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Guide: fun things to do near me

That’s right parents. Summer is just a month or so away, and before you know it, your kids are going to be coming up to you tell you how bored they are. However, with a little pre-planning and with some of the ideas found here, you will be guaranteed to keep them occupied and (mostly) quiet all summer long. Here are five ideas for fun things to do with kids during the upcoming summer months.

1. Make a DIY Coloring Case

Does your child love art and drawing? Or are you going on a long road trip this summer and looking to keep your kids quiet in the back seat? Making a do-it-yourself coloring case may be the perfect go-to for keeping your kids busy and occupied. To make one, simply take an old DVD case, a little glue, some cardboard and fabric, and within no time you will have a coloring case complete with crayon or pencil pocket on the right, and plenty of paper storage on the left. Your kid can bring their case everywhere to stay busy on the go.

2. Go Camping

Camping is a great, inexpensive way to get your kids out of doors and exploring nature. With campgrounds located within an hour from pretty much everywhere, you will be able to find a great place where you kids can run wild in the woods for a few hours. If you do not fancy yourself the outdoorsy type, then simply let them put up a tent in the backyard, or heck, even in the house! Your kids will get a kick out of sleeping somewhere new, even if it’s only for one night!

3. Mess-Free Paint in a Bag

For an art activity that has almost no clean up and is safe even for very young children, consider squeezing a few different color paints into a large Ziploc bag, close it, and tape it to a window. Since the Ziploc bag will be closed, the paint is sure not to create a mess. Your kids can ‘finger paint’ by moving the paint around inside the bag. The light shining through the window on the other side will create amazing works of art that your child will be proud of!

4. Feed the Birds

You can teach your children about nature, and instill a sense of environmental stewardship by building a custom bird feeder. While you can make a bird feeder out of just about anything, a clean water, juice, or even soap bottle can make the perfect feeder. Simply cut out a space for birds to enter and exit, and leave a little tray on the bottom for the seed. Your kids will spend hours decorating their feeder and watching the birds dine on their craft bird feeder.

5. See a Middle Ages Exhibit

While you may have to do some searching, few things are more fun or educational for kids than a trip to a Middle Ages exhibit or renaissance fair. From eating with their hands, to seeing people dressed in traditional garb, to seeing a live jousting exhibit, your kids will delight in the spectacle, and learn a thing or two!

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