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!).
- Go bowling. For free weekly tickets, check out Bowl America.
- 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?!)
- Go for a bike ride.
- Blow bubbles outside. I’m beginning to believe kids (and adults) never outgrow the joys of blowing bubbles.
- Go for ice cream. Or, better yet…
- Make your own ice cream. (Check out this no-churn recipe!)
- Go miniature golfing.
- Play a round of tennis. Or basketball. Or volleyball. The point is, get outside!
- Finally tackle a home improvement project.
- Find a “vantage point” to watch the sunset. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Take up a new hobby (knitting, photography, cooking, etc.) or make the time for an old hobby you haven’t done in a while.
- Visit a local Farmer’s Market or fruit stand.
- Go for a hike.
- Eat watermelon.
- Make lemonade from scratch. (Lemonade stand is optional)
- Volunteer at a local non-profit organization.
- Play a board game. Monopoly, anyone?!
- Visit a local museum. (Military families see here for a list of FREE museums)
- Take the kids to the park. (Yes, a water park counts!)
- 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.
- Go out to breakfast. This is a small pleasure that my kids love so much!
- Go to the movies. One word: air conditioning.
- Visit the library and check out their calendar of events. Our local library has chess nights, cooking demos and more this summer.
- Try out a new recipe. Even better if the kids can help.
- 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!