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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.

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!

What fun things do you do in your town?




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

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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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David Elliott

I really need to go to the local parks more. There is one near me that has some redwoods in it that I haven’t been to yet. But I hear it’s really beautiful there.


I love those ideas. I have to show my niece.


This is so inspiring! Will sure try some of your great ideas to have good time!

Cristina Leau

Oh damn….I miss being able to say I have nothing to do. I still get bored, but not because I don’t have stuff to do. Those are some great ideas. I like the painting and hiding rocks idea the best. 🙂


These are awesome ideas. I love taking my kids to walk around our little town and find the “treasure stores” as my 4 year old calls them in the summer. We have a lot of antique/resale stores and she thinks they are awesome and just full of treasures. Additionally, we try out all of the restaurants in town as often as we can too. Why drive far when there is great food nearby?