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50 Fun Summer Activities For Kids

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50 ideas for summer fun
I've been keeping a running list of things to do with the kids this summer. I go a little stir crazy if we sit around the house all day. On day 2 of summer break, I was all "We've gotta get out of here!" Also it's super tempting to turn on Netflix or hand them my iPad if I don't have a game plan. Some of these activities are basics (bubble fun!) while others are more unique (the world explorer game!). Plus I'm a box checker and I love the idea of printing out a list and checking off each little activity as we do it--even the simple ones. Who's with me? So here goes. Oh and leave a comment with any of your go-tos that I missed!

50 FUN things to do with the kids this summer

1.  Have a silly string fight.

2. Blow Bubbles.
Use large bubble wands, bubble guns, bubble machines, or DIY big bubbles. I love Fubbles, because without fail every time I hand my kid a bottle of bubbles, she spills it.

3. Sparklers.
Kids love 'em. 

4. Make a Father's Day craft. 
Get on this one quickly! I love this simple idea I did for Joe a few years ago.

5. Visit a Pet store.
Cuddle all the puppies without bringing one home.

6. Water Balloon Toss. 
You know- the game where you toss the water balloon, step back, and keep going until someone drops it. Genevieve and I played this today and she was so adorably into it!

7. Water Balloon/Water Gun Fight.

8. Sidewalk chalk. 
You could make it, buy it, or get cute with it like this!

9. Play dress up. 
The girls and I have always been into dress up but they go crazy when I don my "Tiana" dress- a horrid green tafeta dress from the 80s. :)

10. Bake.
Make a big deal out of baking together. Today it was banana bread--even Dax "helped."

11. Do a reading and/or math workbook with them.
The girls have workbooks we plan to use daily. Last year I bought Nadia this one and Genevieve this one and they enjoyed 'playing school.'

12. Go to a petting zoo.

13. Go to a real zoo.

14. Pick blueberries.
Up north the season was in July. Such a fun activity and makes for great photos.

15. Visit a regular farm or an interactive farm.

16. Do crafts.
There are lots of ideas on my Pinterest board and I tend to pin easy crafts with a few supplies (like this cute fruit loops one).

17. Visit a kids' museum.
Most towns/cities have at least one museum that cater to kids within a reasonable driving distance. Check one out!

18. Put together care packages for your car.
I've been intending to do this and then today this showed up in my inbox. I love the idea of helping someone who needs it-- even if it's not giving cash.

19. Put together "quiet boxes" with the kids.
Involve them in what goes into the boxes and they'll be more into it!

20. Play hide and seek inside and outside.

21. Make a streamer maze
This was SO fun! I have an embarrassing video I should share... ;)

22. Have a movie night during the day.
But don't just throw a movie in and then surf Facebook on your phone (#guilty). Rent a special/new movie, darken the room, and make popcorn and snacks!

23. Story time at Barnes or the Library.

24. Have them write a story or act it out.
You can cater this to their ages. Get involved. Be silly with it! Make sure to set up the camcorder (do people still have those?) because this could get cute.

25. Buy foam craft kits.
These are like legos but easier and cheap. You can get them from Michael's. Genevieve loves them. Warning: they take awhile with little kids (Genevieve is 6) and can't do them alone. 

26. Color with them. 
The fact that you're doing it alongside of them makes it more special. You can even print out free grown-up coloring pages and grab some gel pens to make it even more fun.

27. Go to the movies.
Many theaters have special rates for families of small children during the summer. 

28. Play board games.
The girls are now old enough for Twister. It's on.

29. Go to the beach or the lake.

30. Nature Walk.

31. Explore your downtown.

32. Go to a Butterfly Sanctuary. 

33. Visit the airport observation deck.

34. Go to the pool/use a kiddie pool/run through the sprinklers.

35. Go to a splash pad.

36. Roast Marshmallows.
Use a fire pit or even your grill. (Bonus if you can have a bonfire in your back yard).

37. Make a sweet summer time treat. 
We just made these and they were so yummy.

38. Embark on a "free summer adventure" using Focus on the Family's World Explorer Kit.
An excerpt from Focus on the Family's website: "Take an epic journey around the world! Without ever leaving your home, your family will have the opportunity to explore countries on six different continents and pray for the people who live there. To make this journey a bit more interesting, we're going to send your family on your way with a challenge--to figure out where you are..."
Visit the site to learn more and to download the game pieces. This looks like a fun activity that the girls (ok, the girls and I) will love!

39. Get fun fashion plates or action plates.
My kids will use these for hours. ok, one hour. ;) It's one of those simple toys that doesn't add clutter but adds a lot of entertainment.

40. Have a photo booth session. 
Buy or make props, hang up a .97 tablecloth as a backdrop, whip out your smart phone, and take pictures of the kids being silly. Make sure to let them take pictures of you being silly too.

41. Fly a kite.

42. Play outdoor games.
kick ball, dodge ball, mother may I, Simon says, duck duck goose. Change up the rules to suit your little ones' ages.

43. Jump Rope.

44. VBS/Kids' Camp.
Our old church put on an amazing VBS that was open to the community and FREE. It included singing, dancing, science experiments, skits, and so. much. fun. If your church doesn't host one or even if you don't go to church, Vacation Bible School (or Kids' Camp) is a fun way to meet others in the community and learn about God. I'm sad that I'll be missing our old one this year but we are planning to attend a local one here in Raleigh. The kids can't wait!

45. Tour a local fire station. 
We did that this spring and Nadia says "Mom, I thought it was going to be boring, but it was fun!"

46. Make Tie Dye Tees.

47. Plant herbs with the kids.
Or make your mom do it. Which is happening as I type. ;)

48. Dollar Store Shopping Spree.

49. Read a chapter book with/to them.

50. Explore a new park (or several).
Even if you've lived in a place forever, there are probably a few parks you haven't visited or don't frequent. If you're local (Raleigh, NC), this blog reviews parks and kid focused entertainment in the area.

Seriously, no one should be claiming to be bored with all these fun ideas at your fingertips.  What did I miss?!

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2 comments

  1. This is an awesome post, I will have to check out the splash pad!

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    1. That splash pad pictured was in NH but we went to a small one at waverly place in Cary today!

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