Has there ever been a more looked-forward-to summer than summer 2021? Probably not! For kids, parents, and teachers in Prince George’s County Public Schools, summer is almost here. That means it’s time to start dreaming up what this summer is going to look like! Keep reading for some summer fun ideas for kids to do while school’s out.
Summer Kids’ Activities
Go Roller Skating
With ever-higher numbers of people getting vaccinated, many people are starting to feel more comfortable with indoor hangouts, especially in places that aren’t super crowded. Enter the skating rink! Here at Lanham Skate, we have plenty of room to spread out and skate, but if you and your friends are fully vaccinated, why not make up for lost time and do some shuffle or line skating together to get back in the groove?
Even during the hottest, muggiest summer days, skaters can still enjoy being physically active inside our climate controlled skating rink. Rainy day boredom is banished, because you can come skate with us rain or shine!
Have a Backyard Campout
Another fun summer activity for kids is camping, or rather, “camping.” This could include everything from building a fort from string, blankets, sticks, and yard toys, to actually having a sleepover in a tent in the backyard. It all depends on your kid and their friends’ ages and maturity levels.
If your family has a firepit, you could even make s’mores for that authentic camp atmosphere, or take turns telling ghost stories. (Make sure the kids know basic fire safety, and stick around to supervise the entire time the fire is lit. Once the fire is completely out, the kids can enjoy their backyard campout, and even stay awake talking as long as they want without waking you up.
Play with Neighbors
Summer is also a great time to rediscover the fun of hanging out with neighbors! Most of us adults have fond memories of playing with a pack of kids in our neighborhood, from elaborate make-believe scenarios to epic hide-and-seek games.
- H.O.R.S.E. (with basketball, soccer, or even horseshoes)
- Freeze Tag
- Capture the Flag
- Simon Says or Mother, May I?
- Four Square
- Hide and Seek
- Redlight, Greenlight
- Sardines (Hide and seek, but with a twist!)
- Red Rover
- London Bridge
- Duck, Duck, Goose
Teach your kids some of these summer games, and set them loose. (Obviously only if they are old enough and can be trusted to follow the rules.) Just like our parents before us, make sure they know to be home by the time the streetlights come on!
Some other fun, affordable, and easy things to do in the neighborhood include:
- Nerf or water gun fights
- Bike or foot races
- Building a fort or obstacle course
- Playing in the sprinklers
- Working on a garden
- Slip ‘n Slide
- Volleyball, badminton, table tennis, croquet