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Take a Day Trip
Even if you've already taken your family vacation, you can still hit the road for a fun day trip before the end of summer. Closer to school time, you can go during the week to cut down on crowds.
And it really doesn't matter where you go. Just put the kids in the car and travel to a neighboring city to check out their factory tours for kids, children's museums or simply to visit a new playground.
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Play Flashlight Games
There's no time better than the summertime to play flashlight games. The summer nights are the perfect backdrop for letting kids enjoy a game of shadow charades, flashlight tag, drawing with flashlights and so much more.
Ready for even more nighttime fun this summer? These 10 nighttime activities are fun for both kids and their parents.
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Nothing brings a family together like spending time volunteering. Get your kids involved with neighborhood projects, kid-friendly charitable work and charity events for both kids and parents. Even the act of donating the toys your children no longer play with can mean so much to other families.
Encourage your kids to help others by being a positive example. Not only will they better understand the importance of giving back, they'll also learn valuable lessons on having compassion for others.
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Do Something Free
Hit the town to find a free summer activity for your kids. From free outdoor concerts for kids to free bowling on those hot days when you don't want to be outside, many cities host a variety of free summer programs for kids just to give them something fun to do.
You can find these free programs all the way up until the new school year starts. Some even last through the first few weeks of the new school year just to give everyone the chance to participate.
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Plant a Garden
The summer heat can be brutal on your flower garden. As summer winds down, you and your children can take the time to nurture that garden and plant some new flowers before fall and winter get here.
There are many gardening projects for kids of all ages so everyone can put their green thumb to work. If gardening just isn't right for your family, don't worry. There are plenty of other great nature activities your kids will love.
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Go On a Bike Ride
Your kids may have been riding bikes all summer but when was the last time you went on a ride together? Strap on the helmets and take a family bike ride.
Future cyclists who aren't quite ready for two wheels just yet can ride in a bike trailer so they don't miss out on the adventure. For those just learning, pack some extra patience so you can teach them how to ride a bike before summer is over.
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Throw a Bubble Party
What's more fun than a backyard full of bubbles? Throw a bubble party that will even bring out the giggles in your older children.
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Camp in the Backyard
Escape the gadgets in your home and head to the great outdoors. Well, at least get away to the great outdoors a few feet from your back door.
Camping in your backyard is a summer treat for your kids. And it comes with the modern conveniences for mom of being able to pop back into the house to go to the bathroom!
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