Texas Living

Summer Fun Inside

By Jennifer Norris 7.14.15

Summertime: It’s the best time of the entire year if you ask the kiddos … at least for the first couple of weeks. But pretty soon, the dog days of summer carry on and the temperatures increase, leading to hours spent inside the house. This summer, have a plan when you’re met with a chorus of “I’m bored.” Try one—or all—of these imaginative ideas:

Discovery Station

Take one plastic fish aquarium and add leaves and sticks from the yard, plus a few bugs from the garden, and you’ll have a discovery station that the kids will be excited to put together and will love to explore, up close and personal.

Read in

Pile the pillows high, stay in your pajamas, gather your favorite snacks, and, most importantly, turn off and put away all electronics. It’s time to read. Beforehand, make a trip to the library and help your children pick out some new and future favorite books.

Theme Day

Whether it’s cheetahs or the solar system, pick a topic and plan a day where you learn all about it. Research fun facts on the Internet, watch movies, and create crafts centered on your theme. Try to incorporate it into your meals, too. The kids will have fun giving their input.

Go Camping

Forts inside are fun. But step it up for an all-day adventure. Pull out the sleeping bags, hike up the “tent,” and create a faux campfire, where you can tell stories and eat s’mores.

Scavenger Hunt

Kids love hide-and-seek, but they also enjoy finding something that is placed in secret. Hide new little toys or items you already have on hand throughout the house. You could even add a pirate theme to up the ante; dress up in costumes and search for treasure. Then make up a fun list or treasure map they have to follow. Give cute clues and help them along the way. Together you’ll have fun in the cool comfort of your home.

And if you and the kids are feeling crafty and patriotic, check out our Fourth of July-themed projects that the whole family can have fun with.

With these inspired indoor options, the long afternoons of summer will fly by as you create lasting memories.