Summer Vacation Boredom Busters

father and son looking through a telescope

Feel like you're running out of ideas to keep your kids entertained in the dog days of summer? Look no further. Dozens of cool, crafty, and creative ideas for kids of all ages are easy to download, stream, read, and share.


Outdoor movie night
Transform your backyard into a movie theater with a projector and a bed sheet, and pick a movie from this list of essential kids' favorites. Create a cozy space to recline, pass the popcorn, and voilà! Instant blockbuster with the fam.

Set your sights on stargazing
This summer's images of Pluto have piqued many kids' interest in astronomy. Keep their eyes pointed skyward for the Perseid meteor shower, expected to peak around August 12. For nights leading up to and after, download an astronomy app or two for constellation spotting year-round. 

Scavenger hunts
Kids love scavenger hunts, and there are plenty of ways to make them interactive (and even lesson-packed). Turn little adventure seekers into budding botanists using apps to identify plants, map a hunt at the local library to take a tour through kids' literature, or give geocaching a try to uncover secret treasures near and far.

Beachy book club
Find a fab page-turner to devour ocean-side (or pool-side, or park-side, or couch-side) with your kid. Early readers will love exploring a read-aloud book with Mom and Dad, and older kids will enjoy diving deep into books that really resonate for them and discussing them with you

Make a mark
Get a jump on those "What I did this summer" essays by encouraging kids to create digital mementos. Whether it's a scrapbook or a journal documenting their days, a work of visual or musical art, or a virtual world born of their very own code, our modern kids' guide to creativity will fuel endless hours of creative inspiration.

How do you keep your kids engaged and entertained during the summer?

Angela Zimmerman's background is in music journalism and digital media. When she's not watching episodes of Freaks and Geeks or Homeland, Angela is enjoying live music or happily outdoors in nature.

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