Never run out of ideas again, this massive list contains 110+ different summer activities for kids! From outside fun, field trip ideas, and even inside activities for rainy days, there is something for everyone on this list! Perfect for summer days, spring break, or even snow days when you are stuck inside!
110+ Summer Activities for Kids
One of the best parts about summer? Spending lots of time outside with the sun shining down, or laying under the stars at night with a crystal clear view. Summer days (& nights!) are meant to be enjoyed.
The problem is we are so excited to kick off summer with lots of trips to the pool or neighborhood park, but then after a few weeks, the boredom of those beloved places takes over.
Not anymore! With a list of over 30+ different outdoor summer activities for kids, your family will find new adventures each day!
- Walk barefoot in the grass
- Roast marshmallows for s’ mores
- Plant and water flowers
- Plan and plant a vegetable garden
- Make and fly a kite
- Build an outdoor swing
- Run through the sprinklers
- Build or buy a Slip’N Slide
- Create murals with sidewalk chalk
- Swim in a backyard kiddie pool (small sizes for little ones, even bigger ones for big kids!)
- Have a picnic lunch outside in the front yard, invite some neighborhood friends to join you
- Grill hotdogs and hamburgers
- Pick fresh flowers
- Make a flower crown
- Have an ice cream social with friends and neighbors
- Invite friends and neighbors for a cookout
- Create your own obstacle course
- Learn how to roller skate
- Read in a hammock
- Fill 100 water balloons
- Have a jump rope contest
- Play water gun tag
- Camp out in the backyard
- Catch lightning bugs
- Have an outdoor family game night
- Play frisbee games
- Paint a picture outside
- Read books outside on a beach towel
- Start a rock collection
- Wash the car (volunteer to wash a neighbor’s too!)
- Set hula hoop or jump rope records
- Play bubble tag or other bubble games
- Look up at the clouds and try to make out the different shapes
- Bring a telescope out at night to look for constellations
- Decorate your bikes or wagons for a 4th of July Parade
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt
Some days during the summer, it’s nice to plan some time to just stay at home. Your family might be exhausted from several activities that have kept you busy, maybe it’s over 100 degrees outside and you just need to cool off. Or some days it might just be too rainy to go outside.
No matter what’s the reason for keeping your kids home and inside, there is no need for boredom or whining because they have “Nothing to do!” to ring out.
With 40 different summer activities for kids to keep them busy inside, there is something on this list for everyone!
- Make a bird feeder
- Build a fort
- Make homemade bubbles
- Campout in the living room
- Play through the Bible & plant seeds of faith in a tangible way for little hearts
- Have a picnic lunch inside on a rainy day
- Host a sleepover
- Make homemade ice cream in an ice cream maker
- Make DIY ice cream in a bag
- Make playdough
- Keep a summer memory journal
- Take a photo each day
- Create a summer scrapbook
- Make homemade popsicles
- Make Root Beer Floats
- Set a reading goal
- Practice new cooking skills
- Make Slime
- Make no bake cookies (I’m going to try this recipe and substitute sun butter for the peanut butter since we have a nut allergy)
- Create a summer themed book basket
- Paint rocks
- Write a letter to a friend
- Mail and make cards to send to grandparents or other relatives (How cute is this stationary set?)
- Have a face painting party
- Make homemade snow cones
- Make fresh lemonade (The key is to have a couple of these juicers for each kid… trust me, they will ALL want to juice a lemon!)
- Make fruit kabobs or a colorful fruit salad
- Make a paper plate frisbee
- Make a family home video
- Learn origami, calligraphy, or hand-art lettering
- Build new Lego creations with pieces you already have
- Learn a magic trick and put on a magic show
- Make a care package to send to soldiers
- Read books together
- Watch a family favorite movie
- Bake cookies or a special treat to give to a neighbor
- Have a dance party
- Play Minute-to-Win-It Games
- Put together a puzzle with lots of pieces
- Play board or card games
Field Trip Ideas
Some of my fondest memories of summer are going to our cities museums with my mom and brother. We would spend the morning walking through all the different displays, then find a new-to-us park to explore and eat a picnic lunch afterward.
We would also spend hours at our local library, choosing books to read during the summer reading challenge, as well as attending a storytime read aloud by a local children’s book author.
No matter where you live, I bet there are so many great attractions to visit and enjoy during the summer months. From free to budget-friendly, or maybe even a splurge to spend the day at a local waterpark, these summer activities for kids will give lots of ideas of different places to visit this summer.
Perhaps your city doesn’t offer everything on this list, there are still lots of great ideas to think outside the box to find maybe 1 field trip a week for the entire summer!
- Visit the summer activities at the local library
- Enroll in a summer reading program (If your local library doesn’t have one, this is a great list of some national reading programs your kids can join… many give free books!)
- Attend a baseball game
- Swim at a water park
- Go to a movie (This is a great list of cheap kids movie programs many theater chains across the country are hosting)
- Attend Vacation Bible School (We go to the VBS our church hosts and also attend a neighborhood church’s VBS as well)
- Go to the zoo
- Pick berries at the berry patch
- Visit new playgrounds and parks (We make a list of local parks that we haven’t been to for a while)
- Explore a local children’s museum
- Watch fireworks
- Plan a bike ride
- Swim at the pool
- Find a local fair or carnival
- Take a nature hike
- Find an amusement park
- Spend the day at a nearby lake or beach
- Shop at the Farmer’s Market
- Explore your hometown’s attractions
- Take a local train or bus ride
- Go to a drive in
- Visit the skate park
- Feed the ducks
- Go on a bike ride
- Take a one-day road trip to somewhere nearby
- Visit a local farm
- Visit the Home Depot Kids Workshops
- Go bowling
- Visit a community nature center
- Tour the fire station
- Play miniature golf
- Visit a National Park
- Make a day trip to local historical attractions
- Volunteer at a local shelter or food pantry
- Visit an art or history museum
- Attend an outdoor Movie-in-the-Park
A great place to look for local events is to check the websites of your library system, city hall, chamber of commerce, follow local family bloggers, or your local newspaper/magazine will most likely have a list of upcoming events or summer fun activities.
What are your favorite summer activities for kids that your family looks forward to every summer?
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