50 Things to Do in the Summer With Kids
Water, fun and experiments, oh my! Our family is looking forward to tons of fun this summer!
- Pretend Car Wash- Let the kiddos wash the cars or have them set up an assembly line to wash their bikes.
- Target practice- Aim water balloons at a target for practice.
- Aquatic Center- The boys and I go every single year at least once.
- Parks- Check out all the parks in your city.
- Break the ice- Fill up a container with water. Put a toy car in the water and place in freezer. Once frozen, take the ice chunk outside and let your child chip away at the ice with a spoon until they break the toy free.
- Make our own bubbles and bubble blowers- Use dish soap, glycerin and water to make the bubbles.
- Play in the creek- Take buckets and nets to explore the creek.
- Build a water wall- Use household materials (ramps, tubs, pipes, etc.) and old water bottles to construct the wall.
- Water gun fight
- Olympics- Have the children plan out the sports (sack racing, baseball). They can pick jobs if they aren't interested in competing (announcer, scorekeeper, etc.).
- Lemonade Stand- Work together to make the lemonade and make signs. Raise money for an organization that the children care about!
- Host a reading party- Keep the kids reading over the summer and make it fun. Have children pick out a book and act out the story.
- Street parade- Decorate bikes/wagons, line them up and parade down the street.
- Carnival- I'm all about having the children help plan these events. Let each child or pair of children plan an activity. Have them brainstorm activities (face painting, bean bag toss, etc.)
- Painting party- Use butcher paper or old sheets to hang outdoors. Children can use paint brushes to paint a mural or fill eggshells with paint and toss them at the paper.
- Create your own Angry Bird game with boxes and a slingshot.
- Make treasure maps for each other and work together to find the hidden treasure.
- Make paper airplanes and race them
- Talent Show / Dance Party
- Free Wehrenberg movies
- Children's silhouettes
- Magic Show
- Science Experiment
- Make a cardboard box house
- Make instruments/family band
- Create a movie- My boys love watching tractor videos on Youtube. I would love for them to use their toy tractors to come up with their own plot and film it with my phone!
- Restaurant- One of my favorite activities as a kid!!! Have the children make a menu and prepare the food.
- Interview Grandpa and Grandma- Come up with a list of questions about life when they were young to discuss with grandparents.
- Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt- Create a checklist with pictures of items (dog, swingset, mailbox, etc.) that you can find on a walk through your neighborhood.
- Garden and journal- Have your children write/draw in a daily journal the progress of your garden.
- Concert in the park
- Build a fort- Use the fallen twigs and branches.
- Hide toys in the sand pit and use the toy tractors to dig them up
- Set up hotwheels races in the driveway.
- Outdoor Movie- Use the side of your house or a large sheet tied up between trees as a screen. Find a projector to play your movie of choice in the backyard. Kids can lay on blankets and watch the movie.
- Camp out in the yard
- Star gazing- Look at the stars with a telescope or lay on a blanket and gaze at the night sky.
- Make our own boats using household materials (cardboard boxes, duct tape, etc.) and race them across the pool.
Acts of Kindness
- Clean up the neighborhood- Last year my boys and I walked the neighborhood a few times and picked up the trash along the road. They loved helping clean the neighborhood and we discussed why it is important to take of the world around us.
- Write to a soldier
- Visit a nursing home
- Give away books- We will leave books that we don't read anymore in parks where other children are bound to be. We will leave a note taped to the book explaining it is theirs to keep.
- Volunteer at a local charity
- Find 20 items each to give to charity
- When you receive good service, tell the person's boss- I want to teach my children it is better to compliment someone than to complain!
- Donate items to an emergency pet hospital
- Create and send e-cards to our loved ones, just because
- Share produce from our garden with neighbors, people from Church, family and friends