A fun DIY project to do with your kids—which can also teach them about some STEM concepts—is building your own splash pad. Take jumping through the sprinkler to a higher level! Instead of going to a water park or beach, create your own aquatic playground in the back yard.
Make a square out of PVC piping using waterproof sealant to connect the pieces. Cut slits in the pipes of various sizes and at different angles for water to form a spray pattern from into the center of your square’s outline. Place colored rubber athletic flooring panels to create a mat to play on. (Oherwise you’ll have a mud wrestling arena instead of a nice play area!) Add a connector for a hose, turn on the water and you are good to go! Everything you need is available from a hardware store and building something you can use all summer long will cost less than tickets for one trip to a water park.
Your imagination and creativity are really the only limitations when it comes to having fun during a stay-cation. You only have so many summers before your children grow up. Make the most of them! What are some of the activities your family enjoys when it comes to entertaining children during a summer stay-cation?
Tim Burns is the father of 9-year-old twins. He blogs about the adventures of parenting from a fun-loving dad's perspective at ageekdaddy.com. A connoisseur of comic books and remote control cars, he enjoys family road trips and is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
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