About Erin Henry

Since its founding in 2015 by suburban mother Erin Henry, Suburban Simplicity has provided an outlet for like-minded women to connect and share their methods for a serene and simple home life. It has become a trusted resource for advice on simple, modern homemaking, appearing on Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, MSN and Yummly.

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  1. Mary poucher says

    I noticed that over half if this list is activity that lasts maybe 2 hours or less a few could be an all day activity but how do you keep your kids entertained for an entire summer on this list without it being redundant

    • Erin says

      I would suggest they do something project based to keep them busy during the summer. Either a job or volunteering are good options. Best of luck, Mary!

  2. jenna says

    u should add reading this list to it bc means my friends were entertained just by reading the list we didn’t do any of the ideas

  3. Clara says

    Me and my dad got into a fight and we want to each make a list of 20 things that we can do with each other. This article really helped, Thanks soooooo much. So, I used some of the ideas from your page and we had a whole bunch of fun. And I am super glad that I hoped on this website and no other website. Thanks Again!!!

  4. Pam says

    Thanks, I really needed this article. I have an only child, a son who is a home body and only wants to play video games. I have to find other activities for him and there are some good ones on this list.

  5. Em Anthony says

    It sounds like these would be fun but is their any crafty ideas like how to make slime or stress balls or something?

  6. Janet says

    i think you should add
    ”doing buzzfeed quizzes” because they are super fun and you can waste so much time on them

    • Erin says

      I’m glad you think there are some fun ideas here, Jess. Yes, some of them require additional things, but hopefully you found something to keep you entertained 🙂

  7. Marissa Alvarez says

    I did almost all of this stuff and most of them have to deal with driving and I am a preteen!!!????????????????

    • Erin says

      Yes, it would be a challenge to do some of these suggestions if you don’t have a car! Hopefully you had fun with some of the other activities 🙂

  8. Katherine Taylor says

    Great article.
    I do find it amusing how there’s a link to instructions on how to paint your nails, but not hot to make a toe ring, or an earring holder out of a branch! ????
    Thanks for the ideas!

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