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8 Summer Backyard Activities Both Kids and Parents Will Enjoy

Because of the coronavirus, you may not feel safe bringing your kids to crowded places like the beach or water park this summer. Instead of going out, you and your kids can have still have some summer fun at home in your backyard. These eight kid-friendly outdoor activities will keep your family entertained while social distancing. 


1. Play with chalk

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Playing with chalk is a great way to get outside and be creative as a family. You can draw whatever your imaginations come up with or play a chalk game like hopscotch or tic tac toe. 

If you’re feeling extra creative, you can make your chalk from scratch and mold it into cool shapes like stars—but you can also just buy it at the store. Either way, you and your kids will have a great time playing with it! 


2. Camp in the backyard 

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You may not be able to take a family vacation this year, but you can still have fun camping in your backyard. Get your kids to help you pitch a tent and grab some sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows to make the inside cozy. For dinner, pack some finger foods that can be enjoyed outdoors, like ham and cheese sandwiches, pretzels, and apple slices. For dessert, you can roast marshmallows if you have a firepit or make smores in the microwave. A night of camping wouldn’t be complete without some fun activities. You can tell scary stories, play tag, stargaze, or even challenge each other to a board game like Monopoly or Scrabble. 


3. Plan a nature scavenger hunt 

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Scavenger hunts are a great way to teach your kids about nature while having fun at the same time. You can plan a scavenger hunt in your own backyard or take a walk to get some exercise. Give your kids a list of things to find, like twigs, flowers, pinecones, rocks, and feathers, plus a paper bag to put them in. You can even include animals on the list and tell your kids to check a box if they see them. 


4. Have fun with water balloons 

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Playing with water balloons outside is a great way to cool off and beat the summer heat. You can fill them up with your garden hose and toss them at each other, or set up a fun game of water balloon piñatas. 

Using some cotton string, you could also tie a few water balloons to a tree branch that’s low enough for your kids to reach. Grab a plastic baseball bat and take turns swinging at them until they’ve all burst open. Make sure you wear your swimsuits because you’re definitely going to get soaked! 


5. Enjoy some snow cones 

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There’s nothing better than enjoying a frozen treat on a hot day. One of our favorite summer desserts is snow cones. They come in fruity flavors we can’t resist like blue raspberry, watermelon, and cherry. You can keep things classic by using just one syrup or mix a few together to create unique flavor combinations. You and your kids will have a great time customizing your snow cones and devouring them before they melt! 

To help you enjoy this delicious treat while social distancing, we’re renting out snow cone machines. They create the perfect shaved ice texture, so you won’t even miss your local snow cone truck.


6. Blow bubbles 

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Blowing bubbles is another backyard activity your kids will love, especially if you make these homemade bubbles. They don’t break as easily as regular bubbles, so your kids will have a blast bouncing them around.


7. Play a yard game 

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Summer is the perfect time of year to play yard games. Our favorite is cornhole, but you can also toss bean bags, play badminton, or enjoy a fun game of horseshoes. If you’re comfortable using power tools, you can even make your own giant yard games out of wood, such as Scrabble, Jenga, or Connect Four. 


8. Rent a waterslide 


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The Ship Wreck Water Slide From Jump City Dallas

You may not feel comfortable taking your family to a big water park filled with people yet but you can still recreate the experience at home by renting one of our many water slidesWe have a variety of options your kids will love, including a twenty-three-foot tropical slide complete with a pool and a pirate-themed shipwreck slide

Our slides can turn an ordinary summer day into something special and help you and your family create fun-filled memories. They’re also the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion! We carefully disinfect all of our inflatables before and after use to keep you and your family safe. 


Because of the coronavirus, this summer may be a little bit different than the ones you’ve enjoyed in the past but that doesn’t mean you can’t make wonderful memories with your family. Instead of going on vacation, you can have fun right in your backyard by playing yard games and enjoying some snow cones. If you need some help making this the best summer yet, give us a call to rent one of our water slides, snow cone machines, or bounce houses!


Make a reservation today!

Jump City Dallas

Phone: (972) 899-0135


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