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50 Things to Do in the Summer With Kids

Updated on June 3, 2014
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Water, fun and experiments, oh my! Our family is looking forward to tons of fun this summer!

Water Play

  1. Pretend Car Wash- Let the kiddos wash the cars or have them set up an assembly line to wash their bikes.
  2. Target practice- Aim water balloons at a target for practice.
  3. Aquatic Center- The boys and I go every single year at least once.
  4. Parks- Check out all the parks in your city.
  5. 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.
  6. Make our own bubbles and bubble blowers- Use dish soap, glycerin and water to make the bubbles.
  7. Fishing
  8. Play in the creek- Take buckets and nets to explore the creek.
  9. Build a water wall- Use household materials (ramps, tubs, pipes, etc.) and old water bottles to construct the wall.
  10. Water gun fight

Neighborhood Fun

  1. 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.).
  2. Lemonade Stand- Work together to make the lemonade and make signs. Raise money for an organization that the children care about!
  3. 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.
  4. Street parade- Decorate bikes/wagons, line them up and parade down the street.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Create your own Angry Bird game with boxes and a slingshot.
  8. Make treasure maps for each other and work together to find the hidden treasure.
  9. Make paper airplanes and race them
  10. Talent Show / Dance Party

Indoor Activities

  1. Free Wehrenberg movies
  2. Children's silhouettes
  3. Homemade Ice Cream

  4. Magic Show
  5. Science Experiment
  6. Make a cardboard box house
  7. Make instruments/family band
  8. 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!
  9. Restaurant- One of my favorite activities as a kid!!! Have the children make a menu and prepare the food.
  10. Interview Grandpa and Grandma- Come up with a list of questions about life when they were young to discuss with grandparents.

Outdoor Activities

  1. Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt- Create a checklist with pictures of items (dog, swingset, mailbox, etc.) that you can find on a walk through your neighborhood.
  2. Garden and journal- Have your children write/draw in a daily journal the progress of your garden.
  3. Concert in the park
  4. Build a fort- Use the fallen twigs and branches.
  5. Hide toys in the sand pit and use the toy tractors to dig them up
  6. Set up hotwheels races in the driveway.
  7. 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.
  8. Camp out in the yard
  9. Star gazing- Look at the stars with a telescope or lay on a blanket and gaze at the night sky.
  10. Make our own boats using household materials (cardboard boxes, duct tape, etc.) and race them across the pool.

Acts of Kindness

  1. 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.
  2. Write to a soldier
  3. Visit a nursing home
  4. 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.
  5. Volunteer at a local charity
  6. Find 20 items each to give to charity
  7. 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!
  8. Donate items to an emergency pet hospital
  9. Create and send e-cards to our loved ones, just because
  10. Share produce from our garden with neighbors, people from Church, family and friends

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Billybuc, our comments are lost in cyberspace somewhere! :) the boys and I have checked a few things off. Now that my class is over we will have more time for fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Now I know for sure I read this hub when it came out, which means I wrote a comment, and lo and behold there is no comment here. Well, I'm here now and I love the list. I don't have any little ones to entertain at this point in my life, but when I was a single parent you better believe I was all over this list. :)

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      That's a pretty comprehensive list... Lot of fun activities in there for kids... Kind of Life saver for parents... Well done Stephanie...

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you , Benjimester!! I look forward to trying the Angry Birds game too! I've been saving boxes for awhile! :)

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      Benji Mester 4 years ago from San Diego, California

      These are awesome! I love the idea of homemade Angry Birds. Getting to destroy stuff in real life is the best.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much LKMore01!!! We are fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where the kids and the parents LOVE to be outside!! :)

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Stephanie these are really wonderful and creative ideas. The parents in your neighborhood are fortunate to live near you and I bet you're children absolutely love and adore you! There are many outdoor activities parents forget especially now when most adults are inside on computer or have a smartphone attached to their ear every waking moment. As a child I spent 8o% of my time outdoors using my imagination. Voted up and Awesome!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      You are welcome!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Janetwrites, just saw in my feed you shared my hub. Thank you!!!! :)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Janetwrites, I hope the weather there gets better soon!! Thanks so much for the kind words about my boys and the hub!! :)

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Wow, so many great ideas. Summer can come. Here in Germany the weather is so bad now. It's cold but your indoor activities would work out fine. Thank you for sharing this great list. I also love those photos with your lovely kids!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much, Nicole S!

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome list here. Especially since kids get so bored in the summer!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Kidscrafts, yes, they are brothers and best friends! I love it!! :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I forgot to tell you that I love the picture of the two little boys in the water; I imagine they are your sons :-) They seem to enjoy themselves!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much for the kind words, kidscrafts!! My son has one more day of school left. I can't wait to start the summer with him!! :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great suggestions of activities Stephanie! I love them all and I love the fact that you placed them in different categories. I love also the fact that you included "acts of kindness" in your activities.... it's nice to show kids that it's important to give and also that it can be fun and the people who will receive that gift of time will appreciate it!

      Vote up and awesome :-)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, Faith Reaper!!! :) I bet you are an awesome Grandma!!!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Really creative and fun ideas here you have preented. I will keep them in mind this summer when my grands come up for a visit.

      Voted up +++ and sharing (will return to share, buttons are not appearing)

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, mylindaelliot! Wehrenberg offers free kids movies once a week throughout the summer. :)

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Those are great ideas. I love the idea of a big block of ice with a toy inside. I had never heard of Wehrenberg movies though. What is that?