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13 Simple and Fun Things to Do With Kids in the Summer Time

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Jun 20, 2018

Looking for some fun things to do with kids in the summer? Try one or all of these activities that your whole family will love.

There’s something to be said for the slow, quiet days of summer. But anyone with kids knows that there’s only so much “quiet” that actually happens. Don’t lose your cool, though. There are plenty of fun things to do with kids in the summer that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Family adventures don’t have to be expensive, either. In fact, some of our favorite activities are free, or they’re at least reasonably inexpensive. So what can you and your family do to get the most out of summer vacation? Here are 13 ideas we think you’ll love.



13 fun things to do with kids in the summer
that won’t break the bank


1. Take advantage of free admission
There are museums, zoos, and aquariums around the country that offer free admission on select days of the year. Usually, the free admission is limited to residents of the state where the facility is located, but not always. For instance, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago offers free admission to Illinois residents for most of September, plus an additional eight days throughout the year.  The St. Louis Zoo, on the other hand, is free throughout the year and only charges a fee for some exhibits and activities. 

2. Make ice cream
You don’t need an ice cream maker for this recipe, just four ingredients and some time. Taste of Home has a simple recipe, but there are more than a few to choose from online. 

3. Plant a garden
You don’t need a huge lot to plant a tasty garden. In fact, you can make do with a few pots and some good gardening soil. Herbs are easy to grow and can be a delicious addition to meals.

4. Check out the library
You already know you can get great books at the library, but did you know that many local libraries also have clubs and learning opportunities? Depending on your library, you could do anything from taking community language lessons to art lessons to yoga. Many classes are free or inexpensive.

5. Do a puzzle
Clear some space on your kitchen table and work on a family puzzle. If you’re feeling like taking on a true challenge, Ravensburger has 3-D puzzles of famous landmarks, or they also offer a “Memorable Disney Moments” puzzle that includes 40,320 pieces!

6. Go to the lake/river/beach
Spending time in the water is always one of the most fun things to do with kids in the summer. Everybody has a chance to cool off and relax, and a good day of swimming and playing will wear the kids out!

7. Take in a movie
Movies don’t have to be an expensive family outing. See what’s playing at the discount theatre or even at your library. Some communities also offer free outdoor screenings of classic family films.

8. Fly a kite
Find an open field and fly a kite. There’s something magically entrancing about holding onto an object that’s floating in the sky high above you. You can even make your own kite

9. Enjoy a picnic
Make a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Grab a bag of chips. Fill a couple bottles of water and head to your favorite park or your backyard for a family picnic. Bring along a Frisbee or a soccer ball and play for a bit to get some exercise and have some family fun. 

10. Go on a bike adventure
Hop on your bike and find an ice cream truck, ride on a trail, or take a family trip to the grocery store. Bring along the kite you just made for a fun break!

11. Make sun tea
Fill a glass container with water, add about eight tea bags per gallon (a little more or less depending on how strong you like it), cover the container, and place it in the sun for a few hours. Traditional sun tea is made from black tea, but it’s just as easy to make a lovely spearmint tea or mix and match (peach and chamomile go well together).

12. Learn a new language
It’s easier than ever to learn a new language, and it’s a fun activity that can benefit you and your kids. Duolingo is free and offers a gamified way to learn over 30 different languages (including Klingon!). 

13. Go dancing
A lot of communities host free outdoor celebrations throughout the summer. You could find anything from free swing dance lessons to free concerts to parades.


Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to bring Pekin Insurance along with you. Our home and auto insurance policies can help you take care of the things you love, while you take care of the people you love. Call your local Pekin Insurance agent today to learn more.



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