12 Weeks of Summer – Week 3!

It’s only the first full week of July, which means we still have two months of summer left to enjoy and you’ve got plenty of opportunities to make this summer unforgettable for your family. Here’s Week 3 of our 12 Weeks of Summer. Have fun!

Thursday, July 5
Science Experiment Day
Staying low-key after your 4th of July celebrations? Keep the kids busy with some easy and fun science experiments. Check out this handy list of experiments for kids from the Krazy Koupon Lady. We also highly recommend DK’s Smithsonian Maker Lab and Maker Lab Outdoors, which are chock full of super educational and fascinating science projects for curious kids.

Friday, July 6
Family Game Night
There’s rain in the forecast, which makes for the perfect time for board games. We’ve rounded up 15 awesome games for your family’s next board game night.
Click here for the Top 15 Board Games.

Saturday, July 7 (Special Trip Saturday!)
Animal Appreciation Day
Hit the zoo or aquarium, check out a bug museum or go whale watching. Here’s a bunch of ways to spend your off-island day with the creatures you love most, from our 61 Day Trips list:

Turtle Back Zoo • West Orange, NJ • 973-731-5800
Insectropolis • Toms River, NJ • 732-349-7090
Bronx Zoo • Bronx, NY • 718-220-5100
New York Aquarium • Brooklyn, NY • 718-220-5100
American Princess Cruise Whale Watching • Queens, NY • 718-474-0555
White Post Farms • Melville, NY • 631-351-9373
Catskill Animal Sanctuary • Saugerties, NY • 845-336-8447

Sunday, July 8
Boardwalk Bike Riding
Cruise your bikes amidst the stunning backdrop of the Verrazano Bridge along the FDR Boardwalk. You can even rent specialty cycles, bicycles and other pedal-powered vehicles (ride with your whole family!) from Wheel Fun Rentals. Find them on the boardwalk at Jefferson Avenue or Sand Lane.

Monday, July 9
Visit an Elderly Person
Take the kids to spend time with an elderly relative, neighbor, or visit a local nursing home for a fulfilling experience you won’t soon forget. Check out this helpful guide from Love to Know offering gift ideas and things to do.

Tuesday, July 10
Paint & Hide Rocks
Did you know that you can paint pretty rocks and hide them around town for others to find? It’s called Kindness Rock Painting and there are many of groups devoted to it. There’s even a few here on Staten Island!
Click here to learn all about Kindness Rock Painting

Wednesday, July 11
Go Dancing
Make sure you check out Boogie Woogie Wednesdays at the Staten Island Children’s Museum before the summer is over. All summer long admission is free every Wednesday from 5 to 8pm in July & August, beginning Jul 11. The fun includes storytime and crafts at 5:30, snacks at 6:30pm, and the dancing kicks off at 7pm. Each week includes a different cultural dance theme.