100 Ideas for Summer Fun

100 Ideas For Summer Fun
Posted on 05/20/2019
Summer Fun
  1. BUBBLE BLOWING CONTEST – Get some bubbles at the dollar store, or make your own bubbles.
  2. SIDEWALK CHALK MASTERPIECES – Draw some frames out on the ground, and let your kids go to town creating some fabulous artwork. Be sure to take pictures!
  3. KING/QUEEN FOR A DAY – Let each of your kids be in charge for a day. They pick the food you eat, the games you play, the shows you watch, etc. If you’re really brave you can even let them pick out your clothes!
  4. MOVIE THEME DAY – Dress/talk/act like your favorite movie character, and plan the day around your favorite movies.
  5. VISIT A PET STORE
  6. MAKE LEMONADE – Here’s a great recipe: Easy Homemade Lemonade;  And some fun lemonade stand printables.
  7. PIE EATING CONTEST
  8. OUTDOOR GAME COMPETITION – Plan one for your family or consider including friends.
  9. BIKE RIDING AT THE PARK
  10. FAMILY RELAY RACE
  11. CAMPOUT IN THE BACKYARD
  12. CAMP-IN (INDOOR CAMPOUT) – Get out the sleeping bags and blankets and have a campout on the living room floor!
  13. MAKE YOUR OWN PUPPETS – Free printable puppets
  14. GO ON A BUG HUNT
  15. BACKWARDS DAY (DESSERT FIRST!)
  16. BAKING SODA “BOMBS”
  17. MAKE S’MORES or try my S’Mores Brownies
  18. GO ON A BIRD WALK – Make some binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and head out on a nature walk to see how many different types of birds you can spot.
  19. HAVE A SLEEPOVER
  20. GO TO A COUNTY FAIR – Check this website to find a county fair near you.
  21. FIND A DRIVE-IN THEATER – find one here.
  22. READ A BOOK TOGETHER – Find a great chapter book and read aloud to your kids each night before bed.
  23. BUILD A LEGO CASTLE
  24. MAKE PAPER DOLLS
  25. VISIT A LOCAL FIRE STATION
  26. PUT ON A PUPPET SHOW
  27. FIND A FREE KIDS WORKSHOP – Lowe’s Build & Grow;Home Depot Kids Worshops; Toys R Us, Michaels, The Lego Store, and Pottery Barn Kids all offer free workshops and events each month. Check with your local stores to see what’s available.
  28. TAKE AN ART CLASS
  29. VISIT A NATURE CENTER – Find a nature center near you.
  30. SCAVENGER HUNT – Use these free printables to get you started
  31. FASHION SHOW
  32. LEARN HOW TO JUGGLE
  33. VISIT A MUSEUM – Bank of America card holders get free admission on the first Sunday of the month.
  34. WATER BALLOON FIGHT
  35. STORYTIME – Go to storytime at your local library or bookstore. Barnes & Noble offers bedtime stories, as does Pottery Barn Kids.
  36. VISIT A JUMP HOUSE – This is a little more costly, but it’s a great way to burn off some energy while mom sits in the air conditioning while kids play! Some stores offer discounts for larger groups or for certain times of the day/month.
  37. FACTORY/SHOP TOURS – Check with local factories, stores or restaurants. Many offer tours of their facilities!
  38. RUN THROUGH THE SPRINKLERS
  39. VOLUNTEER – VolunteerMatch.org will help you find a place to volunteer with your kids.
  40. MAKE TREATS FOR A NEIGHBOR
  41. DOLLAR STORE – Give your kids each a dollar for good behavior or completing a chore and take them to the dollar store or the Target dollar spot and let them spend it on something silly.
  42. MAKE A BIRD FEEDER – Here are 20 Unique Birdfeeders to try.
  43. GO BERRY PICKING
  44. VISIT A FARM
  45. PAINT ROCKS
  46. HAVE A TEA PARTY
  47. MAKE TIE-DIE T-SHIRTS – Here’s an easy how-to.
  48. POOL NOODLE LIGHTSABERS – Here’s an easy how-to.
  49. CELEBRATE AN UNBIRTHDAY – Bake a cake, hang decorations and plan a special dinner for the unbirthday person!
  50. HAVE A PIZZA PARTY – Here are some great ideas for an easy family pizza party.

50 more activities:

  1. GO TO THE MOVIES – Often times local theaters have dollar movie days over the summer. Ours has recent movies playing each Tuesdays for ten weeks. Check your local theaters for more details, or click these inks —> Regal Theater, Cinemark, Harkins, Summer Movies Freebie List
  2. VISIT LOCAL PARKS – Grab a city or county map and locate the parks; ones you’ve been to and one’s that you haven’t. Spend one day a week visiting a new park.
  3. BEACH DAY (or lake/river)
  4. RUN THROUGH THE SPRINKLERS
  5. MAKE ICE CREAM (We love this one)
  6. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS – take cookies t a fire station, sweep a neighbor’s driveway or take them some homemade cupcakes)
  7. VISIT A LOCAL AQUARIUM
  8. MAKE POPSICLES – Oreo Pudding Pops, Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles, Pineapple Orange Banana Popsicles.
  9. RENT A BOUNCE HOUSE – Now before you say this is too expensive, make it a party! Invite a few friends over and split the cost. It can be as little as $10 per family for hours and hours of bouncy fun! It’s often cheaper during the week when there is less of a demand.
  10. GO TO THE LIBRARY – Local libraries usually have summer reading programs, and they’re free! There are also story times. Check your local library for details.
  11. VISIT HISTORICAL LANDMARKS
  12. PUT ON A TALENT SHOW
  13. TAKE A FIRST AID CLASS – The Red Cross offers Babysitter’s Training courses for students as young as 11 years old. There are also classes specifically designed for teenagers to help prepare for emergencies. Or if your children are younger, consider having a first aid safety day where you teach your kids the basics.
  14. GO THE A FARMER’S MARKET
  15. MAKE AN ICE PAINTING
  16. “PAINT” THE HOUSE (W/ WATER) – Purchase some inexpensive paintbrushes and give your kids buckets of water and let them “paint” the house. This is a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day!
  17. MAKE A PICNIC LUNCH
  18. VISIT A THEME PARK
  19. FIND AN OUTDOOR CONCERT
  20. MAKE YOUR OWN BOUNCY BALLS
  21. FLY A KITE
  22. MAKE PAPER AIRPLANES
  23. MAKE PLAYDOUGH
  24. GO SWIMMING
  25. DISNEY THEME DAY – Watch Disney movie, eat Mickey Mouse Pancakes or other character related foods. Have “Frozen” inspired treats, like the ones we had at our FROZEN party. Play Disney games or act out scenes from your favorite Disney movies or shows. Even dress like your favorite character!
  26. HAWAIIAN THEME DAY – Have a luau in the backyard (check out our birthday party luau), eat pineapple, make flower leis, dance to Hawaiian music.
  27. HAVE A PAJAMA PARTY – Same premise as the above two themes. Eat breakfast foods at every meal, stay in your pjs all day.
  28. GO TO A BASEBALL GAME – It doesn’t have to be MLB – find a local team to cheer on!
  29. MAKE MARSHMALLOW SHOOTERS
  30. MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO
  31. HAVE A DANCE PARTY
  32. MAKE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES – Use my printables and party ideas.
  33. SCAVENGER HUNT
  34. PIRATE THEME DAY – Dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate, eat with your hands, drink out of big mugs, watch pirate movies.
  35. CHRISTMAS IN JULY – Make and wrap “presents” (or toys you already have and may not have played with in a while), bake cookies, watch Christmas movies, sing carols, make garland.
  36. VISIT A LOCAL ZOO
  37. ORGANIZE A BLOCK PARTY – this would be a fun time to rent a bounce house
  38. PLANT A GARDEN
  39. GAME THEME DAY – Indoors or outdoors, a game day is a ton of fun! Play boards games and card games inside, then head outside for some baseball, basketball or anything your family enjoys. Maybe even have some family relay races.
  40. TAKE A DAY TRIP – Take a drive at least an hour away and visit a new town or even someplace you’ve been before. Sometimes it’s just fun to get out and explore a new place.
  41. SET UP A LEMONADE STAND – Use my free printable lemonade stand set!
  42. DONATE TOYS
  43. BUILD A BLANKET FORT
  44. MAKE JAM
  45. MINIATURE GOLF
  46. MAKE A PHOTO JOURNAL – Have a bunch of your photos from the past year, or even your children’s lives, printed and let them make a book to tell their story.
  47. WRITE AND ILLUSTRATE A BOOK – Give your kids paper and pencils/crayons and have them design their own book. Be sure to include a cover page and date and help them create a story.
  48. HAVE ICE CREAM FOR DINNER
  49. WATER BALLOON FIGHT
  50. CRAFT THEME DAY – Gather up a bunch of supplies you have around the house and lay it all out for your kids to make their own projects. Or purchase a few craft kits at Oriental Trading Company.

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