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Summer Activities to Keep Kids Safe and Active

Larry Purchase

Larry Purchase has been licensed as a Real Estate sales practitioner since 1986 and as a Broker since 1996...

Larry Purchase has been licensed as a Real Estate sales practitioner since 1986 and as a Broker since 1996...

Jun 22 7 minutes read

Even though the sun is shining and school is out, this summer will be one unlike any other.

Parents are usually prepared for summer breaks, with childcare and camps rearranged in advance. Even with some restrictions lifted, many summer camps and childcare services will not be possible this year. Luckily there are lots of ways to still let kids be kids and enjoy the summer while also keeping them and others safe.


Even if we are social distancing, it is physically and mentally good for kids to spend time outside. On days where the weather is pleasant, any one of these activities will keep your kids engaged and enjoying the summer weather.

Plant a Garden

Start a Workout Challenge

Backyard Camping

Pack a Picnic

Host a Field Day 

A classic field day can be so much fun and bring a little competitiveness out of the whole family. Set up activities such as the 3 legged race, backyard obstacle courses, potato sack races using old pillowcases, and water balloon tosses and watch the fun unfold! Offer prizes like a no chore day or choosing dinner one night.

DIY Projects

Crafts and DIY projects are the perfect way to keep your kid's attention and the creativity here is endless. Try making a bird feeder out of a milk carton or a scavenger hunt complete with prizes.


Household Bake Off Challenge

Karaoke Sing-Off

Break Out the Board Games

Make Chores Fun with Prizes

DIY Projects

A good DIY project can keep your kids interested for hours or even days and be a great way to spend time together. From making slime to dollhouses, here's a list of our favorite DIYs:

28 Easy Science Experiments 

It's Slime Time

Trendy Tie Dye

Crafts with Toddlers

Dollhouse DIY 

Online Learning

Many children have already been utilizing distance learning for a few months but now that school is out, it doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. Summer is a great time to dive into the available resources that aren’t part of your child’s curriculum. In response to the recent demand, many online learning platforms are offering free access to their services. Whether you’re looking for language apps, video conferencing tools, or online learning software, it’s all out there to keep your child learning and engaged this summer.

All-Around Curriculum


Offers programs to keep your kids reading, thinking, and growing all summer—and beyond.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a nonprofit that strives to do its part to ensure students keep learning amidst the school closures.


Offering free live online classes to support public school families affected by closures in the wake of COVID-19.

Peanuts Worldwide

Offering fun DIYs, in-home classroom ideas, and more.

Early Learning Activities, Videos, Games, and More

MacroPolo Learning

MacroPolo inspires children to become explorers and life long learners. They make learning an adventure, filled with the thrills and joys of discovery.

Age of Learning

Age of Learning blends education best practices, innovative technology, and insightful creativity to bring learning to life for children across the U.S. and around the world.


Offering millions of books, you can start a family book club to talk through the book and make reading a life long activity.

Language Learning



Rosetta Stone


Virtual Field Trips

Your travel plans might look a bit different this summer, but you can still take a virtual field trip with many destinations and museums offering online tours. 

San Diego Zoo

Yellowstone National Park

Great Wall of China

Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The Louvre

Canada Day at Home

Canada Day is arguably one of the most exciting days during summer vacation for a child. There’s usually swimming, delicious food, family, friends, and fireworks. This year’s celebrations will look a bit different this year since community events are being canceled across the country. But, backyard BBQs and virtual firework displays will still make you feel as patriotic as ever. 

Virtual Events

Scarborough Celebrates Canada Online

"The Scarborough Celebrates Canada Online Event celebrates Canada’s diversity and multiculturalism through live performances from diverse talented local artists, interactive activities and inspiring messages from community leaders."

Canada Day Virtual Run

"Participants are encouraged to run, walk, or roll. All participants will receive a free Maple Leaf Face Covering."

Virtual Q107 Canada Day Picnic

"Celebrate our country’s birthday with free virtual tribute bands paying homage to AC/DC, the Tragically Hip, Journey, and more and virtual fireworks to cap off the night."

Canada Day House Party

"Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid will host the first ever virtual Canada Day House Party, featuring a diverse, all-Canadian line-up with acts like Sam Roberts Band, Cadence Weapon, Dean Brody, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Tobi and more!"

Vaughan Celebrates 2020 Canada Day

"Vaughan Celebrates first-ever virtual Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1 from 5pm-8pm." 

Guild Alive with Culture Online Arts Festival

"The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival Committee is proud to support all our Artisan Artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario."

Canadian Pancake Breakfast

"Share a holiday breakfast with guest chefs and enjoy performances by Jully Black Opens in new window, The Next Generation Leahy Opens in new window and more."

Culture Jam

"Spectacular showcase of Toronto artists and neighbourhoods featuring Kardinal Offishall Opens in new window, Ali Hassan Opens in new window, Cris Derksen Opens in new window and more."

Ready for Prime Time

"Powerful, engaging, interactive performances by Toronto’s best – Haviah Mighty, Gordon Lightfoot, Choir! Choir! Choir! and more."

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