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Summer Activities for Kids

Summertime! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So many fun hours with the kiddos await! In this article I am going to share 97 ideas for summer activities for kids!


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99 Free and Cheap Summer Activities for Kids

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the summer like flowers look forward to the sunshine! And I love this time of year especially because there are so many fun free and cheap things you can do with your family during the summer to stay entertained. Here I mention 97 fun, free, and cheap summer activities for kids!




Summer Activities for Kids That You Can Do at Home

  1. Run through the sprinklers.
  2. Play in a backyard (plastic, inflatable, built-in) swimming pool.
  3. Eat popsicles, ice pops, or ice cream bars or sandwiches.
  4. Make popsicles.
  5. Create your own slip’n’slide with a long sheet of plastic (such as painter’s plastic) and a garden hose.
  6. Have your children invite a handful of friends over for a water activities day. Blow up the pool, turn on the sprinklers, get out the water table, play water balloon games, and more.
  7. Have a water balloon toss with your kids.
  8. Play dolls or superheroes.
  9. Play pirates or ships outside.
  10. Build a race track and have a race.
  11. Make chocolate milk or hot cocoa and make and decorate homemade donuts.
  12. Make and decorate cookies.
  13. Make banana splits or hot fudge sundaes.
  14. Make caramel popcorn.
  15. Read together.
  16. Write and act out a simple play.
  17. Color or marker together.
  18. Play house (or family, as my five-year-old daughter likes to call it) or school or bakery (or ice cream shop—you get the idea J).
  19. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  20. Draw a map and go on a treasure hunt.
  21. Paint together.
  22. Do finger painting.
  23. Have your children invite a handful of friends over to play simple games like “Duck, Duck, Goose,” “Musical Chairs,” “Hot Potato,” “London Bridges,” “Follow the Leader,” and so on.
  24. Have a tea party.
  25. Play dress-up.
  26. Form a band (create or gather together simple musical instruments to play together as a family or with friends).
  27. Dance together.
  28. Do aerobics or other exercises together.
  29. Do simple (sometimes edible) crafts together.
  30. Give the kids a bubble bath.
  31. Play age-appropriate board games and card games together.
  32. Play with wooden blocks.
  33. Play with marble tube games.
  34. Play with plastic building blocks.
  35. Do puzzles together.
  36. Do chalk art.
  37. Blow bubbles.
  38. Build a fort out of chairs or sectional furniture and large sheets or blankets.
  39. Let the kids help to make a simple meal.
  40. Play on your swing set.
  41. Jump on the trampoline.
  42. Color with chalk on the sidewalk.
  43. Play tag in the backyard.
  44. Let your kids help you garden.
  45. Play catch.
  46. Play Frisbees.
  47. Play kickball or football.
  48. Play soccer.
  49. Go camping as a family in the backyard.
  50. Have a hot dog or marshmallow roast in the backyard.
  51. Make indoor or outdoor s’mores.
  52. Play freeze tag.
  53. Go “camping” in your family room for the night.
  54. Watch a movie together (let your kids pick it).
  55. For older kids, have them help you build a clubhouse, playhouse, or treehouse.
  56. Ask your children what they want to do, and then do it!

Summer Activities for Kids That You Can Do on the Go

  1. Go for a bike ride, or ride scooters.
  2. Ride skateboards or inline skates.
  3. Go for a drive up the canyon.
  4. Go on a picnic.
  5. Go to a parade.
  6. Go to an outdoor pageant.
  7. Have a barbecue at the park.
  8. Roast hotdogs and marshmallows up the canyon.
  9. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores up the canyon.
  10. Go fishing.
  11. Go to the beach.
  12. Build sand castles.
  13. Create a sand village.
  14. Build sand tunnels and bridges.
  15. Skip rocks in the pond.
  16. Catch frogs or tadpoles (my kids love doing this!).
  17. Go tubing down the river.
  18. Go to (or host) a family get-together or reunion.
  19. Go kayaking or canoeing (if you can rent for cheap or borrow the equipment).
  20. Go to an outdoor movie (many communities have weekly movies in the park during the summer months).
  21. Go see fireworks.
  22. Go to a botanical garden.
  23. Visit an inexpensive bird aviary or a butterfly refuge.
  24. Have the kids take swimming lessons at the community pool (consider getting a season or annual pass).
  25. Visit cousins or set up a play date with friends.
  26. Visit Grandma and Grandpa or aunts and uncles.
  27. Go to a free or inexpensive music concert.
  28. Visit a state or national park.
  29. Go camping—even if it’s just in your backyard some of the time.
  30. Go to an indoor (or outdoor, if it’s warm enough) pool.
  31. Go out for (inexpensive) ice cream.
  32. Go to a kid-friendly restaurant with a play area and buy ice cream or inexpensive food the kids can eat for a snack, and then let them play for an hour (or three).
  33. Go to an inexpensive movie (dollar theater).
  34. Go for a walk or hike.
  35. Go to the park.
  36. Fly kites.
  37. Go to a splash pad.
  38. Go to an inexpensive water park (consider getting season passes).
  39. Visit free or inexpensive museums or aquariums (or go on a day when admission is free or reduced).
  40. Go to the zoo (especially when you can get reduced-price or free admission).
  41. Go to activities or to read at the library.
  42. Go to an inexpensive fun center or jumping gym.
  43. Go tubing down a river. 


The possibilities for summer activities for kids really are limitless! Even though it might be hot outside, there are so many things you can do this summer to have fun with your kids and help keep them entertained (without sitting in front of the TV or other electronic device all day or evening long)!

If you did just one of these fun summer activities for kids each day, you would have a different activity to do all summer long and beyond!


What summer activities for kids do you love to do? Please let me know in the comments below other fun activities that you do with your children during the summer months! I would love to hear your ideas!


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