This summer, we have no camp, no scheduled activities, and no childcare. It’s about to get interesting!
But I’m not all that stressed (yet). Here is a list of 20 things we plan on doing here at home and around the fantastic city of St. Louis.
1. Our top summer at-home activity? Giant Ice Cube Excavation. The boys love doing this! Plus it’s free, and it only takes a day or so to prepare (we’ve been doing it twice a week since the weather warmed up!).
2. If you don’t have time for that, try the smaller version: animal ice cubes:
3. Or ice balloons!
4. Foil River. Make little boats to float down the middle!
5. GIve them an outdoor bubble bath… with extra bubbles!
6. DIY plumbing experiment. Try with different food-colored water and experiment with mixing colors for a little twist!
7. Make your own sand pit in your back yard (fyi, we simply dug a large hole, encircled it with stones, and filled it with play sand from Home Depot- easy!). Add water, stones, plastic animals, toy diggers, etc. Keep the kids shaded with a canopy or umbrella and they’ll be at it for hours!
8. DIY growing jar.
9. Stairway slide for rainy (or insanely hot) days.
9. Make guacamole with your kids (and maybe a margarita for yourself?).
10. Make ninja masks from t-shirts and play fight in the living room!
11. Eat a LOT of popsicles… then build something cool!
12. Make amazing structures out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles:
13. Make your own outdoor mud kitchen:
14. Don’t want to use real mud? Try Magic Mud!
15. Try a Teddy Bear Picnic!
16. Make shadow people with chalk on a warm summer evening.
17. Make some brownies together, then top ’em with loads of ice cream! This is our favorite recipe.
18. Spend the entire morning at your local library! Most of them have amazing play areas with puzzles or reading nooks. Go to a story hour and stay after to pick out books and music.
19. Go pick strawberries! Or if you’re feeling ambitious, plant your own (they also work great in containers).
20. Make your own stump walk from discarded stumps (we picked ours up at our city parks & recreation department where they dump their tree-trimming waste.
And… if you are in the St. Louis area or planning to visit, don’t forget to check out these amazing things for kids to do:
The City Museum (our absolute favorite indoor place of all times- there is also an amazing outdoor part!)- if you do ONE thing in St. Louis, do this! Really, there’s nothing like it.
The Magic House – great for all ages, mostly indoor science and exploration. Plus, there’s a giant 3-story bean stalk the kids can climb!
The St. Louis Zoo. This is an incredibly kid-friendly place, with train rides and a children’s zoo within the zoo. Our favorite features are the hippo exhibit, the carousel, the sea lion tunnel, and the slide in the children’s zoo that goes underwater to view river otters!
Circus Flora– only through June 22nd so get your tickets soon!
The St. Louis Science Center– we can’t wait to check out their new Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit! Though the exhibit is expensive, the rest of the museum is free admission so it might be worth it if you’re planning to stay all day…
Shaw Nature Reserve– a wonderful place to explore. They also offer summer classes!
How about you? Have any good ideas to keep the kids happy this summer?