The last bell has rung and kids are out of school until fall, which means parents are looking for fun things to do in the summer to keep everyone engaged and active — and maybe get a little alone time, too. Kids who’ve been learning virtually for over a year are eager for things to do on summer break as well.

For event creators, the summer is a perfect opportunity to get their brand more established and take that momentum into the fall and winter. But with local regulations in flux due to COVID-19, it can be hard to know what kinds of events will work. Online activities don’t allow for fun in the sun, but outdoor or group activities might not be allowed everywhere.

Even so, it’s still possible to create great summer events that kids will love. Here’s our list of things to do over summer break, with ideas from Eventbrite’s community of creators.

1. Get things moving

Netflix’s Cobra Kai has renewed interest in learning ancient martial arts such as karate, tae kwon do, and jiu jitsu. And like the classes taught by the show’s karate dojo, your events can teach kids virtues like focus and discipline while they get plenty of physical exercise and learn defense. Even if local regulations have restricted in-person events, all is not lost — Shidoshi Nathan Ingram, the founder and Chief Instructor of the Deadly Art of Survival Karate System, teaches his students karate by Zoom.

2. Tune in to get your tune on

Learning a musical instrument is an ever-popular extracurricular activity for kids, and no wonder: it teaches kids a fun skill while challenging their creativity. As long as the teacher and student have a camera and microphone, music classes can be adapted to work online if necessary. Even so, nothing can truly replace live performance — just ask Ozzy’s Music Academy, which hosts everything from in-person rock band camps to ukelele, piano, and guitar classes.

3. Camp out by camping in

Since so many campgrounds have closed or have restricted capacity, consider having eventgoers trade the wild outdoors for their mild backyard. There’s often plenty of wildlife to learn about in our own neighborhoods, which is why the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington are hosting their own “Camp In Campout.” After all, s’mores taste good no matter where you eat them.

4. Train the brain

For kids who love to learn, educational programs and workshops that introduce them to subjects like art and science offer a lot of possibilities. These can be especially effective when the event creator relates the topic to everyday objects that stir the imagination. For example, event organizer SciGenius uses lava lamps to teach kids concepts like density and chemical reactions. Consider learning activities that use common household items, or send out kits prior to the event.

5. Get crafty

Whether it’s learning a time-honored skill like needlepoint or experimenting with something expressive like papier mâché, arts and crafts are a great way to introduce kids to new skills and start fun projects. Virtual event organizers should make sure that any required materials or supplies are delivered to participants before the event, so everyone has what they’ll need in time. Create a theme for your event to make it stand out — event creator Speakitaly teaches kids arts and crafts using traditional Italian materials, including pasta!

6. Learn the secret code

Computers continue to transform our world and give us ways to connect. Help kids master these machines by teaching them to code. If kids can learn Spanish and French, they can learn Python — Hippocampus Learning for Innovation & Creativity coding camps introduce kids to concepts like artificial intelligence as part of its Python programming language workshops.

Eventbrite is home to all kinds of events for kids. These creators know that kids are better off staying engaged with learning and adventure than staying engaged with their TVs. Fortunately, even in the wake of COVID-19, online events help provide flexibility where in-person gatherings are restricted. Once you’ve decided on your next event, see how Eventbrite can help make it a reality.

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