Happy Kids, Happy Summer

A Kid’s Summer Bucket List

  1. Water Play - in the pool, at the beach, running through the sprinkler, shooting water guns, water balloons

  2. Backyard Fun - lawn games, obstacle courses, pitch a tent, build a treehouse, put up a tire swing

  3. Food Treats - popsicles, watermelon, s’mores, ice cream. root beer floats

  4. Play Dates - time with friends is fun

  5. Craft Projects - check out some craft books from the Library for ideas

  6. Library Visits - join the Summer Reading Club, attend a program, play games

  7. Day Trips - we have books on local day trips

  8. Bike Riding - good exercise and a fun time

  9. Park Visits - playgrounds, picnics, tennis, pickleball, hiking

  10. Camp - day camp or sleep-away camp

Your Kids Can Make Their Own Summer Bucket List!

Ten Activity Books 4 Kids

The Golden Book of Family Fun

Peggy Brown

A go-to book for families looking for fun, creative games, activities and crafts!

Woodland Adventure Handbook

Adam Dove

Step-by-step instructions for fun adventures in the woods which is great for introducing children to the magic of playing among the trees.

The Jumbo Book of Drama

Deborah Dunleavy

Two-hundred pages of theater games, activities, plays and more.

The Treasury of Family Games

Jim Glenn and Carey Denton

Hundreds of fun games for all ages complete with rules and strategies.

101 Ways to Amaze & Entertain

Peter Gross

Full of amazing magic and hilarious jokes to try on friends and family.

The Big Book of Dressing Up

Laura Minter and Tia Williams

Forty fun projects to help kids create their own dressing-up creations.

The Everything Kids’ Magical Science Experiments Book

Tom Robinson

Filled with more than 50 science experiments that bend the rules of time, space, and logic.

The Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts

Judy Ann Sadler

Over 150 craft ideas!

The Cardboard Box Book

Twenty-five things to make and do with empty boxes. The Library often has empty boxes. Ask when you stop by!

Usborne Start to Cook

Abigail Wheatley

Hints and tips for beginners. Learn how to make your own ice cream!

Movies 4 Families

In no particular order—

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (G)

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (G)

Zootopia (PG)

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (G)

Back to the Future (PG)

Coco (PG)

Hook (PG)

Finding Nemo (G)

Inside Out (PG)

Despicable Me (PG)

How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

The Princess and the Frog (G)

The Parent Trap (1961) (G)

The Lego Movie (PG)

Jumanji (PG)

Mary Poppins (G)

Matilda (PG)

Toy Story (G)

Cool Runnings (PG)

Big (PG)

Up (PG)

For movie details visit: IMBd

All these movies are available FREE at the Library!

What Should We Do?

Websites chock-full of ideas!

Mommy Poppins

Written by local parents who love to seek out the coolest, off-the-beaten-track things to do with kids, Mommy Poppins shares activities that aren't just pleasant time passers, but promise enriching experiences for your family. Click here

NJ Kids Online

A trusted online source for kids programs, activities and events. Click here

Fun with Kids in New Jersey

Find the best attractions, day trip ideas and things to do in New Jersey! Click here

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