Keeping kids engaged over the summer is important. Of course, going outside should always be the first choice, but kids can’t stay outside all day. As you can imagine, there are plenty of things online to help your children pass those long summer days. There are lots of other quality websites for kids — here are a few more of my favorites:

PBS Kids: This site offers great activities, contests, and interactive games.

National Geographic Kids: offers great nature videos, activities, games, stories, and more.

Discovery Kids: video, games and activities to explore dinosaurs, sharks, space, pets, history and more.

Young Explorers: Museum Run, The Great Dig, Time Explorer and more online games from the British Museum.

Smithsonian Kids Collecting: how to start your own collection and see what other kids collect

Explore Dinosaurs: FAQs and top 10 myths about dinosaurs, a virtual dig, behind the scenes tours, and more from the National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Digging for Answers: a site that tests your research skills and knowledge
NASA Quest: interactive explorations that engage students in real science and engineering. Topics include robots, helicopters, lunar exploration, and designing your own human-friendly planet

My Wonderful World: a multimedia tour of our seven continents

Time for Kids: fun games (The Great State Race), an online weekly magazine written for kids, and news from around the world
Introduce your students and their families to stories from around the world. Let them know about the International Children’s Digital Library, an amazing (and growing!) collection of international children’s books available to read online in their original languages. Big Universe is another online library of fiction and nonfiction books for kids 0-12. The site also offers adults and kids the chance to create and publish their own stories.

I also suggest audio books as an alternative to print, especially for kids with learning disabilities that make reading a struggle. You can now download stories to iPods and other mobile devices, perfect for car rides or a lazy hot afternoon. AudibleKids has an extensive collection of downloadable books, and some of them are free through a partnership with RIF.

For students with vision or learning disabilities, tell your parents about Learning Ally which provides free audio books for kids to listen over the summer.