It’s hot out, socializing is being nixed and most summer camps are closed. It’s a bummer but kids still need a way to keep engaged, play and have fun. If you are looking for a way to keep the kids busy on a budget check out our list of traditional and other funky summer activities that range from reading to crafting to swimming to. Doing simple crafts inside in the heat of the day can be a simple source of fun that could keep kids occupied for hours and can lead to a chance to clean up with a slash in the kiddie pool.
Fun, funky & cheap: summer activities for kids at home
- Stained glass chalk art
- Create a summer reading program through Scholastic, local bookstores or your public library.
- Sit on the steps and sing. Take it to the next level, by creating a Porch Fest Singalong, make a program, post invite and serenade the neighbors.
- Set up a kiddie pool for water fun.
- Have a water balloon fight on those hot summer days.
- Play old fashioned do it yourself backyard games for kids.
- Identify trees.
- Start a garden with resources from the Ginter Botanical Garden.
- Gather up some bird watching supplies: —binoculars, notebook, pen.
- Make hummingbird nectar.
- Make a bird feeder.
- Finger paint.
- Hold back yard contests like watermelon seed spitting. Supplies: watermelon, tape measure.
- Do a leaf splattering art project: supplies: toothbrush, paper, glass, masking tape, and paint.
- Press flowers. Buy old frames at the thrift shop, frame flowers after you’ve pressed them and begin your Christmas gift collection.
- Invite friends for a virtual Halloween party: have a theme, dress up in the funkiest, mismatched clothes you can find, borrow from the relatives, take photos, title and post.
- Have a do-it-yourself camp. Pitch a “tent,” make a cook-out of hot dogs, s’mores, camp songs and a pajama party
- Create big bubbles with store-bought or homemade formula or materials.
- Check resources and activities from the Children’s Museum of Virginia for more ideas.
Check out more activities for kids in Richmond.
More things to do in and around Richmond:
- Richmond’s Museums Highlight History, Art, Science and More
- The Ultimate List of RVA Parks and Playgrounds
- Bicycling routes around Richmond
- Visit Richmond MetroZoo
- Richmond’s Public Pools & Splash Pads
- 12+ Free Things to do in Colonial Williamsburg
- Virtual classes for teens and tweens
- Richmond area summer camp registrations open
- Things for kids to do in Richmond
- Orchards and Berry Farms
- Free and cheap activities for kids to do at home
- Pick your own farms and orchards
- Live streaming events for kids and others
- FREE for Kids (or really cheap)
- Metro Richmond Zoo
- Richmond boat launches and marinas