It's inevitable. Two weeks into summer vacation, your kids will slump on the couch in defeat, crying out, "I'm bored!"
Well, check out these 60 sure-fire ways to conquer the summer doldrums. Print out a copy to hang on the playroom wall or refrigerator door. Before your young utter the "B" word one more time, direct them to these suggestions for family activities to enjoy this summer.
1. Read a book.
2. Write a story.
3. Create a comic strip.
4. Plant a vegetable or flower garden.
5. Weed the garden.
6. Climb a tree.
7. Listen to music.
8. Compose a song.
9. Write a letter to your grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, etc.
10. Make a movie.
11. Collect a bouquet of flowers.
12. Visit a farmer's market.
13. Make homemade ice cream.
14. Jump in puddles on a rainy day.
15. Create a summertime music playlist.
16. Play with your dog or cat.
17. Make homemade dog treats.
18. Donate treats and supplies to a local animal shelter.
19. Enroll in a summer reading program.
20. Celebrate Christmas in July.
21. Blow bubbles.
22. Draw with sidewalk chalk.
23. Play hopscotch.
24. Tie-dye T-shirts.
25. Go for a hike.
26. Set up a lemonade stand.
27. Visit the library.
28. Start a summer reading club.
30. Jump rope.
31. Catch fireflies.
32. Gaze at the stars and try to find the constellations.
33. Play hide-and-go-seek.
34. Purchase a large role of paper, grab some paints, and create a wall mural.
35. Decorate a room with your mural.
36. Go on a picnic.
37. Build a birdhouse.
38. Track the different birds that visit your backyard.
39. Roller skate.
40. Attend an outdoor concert.
41. See a movie at a drive-in theater.
42. Check out a museum.
44. Fly a kite.
45. Play Kick the Can.
46. Ask a grandparent, great aunt, or great uncle about their childhood summers.
47. Bake brownies or cookies.
48. Make homemade salsa.
49. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
50. Run through the sprinkler.
51. Wash the car.
52. Ride a bike.
53. Make jewelry.
54. Visit a fire station.
55. Participate in the National Wildlife Federation's Great American Backyard Campout.
56. Dig for earthworms.
57. Go fishing.
58. Hula hoop.
59. Look at family photos.
60. Create a Summer of 2012 scrapbook or photo album.
61. Before summer is out, have them come up with their own summer bucket list (things they would like to do before heading back to class).