Summer days seem to stretch forever, which can be both amazing and exhausting for a parent. The key to getting the best night’s sleep for you and your child is to stay active and engaged during those long summer days, leading to easy nights of restful sleep for everyone. After a full day of activities, both you and your kids will be ready to climb into your comfy beds, relax on your mattresses and drift off to sleep in just a matter of minutes. Here are some great ways to enjoy the summer and wear out your kids at the same time:
Take Your Child to the Beach
Spending the day at the beach in the summer to enjoy swimming, surfing, paddleboarding or making sandcastles together is a great way to build memories. A full day of exercise in the sunshine (don’t forget the sunscreen!), with a picnic lunch and plenty of fun is sure to tire your child out. Bring along a beach ball, soccer ball or volleyball, some sand toys and an umbrella and you’re set for a great time. By the time you get back home, your children will be worn out and ready to unwind and settle in for a great night of sleep.
Go on a Hike in the Woods
It is important for your children to continue learning throughout the summer, and a hike in the woods provides the perfect opportunity to see interesting wildlife and plants. Bring along small guidebooks to identify the beautiful flowers, and stay on the lookout for unique birds or animals. Fill a backpack with water and snacks and find a pretty spot to enjoy a meal together. After a fun afternoon of exploring, fresh air and enjoying the great outdoors, your kids are sure to be ready for an evening of rest and relaxation.
Build a Playhouse in Your Backyard
Do-it-yourself projects are a fun way to teach and learn together with your child. Kids typically love to help and take on jobs, and this project will be enjoyed for years to come. Start by planning the design for a playhouse, a garden or a sandbox in your backyard. Shop for the materials together and pick up some fun personal touches. You can cut the boards, but allow your older children to nail the boards together, paint and add their own touches. Your children will love this do-it-yourself project and you’ll love the time spent together. Everyone will be ready for some much-needed rest after completing the project together.
Spend the Day at a Zoo
Visiting a great zoo is a fantastic family activity in the summer, and it can be an all-day activity if you time it right. Arrive early in the morning to avoid the largest crowds and see the most popular exhibits first. The best zoos have tons of different animals including lions, bears and gorillas. Your kids may be able to enjoy a splash pad and popsicles during the hottest part of the day before moving on to the camel rides and giraffe feedings. An exciting day at the zoo will surely end with a peaceful night of sleep.
Travel to an Amusement Park
Visiting an amusement park in the summer is the ultimate fun and exhausting activity. From the ferris wheels, rollercoasters and shows to the treats and souvenirs, spending the day at an amusement park is a surefire way to win a parenting award in your child’s eyes, as well as enjoy priceless memories together. Not to mention the reward of the look of pure happiness and utter exhaustion in your child’s eyes at the end of the day. Sweet dreams, little ones!