fun summer day ideas for kids
Fun summer day ideas for kids
What’s the biggest struggle parents have during a hot summer day? Coming up with new kids entertainment that dosen’t involve ice cream day after day. The temperature is rising and keeping the kids in the house just causes chaos. We feel your pain. So why not embrace the beautiful Sydney sun and plan some activities for kids to get them out of the house and keep them entertained these holidays. We have 6 summer activities for a fun, kid-friendly day out.
1. Go to the beach
The beach is a great day trip for families. The sand and water should keep your kids entertained for hours. Try to plan your trip for the early morning or afternoon when the sun isn’t at its hottest to make the most of your time there. Also, ensure you pack plenty of sun protection; umbrellas, beach tents, hats, sunglasses, rashies and plenty of sunscreen! Bringing a good amount of water is another useful tip, as well as some buckets and spades for the kids to dig with. Some of our favourite spots on the northern beaches are Dee Why Beach, Bilgola Beach and North Narrabeen Beach (all of which have rock pools).
2. Get into the yard
You don’t have to leave the house to give your kids an awesome day outside. Why not get into the back or front yards and teach your kids a thing or two about gardening? Creating a little garden bed for them to plant fruit and veggies will entertain them for weeks to come as they watch their plants grow. If you don’t have a garden bed or space to make one you could use an old wheelbarrow or bathtub as a planter box. Peas, strawberries and radishes are so easy to grow that children can do it and they all grow very quickly. Some radishes can be picked in as little as 25 days! Alternatively, you could build a bird feeder with the kids to attract birds and look at them up close!
PS. Super hot day? Water balloon fights are definitely still a fun activity.
3. Visit an aquatic centre
Aquatic Centres are a great place for kids on a hot day. Save the money of paying for a summer camp and go to the local pool. They have indoor pools to get you away from the sun and the kids will love the whirlpools and slides so much they won’t want to leave! There are a bunch of centres around the north shore and northern beaches areas, including Hornsby Aquatic Centre, Warringah Aquatic Centre, Manly Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Aquatic Centre and Lane Cove Aquatic Centre to name a few. For a cheaper alternative, you could visit a water play park instead. Some of our favourite free local parks around Sydney are Blaxland Riverside Park in Sydney Olympic Park, Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, Putney Park in Putney and James Ruse Reserve Water Playground in Parramatta.
4. Watch a movie
Going up to the local shopping centre is always a good idea on a hot day. Just walking inside and feeling the air conditioning will put a big smile on yours and your kids faces. You should definitely have a leisurely stroll through the shops, let the kids look at the toy aisles and have a bite to eat in the food court before heading to the cinemas to unwind in front of the big screen. Some new releases that we like the look of for kids these holidays include How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Mary Poppins Returns and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
5. Visit a local library
Your local library is a great location to take the kids when the sun is sweltering. Not only do they have air conditioning to cool you down but the quiet and calm nature of a library will help you and your kids forget all about the heat outside. Let the kids explore the children’s section and find a book they want to read (or want you to read for them), find a quiet and comfy spot to sit and enjoy some relaxing summer reading time. Maybe you can find a book about a some local farmers and inspire the green thumb in your children, or a cookbook of healthy recipes you can make at home. Hint: Look for the peanut butter recipes , delicious, energy packed, and naturally yummy!
Let the kids borrow a new book when you leave so they can continue to read at home and hopefully bring that calmness of a library home with them!
6. Go bowling
Your local bowling alley is a great option for a day out with the kids. It’s a sport they can play right alongside you, with the side bumpers and bowling ramp allowing even toddlers to get in on the fun! Play a game or 2 of bowling, have a snack on paper plates and then let the kids explore the arcade games and try to win some tickets. Some bowling alleys also include laser tag for even more fun! The kids will be entertained for hours. A few bowling alleys in the north shore/northern beaches area include ZONE BOWLING Dee Why (has laser tag), Strike Bowling Chatswood (has laser tag) and Strike Bowling Macquarie (has laser tag).