Top 10 Summertime Adventures for Young Kids & Their Adults

My childhood memories are full of summertime adventures. My adventures included camping at a local state lake, splashing in the sprinkler, and cooking s’mores over a bonfire. I was thinking about adventures to be had this summer. This is my top ten summertime adventures:

#10 Get Crafty

Make a concrete steppingstone using a metal pie pan for your mold, add some concrete mix and any decorations (beads, stones, etc.). A simpler idea is to pull out the wagon or trike and decorate with colored paper, ribbons or streamers. Then have a parade. You can find lots of crafty ideas on Creativebug, which is free with your library card.

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Father and Son Roasting Marshmallow over Campfire in Camping in Summer#9 Cook

Create a foil packet meal with meat and slices of vegetables. Cook it directly on the grill or a bonfire. For a cool treat make homemade ice cream or popsicles. Gather a few ingredients, blend and freeze. As a side, visit a local orchard and pick fresh fruits and veggies. My favorites are peaches, blackberries and strawberries.

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#8 Engage Your Senses

Take a sensory scavenger hunt. Smell a flower, taste lemonade, feel the sunshine and splash in a puddle. For a quiet activity lie down outside on a blanket and spot animals in the clouds. Or try to recognize and name the sounds in your yard or on a walk.

# 7 Read a New Book

A hammock or a blanket in the backyard is the perfect location for a cozy story. You can also enjoy a StoryWalk at a local park or trail.

Young african-american mother and her cute curly haired baby boy blowing colourful bubbles on the meadow.#6 Play with Bubbles

Make legendary bubbles with a long piece of yarn or string tied to form a circle. Or dip a fly swatter in a bubble solution for unique bubbles. Have a contest to see who can make a bubble that lasts the longest or the biggest bubble!

#5 Play Games

Create a tradition of playing games. There are games for every age level available. You can make an outdoor tic-tac-toe board or simply draw one with chalk. If you’re feeling adventurous, make an obstacle course that includes climbing, jumping and crawling.

Smiling little muddy girl looking at camera and showing palms to a photographer.#4 Get Messy

Get seriously messy and make slime. Take a walk in the rain and jump in every puddle! Here’s a unique idea: colorful soap foam. Put ¼ cup of water with 1 tablespoon dish soap, and 1 tablespoon food coloring into a blender. Blend until foamy. Dump into a large container and explore.

#3 Get Outside

Catch fireflies. Watch the sun rise or set. Go fishing. Participate in your own summer Olympics. Discover a new (to you) playground. Take a camping trip in your backyard.

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#2 Dance, Play &/or Listen to Music

Create a band with homemade instruments -including a paper plate tambourine, a shoebox guitar, etc. Be sure to perform for family and friends. You can download tons of music for kids free with your library card from Hoopla. Check out the Cruzline drumline performance in the library’s parking lot on July 12, 10:30am.

#1 Get Wet

Visit a local splash park or play in a sprinkler. Use water to paint with rollers and brushes bought at the dollar store. Wash the car (or dog). Rediscover “treasure” after it’s been frozen in a block of ice.

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As the Early Childhood Learning Coordinator, Sherry is focused on engaging young children and their families in play-based early learning experiences. The Learn & Play Bus and its service are at the heart of her work. Sherry has a background in early childhood education.