Looking for summer activities to keep the kids active and learning? Here’s a few inexpensive options sure to pack your summer with fun and keep the kids from saying, “mom, I’m bored.”
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
As school is winding down for the summer, churches all over are gearing up for Vacation Bible School. This is their chance to minister to those who are typically in school. There’s usually some awesome theme that the whole week is planned around with activities, singing, dancing, crafts, and a whole lot of movement to keep the kids engaged and entertained. My kids participated in a VBS last summer and loved it! They still remember the words to some of the songs they learned. Check with local churches to get more information on registration. Registration sometimes requires a small fee.
Michaels Kids’ Club
This arts and crafts store offers kids’ crafting workshops, so if you live near a Michael’s store, it’s worth checking out their schedule. They have themed crafts. So far I’ve seen things centered around dinosaurs and Finding Nemo. If you’re interested Click here and scroll down to Kids’ Classes and enter your zip code to see the schedule of classes for the store nearest to you. Classes generally cost between $2-$5 per child.
Lowe’s and Home Depot Kid’s Workshops
Both of these Home Improvement giants offer workshops for kids to build something special and take it home to their loved ones. You’ll have to visit their website periodically to get information on the upcoming project and registration information. Lowe’s Build and Grow can be found here and Home Depot Kids’ Workshops can be found here. You pay the cost of their craft kit.
Bass Pro Shop Summer Camp
The Bass Pro Shop offers activities, workshops and games during the summer for families. These activities are centered around skills you need to enjoy the great outdoors. Best of all, it’s free. You can check on this year’s schedule here.
Summer Reading Programs
Many school systems, book stores, and libraries will have Summer Reading Programs. They usually offer some sort of reward for reading so many books or pages or for reading for so many minutes during the summer. You keep your own reading log and turn it in before the time is up. So research your local library, your school district, and book stores like Books-A-Million or Barnes and Noble to see what programs they offer.
Summer Activities You Can Do At Home
If you like to do your own crafts and activities at home, there’s some great resources online for finding ideas. Hobby Lobby has a list of kid friendly crafts you can do at home. Check that out right here.
Holly Homer’s Kids’ Activities Blog is full of activities to do with your kids this summer. You can also receive a Play Calendar in your in-box with subscription. See what Holly has going on here.
Maker Camp is a free online summer camp centered around a theme like Vacation Bible School but focused more on creating things. There are videos released throughout the summer but ALL of last years camp videos are available now. It’s fun and encourages creativity. Check out Maker Camp here.
DIY.org is more than just kids’ activities. It’s a community that the kids’ join and they teach each other skills and earn badges for accomplishments. Create a kids’ profile and they log in and watch videos of other kids doing awesome things. They can also upload videos of themselves doing awesome things and earn experience points and badges for accomplishments. You can learn more about DIY.org here.
The Spark House Family 12-Week Summer Bible Story Reading Plan. Now with a name like that, it’s got to be awesome, right? Each week centers around a single story in the Bible with crafts, activities, and coloring pages for the whole week. Free to download and you can find it here.
Have Fun This Summer!
I don’t know about you, but I believe this is enough to keep my family plenty busy this summer! With all these summer activities, visits to the neighborhood pool, and the local playgrounds, I’m plenty optimistic but ask me again come August. 🙂