Children of all ages, across the USA, are jumping for joy with the beginning of summer vacation, but for lots of stay at home moms and dads, hot summer days and the last day of school means days to fill with planned activities. The question now is “How to keep the kids from getting bored?” Better yet, what to do when you hear the dreaded words, “I am bored?” To keep boredom at bay you need great ideas for outdoor play. If you’re looking for fun activities for outdoor play, read on! Get those kids outside playing, instead of spending days inside, watching re-runs of there favorite TV’s shows. Call their friends and cousins over and enjoy the fresh air outdoors by climbing and jumping on bounce and jump houses, playing on swing sets, and camping out with play tents!
Jump Around with Bounce and Jump Houses
Many people choose to rent bounce houses for birthday parties or family gatherings, but there’s no reason they have to be limited to a special occasion. They are fantastic for everyday use and not just once or twice a year. Now, more affordable than ever you can purchase an inflatable for your families entertainment and use it when ever you want. Bounce and jump houses are a great outdoor activity for children from ages 3 to 12 because the children are easily entertained and occupied for hours at a time with the bouncer. For a little extra fun, add some play balls and now you have a ball pit. Children will have fun throwing and catching the balls or may even let there imagination go wild as they create their own games or just bounce and jump away the day.
Get Soaked With Inflatable Water Slides and Water Parks
Most inflatable water slides and water parks can be used WET or DRY, which is perfect for year-round play value. Make sure you have a nice, big lawn as most water parks are quite large. The challenge and the thrill of the slide will have the kids getting soaked for hours. Look for inflatable units that have wading pools at the bottom of the slide. This allows the kids to splash around and rest before they slide down again. One very important reminder for parents who purchase these toys is that you must store the units when they are completely dry. Please follow thorough drying instructions from the manufacturers when deflating, for proper care and to avoid unnecessary water weight. Inflatable must be 100% dry before it is stored.
Fun Times with Wooden Swing Sets and Backyard Play Sets
Is the park all the way across town? Is the park maintained and the equipment safe? If not, you should consider building a swing set to your yard. With many styles available, the possibilities are endless. Many are made from solid steel, pine or cedar lumber that can last for years in all sorts of climates and weather conditions. Swing sets can be customized so you can have just the style you want. Plus, there are units for different age groups and interests. One common feature is the fort, slide, rope ladder, sandboxes, monkey bars and most important the swings. From tower to picnic tables, youngsters will have fun playing for hours on a swing set. Let there imagination run wild as they become captains of the sailboat, or pretend to be a princess in the castle. Your backyard will become the hit of the neighborhood and a favorite hangout for all the children. There are lots of manufacturers of playground equipment and each one makes a different type of set so do your research and you will have fun selecting the set that’s just right for your family.
Camp Out Under the Stars or In Your Living Room with Play Tents
Summer also means outdoor camping, so grab your play tent, sleeping bags, and plan a backyard camp trip. You do not have to visit the camping grounds for this fun event. Children will enjoy nothing more than playing outside in a teepee tent or play tent. Have a picnic or tell stories inside the tent or better yet, play board games. If you do not have an outdoor tent set up your play tent in the family room and have your fun there! One bonus of camping out inside is that your kids bedrooms are right around the corner if they decide they want there own bed.
Playing with outside toys is just a few of the ways to spend summer vacation. Jumping on bounce house, and playing in water parks, or swinging on swing sets, camping with play tents are a few summer activities that you can plan to do with the kids. With just a little effort, you’ll be able to plan an event for each day of the week and post it to the calendar. Hopefully, you will not hear those dreaded words, I’m bored!