Summer is here! Don’t let your kids be bored this summer! Get moving and be creative with these summer activities for summer fun for kids of all ages. This summer will be full of play and memory making for the entire family with all these fun things to do in the summer.
Fun Things to Do in Summer
Here are some crazy cool summer activity ideas! Every time the summer break comes around, my kids tend to get kind lazy and whiny. Don’t wait for summer camp or your town’s summer programs, you’ll definitely want to try out some of these super awesome summer activities for kids ASAP.
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Let’s get outside this summer when we can so our kids are not glued to screens. Have some fun at local parks, pools and water parks, but sometimes it is nice to enjoy summer days in your own backyard with these summer activities.
Fun Summer Activities For The Entire Family
The best part is, you can do a lot of these fun summer activities together as a family which makes this the most wonderful time of the year!
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Most of these ideas are simple and can be done outside, others not so much. Like on long summer trips? But we can help keep your little one entertained with these fun activities! We even have some ideas for entertainment for your next family road trip.
Related: Have you picked up our Camp Mom Summer Guide?
Coolest Summer Activities for Kids Outdoors
Let’s have some fun over the next few months with this massive list of summer activities for kids!
1. Bubbly Ball Pit For Kids
Check out this bubbly ball pit for kids! They are a blast, and bubbles make them even better in this kiddie pool activity idea. She did it with her preschoolers – my 9 year old thought it was a blast too! It is like having your own splash pad in the backyard which is way easier than a trip to the water park. via Small Potatoes
2. Best Water Gun Games
Love water guns? Then this is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon with one of the best water gun games ever! Race with squirt guns! You can see who can fill a cup up first, or string cups across your yard and squirt them along the line. FUN! via All For The Boys
3. Fizzy Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Science and art meets playing outside with this awesome fizzy sidewalk chalk paint – super fun activities! Make some fizz. This fizzing sidewalk paint recipe is a blast! Whip together some baking soda with bubble juice and clean up with vinegar.
4. Backyard Water Slide for Outdoor Play
There are so many ways to create either a homemade waterslide like this kids water slide. Or another way to play with water that is a little less messy is this DIY water blob. Both are super fun and make a water park in your own yard.
5. Sponge Water Bombs
Water balloons aren’t great for small children, but sponge water bombs are! Transform some sponges into a water bomb. Play hot potato with your water filled sponge ball. The whole family can have fun and stay cool and I think they are less dangerous than a water balloon fight. via Inner Child Fun
6. How To Make A Rainbow
Just because it is summer doesn’t mean kids should stop learning. Now you can teach your kids how to make a rainbow and celebrate the colors of the rainbow with a little science. Make the rainbow blocks ahead of time. via Fun a Day
7. Sponge Necklace
Video: How to Make a Cooling Necklace for Summer
Who knew you could make a super cute sponge necklace with pieces of sponges? String them to help keep your kids cool outside. Love this idea! You can get a bunch of sponges at the dollar store really cheap. via One Crazy House
Indoor Kids Summer Activities
8. Boat Craft For Toddlers
Check out this boat craft for toddlers, preschool kids, and even older kids! Recycle soda bottles by turning them into boats. This is something we made at summer camp one year and it always reminds me of summer. You could even race your homemade boats. Via The Pinterested Parent
Related: We have more than a dozen ways how to make a boat with kids
10. Ice Cream Coloring Pages
Download and print these summer coloring pages for kids that feature some of our favorite yummy & cool summer treats like ice cream and popsicles. They are free and perfect for passing some quiet moments inside or on the back porch or in the car on your next road trip.
More Summer Printables Kids Will Love for Fun Activities
- Download & print these free summer activity sheets for kids
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- These summer reading printables make it even more fun to read a book
- A summer printable easy word search might be just the thing to do right now
- And even the youngest kids will love the Summer Baby Shark coloring pages
- Our beach coloring pages will make you feel the sand between your toes…
11. Host a Family Game Night
Whether you choose a classic game, your child’s favorite card game or try one of our favorite family board games, hosting your own family game night can be the best night of the summer! Playing a game together is an easy way to spend quality time. One of the best places for cool activities is HOME!
FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE SUMMER
11. Water Gun Painting For Kids
Break out those water guns to try this water gun painting for kids. It is so much fun, messy, and leaves you with amazing works of art! This is one of my favorite summer activities. Via Fireflies and Mudpies
12. Fun Activity Ideas for Summer
If you are looking for a more cohesive plan for organizing summer activities to have the best time with kids and creating a summer schedule, check out our favorite at home program, Camp Mom! <–It is in its 7th summer season and packed with cool things to throw your own homemade summer camp.
13. Colorful Ice Cube Art Project
This colorful ice cube art is perfect on a hot day. Ice cubes are always fun in the summer – add paint for a colorful day of decorating the sidewalk. It will wash off. via Learn Play Imagine
Related: Check out this fun ice play using colored ice cubes
14. DIY Sand Spray Paint
Don’t just make sand castles! Bring along this sand spray paint and decorate your sand castles with some color…super fun activities. via Sandy Toes & Popsicles
15. Throw Summer Camp at Home
With over 50 summer camp ideas that you can do at home as a family, as a group of neighbors or with a group of friends…let’s host a summer camp night each week! So many fun summer campy things to do…so little summer.
16. Make Your Own Kinetic Sand
Make a batch of kinetic sand – all you need is some slime and play sand. This stuff is a blast – half play dough, half wet sand.
Related: More kinetic sand ideas for kids
Fun Activities for Kids of all Ages
17. How To Make A Volcano
Want to know how to make a volcano? If you have a sandbox or go to a park that does, bring along some supplies for a kids play date at the park, make a volcano. Perk: The vinegar will help kill bugs and bacteria in your sand! via Growing a Jeweled Rose
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18. Fun Summer Ideas
Looking for more fun summer ideas? Watch it soar! For a fun rainy day summer activity, make a set of flying contraptions from cardboard tubes and straws. via Snotty Noses
Related: Rainy days get brighter with these rainy day coloring pages
19. DIY Lightning Bugs
These DIY Lightning bugs are super cute and easy to make with leftover plastic Easter eggs. Summer camp memories like this made at home. via Joann
20. Educational Activities via Apps
Related: Need summer learning? Try our easy and play based preschool curriculum
Kids Summer Activities: Summer Adventures
21. Backyard Water Fun
You don’t have to go to the pool, water park or beach to have fun! Check out this backyard water fun. Play a game of outdoor water pinata or even darts (if your kids are older). Hang balloons filled with water down for your kids to bop. via Meaningful Mama
22. Kids Zipline
23. Backyard Obstacle Course
Get inspired by the Mario obstacles on this Super Mario Bros obstacle course inspired by the video games. You can make a fun and simple obstacle course in your backyard or in your living room depending on the weather and how much effort you want to put into the event!
24. Bug Scavenger Hunt
Go on a bug scavenger hunt. If your kids love “nature” they will love the summer kids activity of making a bug house and collecting specimens to live in their mini-buggy-hotel. You could even pick teams and get the entire family involved. via Worth Writing For
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25. Angry Birds Party Ideas
Does your child have a summer birthday? Then check out these Angry Birds part ideas. Now this is AWESOME! Make a giant slingshot to use with balls. Next build a tower with shipping boxes – it’s a backyard game of angry birds! via Honey Mommy
Related: More Angry Birds birthday fun & games
26. Sunflower House
On the list for next year – make a summer hideaway – grow a sunflower house! I love this so much. You don’t have to go on a nature walk to be around nature, you’ll be surrounded by it! via Lets Lasso The Moon
Related: Make a backyard sunflower house
Nostalgic Fun Things to do in Summer
27. Make Bubbles
Bubbles! Let’s blow bubbles! They are a blast! A Classic Summer Activity. Out of bubbles? Need to know how to make bubbles? Make a batch with this fail-proof recipe. I think bubbles are one of the more fun things to do to because there are so many wands to choose from. via Red Ted Art
Related: Best homemade bubble recipe
28. Make Bubble Wands
You can also make giant bubbles and a giant bubble wand with this fun craft idea and easy bubble recipe.
With sticks, yarn and a washer you can have a blast this summer making giant bubbles wands. These bubbles are huge! via Inner Child Fun
29. DIY Playground
Check out these DIY playground ideas. There are over 25 different DIY ideas to help make your child’s summer epic! Learning and memories! via Woo Home
30. Host a Lemonade Stand
Lemonade stands for kids are a great way for kids to earn money and learn about running their own “business”. It can also be a blessing to your neighborhood on a hot summer day! Try out our favorite lemonade recipe whether you are setting up the full stand or not!
31. Make Big Backyard Wooden Dice
Go big with board games and bring them to the back yard with a pair of giant wooden dice! What a great time everyone will have tossing around giant dice. via The 36th Avenue
32. DIY Designed Clothes
Got a kiddo with a lot of personality? For a fun summer activity, let them wear it with these DIY Designed Clothes. This is the perfect time to let your child’s creativity shine. via My Cakies
Fun Activities for Kids: Summer Crafts for Preschoolers & Littles
33. Summer Fun For Kids
Want more summer fun for kids? Make foot prints! Your kids will enjoy doing this with paint on their flip flops! They made animal prints similar to these. It will wash off the sidewalk eventually! via JDaniel4’s Mom
34. Hand Print Summer Art
At the beach this year, bring some plaster and make casts of your kids hands. Adorable! And something you will cherish! These hand print crafts make great keepsakes. via Crafting a Green World
35. DIY Water Blob
Another favorite – reminds me of a waterbed! For an unusual summer activity, make your own “bladder” out of a plastic bag which makes a water blob for your kids to wallow in. via U Create Crafts
36. Fun Ideas For Summer
AND… free the toys! Give your kids some tools, and their toys – frozen in a block of ice. Watch as they chisel their treasures free. This is one of my favorite fun ideas for summer. via Sarah E. Frazer
37. Family Movie Night
If you can’t get the entire family to movie theaters, let’s host a family movie night:
- We have a great list of the best family movies that you don’t want to miss…check the comments for the full list of recommendations.
- Check out all our favorite kids movies on YouTube to make it even simpler.
- Pair a family movie with some favorite movie night snacks.
- If you want to host a movie outdoors, check out our DIY movie night kit ideas and check out this really cool inflatable movie screen that works great in the backyard or driveway.
38. Summer Programs for Reading
Those words…summer reading program…doesn’t need to elicit sighs! Reading over the summer break can be one of the favorite quiet time activities. We have a few resources that you will find helpful if you are encouraging books this summer and inspire a trip to your local library:
- How to create a summer reading list for your kids this summer.
- Here are fun printable summer reading kits you can use as incentives and journals.
- Have a kid that doesn’t like to read? Check out how to encourage a reluctant reader this summer even for big kids.
- Here is a reading tracker printable that is inspired by LEGO.
Summer Activities for Kids: Summer Crafts for Kids of all Ages
39. Make a Snail from a Paper Plate
This most adorable snail art project starts with a paper plate and some art and craft supplies you likely already have around the house.
40. Twist a Bouquet of Summer Flowers
Make a bouquet of pipe cleaner flowers with preschool age kids or toddlers. The simple shapes are easy to create with colorful fuzzy chenille stems.
41. Craft a Colorful Rainbow
Try this easy mosaic art to make a paper plate rainbow craft that couldn’t be any more fun!
42. Make a Ladybug from a Cupcake Liner
This easy ladybug craft starts with a cupcake liner, but that is only the beginning of the summer bug fun!
Summer Activities for Kids: Summer Crafts for Kids of all Ages
43. Let’s Make Summer Slime!
44. Craft Roses from a Paper Plate
Try these super easy paper plate flowers! One of my favorite summer flowers are roses and this craft can be used with any leftover paper plates you have on hand from a summer party! Pssst…the first time you make this craft won’t be your last! It is THAT much summer fun.
45. Make Your Own Building Blocks with Paper
Check out how to make paper boxes with regular paper you have at home and then use them as building blocks to build towers and cities.
46. Build and Fly a Paper Airplane
Let’s learn how to make a paper airplane and then use it to challenge a friend or sibling in a flying contest.
47. Let’s Make Friendship Bracelets this Summer
Let’s make an easy friendship bracelet with a DIY loom and easy friendship bracelet patterns.
48. Paint & Hide Rocks for Others to Find
Use these rock painting ideas to create some custom rocks to hide around your neighborhood for others to find as a sweet surprise.
Kids Summer Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers
49. Make a Water Wall in Your Backyard
One of our favorite DIY backyard toys is the easy to create water wall or waterfall wall. Take some items you already have around the house and transform an area on your fence to be a center of waterfall play. This great summer activity is perfect for younger children and quality toddler time.
50. Make Monster Truck Art
This monster truck for kids art project is fun and a little messy so the backyard may be the perfect place to create tire tread art.
51. DIY Backyard Walking Rope
Try this easy DIY walking rope for younger kids you can create for your backyard.
52. Transform Pool Noodles into Star Wars inspired Light Sabers
No summer will be complete without an epic battle (where no one gets hurt). We love these toy lightsabers you can make with pool noodles for every member of the family — choose your light saber color carefully!
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