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Creative Summer Activities for Restless Kids

Your child’s busy brain thrives on structure and stimulation  — two things missing in the summertime. If it feels like a full-time job keeping your child entertained (and learning) when school’s out, watch this for creative, fun summer activity ideas for kids.

You don’t want to spend the summer battling with your child to put down the iPad and go outside. But finding fun and productive entertainment (that also works with your schedule) is a lot of work. If you need creative ideas for summer activities for kids, what this video and keep a notepad handy.

Creative Summer Activities for Kids

“I’m borrreeeeedd!”

“There’s nothing to do!”

“Can I just play video games?”

If these sound familiar, your child might have a busy brain that thrives on structure and stimulation  — two things missing in the summertime.

If it feels like a full-time job keeping your child with ADHD entertained (and learning) when school’s out, take these creative, fun activity ideas to heart.

1. Explore your local history.

Find a local historical society, and ask your kids to prepare a list of 10 questions for the staff and volunteers.

Attend a battle re-enactment, and cue up the Hamilton soundtrack for the ride there.

“We travel to towns near us that have lots of history.”

– Kim, Mississippi

2. Seek out science.

Do you have a gem or mineral mine nearby? How about an aquarium with shows and demonstrations?

Many museums and state parks also offer education programs about native animals, fauna, and flora. And kids are often more excited to go when they can invite a friend along.

“We get a zoo membership and visit frequently.”

– Bonnie, Pennsylvania

3. Learn about wildlife.

Hit the beach with your new plankton sieve, and use it to discover tiny sea life.

Or bring your net to the local pond to capture (and release) frogs, toads, and salamanders.

Teach kids about metamorphosis and animal anatomy along the way.

“I find ways to get them to spend time outside every day.” – An ADDitude reader

4. Start a family poetry slam.

Check out poetry books, and take turns selecting poems to perform aloud.

Your kids will roll their eyes at first, but eventually they’ll come around – especially if you offer a treat for every poem they memorize.

“We create our own ‘camp,’ and we have fun projects to sharpen their academic skills.” – An ADDitude reader

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Updated on August 13, 2019

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