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Indoor activities you could be doing this summer

So summer camps aren’t your first choice, and you find yourself home a lot with the little ones. For when you’re not in the mood to brave the heat and head out to some of the awesome, child-friendly spots the city has to offer, here are some indoor activities you could be doing this summer.

Movie Marathon

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Even the most creative, engaged, and active parents need a break now and again (and so do your kids!). Kick back with a big bowl of popcorn and s a list of your favourites for a movie marathon. If you’re in the mood to relive your childhood, consider a pick from our favorite classic movie list

Board Games

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Board games are back in a big way, so pull all your old ones out. Pictionary, Monopoly and Lego are classics; clear out the dining table, arrange some snacks for fuel, gather the family, and make an afternoon of it. For slightly older kids, and teenagers, challenge their minds with a game of Sudoku or Monopoly deal, or keep it light but fast paced with some Heads Up or Taboo. Haven’t got any boardgames? Hit up your app store!

Cooking together

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Flameless cooking for the younger ones, and perhaps some cupcake decoration. For the slightly older ones, baking cakes while explaining the mechanism of why and how they rise, or trying simple recipes on the cooking range under supervision does the trick. The best part is enjoying a family meal right after!

Build it together

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You don’t need a fancy building set for this. Ice Cream stick cities, card towers, even buildings out of blocks, or forts out of boxes or pillows, all make for super fun projects! If you want to get competitive, whoever builds the highest tower wins.

Our personal favourite – when a sheet and 2 chairs could be enough to build an entire world for ourselves. Introduce your little ones to the world of make believe; simply pull a sheet over 2 chairs, hang a cloth from a hook from the ceiling, or pull a sheet over a clothes stand, and create a private space for the little ones to hang out.

Art & Craft 

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Picture frames out of ice-cream sticks, cards with stickers and glitter, and projects out of whatever else you can find at home – all to create fun pieces to decorate your kids’ rooms!

Read, read and read

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The best and least destructive way for a toddler to pass time. Create a mini library for them, and let them pick out what they’d like to read and when. Looking for books to add to your toddlers library? Find a list here

If you are heading out and looking for spots to entertain the kids, take a look at our recommended, summer-friendly hot spots for kids here