If you're the parent of school-aged children, you're probably looking forward to enjoying the lazy days of summer with your family now that the school year is rapidly drawing to a close. By the same token, however, you may be feeling at somewhat of a loss concerning how to keep your kids happy and entertained throughout the duration of summer vacation. Fortunately, many fun options exist for turning your backyard into a kid-friendly place where your crew and their friends and neighbors will enjoy many happy hours under the summer sun. Here's how you can make it happen.
Get an Outdoor Projection Screen
Family and neighborhood movie nights take on a whole new dimension when they're held on a balmy summer night under the moon and stars -- and what kid wouldn't love a backyard campout complete with their favorite movies as they snack on s'mores and hot dogs? You can even host a backyard matinee to keep the kids occupied during the hottest part of the afternoon when finding suitable activities is difficult.
Low-tech options still have a place in today's busy world. Who doesn't love the feel of velvety soft green grass under their bare feet while sipping on freshly squeezed lemonade while enjoying a leisurely game of croquet under a blue summer sky? Croquet is an activity that the entire family can enjoy together, and it will create pleasant memories that will last your children for a lifetime.
Play Inflatable Twister
If you played Twister as a kid and loved it but didn't care much for the bruised elbows and knees that happened as the result of playing the game on a hard surface, rest assured that your children don't have to suffer a similar fate. Inflatable Twister is an excellent backyard option that's as comfortable to play as it is fun. Who knows, you and your spouse may even find yourselves joining in since you don't have to worry about pain and bruising.
Hold a Car Wash
Hot days are made for water play, so why not kill two birds with one stone and let your little ones wash your car when temperatures soar? You can make the whole thing even more fun by providing them with washable paint. And who knows -- maybe they can even add to their piggy banks or school clothing fund by holding a neighborhood car wash.
Have an Old Fashioned Treasure Hunt
This can be as much fun for you and your spouse as it is for your kids. Treasures can be anything you want them to be. You can fill a basket with cute, inexpensive toys and sweet treats that will delight the hearts of younger children, while tweens might appreciate a scavenger hunt game geared toward their individual needs and preferences. These are also great ways to keep groups of kids occupied during birthday and slumber parties.
Install a Backyard Splash Pad
Splash pads from a place like Kraftsman Play offer the fun and convenience of a backyard swimming pool without the inherent safety hazards and prohibitive costs. Remember the thrill of running through the sprinklers on a hot day when you were a kid? These splash pads take it to the next level. Splash pads can be equipped with basketball hoops, badminton nets, or otherwise customized to meet the needs and capabilities of various age and interest groups. Perhaps best of all, when the kids go to bed at night and you're entertaining adult family and friends on the patio, the splash pad can be turned into an enchanting fountain feature using backlighting and other specialty features -- and perhaps you and your guests will enjoy a little moonlight water fun of your own.