This post first appeared on Just Brennon in June 2017.
School’s out and summer is here! But, how are you going to keep your kids entertained this summer?
Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered!
Below are 10 simple ways to keep your kids entertained over the summer.
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Head to Dollar Tree
Head to your local Dollar Tree (or shop online) and stock up on summer fun staples including bubbles, sidewalk chalk, kites, pool floats, coloring books, etc. Don’t forget to grab a tote-able container to store your summer fun goods in! So, that no matter where you are headed, you can grab your container and go, whether it be to the pool, the backyard, the beach, or Grandma’s.
Search “summer fun” websites for ideas, such as Miffy Fun. Miffy Fun offers step-by-step, outdoor ideas to keep your kids entertained such as Miffy “Hippity Hopscotch”. All you have to do is grab your summer fun tote (with sidewalk chalk) and head outdoors!
Groupon and Groupon Coupons
Check your local calendar of events or Groupon for local staycation activities such as family kite festivals, movies at the pool, and free local sporting events. Make it an adventure by riding your bikes, walking, or taking public transportation.
Educational Activity Books & Library
While you are at Dollar Tree, don’t forget to grab a few grade appropriate activity books to keep your children on their educational toes, or just hit the library. You don’t want them to return to school, enter into a new grade, and forget what they previously learned.
So, keep them sharp with Educational Activity Books in Language Arts, Reading, and Math. According to, the infographic below, 2.5 months of math skills are lost during the summer months. Don’t let that happen.
Create a Summer Bucket List
Work with your children to create a summer bucket list. This alone will give you all the ideas you need to create an entertaining and memorable summer!
Summer Subscription Boxes
Order a subscription box for the summer, such as the Disney Princess Pley subscription box. One subscription box is only $24.99. But, if your daughter is completely Disney obsessed, you may want to opt for the 6 month subscription box for $22.99 per box. Subscription boxes are the perfect surprise and will keep you on your toes waiting for the next one!
Discuss Money Management + Free Stock with Stockpile
Talk about money management and investments with your children. Then create a FREE Stockpile account. Just for using my link you will have $5 deposited immediately to decide on what fractional share of stock you will purchase. We chose Time Warner Batman!
Culinary Skills and New Recipes
Try a few different recipes on Miffy Fun such as creating a “Berry Delicious” Salad from the Garden. Miffy Fun has partnered with The Creative Kitchen. The Creative Kitchen teaches children about food and how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner.
Just Go Camping!
Go camping. Camping can be done relatively inexpensively if planned out. So, turn off the electronics and get out an enjoy nature. By the way, did you know June is National camping month?
Take a Day Trip
Take a day trip! And, don’t worry. I’ve already given you 5 Steps on how to create your next day trip right here! For our day trip to Milwaukee, we actually went to the Betty Brinn’s Children’s Museum. The boys learned about telling time throughout the world, completed some science research and development, and got creative with the pretend play in Home Town.
Well, have fun this summer! Feel free to stop back by and let me know how your summer went!
P.S. If you are seeking other ideas, check out Delong Ford’s infographic below.