As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, families around the world have had to adjust to new health precautions, homeschooling realities, postponed playdates and cooped-up kids.
If the end of the school year has thrown you for a loop, we’re here to help!
While summer camps and classes may be cancelled in the coming months, there are still plenty of ways you can keep the kids entertained all summer long.
In this post, we’ll be sharing 6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained This Summer as fulfilling and fun as possible!
Enroll in Online Summer Camps
If there’s one thing parents can count on for summer 2020, that’s that it will be unlike any other—but that shouldn’t stop you from making it one to remember.
Your little ones likely won’t be able to attend their annual sleep-away camp this year, but there are plenty of alternative options that are sure to keep them occupied, like virtual summer camps, for example!
These online camps are sure to be all the rage this summer, especially with the wide array of options available.
If your children are wildlife enthusiasts, an online zoo camp is the perfect way to get them inspired and informed on animal biology and activism.
With animal live feeds, at-home science exercises, and access to the world’s best zookeepers and researchers, your animal-loving kids are sure to talk up their unique summer experience for years to come.
For a more academic approach to summer fun, sign them up for some of these online classes and camps for kids:
- Foundations of geometry
- Coding lessons
- Beginning Korean
- Beginning multiplication
- Video game design
- Creative writing
Learn through online gameplay
Virtual camps and courses present the perfect platform for your kids to learn through guided instruction, but it’s also important to give them space to do their own exploring, too!
Here are a few of our favorite knowledge-centric, skill-building video games for kids:
- Math Blaster
- Big Brain Academy
- My Word Coach
- Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
Explore history and art via virtual museums
Because the coronavirus pandemic has forced many public places to shut their doors for the foreseeable future, many organizations have had to pivot their operations to adapt to the current situation.
One of the coolest manifestations of this pivot is virtual museum tours. All sorts of museums around the world have started to archive their artifacts online and many have created interactive virtual tours the whole family will enjoy!
Some of the most high-profile museums offering online tours include:
- British Museum, London
- Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- The Louvre, Paris
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- NASA Houston Space Center, Houston
- The Vatican, Vatican City
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Start a kids book club
The resources for online fun are seemingly endless, but don’t forget to encourage your young learners to pick up a few books this summer!
If you’re looking for a fun way to get everyone on board, consider starting up a kids book club with friends from school or the neighborhood. It’s as simple as this:
- Select a book
- Set a deadline (one month is usually best)
- Set up a virtual meeting to discuss — list out some questions for the readers to consider as they read the month’s selection
Make household activities more interesting
Summer should mostly consist of fun and games, but don’t feel like you have to take on the chores all by yourself!
There are plenty of chores that are suitable for young children and kids. Make it more fun by printing out a chore chart, listening to upbeat music, or incentivizing with an allowance or extra screen time!
Enjoy the summer season safely
The final element to making this summer a success is spending time outdoors! After all, swimming, running, and playing are all markers of timeless summer fun.
Here are some creative ways to enjoy the summer season safely:
- Go geo-caching
- Spend a day at the beach or by the lake — don’t forget to social distance!
- Venture out on a family bike ride
Which of these tips will you try first? Are these 6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained This Summer enough to keep your family happy!
Let us know in the comment section below!