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.
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!
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
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
LINKS TO OTHER SUMMER FUN ACTIVITIES:
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