Summer Activities to Keep Kids Safe and Active
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
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.
Household Bake Off Challenge
Break Out the Board Games
Make Chores Fun with Prizes
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.
Offers programs to keep your kids reading, thinking, and growing all summer—and beyond.
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.
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Early Learning Activities, Videos, Games, and More
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 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.
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.
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.
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"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."
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"Vaughan Celebrates first-ever virtual Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1 from 5pm-8pm."
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