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5 Socially Distanced Summer Activities for Kids

5 Socially Distanced Summer Activities for Kids

There's nothing quite like the joy of summertime - camping, family trips, trips to the park, beach or pool days - but for many families, this summer looks much different. Following social distancing practices to keep your family and community healthy doesn't mean sacrificing all the summer fun, though! Here are five ways to recreate classic summer experiences while social distancing.

Make a DIY Splash Pad

The water parks and splash pads may be closed for now, but if you have a backyard, you can recreate the experience for your littles. All you need for hours of entertainment is a warm day, a sprinkler to run through, and maybe a cheap kiddie pool. You can even use your existing playset as a water slide by laying the hose at the top. A smooth tarp, soap, and a hose can become a makeshift slip n slide. Get creative and you might not even miss the local splash pad.

Have an Ice Cream Sundae Bar

There's nothing quite like a trip to the local ice cream shop, but the experience can be even more fun at home! Get a couple basic flavors of ice cream, cut up some fruit, set out the chocolate sauce, and get creative with other toppings you have on hand like nuts, sprinkles, and chocolate chips. Let the kids choose their own toppings (and maybe enjoy the sundaes outdoors where everyone can hose off after the mess). If you have older kiddos, try making your own ice cream!

Backyard Camp

If your favorite campground is closed, not to worry! You can set up camp in the backyard. Pitch a tent, unroll the sleeping bags, and cook dinner and s'mores over the campfire. The bonus: it's an easy stroll inside for bathroom breaks, and there's no need to pack all that gear into the car!

Go to a Drive-In Movie (or DIY it)

While most movie theaters haven't reopened yet, many drive-in theaters have. A quick online search can help you find one nearby - though it may be a bit of a drive, so you may need to make an evening of it. Don't forget to pack the snacks! If you can't find one within a couple hours, use your garage door or hang a sheet as a movie screen. Buy or borrow a projector, hook it up to your laptop, and enjoy!

Grow Your Own Veggies or Herbs

Kids love any chance to play in the dirt, and a garden is a great way to teach kids about where food comes from. Even if you don't have a garden plot, tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, and more can be easily grown in pots on the patio or a windowsill. Get the kids involved with digging the holes, watering, and picking when it's time. 

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