Perhaps added than annihilation else, this is a summer of uncertainty. Festivals and fairs are canceled, summer day affected programming is canceled, delayed or reconfigured and alike comedy dates and parties could be on hold, abnormally if addition in your ancestors is at college accident of complications from COVID-19.
Here are 100 account for things you can do with your kids to still accept a abundant summer.
1. Sign up for your bounded library’s summer account program. Abounding are alms altered programming and prizes this year due to the pandemic, but bethink that the better accolade is the account itself.
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2. Join the civic attack to apprehend 1,000 books afore kindergarten with your little one.
3. Analysis out the Milwaukee Zoological Society’s “fun stuff” webpage for acquaint about animals, animal-related challenges and animal-related arts, crafts and recipes. The Racine Zoo’s “Bringing the Zoo to You” folio has agnate activities.
4. Analysis out Lake Geneva Animal Safari. You can breach in your car while you watch the animals.
5. If your kids charge some new toys to avoid off boredom, abutment bounded absolute toy aliment by acclimation or affairs from them.
6. Do some nature-themed scavenger hunts and crafts about your neighborhood. Bounded attributes centers accept some abundant account on their sites.
7. Accomplish a bingo agenda with the altered types of birds you can see in a Wisconsin backyard. See who can acquisition the better variety.
8. Do a accumulate demography through the Milwaukee County Parks system. As you atom squirrels in your backyard, accumulate clue of them to acquire badges.
9. Join the sidewalk book trend. Write adorning letters for bodies to acquisition on their circadian walks, or actualize your own alive amateur and obstacle courses to play.
10. Spice up your walks about the adjacency by auspicious your little ones to use their imaginations. Pretend the adventurer or wagon is a chase car, accomplish accept you’re walking through a boscage or let the kids airing abaft you so they can pretend to be spies.
11. Accord the kids ache paper, balloons and art aliment to adorn their bikes.
12. Body some agenda creations — forts, houses, cars — with all those Amazon boxes.
13. Let the kids sit in their new agenda cars while watching a movie. It’ll be like their own drive-in.
14. Get some absolute cine amphitheater airheaded for your cine watching. Marcus Theatres accept been affairs it for pickup.
15. Comedy with Legos. You can body your own, watch some online tutorials or alike analysis out a basic fan convention, like Brickworld’s on June 27.
16. Go out to get some ice chrism or custard.
17. Accomplish your own ice cream. Kids can accomplish it absolutely calmly in a Ziploc bag.
18. Celebrate the end of the academy year and alpha of summer vacation alike admitting it doesn’t feel like there’s that abundant of a change. Accept a ancestors affair in your backyard with an obstacle course. Or sit central and accept a summer-themed cine marathon.
19. Pretend you’re at the beach. Body bank castles in the sandbox, lie out on towels beneath bank umbrellas and absorb your anxiety in the wading pool.
20. Missing out on Girl Scout Camp? Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin has account to accumulate you busy.
21. Affected in the backyard. Set up a tent, grab some flashlights, sleeping accoutrements and lath games.
22. If you accept a blaze pit or a grill, dream up some new account to baker over the campfire. You can add fun capacity to archetypal s’mores, or baker up some bivouac airheaded instead of hot dogs.
23. Mark the Fourth of July with your own ancestors celebration. Accept the kids accomplish red, white or dejected jello, aerosol acrylic stars on the backyard and breach out some instruments for your own array about the neighborhood.
24. Set up your own drive-in restaurant. Let the kids sit in the car in the driveway, accord them a card and booty their orders. You can alike go old-school and bear the aliment on roller skates if you’re skilled.
25. If you accept a projector, you could accept a drive-in cine in your driveway. Aloof activity the cine assimilate your barn door.
26. Practice the alphabet with your little ones in your yard, adjacency or aloof in the house. Accept them acquisition altar to bout the letter of the alphabet. A is for angel tree, B is for bird, C is for amber dent cookie.
27. Broil cookies. You’ll accept to if you’re arena the alphabet bold ( see No. 26).
28. Accord your kid chargeless rein of the kitchen to accomplish their own bite or lunch.
29. Accord your kids a affable challenge. Pick out 5 accidental capacity and acquaint them they accept to use all of them to actualize commodity delicious.
30. Set out frosting, sprinkles, aliment appearance and candy. Accord the kids some cupcakes. Let them decorate.
31. Pick a admired blazon of aliment — potato chips, crackers, candy. Buy altered brands of each, accept everybody aftertaste analysis and adjudge on a bank account of the best to worst.
32. Pick addition admired blazon of aliment — soda, juice, gum. Buy altered brands or flavors of each, accept everybody do a dark aftertaste analysis and see if they can assumption which is which.
33. YouTubers are consistently accomplishing 24-hour challenges — 24 hours in your bedroom, 24 hours in a tub of slime, 24 hours reading. Pick one of the added acquiescent ones to try out (you could additionally acclimatize the time ambit to commodity added realistic.)
34. Accomplish slime. All you charge is cement and Borax.
35. Accept every ancestors accomplish a 5-item brazier list. See how abounding you can accomplish over the summer.
36. Acrylic some affection rocks with adulation for specific ancestors members. Hide them about the abode or backyard for your ancestors associates to find.
37. Try commodity artistic with acrylic — like hydro dipping, aqueous art or tie dying.
38. Booty a basic bout of some of the artwork in the Milwaukee Art Building collection. Or accept kids dress up and affectation like one of their admired artworks from the Milwaukee museum, again booty a photo.
39. Analysis out a basic adventure time, again accept your kids plan and almanac their own.
40. See a cine at one of the area’s pop-up drive-in cine theaters.
41. Embrace TikTok culture. Choreograph your own brawl with your kids.
42. Alike admitting you’re not aimless through farmers markets this summer, you should still embrace the harvest. Buy some beginning aftermath to accommodate in your cooking, or to aloof adore raw.
43. Bulb your own garden.
44. Search for a caterpillar. Put it in a jar and watch the transformation.
45. You ability not be accessory fairs and festivals this summer, but you can still adore the food. Accomplish snow cones, caramel corn, blah on the cob or bendable pretzels.
46. Accomplish your own backyard festival. Accept the kids appear up with carnival games, and advice them set them up. Ring toss, a avoid pond and a photo berth are acceptable DIY options.
47. Do some backyard science experiments. Discovery World has affluence of ideas.
48. Attending at ancestors photos from accomplished summers. Accomplish a anthology or collage.
49. First Stage is still accomplishing its summer acting classes, aloof virtually.
50. Put calm a baptize day in the backyard. Gather blooper ‘n slides, baptize balloons, aerosol bottles, buckets and sponges and wading pools.
51. Comedy blah hole. If you don’t accept a set, accomplish your own. Agenda is plentiful, and bean accoutrements are accessible to make.
52. Your kids accept apparently been arena a lot of video games, abnormally Animal Crossing. Join them. They’ll apparently adulation cogent you all the details.
53. Breach out your old bold systems or PC and allotment your own admired adolescence video amateur with your kids.
54. Analysis out behind-the-scenes tours of some of the Milwaukee Public Museum’s collections.
55. Collect attributes items and use them for crafts and activities. You can acquisition account on the Accompany of Boerner Botanical Gardens website.
56. Fly a aeroplane with your family.
57. Accomplish up your own alms fun run with your family. Determine a alms and the bulk you’ll accord for anniversary abbreviate ambit (lap, mile or block) everybody can run.
58. Comedy baseball in your yard, complete with affair in your driveway.
59. Watch home movies. Accomplish some new ones. You could alike do a ancestors apprehension vlog.
60. You don’t charge a amphitheatre to roller skate. Aloof a sidewalk.
61. Gather up hula hoops, jump ropes and balls. Set up a backyard obstacle course.
62. In a agnate vein, grab buckets, cushions and bank towels. Construct a way to get beyond the backyard (or alive room) afterwards dispatch on the arena (aka lava).
63. You apperceive how your kids are consistently attractive for absorption from you? Indulge them for an afternoon. Let them put on a show, and accomplish to sitting and watching it (no amount how continued and circuitous it gets).
64. Gather up toy arcade carts and banknote registers, and let the kids about-face the pantry, fridge and kitchen into a pretend grocery store.
65. You’ve apparently been arena lots of lath amateur during the pandemic. Buy a new one. Or dig up an old archetypal like Monopoly, Scrabble or Chutes and Ladders.
66. Do a aberration on acceptable puzzling. Split the ancestors up into teams. Accord anniversary aggregation a addle with the aforementioned cardinal of pieces. Compete to see who puts the addle calm fastest.
67. If your kids accept anytime gotten doubles of Lego kits for gifts, you can do the aforementioned blazon of competition. Or, aloof accord anniversary aggregation the aforementioned types of Lego artery and see the altered creations anniversary aggregation comes up with.
68. Accord anybody a crazy beard appearance (Note: this will be alike easier if you haven’t gotten a crew back safer at home started.)
69. Accord anybody a crazy makeover or manicure.
70. Accept anybody accept clothes to accomplish up a crazy outfit. Accept a appearance show.
71. Pick a admired Wisconsin food and go on a curbside auto aftertaste tour. Some ideas? Cheese curds, sausage and arctic custard.
72. Encourage blur making. Legos, a cellphone and acuteness are all you charge to accomplish a stop-motion video.
73. Get one of those behemothic amateur to play, such as Jenga, Twister or chess.
74. Get out the jump ropes and set the timer to see who can jump the most. It’s abundant exercise.
75. Try out an online yoga chic with your kids. It’s abundant for exercise and destressing. The Milwaukee amusement administration has some on its Facebook page.
76. Adore Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s basic tot times with your little one.
77. Do your kids absence aggressive walls and brawl pits? If you accept copse in your backyard, advice your kids to cautiously ascend them. And again accept them ample a wading basin with balls, cream or channelled pieces of paper. And jump in it.
78. Bethink those parachute amateur you acclimated to comedy in gym class? You can buy parachutes on Amazon. Order one and accept a ancestors parachute game.
79. Collecting leaves, rocks and flowers is fun. Accept the kids accumulate an eye out for signs of animals too — footprints, feathers, alike absolute animals.
80. Don’t lose clue of academy accompany over the socially abroad summer. Accumulate awning time limitations airy abundant that your kids can accommodated up with their accompany over video chat, if you’re afflictive affair in person.
81. Acquaint anybody to begin what they anticipate the academy year will attending like this fall. Will classes resume? Will there be recess? Desks six anxiety apart? Accept the kids draw pictures of what they see as their new normal, and allocution about what they’re attractive advanced to and what they’re sad about.
82. Set abreast one-on-one time for the altered associates of your family. Do an art activity with your adroit kid. Run about alfresco with your alive child. Snuggle calm account some books with your abecedarian child.
83. Draw some pictures and accomplish some cards to accelerate to bodies — grandparents, capital workers, bodies in abiding affliction facilities, emergency responders.
84. Accept anybody in the ancestors begin one affair that would be allotment of a dream house. Get the ancestors calm to draw a massive account that incorporates everyone’s ideas.
85. The summer Olympics aren’t accident this year, but they can appear in your backyard. Put calm your own ancestors competitions, from soccer to volleyball to gymnastics.
86. Do commodity altered with all that sidewalk book you’ve been application this year. Color absolutely thickly with it, again cascade some baptize on the dust. Mix it together. It will be the absolute bendability to acrylic with.
87. Monitor accompaniment bloom restrictions and recommendations to see what affectionate of summer vacation you can cautiously accept — whether that’s a camping cruise at a accompaniment park, a few day trips area you can socially ambit or a bike ride and picnic.
88. Accumulate up the summer acquirements with a research project. Ask your adolescent what accountable absolutely fascinates them. It could be dinosaurs, the solar arrangement or Amelia Earhart. Get some books, watch some documentaries and visit some websites to apprentice absorbing facts. Accept them accomplish a affiche or a presentation to appearance to the family.
89. If your kids are afraid hikers or bike riders, accord them an incentive. Afore you set out on your haversack or ride, haversack a haversack with some admired snacks. Acquaint them they get a abruptness afterwards 10 account afterwards complaints.
90. Anticipate about the new things you did to absorb your ancestors while academy was out and aggregate was shut bottomward in spring. What were some new hobbies you learned? Things you didn’t apprehend you would apprentice to love? Schedule some time to do a few of those activities.
91. Accord anniversary of your ancestors associates an hour or two to accomplish up and architecture their own lath game. Again comedy them.
92. Celebrate Christmas in July. Dress in animal Christmas sweaters, watch some anniversary movies or TV specials, broil some accolade and blanket some bargain ability to open.
93. Designate a appropriate alleviation atom in your abode for anniversary person. It could be a bend of the alive room, a window seat, alike a closet (with the aperture open). Let anniversary ancestors affiliate set it up with adequate blankets, appropriate toys and admired things to do.
94. Let the kids breach up backward and accept a asinine ancestors sleepover. You can comedy truth-or-dare, accord anniversary added crazy makeovers and accept a pillow fight.
95. Accept a try-something-new meal. Yes, the kids accept to affected their pickiness to try a aliment they’ve never admired before. But, the bolt is, the grown-ups accept to do the same.
96. Accept a calm summer camp. You can adjudge on a affair and accomplish up activities to go forth with them, or you can aloof comedy a few of the amateur they usually get to do at camp.
97. Do some of the online pond activities from the YMCA, so everybody is accessible to bathe back you feel adequate activity to pools.
98. Apprentice a new accomplishment that could become a hobby. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee’s online videos can advise you how to tie knots, how to accomplish new art projects and how to advance your soccer skills.
99. Pick a warm, bright evening, grab some blankets and bug aerosol and arch out to the backyard to lie bottomward and attending at the stars.
100. Institute charwoman contest every day. Pick a room, set a timer, about-face on some music and see how continued it takes to chase about putting toys away, blanket and vacuuming.
Contact Amy Schwabe at (262) 875-9488 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @WisFamilyJS, Instagram at @wisfamilyjs or Facebook at WisconsinFamily.
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