With the warmer months approaching, it’s about time to start thinking of some fun, exciting, and attention-keeping summer activities for your children to enjoy this summer. This is especially true for kids that love sports because they’re going to have a lot of energy to burn through.
That’s a good thing, though – and it’s encouraged. The CDC recommends all children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17 get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every single day – a mixture of aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities.
Of course, kiddos who love sports are going to want much more than that. Even when they’re not at summer practice or playing in a game, they’ll want to get outside and enjoy some summer activities in the sun – indoors works too, but let’s encourage a little more sunlight and fresh air.
Free Summer Activities for Your Athletic Child
The summer months can be a bit hectic for parents as they try to strike a balance between their work life and home life. It’s a little bit easier when their kids are at school most of the day, but that’s not the case during the summer and most parents are trying to keep their child busy.
It might be a struggle, but it’s one that shouldn’t take too much out of a parent and if it does, then it’s time to find some relief – not just for the parent, but for the child. After all, most kids don’t want to just sit inside all summer long and even those that want to shouldn’t, at least not often.
For all the parents out there looking to get their child involved in summer activities this year – whether it’s an individual activity or one you can do with the entire family – we’ve got several useful ideas that your athletic child will love, so let’s see which summer activities made the list.
15. DIY Obstacle Course
This can be a fun summer activity that you either surprise your child with one day or you can have them help you set it up for a good bonding moment. Either way, an obstacle course is a great way to promote physical activity without it feeling like a workout or chore for the child.
You can even tailor the obstacle course to better represent the sport they play. For example, you can set up a dribbling obstacle course if they like to play basketball or even a speed obstacle course for those that like to run fast. Since every kid is unique, you can find something they like.
14. Go on a Nature Walk or Hike
If you live in an area with a lot of scenery, nature, walking trails, mountains, and/or parks, then take advantage of your beautiful surroundings and take the kids out for a nature-filled walk or hike. It’s a great way to stay physically active and will even improve your child’s mental health.
Just make sure you pack enough water, snacks, and sunscreen, especially if you live in an area that gets extremely warm or humid. You should also make sure your child has comfortable shoes to avoid injuries while walking. Other than that, enjoy the wonderful sights around you.
13. Go for a Bike Ride
Once your child learns how to ride a bicycle, you can turn those nature walks into nature bike rides – don’t worry, you’ll be able to get further in a bicycle and can experience new sights along the way. It keeps them active, satisfies their need for adventure, and helps build memories.
Of course, you’ll have to buy them a bicycle if they don’t already have one, so it might not be a free option for everyone – but it’s one that’s worth investing in. As they grow older and become teenagers, they’ll learn how valuable and useful bicycles can be as a form of transportation.
12. Take a Trip to the Playground
When in doubt, take a trip to your local park and find the nearest playground. It won’t cost any money if you go to a public park and they’ll usually have a nice setup for your child to enjoy – equipped with slides, monkey bars, swingset, merry-go-round, jungle gym, and much more.
If you’d really like to spoil your child, you can buy or build a playground in your backyard – either a large one (if you have the space and money) or a small one (if you’re on a budget). It might give them something to do when at home, opposed to spending all day inside watching TV.
11. Spend the Day at the Pool
Ask any kid what they want to do on a hot and sunny day, you’ll likely hear them say ‘go to the pool’ more often than not. It’s already something they enjoy doing, but what if we told you swimming is considered a form of exercise and can help you remain active during the summer.
For parents that have athletic children, turn the pool day into a water sports day – play water volleyball, water polo, or water basketball in the pool. You can also challenge them and have mini competitions with different swimming techniques, like the butterfly or breaststroke.
10. Jump on the Trampoline
Alright, this is only going to be free for parents that already have a trampoline in their backyard, but most parents do and those that don’t should heavily consider investing in one. It’s a great way to release some energy and jump around, which is something every kid wants to do.
There are also a variety of attachments you can buy for the trampoline to make it more sporty and fun – like a basketball hoop for the ballers out there or sprinklers for those really hot days. The trampoline is also excellent for kids that love cheer, gymnastics, and/or dance class.
9. Play a Game of Hopscotch
Hopscotch is one of those underrated and underappreciated summer activities that’s actually a lot of fun and even comes with benefits. It’s easy to play and all you need is some sidewalk or driveway, chalk (or even painter’s tape on a carpet), and a rock to play a game of hopscotch.
While most people see hopscotch as a basic game of skipping, it can do a lot for your child’s balance, hand-eye coordination, body rhythm, mind-body control, and ability to perform under pressure (while being timed). There are also a variety of fun variations of hopscotch to test out.
8. Play a Game of Dodgeball
Although most schools have removed the game of dodgeball from their physical education classes, it’s still a game most children enjoy and look forward to. Whether you join a local youth dodgeball league or set up a friendly game of dodgeball with their friends, they’ll have a blast.
Just make sure you promote safety when getting your child involved in dodgeball. When done properly, it can be a great form of activity and test their ability to perform in pressured situations. It’ll also improve their ability to throw, catch, run, dodge, elude, and even improve their reflexes.
7. Play a Game of Tag
Another highly underrated and underappreciated summer activity for kids is tag – all you need is people, that’s it. They can play with one friend, multiple friends, a large group of friends, or even their parents. It’ll test their ability to run away from and elude incoming traffic with extreme ease.
Not only that, but there are a wide range of variations of tag that make it more exciting and challenging for those involved. Band-aid tag, sock tag, blob tag, triangle tag, flashlight tag, obstacle course tag, footprint tag, the list goes even. You can even go out and play laser tag.
6. Parents vs. Kids Outings
If your child plays a sport, you should consider setting up a parents vs. kids outing – whether it’s soccer, baseball, basketball, or hockey. Many youth leagues do this as an end-of-the-year get together, but you can even do it with your child’s best friends and their parents at any time.
It’s a great way to bond with the kids, but also a great way to promote physical activity – both for the children and the parents. It also gives the parents an opportunity to lead by example and show their child how to play sports the right way. When they see you having fun, they will too.
5. Play a Round of Miniature Golf
I know what you’re thinking – this isn’t necessarily free. While going to an actual putt putt mini golf course often yields the best experience for everyone involved, you don’t have to pay money to play miniature golf. In fact, you can set up your own mini course in your own backyard.
There are multiple ways to do it – using cups as the hole, digging actual holes in the ground, or using spray paint to mark the hole. You can also use a variety of different props and objects to act as obstacles. That way, you can make it as easy or as hard of a mini course as you’d like.
4. Take the Kids Out Bowling
Again, I know what you’re thinking, another option that costs money. And again, yes, taking your child to the bowling alley (especially cosmic bowling) often yields the best experience, but it’s not the only way to enjoy a game of bowling. Have you ever thought of making your own alley?
It might not quite match up to what the actual alley provides, but it’s enough to give your child something to do and you can set it up outside. You can either purchase your own bowling pins or use objects from around the house. Then again, you can also just choose to play cornhole.
3. Play Frisbee Golf at the Park
Got a couple of frisbees laying around? Whether or not they’re designed for frisbee golf, you can enjoy a nice game of frisbee golf with any frisbee and it won’t cost you a ridiculous amount of money – unlike going to an actual golf course. Most parks have holes available to the public.
Like golf, it’s a great game that will test your ability to hit tough shots with impossible angles – often resulting in disappointment, but every now and then you achieve the impossible. And in the event you do, just make sure you have the camera rolling so you can show all your friends later.
2. Enroll Your Child in a Summer Sports Camp
This is probably the only item on this list that will cost you money regardless – unless you create your own personal sports camp for your child, which isn’t too bad of an idea. With that said, it’s one of the things that will most directly help your child succeed in their respective sport.
Sports camps offer a wide range of benefits for children and adolescents. Not only do they keep your child active with a variety of summer activities, but they help your child improve their skills in the sport and come out a better player as a result. This is often where champions are made.
1. Attend a Sports Game
With summer approaching, that means we’re in for a lot of pro baseball, college football, and soccer. If you’re looking for a fun bonding moment with your child, you should consider attending a live game – they can even learn a thing or two, whether it’s professionals or college athletes.
For those looking to make it a free event, you can always find a local sports league that’s playing and watch them since they’re usually free. You can even watch the game at home, though we recommend turning it into some fun activity – maybe complete physical challenges throughout the game.
Summer Activities for Kids Who Are Injured
Injuries are inevitable and while we wish they didn’t happen, millions of children around the world will suffer an injury this summer. Depending on the severity of the injury, they might not be able to take part in the summer activities they usually enjoy – it’s an unfortunate and harsh reality.
That shouldn’t stop them from having a good summer, though. It might take some creativity, but kids can still enjoy some summer activities – though they might have to be modified. For example, focus on activities that don’t require the use of their injured knee, arm, hand, foot, etc.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: 15 Kiddos Following in Their Athletic Parents’ Footsteps
You can also take some time to watch some film of the sport they play – whether it’s film of them playing or a professional athlete. This is always a good time to study and improve your knowledge of the game. That way, when you recover from your injury, you’re a better player.
At The Buzzer, or ATB is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run-of-the-mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes, like big life moments, and so much more. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.