Ice cream, sprinklers, sunscreen and lightning bugs—and maybe even fewer Zoom meetings—means that summertime is upon us. Whether you’re looking for ways to keep the kids busy in your own backyard or perhaps thoughtful places to venture around town, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our weekend picks, below.

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Hands-On Activities

Stay Up Late & Stargaze
As the weather warms and the days get longer, you might not need one more reason to stay out late. On nights when you’re itching to extend family play time, shuttle your crew to the backyard for a night sky odyssey. We’ve charted out the stargazing basics in this beginner’s guide.

Take Your Chalk Game Next Level
Sidewalk chalk is the Swiss Army knife of summer, and when the days get longer, there’s no better tool we’d rather have in our pockets. From straightforward to seriously creative, we’ve got an idea that will turn your sidewalk into hours of fun. Here are our favorite ways to make your mark (and then erase it).

Create a Garden with Your Kids
Grab a trowel, select seeds, and check out these easy ideas for gardening with kids. We’ve got everything from a vegetable garden to ideas for small gardens and even an indoor herb garden—no green thumb or acres of yard space required.

Play Active Indoor Games

It never hurts to have a few creative indoor games at the ready. Whether rain or heat or outdoor fatigue hits, you can turn a so-called “boring afternoon” into hours of fun-filled family play. From musical chairs to flip cup fun, these indoor games for kids are what you can pull out once they’ve ridden their bikes and played in the sprinklers to boot.

Visit an Alpaca Farm
Spend some time with beautiful alpacas during a socially-distanced barn tour at Creekwater Farm. On the barn tour, you and your family will be able to get in the pen with alpacas and pet and feed them. They also have goats, bunnies, and pigs, which means this barn tour is a great outdoor activity to do with your friends and family. Click here for the details.

Go Fishing
With these local fishing spots, your kids will fall hook, line, and sinker for this easygoing past time that doesn’t break the bank or require tons of planning—but can still allow for responsible social distancing while getting out of the house! For the price of a fishing license (available online) and the time it takes to get there, you’re guaranteed to catch a whopper of a memory.

See Wild Animals from Your Own Car
From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can travel through a 3.5-mile drive experiencing hundreds of animals. Many animals will come right up to your vehicle for a greeting. Come face-to-face with a camel, a watusi, a zebra or hand feed an American bison. You’ll see elk, water buffalo, giraffes and more running free. With 75 species of animals and over 550 of them on 500 acres, families are in for an eye full. Here’s the scoop.

 

Virtual Adventures

Field Trip Fridays at Fernbank
Take part in Atlanta’s Field Trip Fridays virtual event on social media starting at 10 a.m. each Friday on Facebook and Instagram. Discover a world of WOW filled with dinosaurs, artifacts, live animals, hands-on science, giant screen movies and 75 acres of outdoor adventures. Check out the details, here.

Play The Escape Game Virtually
Play The Escape Game’s newest game, Ruins: Forbidden Treasure, from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Control an avatar wearing a live feed camera, search 360° images of the room, and use items in your online dashboard to progress through the game. Assemble a team of friends and family for 60 minutes of adrenaline-laced fun. Check out the details here.

Take a Free Parent-Child Cooking Class Online
The blog $5 Dinners is offering free cooking lessons for parents and kids on Facebook Live. Click here to find out more.

Join a Family Drum Class 
Join Bongo Sidibe for a family drum class every Friday from 3-3:30 p.m. PDT. Don’t have a drum at home? Get creative! You can use a bucket, a table, a bowl, or make your own! This is fun for the whole family. Catch the beat here.

Take a Design Class with MODA Online
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t create new spaces and live in them for a bit! With Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), kids ages 8 & up have daily class offerings that range from Minecraft Meetups (a workshop for Minecrafters interested in storytelling, film, and game design) to Skatepark Design (learn about the history of skateboard architecture and how skateparks are designed, then design your own skateboard obstacles), and more. For more info, click here.

—Shelley Massey

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