The “B” word that my kids can’t say

Whenever there’s a break from school, there’s always that dread of what am I going to do to keep the kids occupied. A few years ago, my son would constantly come to me and say “Mom, I’m bored.” This drove me crazy since I had given him a ton of fun ideas of things that he could do. Besides the obvious list like washing the dishes, laundry or cleaning his room, he didn’t think those were any fun. There’s no other word that I despise. I banned the word Bored and we came up with some fun things to do which didn’t involve chores. What suggestions do you have that works for your family? Here’s our list: 1. Roller-skating 2. Trampoline park 3. John’s Incredible Pizza 4. Boomers 5. Mulligan’s 6. Matinee movies 7. Redbox movies 8. Go Karting 9. Dave and Buster’s 10. Beach 11. Lake 12. Bowling 13. Laser Tag 14. Knott’s Berry Farm/Soak City 15. Legoland 16. Aquarium 17. Disneyland 18. Universal Studios 19. Raging Waters 20. The Cove 21. Six Flags 22. Local Summer Fair 23. Picnics at the park 24. Storytime at the library 25. Storytime at Barnes and Nobles 26. Swimming 27. Hanging with Friends 28. Game Night 29. Make your own Pizza 30. Spa Day at home 31. Hikes 32. Gymnastics 33. Craft Classes at Joanne’s/ Michael’s 34. Cooking Classes at William Sonoma 35. Bike riding 36. Local Zoo 37. Gymboree 38. Tour local farm 39. Apple Picking 40. Music Classes 41. Mops.org (mothers of preschoolers) for connecting with other Moms and playdates 42. Scavenger hunt in the neighborhood 43. Canvas painting 44. Jumping Rope 45. Playing hopscotch 46. Board Games 47. Free Concerts in the park 48. Kids eat free at select restaurants 49. Summer Camp 50. Vacation Bible School 51. Fly a Kite 52. Visit a museum 53. Redecorate your room 54. Have a yard sale 55. Set up a lemonade stand 56. Set up a used book stand 57. Visit a senior center 58. Start a garden 59. Start a club eg. Book club, game club, cooking club 60. Have a car wash for the neighborhood 61. Take pictures and start a scrapbook 62. Walk the dogs in the neighborhood 63. Make your own soap, candle or bath bomb 64. Make necessity kits for the homeless 65. Donate to the local food pantry 66. Home Depot/ Lowes workshops 67. Learn a new language 68. Make a fort out of blankets and play with your siblings 69. Play hide and seek 70. Write and mail a letter to a family member that doesn’t live with you

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