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.
What do you think about Summer Stay-cation: Fun Ideas For the Whole Family?
WELCOME TO THE TOY INSIDER! There is nothing like watching your little one unwrap the one toy they've been wishing for all season—and we're here to help you find the perfect toy to bring a smile to your kid's face!
Adults love toys too! For everything you need to know about pop culture and all things geek, check out our sister site
Connect With Us
Need to reach us?
For general questions, please contact:
The Toy Insider, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services, LLC Associates Program,an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
The Toy Insider is an editorial site that receives free samples from manufacturers, but all editorial opinions are their own. The Toy Insider also accepts consideration from manufacturers, which is clearly marked as sponsored content.