10 Fun Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

From Parents Magazine

Looking for fun activities to share with your kids? These simple ideas are the perfect way to start making summer memories.

1. Swing in a hammock.

Snuggle close to your child and sway the afternoon away. Look for pictures in the clouds, read books to each other or pretend you're on a ship.

2. Do yard work together.

Toddlers can help pull weeds or sprinkle flowers with a tiny watering can. For extra fun, have a kid-size rake and a bubble-blowing lawn mower on hand.

3. Play dress-up.

Collect funny hats, gloves, purses, gowns and "superhero" capes at garage sales or thrift stores. Slip into your new finery and have a make-believe garden party, action adventure or masquerade ball.

4. Build a secret fort.

Drape sheets or blankets over low tree limbs or a clothesline. Eat dinner in your new fort and stay up to chase fireflies and listen to crickets and other night sounds.

5. Hold a car wash.

Park your car in the driveway and let your child give it a good scrub with a bucket and sponge or garden hose. Get the whole family involved for added fun!

6. Go on a creepy-crawly safari.

Dig for worms, scout for lizards and hunt for frogs and tadpoles. Marvel at an ant carrying an oversize crumb.

7. Befriend a firefighter.

Bake cookies (or pick up some ice pops) and deliver them to your local fire station. Your child will get to meet some heroes, see those awesome trucks up close and learn firsthand about giving to others.

8. Chalk it up.

Everyone loves sidewalk chalk. Use the glow-in-the-dark kind so you and your child can see your artwork from the window at bedtime.

9. Make some music.

Spread a blanket in the backyard for a stage. Ask preschoolers to create (and collect) "tickets" for the big event. Invite kids to bring their instruments and perform—even your littlest musicians can play with pots, wooden spoons and shakers. Set up lawn chairs for the audience, and cheer for your little stars.

10. Dance in the rain.

Surprise your kids by taking them outside during a gentle summer shower. Dance around in swimsuits, catch raindrops in your mouth and jump in all the puddles.

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