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Great Summer Activities for Kids

Updated on June 24, 2014

Outdoor Activities ~ Don't Forget the Sun Block

Summertime is always a fun time, until the afternoon thunderstorms roll in. But you can enjoy the earlier part of the day with lots of fun activities for the whole family. It's important to get the children outside to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and exercise. Try some of these:

  • Water Balloon Fights – always a fun time
  • Hose Fights or Slip-n-Slide – there’s no getting away from it
  • Relay Races – usually barefoot and in bathing suits
  • Softball/Baseball – local summer leagues for kids
  • Water Slides – weekend family fun
  • Scavenger Hunts – a little competition never hurt anyone
  • Tennis – exercise is important
  • Swimming Pool – races, chicken fights, and cannon balls sure bring back memories
  • The Beach – If you live near the coast
  • Picnics – with lots of hand sanitizer and finger food complete with dipping sauces
  • Horseshoes – an old fashioned game that will never go out of style amongst men
  • Horseback Riding – who wouldn’t enjoy a ride into the woods, mountains, or on the beach
  • Shell Hunting – again, if you are near the coast
  • Sand Castle Building – if you are at the beach or a lake
  • Basketball – summer tournaments can be a great deal of fun
  • Playground – for the younger children, playground time is always fun. It releases much of the pent up energy the children have.
  • Kickball – Old fashioned game that will never lose its appeal.

Ahhhh The Pool!

There is nothing more refreshing than a dip in a nice cool pool on a hot summer's day.  There are many games that the whole family can participate in, such as races, chicken fights, marco polo, and more!
There is nothing more refreshing than a dip in a nice cool pool on a hot summer's day. There are many games that the whole family can participate in, such as races, chicken fights, marco polo, and more! | Source

Indoor Activity for the Rainy Days of Summer

Take advantage of any rainy days when you will be at home or inside a day care facility; It assists in making your children well rounded and appreciative of the musical talent.Expose them to as many genres as you can.

  • Making a band is fun, and gives you the opportunity to expose the children to many genres of music.You simply play a song on your medial player, and assign instruments to each child. One will play the drums with wooden spoons and pillows. One child will be the bass player with the household broom. If you have another child, you can use a ruler for a flute, a washed banana for a harmonica, or a small hand weight for singing.
  • Finger painting and/or coloring (both inside and outside of the lines) will expose them to their own sense of creative art
  • Have a talent show - to teach them about competition
  • puppet show – to expose them to creativity and laughter
  • Have a dance-a-thon - great physical activity
  • Play board games – to exercise their brains
  • Have a scavenger hunt – to hone in on their detective skills and competition
  • Write and illustrate a children’s book, collectively as a team – to practice working with others
  • Write letters to the troops – to show patriotism
  • If you intend to go out on a rainy day, might I suggest the following:
  • Roller skating – great physical activity
  • Bowling – great physical activity
  • Movies – time for rest and relaxation
  • Read books - time for rest and relaxation
  • Ballet or Musical Theater - to expose them to the Arts
  • Window shopping and people watching at the mall is usually a hit

*activities are dependent on the age of the children.

Just for fun...

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Be Creative

Arts and crafts are a favorite summer time activity and are very inexpensive.  Why not encourage your children to be creative and make pictures, projects, and gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day?
Arts and crafts are a favorite summer time activity and are very inexpensive. Why not encourage your children to be creative and make pictures, projects, and gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day? | Source

Educational Opportunities and Field Trips

On rainy days out, here are some fun ideas:

  • Science Museum – for our future doctors
  • Zoo – for our future veterinarians
  • Planetarium – for our future astronauts
  • Library – for our future scholars
  • Art Museum – for our future artists
  • Theater/Musical – for our future actors and dancers
  • A Live Concert - for our future musicians
  • A Historical Museum – for our future historians
  • Spelling Bee – for our future writers and authors
  • A Cultural Event or Festival – for our future foreign relations
  • A Court Room visit - for our future judges

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Have a safe and healthy summer. Don’t forget sun block, sun glasses, and hats when you go outside.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      These are great ideas - some familiar and some new twists on things. It's a super resource to have them listed in one place. Pinning this so I can find it the next time I need tips for entertaining kids on a rainy day!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      The list is a great idea too, TripleAMom!

      Thanks so much for your input.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Very good ideas. It's so fun to hang out with kids, but so often we let time get away and the summer is over before we do many of these things. I often have my kids make a list of things they want to do during the summer and we check them off as we do them to make sure we don't forget what we talk about doing.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you all for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Catherine Simmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Some great ideas here!

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Your hub is very informative, especially for them, who have small children. They can have a lot of information from this hub. My children are teenagers, still I like it. Thanks for writing it.

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      Dan Robbins 5 years ago from Ohio

      Good ideas! These things aren't only fun but will strengthen the bond with our children and create memories. Thanks for reminding me of a couple things to do that I'd not thought of for sometime.

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      David 5 years ago from Northern California

      These ideas are great and very familiar; I think I have either done most of them when I was a kid or have done them with my own children.