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15 Ways to Keep Boredom at Bay in June

At-home fun, virtual activities, park explorations and more

Devon Hammer

Published on: May 26, 2020

dad and daughter flying a kite in a field

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Congratulations! You’ve survived another month of quarantine with the kids. We have officially made it to June, a month that is normally full of graduation parties and summer celebrations. Navigating a new normal that is full of changes, cancellations and inevitable disappointments is one of the hardest things you may ever do as a parent. We are here for you! We’ve compiled a list of fun things to do this month, from virtual activities and fun at home, to park explorations and more. We hope these ideas will make for an enjoyable June and a fun start to your summer.

Are you finding yourself with more time to observe and appreciate the wildlife in your own backyard? What better time than now to become a family of birders? Use our backyard birding guide to get started. 

Longing for an adventure outside of our state? Discover and explore five national parks virtually. Then, as a family, make your dream list of which ones you want to visit first, once traveling is safe again. 

Introduce your child to the age-old pastime of fishing at one of these local spots. We can’t promise you’ll catch a fish, but we’ll bet on a boatload of lasting family memories. 

Get out and enjoy a Washington state park for free on three different days this month (June 6, 7 and 13) when you can park without a Discover Pass. 

There is one family member who is thrilled that everyone is stuck at home: Fido. Make good use of all the extra time with your pooch and try out some of these fun activities for kids and their dogs

Discover select Tacoma parks in a new way with the free Agents of Discovery app. Engage your senses and learn new things about the environment around you. Download the app to your phone and start your mission! 

Father’s Day is June 21. If you order a new kite, we bet Dad would love heading to the park to fly it with his favorite kids. 

Get some forest therapy without having to travel too far from home. Our list of secret urban hikes is perfect for strolling with kids. 

Are the kids bouncing off the walls? Create an at-home obstacle course to channel all that energy. Ideas range from indoor fun with tape to full-on “American Ninja Warrior”–style challenges. 

From building bug hotels to decorating walking sticks, kids can get creative and connect with the outdoors with one of the nature-inspired craft projects on our list. 

Turn a night of boredom into a night of board-dom! Playing board games is a sure way to boost family connection and maybe teach a few new skills while you’re at it. 

Invite the kids to help make a healthy and delicious snack with our list of tasty, “less stressy” recipes designed with young sous-chefs in mind. 

For a science lesson that also teaches a great way to reduce waste, try building a worm bin with kids for some wiggly good times. 

Explore the Magnuson Children’s Garden with self-guided Discover Your Garden activities. Pick up a card when you get there or view the self-guided tour online. 

Another “wheelie” fun idea for celebrating Dad on June 21: Get rolling! Head out for a ride on a local family-friendly bike route

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