5 Indoor Summer Activities For Kids 

Posted on July 20, 2016

Summer is hot!

If you’re living in Southern California, like I am, you know what I’m talking about. The beaches are crowded, and sometimes, going to the beach everyday for the cool breeze isn’t an option, because the drive, the parking and the walk is just too much. Activities to keep your kids busy this summer may include sports, even catching Pokémon with the recently booming app PokémonGo and other outdoor activities, but on those days 90-something-degree days, it’s best to stay inside.

Here are some fun summer activities to do indoors!

1. Legos

These classic building toys have been around for quite awhile. You may have had a few sets yourself when you were younger. Legos are still as popular as ever, with many different themes, such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars and even Angry Birds. With the newfound popularity of Pokemon Go, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Pokemon Legos soon! Some sets are tiny, some sets are HUGE, that can take multiple days to build. These collections will never go out of style, they may go out of circulation though—and that’s when it’s a real gold mine. My favorite in particular is the Harry Potter collection.

Box for Hogwarts lego set from the Harry Potter Collection

2. Arts and Crafts

While there are many types of arts and crafts to choose from, sand art is one in particular that perfectly fits beach theme for costal Californians. I had never heard of this either. After researching it myself, I have no doubt this will keep your child entertained. If they have an artistic side, this is made just for them. This isn’t sand you’ll find walking along the beach. With many different colors, and all the ones in between, your child can be as creative as they wish. You can also have bottles that fit your child’s style, from sea creatures to abstract shapes. These can be household decorations, or even key chains. They can be memorials from one of the best summers they’ve ever had and even gifts to new friends they’ve made. Entire kits can be purchased online from from companies like Creative Sands.

Creative Sands' sand art kit

3. Video Games

Let’s be clear, I am not advocating for anyone, child, teenager or adult, to sit around playing video games all day, but with game systems like Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinnect, I have to bring attention to this. These systems keep your child active. Nintendo Wii has different games that simulate active sports, race car driving, and even running around chasing animals. They’ll be breaking a sweat constantly jumping and dancing inside the house. Not so great on the eyes– so limit their gaming time!

Microsoft xBox One S