You don’t want to spend the summer battling with your child to put down the iPad and go outside. But, finding fun and productive entertainment after school lets out is a lot of work.

When you’re at loose ends for what to do, watch this video, packed full of creative activity ideas.

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Creative Summer Activities for Restless Kids

“I’m borrreeeeedd!”

“There’s nothing to do!”

“Can I just play video games?”

If these sound familiar, your child might have a busy brain that thrives on structure and stimulation  — two things missing in the summertime.

If it feels like a full-time job keeping your child entertained (and learning) when school’s out, keep watching for creative, fun activity ideas.

1. Explore your local history.

Find a local historical society, and ask your kids to prepare a list of 10 questions for the staff and volunteers.

Attend a battle re-enactment, and cue up the Hamilton soundtrack for the ride there.

“We travel to towns near us that have lots of history.”

– Kim, Mississippi

2. Seek out science.

Do you have a gem or mineral mine nearby? How about an aquarium with shows and demonstrations?

Many museums and state parks also offer education programs about native animals, fauna, and flora.

“We get a zoo membership and visit frequently.”

– Bonnie, Pennsylvania

3. Learn about wildlife.

Hit the beach with your new plankton sieve, and use it to discover tiny sea life.

Or bring your net to the local pond to capture (and release) frogs, toads, and salamanders.

Teach kids about metamorphosis and animal anatomy along the way.

“I find ways to get them to spend time outside every day.” – An ADDitude reader

4. Start a family poetry slam.

Check out poetry books, and take turns selecting poems to perform aloud.

Your kids will roll their eyes at first, but eventually they’ll come around – especially if you offer a treat for every poem they memorize.

“We create our own ‘camp,’ and we have fun projects to sharpen their academic skills.” – An ADDitude reader

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