Whether you are teaching Summer school, homeschooling, or a stay-at-home parent, you will love this list of fun Summer activities for kids! 

Not only will they keep your kids entertained, and help limit screen time, you, too, will also have fun!


Below, you will find fun activities that are local, for your backyard, challenges, baking, crafts, and even a list of free Summer resources.  

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Local Summer Activities for Kids

๐ŸŒž Visit a local pool

๐ŸŒž Go hiking in the National Parks

๐ŸŒž Visit a local kids museum

๐ŸŒž Visit a botanical garden

๐ŸŒž Go to a baseball game

๐ŸŒž Berry Picking

๐ŸŒž Putt Putt Golfing

๐ŸŒž Bowling

๐ŸŒž Take the whole family to a local park for a picnic and play on the playground.

๐ŸŒž Summer programs at your local rec center.

๐ŸŒž Summer Reading program at a local library

๐ŸŒž Fishing

๐ŸŒž Nature scavenger hunt

๐ŸŒž Visit free museums

๐ŸŒž Visit a zoo

๐ŸŒž Drive-in movie or visit a new movie theater.

๐ŸŒž Go on a hike. Even young children appreciate a nature walk in local trails.

๐ŸŒž Visit a local fruit farm

๐ŸŒž Play in a creek

๐ŸŒž Go night swimming

๐ŸŒž Go to a free concert

Backyard Summer Fun for Kids

Outdoor activities are so fun for little kids. But, the best outdoor activities are the ones you can do in your own backyard.

Here is a list of fun things for you and your kids to enjoy in the yard:

๐ŸŒž Water Tables – Water play is a good time in the warm weather.

๐ŸŒž Water Sprinklers – If you can’t make it to the local water parks, a simple sprinkler is so much fun!

๐ŸŒž Plant a garden

๐ŸŒž Water balloons for the best water balloon fight ever – if your kid is into water games, of course.

๐ŸŒž A backyard obstacle course is a great way to set up outdoor games. The entire family will have a great time.

๐ŸŒž Giant Bubble Balls

๐ŸŒž Splash Pad Pool

๐ŸŒž Flashlight Tag

๐ŸŒž Shaving Cream Slide

๐ŸŒž Fill a kiddie pool with water beads

๐ŸŒž Climb trees

๐ŸŒž Have a picnic

๐ŸŒž Balloon Tennis

๐ŸŒž Glow in the Dark Water Bottle Ring Toss

๐ŸŒž Kickball

๐ŸŒž Sponge Ball Water Toss 

๐ŸŒž Make glow in the dark water bottles – drop a glow stick into a water bottle and set them around the yard at night. Do not drink!

๐ŸŒž Backyard Soccer

๐ŸŒž Play Frisbee

๐ŸŒž Backyard baseball

๐ŸŒž Blow Up Water Slide

๐ŸŒž Slip and Slide

๐ŸŒž Catch Fireflies

๐ŸŒž Make a pin-wheel display in your back yard

๐ŸŒž Bubble Fest in the backyard

๐ŸŒž Outdoor Dominoes

๐ŸŒž Camp in the back yard. Backyard camping is the perfect way to disconnect and play games with the family. Even the older kids love this.

๐ŸŒž Water Balloon Baseball 

๐ŸŒž Outdoor Jenga

๐ŸŒž Go on a color hunt in your backyard, or around the house.

๐ŸŒž Create an outdoor book nook

๐ŸŒž Fly or make your own kite

At Home Summer Activities for Kids

๐Ÿ  Wash a Car, or wash a bike

๐Ÿ  Hopscotch

๐Ÿ  Learn how to yo-yo

๐Ÿ  Have a family movie night with FREE movies on Amazon Prime

๐Ÿ  Become Color Scientist

๐Ÿ  Beach themed movie day

๐Ÿ  Toy Washing Station

๐Ÿ  Go for a bike ride

๐Ÿ  Lemonade stand

๐Ÿ  Family slumber party

๐Ÿ  Play in the rain

๐Ÿ  Spray Chalk

๐Ÿ  Spa Day at home or a local salon

๐Ÿ  Have a match-car race

๐Ÿ  Make your own word search

๐Ÿ  Sink or Float Activity Tub

๐Ÿ  Learn to Hula Hoop

๐Ÿ  Make friendship bracelets

๐Ÿ  Throw an indoor beach party sleepover

๐Ÿ  Have a bike parade with neighbor kids

๐Ÿ  Bake and take firefighters and police officers a batch of cookies

๐Ÿ  Have a summer themed sleepover

๐Ÿ  Pouring Station: Set up water tables, plastic pitchers, cups, and anything that pours.

๐Ÿ  Shadow Tracing

๐Ÿ  Build a camping Lego set

๐Ÿ  Make a time capsule

Recipes for Kids to Make During Summer

๐Ÿ  Make your own playdoh

๐Ÿช Peanut butter apple nachos

๐Ÿ• Make homemade pizza

๐Ÿ”ฅ Make smores – if you don’t have access to a bonfire, you can get a smores maker to take anywhere – even inside the house.

๐Ÿง Snow cones

๐Ÿง Bake Cookies

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Let the kids create their own healthy snacks restaurant.

๐Ÿฆ Make popsicles

๐Ÿฆ Make Ice Cream in a Bag. Kids love making their own ice cream in a plastic bag.

Summer Challenges for Kids

Children of all ages love challenges. Turn off the video games, and let them do some popular challenges that make great summer activities:

๐ŸŒž Head Dunking Challenge

๐ŸŒž No Laughing Water Challenge

๐ŸŒž Popsicle Challenge

๐ŸŒž Outdoor Mystery Wheel Slime Challenge

๐ŸŒž Build a Fort Challenge

๐ŸŒž Sleepbag Sack Race Challenge

๐ŸŒž Bean Boozled Challenge

๐ŸŒž Oreo Cookie Challenge

๐ŸŒž Cupcake Artwork Challenge

๐ŸŒž Blindfold Drawing Challenge

Summer Crafts for Kids

Do you need fun craft for a summer camp? Or, maybe you need crafts for kids of all ages to do over Summer break.

Get your list of summer activities together, and take a trip to the dollar store.

There, you can find craft supplies, such as paper plates, tissue paper, cardboard boxes, and cheap outdoor toys.

๐ŸŒž Paint the sky – stand outside and let the kids paint what they see in the sky.

๐ŸŒž Paint Seashells

๐ŸŒž Make a Bird Bath

๐ŸŒž Make paper-plate yarn suncatchers

๐ŸŒž Washi Tape Legos

๐ŸŒž Driveway Graffiti – use masking tape to tape off any design you’d like, then color in with sidewalk chalk

๐ŸŒž Squirt Gun Painting

๐ŸŒž Shaving Cream Art

๐ŸŒž Glow in the Dark Slime

๐ŸŒž Make a pool noodle racetrack

๐ŸŒž Colored ice-cube painting

๐ŸŒž Puffy Sidewalk Paint

๐ŸŒž Paint Flower Pots

๐ŸŒž Fireworks Salt Painting

๐ŸŒž Outdoor Name Art

๐ŸŒž Stained Glass Sidewalk Chalk Art

๐ŸŒž Grow a Rainbow

๐ŸŒž Make tie-dye shirts

๐ŸŒž Get a Rock Painting Kit and leave kindness rocks around town

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