Bike Parade

Post signs around the neighborhood encouraging kids to decorate their rides with streamers, stickers, flags, and more — then let them cruise while all the parents applaud.

Thank Local Heroes

Take a tour of your police or fire station. Since most locations don’t have set visiting hours, call ahead to arrange an appointment.

Start Fishing

Click on Little Lunkers at, where your young angler can learn the basics of the sport and find places to cast off in your area.

Learn from Masters

Watching artisans paint, pot, and blow glass is captivating for kids. Most cities host regular open-house art events; call your Chamber of Commerce for information.

Creating Obstacle Courses

Build a backyard obstacle course with hula hoops, jump ropes, even a hose, then time the kids.

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Free (and almost-free) activities to keep kids active all summer long
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