25 Summer Boredom Busters

Summer Boredom Busters

At some point, the novelty of summer wears off and the kids start complaining about being bored. If you’re anything like me, the words “I’m bored” from a whiny kid is worse than nails on a chalkboard. To save everyone’s sanity, I’ve listed my best 25 quick, easy, relatively inexpensive boredom busters for summer (or anytime, really!).

  1. Go bowling. For free weekly tickets, check out Bowl America.
  2. Start a book club with another family, have everyone read the book, and get together to discuss. (You knew I was going to suggest this, right?!)
  3. Go for a bike ride.
  4. Blow bubbles outside. I’m beginning to believe kids (and adults) never outgrow the joys of blowing bubbles.
  5. Go for ice cream. Or, better yet…
  6. Make your own ice cream. (Check out this no-churn recipe!)
  7. Go miniature golfing.
  8. Play a round of tennis. Or basketball. Or volleyball. The point is, get outside!
  9. Finally tackle a home improvement project.
  10. Find a “vantage point” to watch the sunset. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the beauty of nature.
  11. Take up a new hobby (knitting, photography, cooking, etc.) or make the time for an old hobby you haven’t done in a while.
  12. Visit a local Farmer’s Market or fruit stand.
  13. Go for a hike.
  14. Eat watermelon.
  15. Make lemonade from scratch. (Lemonade stand is optional)
  16. Volunteer at a local non-profit organization.
  17. Play a board game. Monopoly, anyone?!
  18. Visit a local museum. (Military families see here for a list of FREE museums)
  19. Take the kids to the park. (Yes, a water park counts!)
  20. Take an afternoon to clean out clutter and organize a space in your house that has gotten out of control. Encourage your kids to do the same. It’s incredibly rewarding when it’s done.
  21. Go out to breakfast. This is a small pleasure that my kids love so much!
  22. Go to the movies. One word: air conditioning.
  23. Visit the library and check out their calendar of events. Our local library has chess nights, cooking demos and more this summer.
  24. Try out a new recipe. Even better if the kids can help.
  25. Create a scrapbook of all your summer fun.

Here’s a fun option: put these ideas on small pieces of paper, fold them up and put into a jar. Randomly pick one on those “I’m bored” days.

How do you beat summertime boredom blues? What would you add to this list? Please share in the comments!

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