101 Kids Summer Activities + Links to THOUSANDS More! *Updated Frequently*

Update: Look for *NEW* links added at the bottom!

Summer is just around the corner, and after their first week home, the kids will want you to spend the next two months entertaining them. Here is a HUGE list of fun outdoor activities that you can use to keep them entertained all summer. The 101 activities are some of our family favorites, or ideas that we have on our summer bucket list.

Just a note: Some of these activities can be done inside too during hot afternoons or in the car while traveling. I also tried to pick activities that would keep kids occupied for awhile, giving you a much needed break. ūüôā

If you have other ideas you want added to this list, or have compiled your own summer fun list, leave a comment with your link and I will add you. Have a great summer and enjoy our list of kids summer activities!

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50+ Trampoline Activities by Rave and Review

American Girl Doll Printables  by Doll Diaries (We LOVE reading American Girl during the summer. This site has some great printables. We also love buying the American Girl Doll Activity Books. We rarely use our American Girl dolls with these books and they provide HOURS of entertainment).

Angry Birds Water Balloon Game by No Time For Flashcards

Ball Maze by A Happy Wanderer

Bike Games by Live Strong

Build a Fairy House by Fairy Houses

Car Chocolate Chip Cookies by Baking Bites

Car Mat by a Girl and a Glue Gun Haul it outside or leave it inside, this car mat is to die for!

Chameleon Ants by Preschool Packets

Clothesline Art Show by Family Education

Clothing: We love these DIY Bleach Shirts by Uncommon Designs or these Easy Tie Dyed Shirts by Spoonful

Crayola Fun: by Crayola (You can’t go wrong with summer’s favorite company! From window markers¬†for days it’s too hot outside to play to products for making the sidewalk a favorite toy of summer there are tons of game ideas and fun. Search sites like Amazon for cheap Crayola finds).

Disney Theme Nights (Dinner, Activities and a Movie) by Dis Boards

DIY Bubble Station by La La’s Home Daycare

DIY Hula Hoop¬†by Six Sister’s Stuff

DIY Kids Car Wash  by Apartment Therapy

DIY Slip n’ Slide by Inner Child Fun (Why I always think of Nitro Circus when I think of a slip n’ slide is beyond me).

Drip, Drip Splash¬†(Like Duck, Duck Goose) by Kara’s Creative Place

FREE Classes +: Many places offer free trial classes. Summer is a great time to try them out! Gymboree offers free trial classes as does Little Gym. Stores like Michaels offer free or inexpensive art classes. Barnes and Noble offers story time and a free summer reading program with the offer for free books for books read. Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer free kids building classes on Saturdays. You can also check your local area for free kids cooking classes, karate classes, and gymnastics or dance classes. City Rec centers often offer affordable sports and camps as do organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and 4-H.¬† Stores like Joann’s offer great affordable kids summer sewing and cooking projects.

Games and Children’s Books Activities and Printables by KC Edventures (Great for summer reading!! Over 100 books listed! + see our idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

Geocatching Adventure by Geocaching.com

*NEW* Giant Jenga Game from East Plum

Glow in the Dark Bowling by DIY Real

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt¬† by Mommy Savers (Don’t knock this idea. There’s Christmas in July, why not Easter in August?)

Make Money: Our neighborhood goes CRAZY with this! One neighbor does a lemonade stand with fresh squeezed lemons and honey, another neighbor does snow cones throughout the summer and we often do mini doughnuts and other baked goods. I loved this idea for a pet grooming station.

Make Your Own Fitness Equipment, Then Have a Ball! by Family Fitness

Marble Launch  by Spoonful

Mini Golf Course by Tracey King

Minute to Win It by Counting my Kisses

Mom’s Summer Camp: Great tips and ideas for keeping your summer orderly. Love this article on Mom Summer Camp¬†from Power of Moms that gives some great printables and an outline for summer activities and chores.

Outdoor Bananagrams (aka Scrabble) by Constantly Lovestruck

Outdoor Movie Night: We love this outdoor movie screen and layout by PVC Plans, but you could obviously go cheaper. We also love the idea of doing a popcorn bar for an outdoor movie night.

Outdoor Twister by Sassy Style

Paper Roller Coasters by PaperRollerCoasters.com

Pool Noodle Toss by Parents

*NEW* Printable Paper Toys by the Crafty Blog Stalker –FREE Printables, create fun animals and toys with paper!

PVC Pipe Play by Play, Create, Explore. We did a marble run with ours and the kids had so much fun!

Rainbow Bubble Snakes  by Housing a Forest

Shaving Cream Slip n’ Slide¬† Play Create Explore

Solar Paper Art by Steve Spangler Science

Solar Powered Lunch by Inner Child Fun

Summer Reading Programs by Penny Pinchin Mom

Summer Splat Paint by Play at Home Moms

Tarp Toss by Spoonful

Tic Tac Frisbee by A Turtles Life for Me

Thrift Store Hunt: This is a great way to teach kids about money and serving others. Our kids have to bring a toy to donate, then get a certain amount to spend. My son found a football helmet and spent hours playing football outside and my daughter opted to learn how to rollerblade with a new set of rollerblades she found. We also picked up a few board games too.

Water Balloon Pinatas by Ziggitty Zoom

Waterfall Sprinkler by Curbly

Waterfall Wall by Curbly

Zip Line by Zip Line Rider


Five Fun Outdoor Activities by Healthy Ideas Place

10 Fun FREE Summer Activities¬†by KSL.com–Love that they give recommended ages!

15 Outdoor Water Activities by Crystal and Comp –Yeah for Water Limbo!

20 Summer Fun Kids Activities by Made to be a Momma *Love the Dinosaur Eggs!

21 Fun Summer Activities by Tater Tots and Jello

 25 Summer Cardboard Box Ideas from Girl and A Glue Gun

25 MORE Kids Crafts and Activities for Summer by Thirty Handmade Days

*NEW*¬†25 Summer Activities for TWEENS!¬†from Our Secondhand House –See the Animal Photoshoot!

30 Indoor Summer Activities by Beauty Through Imperfection –Check out the personalized coloring sheets and robot helmet!

¬†50¬†FREE Summer Activities¬†by Super Heroes and Cups–Try the Michael’s Passport Adventure!

50 Summer Crafts by Skip To My Lou

75 TV Free Toddler Activities by No Time for Flashcards

 100 Summer Activities (Free-Low Cost) by This Girl Creative

100 Things to Do This Summer Bucket List by U Create

100 Rockin Summer Kids Activities by Miss Banana Pants

100 Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer by Six Sisters Stuff

 101 Best Chapter Books to Read this Summer by Feels Like Home Blog

101 Kids Outdoor Activities  by Fantasy Jr.

2000+ Summer Activities by Sassy Sites

Create Your Own Art Camp by the SITS Girls

¬†Entertaining Kids Ideas by Sew Crafty Angel –Love the treasure hunt and pack n’ play games!

Summer Checklist by East Coast Mommy

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  1. Thanks so much for including our bleached t-shirt tutorial in this fabulous list! I am off to check out the “Mom Summer Camp”!

    Take care,


  2. I love these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing these great ideas with Foodie Friends Friday Anything Goes party this week. I have no doubt every parent will find lots of fun things the kids will enjoy.

    Have a great weekend,

  4. thanks for including the ball maze in your list! what a great pile of ideas you’ve got here… can’t wait to try some of them out!

  5. Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly says:

    What a great list!! I can’t wait to try out a bunch if them!!

  6. What a fantastic resource. I am stopping in from Weekend Wonders. I am pinning the for future reference. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Actually, I’m going to share it on my High 5 Friday too.

  8. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. AND starting Wednesday June 4th I will be hosting a Wordless Wednesday link party. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  9. Thanks so much for including my American Girl printables in your list. If your girls like crafts and doll play, Doll Diaries is doing a free, online “camp” for doll lovers of all ages that started today. You can find all of the Camp Doll Diaries activities at http://dolldiaries.com/category/camp-doll-diaries/ and there is also the index of the 100 Days of Doll Play that we did last summer at http://dolldiaries.com/100days.

    Off to check out some of your other links. Thanks again!

    • burntapple says:

      I’ll send out information about it via social networks, but we will be signing up for sure! Thank you for letting me know about this! Traci

  10. promise says:

    Holy crap I love this website!

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by Made to be a Momma! Thanks for adding my Roundup to your list!! You have a great list!!

  12. Thank you so much for including my list!


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