Have you been searching for fun activities to do with your kids they will love, that doesn’t involve “screen time”. Seems the kids are always wanting their phones, computers and tablets. If we find things they love we can distract them from those electronics! That’s a total parent and kiddo win.
5 Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids They Will Love
Keeping your kids busy and active can be one of the best parts of being a parent. Your children are little sponges, eyes and ears soaking up every drop of the experiences you put them in. They are fascinated by many of the things we take for granted, and we forget about that sometimes. We look for educational experiences in great places, but sometimes the environments start to get old. Maybe you are aquarium-ed out, or you have been to the zoo so many times, they are starting to know your name. What are some other simple things you can do with your kids to have them learn about the world around them?
Visit a construction site
Have you ever noticed how much littles love machinery and building things? Boys or girls are fascinated by watching workers work. Whether it’s carpentry or machinery, taking your kids to places where people are working can be an enjoyable experience. Nothing is so fascinating for kids as watching earth movers and backhoes doing what they do. You probably know someone in your circle of friends who may have a connection to a building site or a facility where construction is ongoing. If you can make an arrangement to get up close, your kids will be delighted. Letting your child hammer a nail, or sit in the seat of a bulldozer can be a memory that you will hear about for a long time.
Visit the firehouse
Firefighters aren’t always busy fighting fires; they spend a considerable amount of time waiting for their call-outs. Taking your kids to the fire house can be a great educational experience. The firefighters and rescue workers will be glad to talk about fire safety and emergency pointers, and your kids will be fascinated and beside themselves to meet real firefighters in the process. Oh yeah, and they will get to sit in the fire engines and maybe even put on some boots.
Visit a marina or shipyard
If you live near the shore, visiting a shipyard or yacht marina can be an excellent way to spend some time. Watching the variety of ships, boats, cranes and other service equipment as people go about their business can be good entertainment. Playing what’s that, or watching the huge cranes move their massive load onboard the floating vessels can be a lot of fun. You may even have a chance to see fish in the water, or in the hands of fishermen as they return from their day at sea.
Go bird watching
If your kids are a little bit older, grab an Audubon guide to local birds, some binoculars and have a contest to see who can spot the most local birds, or the rarest bird, or the biggest bird. If your kids are old enough to read, have them read the explanations of the bird’s habitats, foods, and seasonal movements. Developing an appreciation for their local environment will bring home the need for local environmental awareness as they get older.
Go watch planes
Watching planes take off and land can burn off some serious hours. If you live near a military base where you can see a wide variety of jets, you are going to have a happy kiddo on your hands. Watching fighter jets as they ignite their afterburners and blast their way into the atmosphere with a thunderous roar paints a smile on the face of a child you can’t match. As they get older, having them identify the planes they see, talking about how they fly, and what they do can be great conversations for your kids to learn through. Search your paper or online for an Airshow! Those are amazing and kids love them.
If you are willing to or need to, you can get out and have some fun times with your kids in simple ways that don’t cost you a penny besides gas. These can turn out to be some of the most memorable moments your little ones could have. You may end up being regaled with stories of the truck, or dozer, or jet they saw for a long time.
What activities do you like to do with kids that doesn’t involve electronics?
Jenna is a freelance writer from Renton, WA who is particularly interested in travel, nature, and parenting. Follow her on Twitter.