It’s hard to believe that summer is here. It seems as though we were just ringing in the new year. With 2016 halfway gone, moms everywhere are gearing up for summer activities for their kids. From camps to water parks to lazy days in the patio, CEOMOM has put together a list of 40 summer activities you can do with your kids in any city. We’ve also included a few that are exclusive to Dallas. Make Summer 2016 one to remember. Share your summer bucket list with us in the comments section.
We’ll add more activities as we learn about them.
1. Go to a water park. Bahama Beach opened May 28, and season tickets are currently on sale. Here’s a list of other water parks in Dallas.
2. Take a family bike ride through your city.
3. Have movie night outside in your backyard. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect your family from the heat. Here are a few ideas for an outdoor movie party.
4. Take a tour of Dallas on the Dart train.
5. Visit the Dallas Museum of Art for their Summer Family Fun program.
6. Sign your kids up for camp. Here is a list of camps ranging from sports to the arts.
7. Participate in Vacation Bible School.
8. Bake cookies or your favorite treats and pass them out at a children’s hospital or nursing home.
9. Host a pool party full of water slides, water gun fights and Popsicles.
10. Visit the Dallas or Fort Worth Zoo. The Dallas Zoo has a great summer camp. Register here.
11. Visit Urban Air Trampoline Park. They have Summer Jump Club passes on sale now. They also have discounts on Friday’s.
12. Have a picnic at the Dallas Arboretum which has an array of summer activities for both adults and children. There are craft activities for the kids and a concert series for adults.
13. Create a neighborhood scavenger hunt for all of the kids.
14. Host an ice cream social. You can keep it simple by just having ice cream cones and Popsicles in your backyard. Make it even more fun by making your own ice cream. Here are a few recipes.
15. Participate in a summer movie club. Here is a list to get you started.
16. Create a summer reading list and have fun recreating the stories for a theater night. Check with your local library to learn more about their summer reading program. Sign up for the Dallas Reading Program.
17. Willow Bend Mall has a great Summer Fun Thursday’s program. Check with your local mall to see what fun kids programs they have.
18. Take a family road trip.
19. You can’t have too many picnics. Have a picnic at the park. Here’s a list of some of the best parks in Dallas.
20. Go to a Dallas Wings home game. Support your local WNBA team. Their season runs through the summer.
21. Take a day trip to have lunch in a neighboring city.
22. Participate in a school supplies drive for kids in need. Make this a part of your back to school activities.
23. Sleep in. With school activities and extra-curricular programs, getting up early is the norm. Pull the covers over heads and make a fun day of laziness.
24. Find a great summer cookbook and have fun making the refreshing summer dishes together. Invite another family over for a kid-friendly dinner party. Here are some fun and kid-friendly recipes to try.
25. Make a list of all of the local ice cream and yogurt shops in your city and try them all. Here’s a few to get you started.
26. Go to the Trinity River Wind Festival. There will be kite flying, paper airplane making and more.
27. Participate in a 5k run as a family. Here’s a list to get you started.
28. Celebrate the 4th of July with a bang! Here is a list of festival and fun events to celebrate America’s freedom including Kaboom Town in Addison, Texas.
29. Have story time at Klyde Warren Park. You can also bring your own food, enjoy the local restaurants or eat at the food trucks.
30. Play dress up at vintage costume shops. Dallas Vintage Shop is one of the best in Dallas.
31. Do a DIY that will take most if not all of the summer to complete. Some ideas to get you started are build a go cart or box car, build a treehouse or refurbish a piece of furniture. Plan a big reveal for the end of the summer.
32. Write a book together of your summer adventures. Make it fun using paints, crayons and supplies around the house. It’s a project for every age. Of course, you can depend on Pinterest to give you great ideas.
33. Plan a staycation at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. From a fun kids’ menu to shopping and attraction, the Gaylord Texan is hotel that caters to the entire family.
34. Visit an indoor playground or play area such as Prestonwood Baptist Church’s KIDZ Playground.
35. Take some time for yourself and drop the kids off at a play care center while you pamper yourself. Adventure Kids and Kiddin’ Around are 2 great places.
36. Take horseback riding lessons.
37. Who says cleaning is just for spring? Clear your kids’ closets of old clothes and toys that they no longer use. Gather everything and donate it to charity or sell them at Kid to Kid. Use the money from the resale shop to buy them something new and special. Make it a shopping date.
38. Join a summer sports league.
39. Enjoy nature. Go fishing. Go hiking. Go camping. Go kayaking. Don’t let the summer go by without you experiencing the outdoors. Here’s a list of Dallas’ best lakes.
40. Participate in Nasher Sculpture Center’s Target First Saturday’s. There are craft activities, kids’ meals, a scavenger hunt, family tours and more on the first Saturday of every month starting June 4.