When school is out but you still have to work, there are plenty of fun summer activities for kids that will keep them out of the house. Summer vacation can easily be a time when children lounge about, not accomplishing anything. In some cases, this is a good thing. Some children need a lot of time to relax in between the academic years. For most children, however, staying occupied so that loneliness, boredom or bigger problems don't creep in is important. The following activities can help children of many ages enjoy the hours when you are working.
1. See a Movie
A great number of children-oriented movies come out during the summer months, and as no surprise. Having your children see a movie is a good way to keep them entertained and in a single location. If it's a very hot day, sitting inside a cool movie theater can be especially appealing. Look for discount movie theaters that show slightly older movies to keep costs down.
2. Visit the Library
If your children are interested in reading, visits to the library can be excellent. Many libraries have areas for children to read. Your kids can browse through the books that they like and then take time to read them there or at home while you work.
3. Go Swimming
One of the most popular activities for a hot summer day is swimming. Find a local pool and consider buying your children regular passes. Some communities have pools at which you can become a member for a regular fee. Make sure that your children wear plenty of sunscreen while swimming and that they are old enough to swim safely and without your supervision. It's also a good idea to ensure that any pool that they go to has lifeguards on duty at all times.
4. Play Games
Have your kids avoid time in front of the television or computer by setting up a game day for them. These activities can include both indoor and outdoor games. Many parents find that summer days are a perfect time for kids to play board games and do other mentally stimulating activities. Go shopping with your kids to pick out a few games that they'll like and that will also be age-appropriate for them.