When the summer sun gets too intense, it’s time to bring the fun indoors! The good news is there are many indoor activities that can keep kids entertained during the summer months.

#1: Dance the Day Away

Play summer-themed songs to stay in the seasonal mood. SplashLearn.com offers plenty of fun suggestions: “Surfin’ USA” by The Beach Boys, “Green Grass of Summer” by Dogs on Fleas, and “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from Lilo & Stitch. Besides being a blast, dancing provides physical, mental, and emotional benefits to people of all ages. 

#2: Conduct Intriguing Science Experiments

Showing children that science can be fun is a terrific way to segue them into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. You could, for example, make planets out of slime! Not only would this give you an opportunity to discuss how basic ingredients can make some really gooey slime, but it could be a great intro to astronomy. 

#3: Read!

This is an excellent activity for a rainy day: all by itself or in conjunction with another one of your indoor summer activities for kids. If, for example, you wanted to read a book about astronomy before making planets out of slime, there are plenty of wonderful choices. Plus, libraries typically have plenty of indoor programs all year long.

#4: Camp Out—Without Going Out!

If it’s not ideal to camp in your backyard or on a campground, you can camp indoors, making a “tent.” Create a “campfire” out of a dinner plate, sticks, and paper/tissue paper. Here’s a recipe for microwave s’mores

#5: Create a Scavenger Hunt

You can use this printable to devise a scavenger hunt that’s fun for all ages. Besides being great indoor summer activities for kids, scavenger hunts come with plenty of benefits. According to Scholastic.com, this game increases a child’s observation skills as they learn in a relaxed way. Through this boosted ability, children can become more aware of their surroundings, overall, and make more independent observations. 

#6: Solve the Puzzle

The jigsaw puzzle, that is. MoneywiseMoms.com suggests choosing puzzles with enough pieces to create a challenge—but not so many that it’s too hard for your children’s developmental stages. Depending upon their ages, children might also enjoy crossword puzzles and word search games.

#7: Construct a Building

Whether it’s with Legos or other types of blocks, a rainy day is perfect for your child to accept the building challenge. Don’t want to use blocks? Try colored paper, popsicle sticks, yarn, or glue.

Indoor & Outdoor Fun Await at Horizon Summer Camp!

When you choose Horizon Education Centers for your children’s summer camp experience, they can enjoy both outdoor and indoor summer activities for kids. Designed for children in kindergarten through the age of twelve, Horizon creates weekly themes, features a major field trip each week, and offers project-based learning opportunities and activities. Register today!

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