How to Keep Your Kids Active and Engaged This Summer

Kids' summer activity and learning ideas

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Anyssa Garza, PharmD

School is out and summer vacation has started. Instead of letting your children plop in front of the television for the next three months, keep them engaged and active this summer.

Did you know summer vacation can result in learning loss? It is estimated that, on average, children can lose about two months of math and reading skills during summer vacation. But keeping your children engaged could help combat that learning loss.


To keep your children engaged through the summer months, encourage reading. Head to your local library and help your children create a reading list. Mark their accomplishments when they complete a book — that will encourage them to complete their reading list.

There are a number of math and science activity books available for purchase that can also help keep your children engaged. Some of these books focus on mini science experiments, which can be fun — and educational — for the whole family.

Focus on Creativity

Let your children be creative on their summer break. There are many resources, such as, for projects and arts and crafts. Check your community for art, music, or dance classes and let your children explore their interests.

Stay Active

During the summer, children are at risk for gaining weight. That's why encouraging your children to remain active is important.

There are countless activity opportunities you and your family can participate in this summer. Let go of the video game controllers and TV remotes and head outside. Remain active as a family and go for a bike ride or head to the park for some frisbee. Check your community for available summer league teams and get your child enrolled.

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Review Date: 
June 20, 2016
Last Updated:
June 23, 2016