10 Fun Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

Looking for some fun outdoor activities for you and your family? Be sure to try these simple, imaginative, and fun activities!

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Swing in a Hammock

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Swing in a Hammock

Snuggle close to your child, and sway the afternoon away. Look for pictures in the clouds and watch them change, or read books to each other.

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Do Yard Work Together

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Do Yard Work Together

Toddlers can help pull weeds and sprinkle the flowers with a tiny watering can. Have a kid-size rake and a bubble-blowing lawn mower on hand.

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Play Dress-Up

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Play Dress-Up

Collect funny hats, gloves, purses, flowing gowns, and "superhero capes" at a garage sale or thrift store. Slip into your new finery, and have a make-believe garden party, Spider-Man adventure, or masquerade ball.

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Build a Secret Fort

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Build a Secret Fort

Drape old sheets over lower tree limbs and clotheslines. Eat dinner there. Stay up chasing fireflies and listening to "night sounds."

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Hold a Car Wash

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Hold a Car Wash

Park your car in the driveway and let your child give it a good scrub with a pot of water and sponge or with the garden hose. Get the whole family involved for added fun!

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Go on a Bug Safari

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Go on a Bug Safari

Dig for worms, scout for lizards, and hunt for frogs and tadpoles. Marvel at an ant carrying an oversize crumb.

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Befriend a Firefighter

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Befriend a Firefighter

Bake cookies (or pick up some ice pops), and deliver them to your local fire station. The firefighters will appreciate the surprise -- and your child will meet some heroes, see those awesome trucks up close, and learn a lesson about giving to others.

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Chalk it Up

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Chalk it Up

Everyone loves sidewalk chalk. Use the glow-in-the-dark kind so you and your child can glimpse your artwork from the window at bedtime.

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Make Beautiful Music

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Make Beautiful Music

Spread a blanket in the backyard for a stage. Ask preschoolers to create (and collect) "tickets" to the big event. Invite kids to bring their instruments and perform -- even your littlest musicians can join in using pots, wooden spoons, and shakers. Set up lawn chairs for the audience, and cheer your little stars.

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Dance in the Rain

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Dance in the Rain

Surprise your kids by taking them outside during a gentle summer shower. Dance around in swimsuits, catch raindrops in your mouth, and jump in all the puddles.

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For More Outdoor Family Fun

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For More Outdoor Family Fun

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