"PARK" by Omer Unlu at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Find Adventure in Your Own Big Backyard
14 Fun Things You Can Do in Any City

I don’t have anything to do. Raise your hand if you have heard this come out of your little cutie’s mouth a time or two… or three thousand. Spring and summer break can seem daunting if don’t already have set plans. I’m all for letting kids experience a little boredom, but it can be exhausting for everyone. The problem is finding something to do can be difficult. Here is a list of things that you can do just about anywhere and provide fun for just about everyone.

"PARK" by Omer Unlu at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of Omer Unlu at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Take a park tour in your city. My daughter loves going to the park but gets tired of the one in our neighborhood. Taking a park tour is a great way to explore your city and find fun new places to play. We like to take scavenger hunts and rate each park we go to. I have included a printable for each of these below.
ParkScavengerHunt.PDF

Create a bucket list with your child. This will give you an idea of what they like to do and create some fun activities. I have created a summer bucket list printable.
Summer Bucket List Printable

Play a good old fashioned game of Hide-and-Seek. They can play with you, friends or both. If you are too tired to play you can hide their favorite stuffed animal and have them find it. My daughter loves Hide-and-Seek.

Have your child make up their own game. It could be a board game or an outside game! This is a great way to get their creative juices flowing and give them a real sense of accomplishment.

Pick up trash in your neighborhood or at a local park. This may not sound like fun, but my daughter loves it. It gives her a sense of accomplishment and motivates her to help in other ways. We like to bring other neighborhood kids along and make a game out of it. Who can find the most cans? Who will fill the most bags? What can we do help have less trash in our neighborhood?

Go on a picnic. Grab a blanket, some yummy snacks, a little music (We love The Laurie Berkner Band) and spend the day bonding. This is such a great way to get your kids talking. If it’s cold outside, a living room picnic is a great alternative.


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Write a letter to someone they are missing. This can be anyone, even someone in your own city. This is a great way to make someone feel special. It is also a great opportunity to work on writing skills.

Take a local class together. Stores like Michaels, Joanne’s and Hobby Lobby offer a variety of fun classes. You may also have a local art school or museum that offers something. We are hoping to find a pottery class.

Writing a short comic strip is a great activity for bored kids. It could even be about being bored. This is a wonderful way to teach kids about developing characters.

Play a game of What’s in the Box. Put a bunch of odd items in a box cover it with an old t-shirt (placing one sleeve at the opening of the box) then let them reach in a guess what’s in the box.

Go to a local theater performance. We love supporting the local theater and high school shows. Many of them provide fun activities after the show.

Painting and hiding rocks has become a new fun trend. It is a great way to bond and get creative. The idea is to paint rocks and leave them for others to find. Many cities have Facebook pages devoted to this activity. You could even start your own page. We are hoping to start a page for our neighborhood. This could also be done when traveling.

Create an indoor or outdoor obstacle course. Have each child help think of fun obstacles. Have them complete it several times to see if they can improve their previous times. They could even illustrate or write about their favorite obstacles.

Create a silly grammar story together. My daughter and I wrote one together, it is attached below. We would love to see your silly grammar stories. Please share them with us in the comments!
FunAtTheParkGrammarStory.PDF

What fun things do you do in your town?

ParkScavengerHunt

SummerBucketList

FunAtTheParkGrammarStory

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27 Comments on "Find Adventure in Your Own Big Backyard
14 Fun Things You Can Do in Any City"

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sarah
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Summer is fun for kids. I encourage them to go out and stay away with gadgets.

Ana De- Jesus
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Although we love the concept of summer i do agree that it could get boring at times. I like the idea of a picnic and creating a bucket list with your child !

Peachy
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Those are really fun things to do with your child. Too bad Summer just ended in my part of the world and school will start on Tuesday.

Elizabeth O
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These are all excellent tips and I tell friends who complain of not knowing what to do, to start locally. There is always something going on in a nearby town too.

Laura
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An adventure is how you frame it. Its very manageable in your own locale.

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