Summer is an exciting time for kids; three months without school to have fun and enjoy themselves. But with that freedom comes a challenge—how to spend the days? With so much time to fill, your kids may get bored of doing the same thing every day and resort to watching TV, playing video games, or going online. Kick boredom and screens to the curb and embrace the 5-2-1-0 program with these fun summer activities for kids.
- Go on a bike ride. Whether you ride around the neighborhood or visit one of Frederick County’s many bike trails, this is a fun and exciting way to get some exercise. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water!
- Visit a local playground. Odds are, there’s at least one playground within a few miles of your home. Playgrounds are full of fun opportunities—swings, jungle gyms, monkey bars, and more. Plus, it’ll give your child an opportunity to socialize and make friends.
- Have a picnic at a park. We eat three meals a day. Make one exciting by packing it up and bringing it outdoors to a local park! Bring fresh fruits and vegetables for a refreshing and energizing summer meal.
- Take a walk. When you’re bored and restless, a little fresh air and exercise can help boost your spirits. There are plenty of walking trails in Frederick County—aim to visit a new one each week! You and your child can take in the local vegetation, scenery, and wildlife.
- Go camping in your backyard. You don’t have to take a trip to a campground to have fun. Have your child invite some friends over and grab a tent, sleeping bags, and some snacks, and head into the backyard. Build a fire and tell fun stories around it!
- Rethink their drink. Encourage your child to learn and create healthy habits this summer by rethinking their drink. Frederick County Public Libraries has a fun virtual program that investigates common drinks and their sugar content. View the video here. For additional rethink your drink activities, check out this blog.
- Do a puzzle together. On a rainy summer day, do a puzzle. Puzzles are a great way to get your child to use their critical thinking skills and concentrate. When choosing a puzzle, consider your child’s age. There are many different types of puzzles with varying difficulties. Try choosing a puzzle with one of your child’s favorite characters on it and encourage them to complete it to see the final picture.
- Hit the trails. Use the Wegmans Hit the Trails Passport to visit different locations in the area. Your child can record their progress and complete different activities using this downloadable passport.
- Do a maze. Using this MyPlate maze sheet, help lead the girl through the maze while finding foods from each food group along the way. This is a fun way to teach your child about different food groups!
- Go berry picking. Embrace the fresh produce summer offers by going to pick your own berries. Have a race with your child to see who can fill their basket faster. You can find different farms to visit using Homegrown Frederick’s ‘Pick Your Own’ category filter.
- Have a supermarket scavenger hunt. Make your trips to the grocery store both fun and educational. Have your child participate in a fun scavenger hunt to find different examples of fresh, frozen, canned, and juiced fruits and vegetables. Download the worksheets here.
- Go swimming. Take a break from the summer heat by visiting a swimming pool, lake, beach, or body of water. Swimming is great physical activity for kids as it uses almost every muscle group in the body. They’ll have a great time diving for objects, tossing a water ball, or just floating around on a noodle or tube.
Make this summer a happy and healthy one by encouraging your child to ditch screens and have fun in more productive ways. For more activities and information, visit our resources page.