1. Let them get un-bored by themselves. Without a screen. Really. Do it. Figuring out how to occupy yourself is an extremely valuable skill.
2. Threaten with chores if they whine about #1.
3. Look around at your house filled with ignored toys, games, craft kits and books. Pick out a few random ones they haven’t seen in awhile out and place them in a public spot for the kids to rediscover.
4. You need to get out of the house too? You’ve the got the internet. Search free things to do with kids in your area. We’ve got lots of free concerts, magic shows, etc. lined up this summer through our County Parks Department and local library. I also started a Facebook page with a lot of local families so we can keep each other in the loop for fun things to do.
5. Try weekly themes! Check out my article on the Farmers Almanac: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/home-garden/2014/06/09/how-creating-themes-can-save-summer/
(This summer’s themes! https://www.facebook.com/notes/sister-serendip/summer-themes-2014/861986417149331 )