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18 Fun Summertime Activities for Kids
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
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Looking for something to keep the kiddies busy for a few hours? Let them play detective as they dig for clues and use logic and reason to solve mysteries. It's a fun way to bond as a family and watch your little ones utilize their thinking skills.
Try the SeaWorld Adventure Camp
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Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld? San Diego
Does your child love animals? The SeaWorld Adventure Camp is not only a place for your child to explore sea life, but they get to have hands-on experiences with the animals. Kids will also get to try out various water sports, enjoy cool rides, and meet new friends. Camps range from single day to multi-day.
Head to Baseball Camp
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Does your child aspire to be the next Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera? Help boost your kid's chances at a baseball camp. From day sessions to sleep-away camps, your kids will stay active while improving technical skills and learning how to be a team player.
Sign Up for an Obstacle Course
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What kid doesn't want to get a little messy? Sign your little ones up for an obstacle course race that lets them crawl in mud, hop over tires, and climb over sandy hills. It's the one time they won't get in trouble for getting muddy, and it's a great way to release a little energy.
Go for a Bike Ride
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Spend quality time with your kids as you explore your town on two wheels. Riding bikes is a great form of exercise and it's a fun way to get kids active. You can ride to a local market to pick up fresh produce, take in the local sights, or just cruise around town.
Head to an Amusement Park
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You've caved in and decided to take the kiddies to an amusement park. The thought of a long day filled with fatty foods and running around to various rides may seem a bit daunting, but there's hope for the health-conscious adult. You can let your kids burn energy and meet their favorite animated characters without putting a damper on your diet.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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Put on your jersey and head out to the ball game. If you show up a couple hours before the game you and your kids can watch the pros take batting practice, do warm-up stretches, and play catch. You might even catch a ball! Baseball games are fun and a great way for kids to get inspired to play ball.
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Let your kids twist, jump, and dodge in a friendly, but fierce, game of dodgeball. This old-school game is tons of fun; and kids will love the fact that they can throw a ball at someone.
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Quite possibly the cheapest way to get your kid moving, jump ropes are great for individuals or a group. The best part is that jumping rope is really good for you. It burns calories, improves cardiovascular fitness, builds muscle, and so much more.
Take a Fencing Class
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So maybe your child isn't a team player, that's OK in fencing. It's an individual sport that allows kids to challenge their minds while having fun. Jason Sheridan, founder of Sheridan Fencing Academy in New York says, "Fencing improves a child's coordination, balance, strength and speed—it's great for kids because nobody has to warm the bench. Plus they get to use swords...what could beat that?"
Go for a Hike and Camp Out
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Lace up your shoes, pack a backpack, and head up some trails with your family this summer. Hiking is a great way to explore new areas in your city, learn about new plants or birds, and get a little sweaty. Better yet, book a campsite and take a family trip. You can play board games, tell campfire stories, and make a s'more or two...after all, it's not camping unless you indulge a smidge.
Plant a Garden
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Gardening is a fun and messy activity that kids love. It allows them to play with dirt and learn about different plants, herbs and produce. It also helps teach kids about healthy and sustainable eating. Plus kids love helping out, so let them plant a few seeds and watch them grow.
Other Summer Activities
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Stand Up Paddleboarding/Kayaking Swim Lessons Fly a Kite Hopscotch Hula Hoop Run Up and Roll Down Hills
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