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School’s Out For Summer: Ways to Keep the Kids Occupied

Posted on June 25, 2017 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

Kids and teachers alike are excited that the school year is finally over, but as a parent, that means having your children home full-time for a few months. While you love your kids, there’s nothing worse than hearing “Mom, I’m bored.” If sending them off to summer camp isn’t an option, then you’re going to have to get creative on how to keep the kiddos occupied all summer in your new Miller & Smith home! Check out some of our favorite ways to ward off the boredom this summer, and you may even enjoy yourself too!


Nearby outdoor amenities

First things first: getting out of the house. Nothing distracts the kids better than going on an excursion! In all of our new home communities, you will find parks, playgrounds, trails, and other great spaces that are next to or a few minutes from your new Miller & Smith home. Staying close to home also means that you’ll be able to zip home quickly when it’s getting close to naptime or the heat becomes too much for the little ones.


Beach at Lake Linganore – Aspen North at Lake Linganore


Story time

Reading is important at all times, not just during the school year! If your kids have a summer reading list, make sure to get all of their books right away so it isn’t left until the last minute. If they are struggling to get through a book, make a deal with them, such as when they finish a book, you will take them to their favorite ice cream shop. If you have smaller children, or they don’t have summer reading lists, let them take turns choosing a book to read aloud before bedtime each night.


Play Space and Rec Room in the Hedgebrook at Cayden Ridge


Dance party

If you have children that are young enough to still take naps, tiring them out is a great way to get them to go down without a fuss. One of the best ways to do this is to dance it out! Turn on some of your favorite jams, clear some space, and get grooving. If you have older kids, it’s a great way to get them laughing at mom and dads dance moves during a summer slump.


Summer job

Most kids will do anything around the house if promised cold hard cash, so strike a bargain with them. Assign them different ‘jobs’ for the summer, such as setting the table, getting the newspaper and mail, or hanging towels to dry. They’ll want some money for frozen treats and you’ll be happy not tripping over wet towels.


Movie night

No one wants to see their children stuck to the TV all summer long, so why not make TV time a special occasion? . Let the kids invite their friends over, or make it a family affair with popcorn and ice cream in your lower level rec room. You can even start a movie series, such as Harry Potter, and work your way through it every week! Maybe once in a while they’ll let you choose the flick!


Rec Room in the Arcadia model home at Tallyn Ridge


Sprinkler time

It’s a tale as old as time: running through the sprinkler in the summer! All you need is a hose and a sprinkler, and you’re set. Keep the kids from getting cranky in the dog days of summer by setting up a sprinkler or two in the yard and just let them run wild. You can keep an eye on them from inside with the air conditioning and they’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

Picturing your family enjoying the summer in a new Miller & Smith home? Check out all we have to offer by visiting us online.