Social distancing isn’t going anywhere, and after months of practice, we parents know that creativity is key for making safe activities for kids fun. If you’re running a little low on ideas, we’ve rounded up the best ways for you to flex your social distancing muscles and keep the kids entertained, too. From scavenger hunts to science experiments, backyard camping to swimming games, keep reading for fun activities for kids that are seriously engaging, even at six feet apart.
Have a Scavenger Hunt
Our little Magellans love finding surprises in even the most simple of settings. From your backyard to the beach, the living room to a road trip, you can count on a scavenger hunt to help pass the time. These are the best places to have a scavenger hunt, here are free printables for indoor scavenger hunts, and these printables are perfect for your next hike, whether it's on a mountain or around the block!
Go Backyard Camping
There's no better time to pitch a tent and enjoy the easy life than in the summertime. If you need gear, these camping tents for families are some of the best around, and we've rounded up camping gear that will make you look like a pro, even if you've never attempted the Great Family Camp Out before. Looking to expand your horizons? These unique campsites are perfect for inspiration, and regardless of where you land, you're going to need awesome (but not too scary) ghost stories for the campfire.
Draw Sidewalk Chalk Masterpieces
It's the oldest trick in the book, but we just went next-level with these creative ways to have fun with sidewalk chalk. For more inspiration, check out these street chalk art creations that will blow you away.
Do Outdoor Science Experiments
It's the best time of the year to set up a science experiment in the driveway and let your geniuses fizz, splat and bubble their way to serious fun with these easy science experiments that don't require a lab. For the mother lode of ideas—complete with a messiness meter on each one—check out these 42 science experiments.
Set Up a Stargazing Station
Is there anything more amazing than a clear night in the summertime? Check out these tips on staying up late to stargaze, with suggestions on when to go, what to look for, what to read up on, and how to make it a masterful memory. Also, if you're staying up late, you should check out these games that are perfect for filling the twilight hours.
Go for a Hike
It's something every age and stage can conquer because no one is in a hurry, and there are plenty of spots to stop and take in the view. Check out our favorite hiking spots around the country to get inspired, and if one of these spots isn't close to you, here are ways to hike in your own neighborhood. If you've got an infant in tow, we've got you covered with these tips.
Play Pool Games
The best pool games for kids don't require a whole lot, which is why these are some of our favorites (and many of these don't require any touching or close contact), but if you're a fan of the giant floating flamingo (and let's be real, who isn't?), you'll love these incredible outdoor toys and pool floats for summer.
Have an Outdoor Movie Night
While you may not choose to watch this summer's blockbuster in a theater, there are still tons of ways to make summer movies a hit in your house. Set up a drive-in movie at home or host an outdoor movie night with a small group of neighbors. If you need ideas on what to show, these family movies celebrate diversity.
Build an Outdoor Obstacle Course
We all know our kids are secret ninjas, so put their super skills to work with these easy outdoor obstacle courses for your backyard. With each child starting and completing a round on his or her own, you can avoid bottlenecks and maintain good social distancing.
Play Backyard Games
Up your parenting game with this amazing arsenal of classic and inventive backyard games for kids. Many of them take almost no props or planning, and most of these games are well suited to siblings and encourage parents to get in on the fun. The best part? A few can probably be played respecting social distancing rules with a little ingenuity. For those really hot days, you'll find plenty of splashy inspiration and ideas to help you transform your backyard into a water park here.
Go for a Bike Ride
Bike riding has been a top activity for families and even for neighborhood friends because it's a perfect social distancing activity. If your little doesn't know how to ride a bike yet, we've got tips and tricks from experts here. Otherwise, consider a trailer for your tots, and if you need a new set of wheels for one of your kids, here are our editor's top picks for best bikes for kids in 2020. If you'd rather be the one pumping the wheels, check our guide to buying a cargo bike for your crew.
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