25 Summer Boredom Busters

boys playing with homemade carwash

Don’t let summer boredom get the best of your family. Our boredom busters encourage creativity and help families make memories to end the summer with a bang!

Go Outside

  • Stargaze.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Take a nature walk.
  • Have a water fight (parents, too)!
  • Have an outdoor movie night. If you don’t have an outdoor screen or projector, sit in the backyard with a laptop, movie treats and popcorn.
  • Decorate your bikes; then take a family bike ride together while playing music.
  • Start a garden. Try planting cucumbers, beans, beets, potatoes or squash (pumpkins for Halloween!). Check with your local nursery for guidance. No yard? Get tips on patio gardening at www.sandiegofamily.com/for-the-kids/family-science/plant-a-patio-garden.

Connect with Others

  • Learn about another culture. Sign up with Kids for Peace (based in Carlsbad) to get connected with a pen pal in another country. Get details at www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org/peacefulpenpals.
  • Host an “Our Family's Got Talent” show where everyone participates. Sing, dance, read a poem, play an instrument, tell a joke, etc. FaceTime distant relatives so they can participate.
  • Bake cookies for a neighbor.
  • Paint rocks with happy faces and words; place them around your neighborhood for people to find.
  • Have a dance party with friends on Zoom.

Plan Ahead

  • Browse ideas for a future trip. Find inspiration at www.sandiegofamily.com/things-to-do/travel.
  • Spearhead a school supply drive for local families who need extra support.
  • Brainstorm family Halloween costumes or yard decorations; Strive to have the most fun house on the block. 
  • Suggest the kids make their Christmas wish lists.
  • Have a “life skills day” when parents teach kids how to do things like change the oil in the car, do laundry and cook spaghetti.

Play Around with Food

Get Creative

  • Go on a photo scavenger hunt. Then make a summer scrapbook out of a paper bag. Learn how at www.sandiegofamily.com/for-the-kids/crafts-for-kids/recycled-craft-memory-book.
  • Draw a mural in the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
  • Make (and play) a life-size game of Candy Land. Learn how at www.sowingseedslibrarian.com/2018/07/12/life-size-candyland.
  • Build a kiddie car wash for neighborhood kids to drive through with their bikes, scooters or mini cars! Find full instructions at www.sandiegofamily.com/for-the-kids/crafts-for-kids.

Missed our article about fun scavenger hunts? Find it here in JULY’S DIGITAL MAGAZINE.

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