It’s the ultimate summer dessert, an occasional bribe, a sweet treat snuck from the freezer at midnight—it’s safe to say we’re obsessed with ice cream (as are our kids). We’ve rounded up a list of the best ice cream shops in every state (plus D.C.) so you can satisfy your sweet tooth all summer long. Keep reading to get the scoop on the ice cream parlors that should be on your radar.

1. Alabama: Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream
With cones, floats, splits and old-fashioned sodas, Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream has something for everyone. Try a scoop of one of Matt’s specialties, like the Creole praline or red velvet cake—you’ll be glad you did.

1308 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL

701 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL


2. Alaska: Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream
During the summer months, Hot Licks is a must. Their ice cream is made in-house in 40-quart batches, and with local flavors like cranberry and wild blueberry, it’s some of the best Alaska has to offer.

3453 College Rd.
Fairbanks, AK


3. Arizona: Sweet Republic
From the local Arizona milk and cream to the slow-roasted bananas, everything here is made with care. And with rotating flavors like Meyer lemon, peaches ‘n’ cream and peaberry espresso, you’ll want to come to Sweet Republic again and again to try them all. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

9160 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ

6054 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ


4. Arkansas: Loblolly Creamery
Loblolly Creamery is a must-stop the next time you’re in Little Rock. Folks in the know love their salted caramel and Little Rocky Road. Ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible, from fruit to lavender.

1423 S. Main St.
Little Rock, AR


5. California: Fentons Creamery
Founded in 1894 in Oakland, Fentons has been a Bay Area favorite ever since. The ice cream is made in small batches (there’s a production tour for curious kids!), and the menu has decadent sundaes to satisfy any dessert connoisseur.

4226 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA

1669 E. Monte Vista Ave.
Vacaville, CA

6. Colorado: Little Man Ice Cream
With a distinctive shop in the shape of an ice cream cone, Little Man serves up nostalgic flavors that your whole crew will love (not to mention some awesome vegan options). And for every scoop of ice cream purchased, Little Man matches that scoop with a donated scoop of rice, beans or other essentials to a community in need.

2620 16th St.
Denver, CO


7. Connecticut: Arethusa Farm
For the ultimate in ice cream, you really can’t beat Arethusa Farm. Fresh milk is brought from their dairy cows a few miles away to make classic flavors like butter pecan, strawberry and pistachio.

822 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT


8. Delaware: Woodside Farm Creamery
The Woodside Farm was established in 1796, but their ice cream operation didn’t get started until 1998. They’ve been a Delaware favorite ever since, offering up flavors like dirt (that’s gummy worms and Oreo cookies in chocolate ice cream) and cake batter. Say hi to the cows after enjoying your scoop.

1310 Little Baltimore Rd.
Hockessin, DE


9. Florida: Azucar Ice Cream Company
Be sure to scope out this sweet shop in Little Havana, where you’ll find great flavors like platano maduro and rum cake with walnuts.


10. Georgia: Leopold’s Ice Cream
Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in 1919, and the shop still has old-school charm—the black marble soda fountain, wooden back bar and telephone booth come from the original location. The ice cream is just as delicious as ever, with classic flavors like butter pecan alongside unique seasonal picks like spicy mocha.

212 E. Broughton St.
Savannah, GA


11. Hawaii: Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream and Desserts
In addition to regular scoops and cones, Bubbies’ specialty is mochi ice cream—a scoop of ice cream that’s wrapped in a layer of chewy mochi (a soft, sweet paste made out of rice). It’s a refreshing treat that’s sure to be an instant family favorite.

7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Ste. D103
Honolulu, HI


12. Idaho: Goody’s Soda Fountain
You won’t regret a visit to Goody’s Soda Fountain—with their massive banana splits and ice cream sodas, there’s no way you’ll leave hungry. They also offer homemade chocolates if you’re in the mood for something different.

1502 N. 13th St.
Boise, ID


13. Illinois: The Original Rainbow Cone

This fun ice cream spot was launched almost 100 years ago, but now they have four locations! Their ice cream trucks can also be found all over the city, and the spot on Navy Pier is especially fun for visitors. They have tons of flavors, plus ice cream cakes and even donuts.


14. Indiana: The Chief Ice Cream
On a hot summer’s day, you can’t beat a visit to The Chief. Grab a scoop of peanut butter or toasted coconut and head out back to the picnic tables to gobble it up—delicious!

502 W. Lincoln Ave.
Goshen, IN


15. Iowa: Heyn’s Premium Ice Cream
It’ll be love at first bite when you visit Heyn’s—the ice cream is made with 14% buttermilk fat content, giving it an extra oomph of creaminess. And with flavors like monster mash (vanilla ice cream with cookie dough, peanut butter and M&Ms) and blueberry cheesecake, you’ll keep coming back for more.

811 S. 1st Ave.
Iowa City, IA

25 Cherry St.
North Liberty, IA

16. Kansas: Sylas and Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream
Sylas and Maddy’s takes hand-crafted ice cream to the next level. They use an entire watermelon in every batch of watermelon sherbet, and their pie flavors (think apple pie, key lime pie) contain an entire pie in each bucket of ice cream. Get your scoop in a homemade waffle cone to up the tasty factor.

11925 Strang Line Rd.
Olathe, KS

1014 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS


17. Kentucky: The Comfy Cow
The Comfy Cow is serious about making awesome ice cream, and you’ll be able to tell when you sample their flavors. Whether you go for brown butter peanut brittle or cookie monster dough, you won’t be disappointed.

13301 Shelbyville Rd., Ste. 106
Louisville, KY

Additional locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana


18. Louisiana: Creole Creamery
You’ll love the old-school look of New Orleans’ best ice cream parlor, and with rotating flavors like lavender honey and chocolate malt chip, they’ve got something for everyone. If you dare, take the challenge to finish an enormous Tchoupitoulas sundae and earn a spot in their Hall of Fame.

4924 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA

6260 Vicksburg St.
New Orleans, LA


19. Maine: The Dairy Corner
With more than 70 ice cream flavors to choose from in addition to frozen yogurt and sorbet, it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone at The Dairy Corner. Bring your treats outside to the picnic tables and chairs to enjoy them in the sunshine.

612 US Rte. 1
Scarborough, ME


20. Maryland: Scottish Highland Creamery
Founded by an Edinburgh native, the Scottish Highland Creamery is a must visit, loved for their super fresh ice cream made with local ingredients, fresh milk, cream and flavorings imported from Italy. Order the Mexican vanilla or the Italian lemon cookie and prepare to be amazed.

314 Tilghman St.
Oxford, MD


21. Massachusetts: Toscanini’s Ice Cream
Located around the corner from MIT, Toscanini’s has been serving up amazing ice cream to college kids, locals and tourists alike for more than 30 years. Try one of their inventive flavors like B3 (brown sugar, brown butter, and brownies) or sour cherry sorbet.

159 First St.
Cambridge, MA


22. Michigan: Moomers Homemade Ice Cream
This family-owned shop is a real winner, with more than 160 flavors made right in-house (20 of which are available each day). The coolest part? The shop overlooks their dairy farm, meaning you can watch the cows while you gobble up your ice cream.

7263 N. Long Lake Rd.
Traverse City, MI


23. Minnesota: Cup and Cone
This understated hidden gem serves a generous helping of soft serve in a kiddie cone or cup for just .70 cents and that’s just one of the things locals love about the Cup and Cone. The lines can go for over a block in the summer but they are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. most day so you can usually find a time to grab a treat. The owners donate proceeds to a special frozen treat (different ice cream treats are featured each month) to the local food shelf, and the Cup and Cone provides gainful summer employment for some of the sweetest local youth.

2126 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN


24. Mississippi: Area 51 Ice Cream
Area 51 prides itself on using only the freshest seasonal produce—from the local farmers market, no less—for its ice creams. The end product is innovative flavors like blackberry goat cheese, green tea latte and salted dark chocolate.

117 W. Commerce St.
Hernando, MS


25. Missouri: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream
Newly re-opened under new owners, Betty Rae’s still offers unique flavors like Lavender Honey, brown butter & toasted pecans and blood orange creamsicle.

7140 Wornall Rd.
Kansas City, MO, 64114

412 Delaware St.
Kansas City, Mo 64105


26. Montana: Big Dipper Ice Cream
On a summer evening, there’s nothing better than a visit to Big Dipper. Relax at their picnic tables while you devour a scoop of their raved-about huckleberry ice cream on a homemade waffle cone.

631 S. Higgins
Missoula, MT

58 N. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT

100 N. Broadway
Billings, MT


27. Nebraska: Ted & Wally’s
An Omaha classic, Ted & Wally’s has been selling their 18% butterfat ice cream since 1984. They’ve got classic flavors like Dutch chocolate alongside more experimental rotating batches like watermelon gazpacho and butter mochi.

1120 Jackson St.
Omaha, NE

6023 Maple St.
Omaha, NE


28. Nevada: Dylan’s Family Ice Cream
This mom-and-pop shop is a kid’s ice cream dream. In addition to colorful flavors like circus animal cookies, rainbow sherbet and birthday cake, they’ve got an area with games and a chalkboard just for the little ones.

5960 Losee Rd., Unit 121
North Las Vegas, NV


29. New Hampshire: Jordan’s Ice Creamery
With a huge selection of homemade ice creams, frozen yogurts and sugar-free options, there’s something for everyone at Jordan’s. Try their blueberry pie ice cream (made with Maine berries!) or the coffee heath bar.

894 Rt. 106 N.
Belmont, NH

593 Endicott St. N.
Laconia, NH

30. New Jersey: Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream
Cool off with a scoop or two of seriously delicious ice cream at Cliff’s. From butterbeer to s’mores to peach melba, the rotating list of flavors will keep you coming back for repeat visits.

1475 US Hwy 46
Ledgewood, NJ


31. New Mexico: I Scream Ice Cream
I Scream Ice Cream is heaven for the little ones—after you’ve polished off a scoop of cotton candy or raspberry chocolate chunk, head to the back of the store to check out their collection of vintage memorabilia, toys, and games. Go ahead, play a game on the Ms. Pac-Man machine or play dress-up with their collection of masks.

2000 Carlisle Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM

32. New York: Ample Hills Creamery
New York has enough amazing ice cream parlors to keep your sweet tooth satisfied and then some, but our top pick goes to Ample Hills for their hands-on approach. Their ice cream is pasteurized on site, and almost all their mix-ins are made in-house from scratch. Try The Munchies (pretzel-infused ice cream with Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and M&Ms) or Snap Mallow Pop (marshmallow ice cream with Rice Krispie clusters).

623 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Five additional locations in NYC


33. North Carolina: The Parlour
After operating out of a converted school bus for two years, The Parlour opened their Durham shop in 2013, and they’ve been serving up delicious 18% butterfat ice cream ever since. Try one of their well-loved, inventive flavors like salted butter caramel, blueberry buttermilk (made with local NC berries) or rosemary olive oil.

117 Market St.
Durham, NC


34. North Dakota: Pride Dairy
The only small-town creamery remaining in North Dakota, Pride Dairy is a must-visit shop. They still use the same basic recipe from when the creamery started producing ice cream in the 1940s, offering tried-and-true flavors like strawberry cheesecake, chocolate peanut butter and rhubarb-strawberry.

517 Thompson St.
Bottineau, ND


35. Ohio: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
You can count on Jeni’s for inventive and delicious flavors—think gooey butter cake, brambleberry crisp, wildberry lavender and Bangkok peanut. You’ll love the smooth taste (thanks to the buttercream base); all their ice creams are made without synthetic flavorings, dyes and off-the-shelf mixes.

714 N. High St.
Columbus, OH

67 N. Main St.
Chagrin Falls, OH

Additional locations across the country


36. Oklahoma: Roxy’s Ice Cream Social
Grab a simple scoop or a cookie ice cream sandwich at this Oklahoma City hot spot. Their small-batch ice creams are a local favorite, offering classic flavors like cookies ‘n’ cream alongside a rotating menu of specialties like bananas foster and graham cracker.

1732 NW 16th St.
Oklahoma City, OK

12220 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK

Two additional locations in Oklahoma City


37. Oregon: Salt & Straw
At Salt & Straw, you’ll find crazy unique flavors year round. Whether you’re in the mood for Meyer lemon buttermilk with blueberries, goat cheese marionberry habanero or cinnamon snickerdoodle, you’re going to leave satisfied.

838 NW 23rd Ave.
Portland, OR

3345 SE Division St.
Portland, OR

2035 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR

Additional locations in Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco


38. Pennsylvania: Penn State Berkey Creamery

Penn State’s dairy research started in 1865, and with that came the creamery. They offer dozens of flavors and their world-famous 12 steps to perfect ice cream are legendary. A visit to the area is not complete without a stop at the Creamery.

119 Rodney A. Erickson Food
Science Building
University Park, PA 16802


39. Rhode Island: Brickley’s Ice Cream
With more than 45 flavors to choose from on any given day, Brickley’s has classic flavors that everyone in your family will love. Get your scoop on a homemade waffle cone and sit back and enjoy the huge portions.

921 Boston Neck Rd.
Narragansett, RI

322 Main St.
Wakefield, RI

40. South Carolina: Sweet Cream Company
With a constantly rotating menu, on any given day at Sweet Cream Company, you’ll find ingenious flavors like white chocolate lavender, blueberry crumble and cranberry thyme sorbet. You can also snag a cookie ice cream sandwich—of course, the cookies are made from scratch in-house too.

1627 Main St.
Columbia, SC


41. South Dakota: Leones’ Creamery
Leones’ Creamery is a small-town staple with some seriously delicious and unexpected flavors: think blueberry goat cheese, vanilla black pepper and rhubarb. Since the menu is constantly changing, you’ll want to come back again and again.

722 1/2 Main St.
Spearfish, SD


42. Tennessee: Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
Opened by the son of a third-generation candy maker, Clumpies has been a Chattanooga favorite since 1999. Try one of their signature flavors like coconut almond chunk or raspberry sorbet, or go for a specialty like sweet corn blueberry or vegan peanut butter Oreo.

26 Frazier Ave.
Chattanooga, TN

3917 St. Elmo Ave.
Chattanooga, TN

Two additional locations in Chattanooga


43. Texas: Lick Honest Ice Creams
This Austin hot spot takes honest to heart when making their ice cream—they source milk and cream from a family-owned dairy in central Texas, and their seasonal offerings let the freshest local ingredients shine. Try an old standby like Texas sheet cake or get adventurous with lemon lavender or loquat margarita.

1100 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX

6555 Burnet Rd. #200
Austin, TX

Additional locations in Austin and San Antonio


44. Utah: Rowley’s Red Barn
Located right on a farm, Rowley’s is totally worth the trip. They’re famous for their home-grown cherries, so the cherry cheesecake or cherry chocolate chip is a must-try. Or go for an apple cider slush—icy hand-pressed apple cider that can be mixed with vanilla ice cream.

901 S. 300 W.
Santaquin, UT

25 N. 300 W.
Washington, UT


45. Vermont: Creemee Stand
Of course Ben & Jerry’s is Vermont’s most famous ice cream empire, but Creemee Stand is another local favorite. With rave-worthy soft serve and hard scoop ice creams, they’ve really got something for everyone. Try their signature maple soft serve, made with fresh Vermont maple syrup.

716 Rte. 100
Wilmington, VT


46. Virginia: Island Creamery
Since 1975, Island Creamery has been serving up delicious treats to locals and tourists alike on beautiful Chincoteague Island. Sample the muddy butter (chocolate ice cream with nutter butter cookies and peanut butter swirl) or the cantaloupe—you’ll be an instant fan!

6243 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA

120 N. Main St.
Berlin, MD


47. Washington: Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
When it comes to ice cream, we’re all about fresh and local, and Molly Moon’s fits the bill. 90% of their ingredients are locally sourced, from milk and cream to honey and fruit. The result is drool-worthy flavors like cherry chunk, honey lavender and cookie chunk that your whole crew will love.

1/2 1622 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA

7 additional locations in Seattle and Redmond


48. Washington D.C.: Ice Cream Jubilee
Started by a corporate lawyer turned ice cream mogul, Ice Cream Jubilee is a must-visit the next time you’re in the District. You’ll love their outside-the-box flavors like snickers snickerdoodle and Thai iced tea.

301 Water St. SE
Washington D.C.

1407 T St. NW
Washington D.C.


49. West Virginia: Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream
For almost 20 years, Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream has been serving up old-fashioned treats that locals and tourists alike love. In addition to the classics like mocha almond and black raspberry, you’ll find a rotating selection of seasonal flavors like lavender honey and lime orange pineapple.

225 Capitol St
Charleston, WV


50. Wisconsin: Sassy Cow Creamery
Head to Sassy Cow for some of the creamiest, freshest ice cream around. You can gaze at the grazing cows as you chow down on your ice cream, and you can also pick up delicious milk and cheese there while you’re at it. Hunker down with a yummy scoop of blueberry cheesecake or caramel chunk.

W4192 Bristol Rd.
Columbus, WI


51. Wyoming: Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Huckleberry ice cream, anyone? You’ll find it and lots more at Moo’s, a Wyoming favorite serving up rave-worthy treats. With a rotating menu of 24 flavors, there’s definitely something for everyone in your crew.

110 N. Center St.
Jackson Hole, WY


— Susie Foreman

Heading back to school might look a little different this year, but one thing never changes—lunchtime! We’ve rounded up the coolest lunch boxes that parents and kids alike will love: they’re colorful, cute and (most importantly) easy to clean. Boys or girls, sporty or sparkly, or all of the above—there’s a lunch box out there for every type of kid. Keep reading to see them all.

Big Apple Buddies: Delancey Doggie

Meet Delancey. She’ll keep your kid’s food nice and cold, comes with a buckle that makes it easy to attach to a backpack if necessary, and her adorable fuzzy ears are comforting for a preschooler who might be heading to a classroom for the first time. This lunchbag is easy to clean and made with PVC- and BPA-free materials.

Available at, $23.33.

Personalized Lunch Box

This zipper-sided lunch box will never get lost as it comes with your child’s name on the side.

Get yours on Etsy, $33.22.

Eco Reusable Lunch Tote

Older kids will especially like this eco-friendly option made using fully biodegradable material. It snaps closed so you bento boxes don’t fall out in transit.

Get yours on Etsy, $14.50.

Print Lunchbox by L.L.Bean

For older kids on the go all day, from school to lunch to after-school activities, you want a lunchbox that holds up yet won’t take up the whole backpack. Made of the same strong “packcloth” as its school packs and available in the same designs, these insulated, PVC- and PBA-free boxes have lunch covered—in brand new colors and prints, too.

Available at, $19.95.

Skip Hop’s Zoo Collection

Not only is Skip Hop’s animal-themed gear adorable, but as a lunchbox, they’ve got the same quality you know and love from the brand. The roomy insulated interior keeps food and drinks cold, the mesh pocket will keep things organized, the easy-clean material is machine washable and there’s even a clip to attach to a backpack or diaper bag.

Choose a new friend at Amazon, $14.99.

Whiskware Insulated Lunch Cooler

We love the simple design of this lunch box and it’s slim fit is easy to pack in your child’s backpack. They are the perfect size for those long and flat bento boxes that everyone loves.

Get yours at Amazon, $15.99.

Avocado and Oranges Lunch Box

We love these soft lunchbox options that come in fun patterns like avocados, oranges and lemons. They are insulated to keep everything cool.

Get yours on Etsy, $10.79.

Freezable Lunchbox from PackIt

We know and love PackIt’s line of lunchboxes with their chill factor built right into the foldable, freezable bag. You’ll never forget the ice pack again—or take up room fitting it in along with everything else. Choose from cheerful prints like astronauts in space, rainbows and unicorns, and colorful superheroes.

Pick your favorite at, $21.50.

Canvas Lunch Totes

You’ll love the cute patterns for this canvas lunch tote that comes in clouds, pineapples and cactus. A velcro top hold everything in.

Get yours on Etsy, $13.22.

photo: Courtesy of Lands’ End

Kids EZ Wipe Printed Lunch Box

The EZ wipe lunchbox from Land’s End has a widened grab handle, added best-in-class YKK zippers and sturdy mesh pockets for hefty ice packs. It’s made from the same materials as their durable backpacks and can be clipped right onto them as well for convenient carrying. You also won’t have to worry about anything spoiling before lunchtime, as this lunch box is insulated, leak-resistant, and guaranteed to keep ice-packed food cold for five hours. All Lands’ End products actually come with a happiness guarantee! Choose from 10 different print combos, and don’t forget, monogramming is also available for an additional $8.

Order one at, $24.95.

photo: Courtesy of Eco Lunchbox

Lunchbag by Eco Lunchbox

From its cord handle to green-certified screen prints, this handmade lunchbag is organic, machine washable and environmentally friendly. With all the plastic already in our kids’ lives (and oceans), the intention of this eco lunchbox is not to use an ounce of it. Their coordinated Splash Box bento is made of stainless steel and silicone and also helps achieve a zero-waste lunch. Available in sweet seahorse, sea turtle, dolphin, and whale motifs.

Available at, $18.99.


From unicorns to owls, elephants and hearts, there are dozens of different Dabbawalla lunchbags your kiddo can choose from. Each one has an easy-zip closure, mesh pockets for drinks and snacks and a sturdy handle. Made from washable, degradable foam, the hardest part about choosing this bag will be which style!

Available at, $30.

Thermos Soft Lunch Kit

The leader in insulated lunchbox accessories means this bag from Thermos will keep your kiddos lunches nice and cool, or warm. The bag comes with a padded carrying handle, an amazing variety of patterns and is made with 100% PVC free material. It’s constructed with PEVA lining and closed-cell polyethylene foam insulation for the best lunch bag around. You can pick from over 20 styles, too!

Order one from Amazon, $9.98.

Art of Lunch Insulated Neoprene Lunch Bag

This 4 mm-thick neoprene lunch bag from Art of Lunch is fashionable and functional. Made from lead-free and PVC-free materials, this larger-than-average bag is also stain-resistant and machine washable. You’ll be treated to beautiful designs from artists all over the world, all while enjoying a nice chilly lunch. Choose from nine vibrant designs.

Grab one from Amazon, $24.95.

Wildkin Lunch Box

A zippered front pocket, as well as a main compartment, means there’s plenty of room for food, drink and utensils in this bag by Wildkin. It’s made from sturdy and durable fabric and comes with mesh pocket for ice packs. This is a super basic and functional style with lots of design variety.

Check them out on Amazon, $19.99.

Fit & Fresh Kids’ Riley Insulated Lunch Bag with Zipper

The wire frame in First & Fresh’s kids’ lunch bag makes this lunchtime accessory easy to use since it stays open. It’s made with a PEVA lined interior that’s PVC-free and is easy to clean. Oh, and it’s the perfect size for little kids too!

Available at Amazon, $24.25.

Bamboo Eco Friendly Lunch Box from Boon Supply

This sweet and small box is perfect for little kiddos. It’s made from bamboo and melamine, comes with a rubber band for a snug fit and fits up to four cups of food. The best part? When you buy from Boon Supply, the company will donate 40 percent of the proceeds to support a local organization of your choice.

Available at, $15

photo: Christine McFaul

1954 by Blended Designs

When Casey Kelley went looking for a backpack for her son that reflected faces of color, she found little available. So she added her own designs to the back-to-school lineup—and an important voice, as each bag in their 1954 collection, an homage to Brown v Board of Education, proclaims: “I can do anything!” The empowering message and is key to Blended Designs’ goal to encourage students to do their best. We also love their commitment to partnering with local community organizations in order to give away their backpacks, lunchboxes and accessories to students in less-advantaged schools for free.

Available at, $19.95

Mackenzie Lunchbags by Pottery Barn Kids

Lunchbags from Pottery Barn Kids are high-quality mainstays. The Mackenzie collection comes in one of five styles and a bona fide bevy of prints and patterns—with tons that are brand new, from glitter to Minecraft, solid prints to glow-in-the-dark solar systems and more. You can choose between the classic lunchbox or the cold box, which comes with an ice pack that also serves as a box divider.

Available at, starting at $24.50 (get them for as low as $17 during their limited time offer!)

Sustainable Lunchbox from Out of the Woods

A lunchbox that’s washable but also made from paper? We’re all ears. This new range of lunchboxes from Out of the Woods looks sleek, almost if made out of leather, but in fact, is made from sustainable materials. Plus, the herringbone trim and anti-leak tight seams give it a modern look.

Find it at, starting at $15.

The Arcade from Parkland

Not only are the lunchbags from Parkland made from recycled water bottles, but they come in super fun patterns, many of which match their backpack collection. The insulated interior is easy to clean and the velcro closure is easy for kids who have a limited lunch period.

Available at, $19.99.

—Gabby Cullen with Jennifer Massoni Pardini

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication all items were available for purchase.

All images courtesy of retailers


Summertime is all about fun in the sun and time outdoors, but we can’t spend every day at the pool or the park. Whether you’re looking to escape the heat, the rain or the scorching sun, we have five fun-filled ways to spend a summer day indoors!

This article is presented by Google Kids Space, a new kids mode on select Android tablets that features apps, books and videos for your kids to explore, learn and have fun*. Learn more about Google Kids Space here!

Build an Obstacle Course

An at-home obstacle course is a DIY fort mixed with adrenaline! Rearrange the furniture and make your own obstacles out of household items: painter’s tape is an easy way to create stepping stones and balance beams, a large cardboard box can easily be turned into a tunnel and a laundry basket and dryer balls work great for a mini game of hoops. See more obstacle course inspiration here.

Explore Their Interests with Google Kids Space

Your kids want screen time and you want to make sure it’s quality screen time, with easily accessible content that’s age-appropriate, engaging and inspiring. Enter Google Kids Space, a new kids mode on select Android tablets that gives your little one a custom experience based on their age and interests and provides apps, books, and videos to spark their curiosity and discover off-screen activities*. There’s even a section called Make that focuses on hands-on offline entertainment for kids, like learning to draw their favorite characters or silly science experiments they can do at home. Whether your kid is interested in dinosaurs or drawing, they’ll be able to find loads of entertaining and educational content—it’s all included within Google Kids Space’s library of content! Learn more about Google Kids Space here.

Get Crafty with Paper

You don’t need a ton of craft supplies to get creative! Whether you have construction paper, computer paper or yesterday’s newspaper, you have everything you need for a fun hands-on project. Try out origami, see if you can make a paper airplane or make cute matching bracelets. Get instructions for 34 easy paper crafts here.

Make Your Own Band

Sure, guitar is cool, but have you played a DIY pan flute? Get crafty by making your own instruments out of common household items like cardboard boxes, rubber bands and empty toilet paper rolls. Once you have a little practice, your kids can team up to make their own band and play some of their favorite tunes! Get instructions for 26 DIY musical instruments here.

Try an At-Home Science Experiment

DIY science experiments are the perfect combo of entertainment and education. When your kid is making their own slime or invisible ink, they’ll also be learning about polymers and oxidation! Things may get a little messy, which is why we’ve ranked our at-home science experiments on a scale of one to five sponges so you can be prepared. See 59 at-home science experiments here.

*Google Kids Space requires a Google Account for your child. Parental controls require the Family Link app on a supported Android, Chromebook, or iOS device. Books and video content not available in all regions. Video content subject to availability of YouTube Kids app. Books content requires the Google Play Books app. Availability of apps, books, and video content may change without notice. Google Assistant not available in Google Kids Space.