8 Fun Things to do with Your Kids This Summer

Great activities for the kids this summer

Make this summer the best one yet for you and your kids.

Summer is just around the corner, and that means the kids will be out of school. What to do with all of that free time? Here are some ideas for fun summer activities for kids of all ages.

1. Take a trip to the zoo.

Did you know that Omaha is home to the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium? In recent years, USA Today readers have voted the zoo as one of their 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards locations. Whether you have a little one who’s into bugs, a teen who wants to learn about orangutans, or a child who loves snow leopards, the zoo has something for everyone – even sea lion training demonstrations, which are sure to make a splash!  

2. Check out a book (or two!)

Summer break is the perfect time to check out a book (or two) at your local library. Sign up for a summer reading program, get involved in a book club, or just see what new bestsellers are available. Older children can get ahead with summer reading lists, or just immerse themselves in a tale they’ve been wanting to read. Discover the classics, or re-read some favorites. Aren’t sure what to read? A friendly librarian will be able to help you select a title that’s perfect for you!

3. Take a hike.

Go take a hike! No… really! Whether it’s walking around your neighborhood or local park, getting outside and moving is beneficial for everyone. Take time to explore the area, buiding your appreciation for the local flora and fauna, and get your body moving. Have restless little ones? They can always jog the trail a few feet in front of you, or bring a ball to kick or throw along the way.

4. Explore a museum.

Let’s face it: sometimes it rains, and you need an indoor summer activity to do outside of the home. How about checking out a museum? Nebraska is home to dozens of museums, and there is bound to be one that piques your family’s interest nearby. Check out the Museum of American Speed in Lincoln and learn about automotive racing history, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha to see works of art by locals and those from afar, or the Omaha Children’s Museum or the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

5. Cool down with water activities.

Is it too hot to head to the park? If the dog days of summer have you looking for a way to cool off, look no further than your own backyard. Fill up some water balloons and have a water balloon fight with each other! Get silly with some squirt guns! Or just have fun running through a sprinkler placed in the yard. You can always fill up a small kiddie pool or pull out a slip and slide and splash and play the afternoon away.

6. Learn to cook

You’re never too young to learn how to make a tasty (and healthy!) meal. Have children pick out ingredients they like, and look through cookbooks for new recipes to try (maybe that’s an assignment for the library one day!) Once a recipe is picked out, head to the store and let your children pick out the ingredients. Everyone can then help prepare the meal (or snack.) We don’t have to tell you there are some great skills hidden in this activity, like critical thinking, following directions, creativity, and even math (like fractions!) Once you’ve gotten your meal prepared…..

7. Picnic in the park.

….Head to the park for a picnic! Heading to the park on a nice summer day may already be in your repertoire, but you can change it up by bringing along a homemade picnic. Have your children help pack a snack or prepare a meal, and everyone can then enjoy it under a tree, or even by a lake. This is a great way for families to bond and enjoy the outdoors together.

8. Adventure in a waterpark or theme park.

If you have children who are a little older, they may be looking for some adventure. Take a chance and check out a local waterpark or theme park. Spend the day riding the rides, and learning who is (or isn’t) an adrenaline junkie.

Don’t forget to keep up with your kids’ oral health in the summer months!

The Pediatric Dental Specialists team looks forward to hearing what summer adventures you and your family has gotten into over the summer.

And if it’s time for a check in with the doctor or hygienist, just request an appointment at one of our Pediatric Dental Specialist dentist offices in Greater Nebraska.