summer activities for kids The definition of insanity is to do something over and over while expecting different results.  

Summer time can be the epitome of ‘insanity’.  We plan summer activities for months ahead of time (or maybe the year gets away from us – every year) – and all of a sudden school is out and your kids are staring you in the face waiting for you to entertain them.  Plans have gone out the window and now you’re stuck.  You want to do all these amazing things but for some reason it just doesn’t work out.  

That’s okay.  But let’s break this cycle of insanity.  You’ve got this, Super Mom! 🙂

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To help us break the cycle, I invited my friend, Carrie from The Mommy On The Move to share her boredom-busting solutions for summertime boredom blues – and give you relief from the subsequent mommy psychosis that often follows the “Mom I’m soooooo bored!’ complaints.  

Enter Carrie…

A Simple Cure to the Kids’ Summertime Boredom Blues

Are you tired of your kids saying, ‘I’m bored!’?  They have only been out of school for a few weeks and already, you’re out of ideas and things to do with them.  If you are looking to get out of the house for the day, be a tourist in your own hometown! Each of our hometowns have unique things to do and see that we usually don’t take advantage of when we live in that city. Summertime is a great time to pretend like you are a tourist and see something new!

Where to go and what to do

Some of you may be thinking, ‘That might be true for other towns, but not mine!’  Since we live there, it’s easy to forget about the unique activities it offers.  I urge you to take a step back, think like a tourist, and get creative.  There is always something to experience! 

There may be things that you have seen that your kids haven’t.  Or there maybe something that you don’t find particularly interesting that your kids think is amazing. Consider visiting places such as:

  • Historic homes or parts of your city
  • Art museums or galleries (depending on the age of your kids)
  • Try out the new park across town, not the one closest to your house
  • Visit Cultural Centers
  • Search out something interesting like an underground garden or home
  • Hang out at the botanical gardens
  • If your close enough, check out your state capital
  • Consider staying at a local hotel for the night, swim in the pool and get room service

How to find the hidden treasure in your city

There are a number of sources available to you when trying to find something fun to do in your own city. Remember, think like a tourist, not a resident!

    • Trip Advisor – I use trip advisor when I take vacations. I love that they have a tab across the top labeled ‘Things To Do’.  Click on this link and enter the name of your city and you will get the top results.  Results will also provide a 1-5 rating with reviews from actual visitors.
    • Groupon – Groupon is one of my favorite ways to get deals on just about anything. They have a link at the top for ‘Things To Do’, and then search ‘Near Me’.  There will be a variety of events, restaurants, classes, etc., so you might need to search a little.  But this is a great way to find interesting things to do at a discounted price.
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  • Google, of course – Google knows it all! Type ‘Things to do in your city’ and Google will return some of the most popular places to visit.  You can also add ‘today or tomorrow’ to the end of your search and Google will return things like concerts or fairs that are only around for a certain period of time.
  • City or County Website – most cities have a ‘Things to Do’ section as well. They usually post links to other sites that list the local attractions and upcoming events.
  • Local Newspaper – if you don’t actually receive the newspaper anymore, most publications have online access. Check out what your local newspaper says is happening in the coming days.

Don’t want to spend a lot of money?  

There are plenty of ways to experience being a tourist in your own city without spending a lot of money. Since you have the convenience of living there, you don’t have to eat out.  You can pack a picnic lunch, add some extra snacks and some waters, and your food is covered for the day.  You can plan out your trip and stop at a park along the way to eat.

In addition, when searching for things to do in your city on Google, enter ‘Free Things To Do in your city’ which will narrow down your search right away. Options are things like parks, farmer’s markets, walking or bike trails, or going to the local or community pool.  The more you can elements of ‘vacation’ you can add to the day, the more fun your kids will have!

About Carrie: 

My name is Carrie Beaton and I am the owner of The Mommy on the Move blog.  Being the mother of 3 kids ages 21, 13 and 11, the purpose of my blog is to share experiences and lessons I have learned along the way.  Many times, as moms, we feel isolated in how we deal with our kids, or feel about our spouse at the moment or how we deal with our kids.  There are so many times over the years that I thought I was crazy!  I wish had known others feel the same way as I did or were dealing with the same issues. My goal is help other moms with what I have learned through the years and most of all, let you know that you are not alone!

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I hope you enjoyed Carrie’s post as much as I did.  What I love most about Carrie’s ideas are that these are not just limited to summertime.  You can use any of her suggestions on school breaks, or even a weekend!  

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Leave a comment and let us know some of the fun things you can explore in your hometown.  

Are you up for a Challenge?

Find one place within an hour of your home that you could go for a day trip.  Tell me where it is and the #1 thing that would make it easier/possible to take the trip.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

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10 comments on “Breaking the Boredom Cycle: Hometown Summer Boredom Busters”

    • Hi Stef, yes sometimes it is fun to do round-up posts to share some of the great ideas. Plus it helps the other bloggers too, and I really enjoy helping others. 🙂

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