, love, love the library. Almost every summer they have participated in the reading program and have fun earning prizes and seeing who can read the most books. Thanks for another great suggestion.

  4. JES
    JES says:

    Great ideas! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

  5. Sharon Rowe
    Sharon Rowe says:

    Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party! This is an awesome post and so important, we let our children spend so many hours connected to the internet and to electronic games that they don’t get to experience the real world! Thanks again for sharing and hope to see you back next week! 🙂

    • Victoria Mininger
      Victoria Mininger says:

      I think if we would track how many hours a day our children are on the internet we would be shocked. Like you, I am excited when they can experience the real world as well. Thanks for dropping by Sharon.

  6. Leigh Ellen
    Leigh Ellen says:

    What a great post with wonderful ideas to get our kids outside and moving! Our family enjoys fishing and our little guy loves it, too! Thank your for sharing your ideas!

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