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Online summer camp and virtual activities for kids

Summer is that beautiful season when school's out, the days are long, and hearing "I'm bored" can make any parent or guardian cringe. It's natural to wonder if you now need to be a chef, summer camp counselor, and activities director—all while balancing work and other responsibilities. We’ve compiled some resources that include free virtual activities for kids to ease the burden of performing the duty of camp counselor. While this summer may look a bit different than summers of the past, it can still be filled with new adventures and fun for your family.

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First things first: Do what works for you.

No one knows your child's needs like you do, so try mixing and matching activities to make a schedule that works for you. This weekly schedule comes filled with activity ideas, and you can customize it to fit your needs. We've also listed some free and paid programs that can help fill the time and keep your kids occupied—but try adding in other activities that are tried-and-true favorites for your family.

Team up for success.

Planning everything can be tiring, so try partnering with other parents and guardians and have each person gather activities for a set day of the week. Then share what you've found, like printables, activity ideas, crafts, and more.

Consider themed days.

Brainstorming activity ideas can be tricky, but picking a theme for certain days can help streamline the process and kickstart your creativity. Need ideas? This customizable schedule has a few to get you started.

Browse free online activities for kids from Microsoft.

From fun learning to creative projects to family activities, these ideas can help keep kids busy and engaged.

No matter what summer activities you choose, we hope the season is filled with fun, new adventures, and learning together.

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