101 Summer Activities to Keep Kids Happy

05.28.19

Summer is here, and you haven’t made plans for things to do with your kids. Don’t panic! We have 101 fun activities to keep the kiddos happy and to create amazing memories this summer.

1. Run through sprinklers
2. Bake cookies or make no-bake cookies if it’s too hot outside to turn on the oven
3. Learn how to do origami
4. Have a sleepover
5. Plant a tree
6. Make fireside S’mores
7. Make bird feeders: cover pine cones with peanut butter and roll them in birdseed
8. Volunteer at a pet shelter
9. Build a sandcastle
10. Go to a nature center
11. Enjoy a free kid’s workshop at stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot
12. Pick your own berries
13. Make jam
14. Go for a hike
15. Pick wildflowers and make an arrangement
16. Learn a new dance
17. Attend an outdoor concert
18. Have a picnic
19. Play bocce
20. Make a fort out of cardboard boxes and sheets
21. Feed the ducks at the park if it’s allowed. If it’s not, take pictures of the ducks.
22. Go to a museum
23. Play baseball
24. Build a treehouse
25. Use binoculars to birdwatch
26. Have a water balloon fight
27. Go on a scavenger hunt
28. Learn about local produce at a farmer’s market
29. Visit the library once a week
30. Play croquet on your lawn
31. Set up a badminton net. You could use it for volleyball too.
32. Go to an air show
33. Play tennis
34. Visit a fire station
35. Learn how to skateboard
36. Go to a garage sale or flea market
37. Stage a neighborhood summer Olympics
38. Learn to ride a horse
39. Make homemade ice cream
40. Visit an amusement park or water park
41. Create a flower crown or bracelet
42. Collect seashells at the beach
43. Set up an ice cream sundae buffet
44. Race paper airplanes or paper boats
45. Go roller skating
46. Camp in on a rainy night. Put sleeping bags on the living room floor and tell ghost stories.
47. Collect and paint rocks to use as paperweights or pet rocks
48. Make a fairy garden
49. Stargaze and learn about constellations
50. Make a birdhouse
51. Make fresh lemonade from lemons and sugar
52. Skip stones on a lake
53. Create a family cookbook
54. Make a giant hopscotch with sidewalk chalk
55. Climb trees
56. Go for a bike ride
57. Make tissue paper flowers
58. Plant a butterfly garden
59. Go to a parade
60. Camp out in your backyard
61. Make your own pizza
62. Visit a water park
63. Paddle a canoe
64. Bake cupcakes
65. Go for a bike ride
66. Paint canvas sneakers with fabric paint pens
67. Go ziplining
68. Have a game night
69. Catch fireflies in a jar (and let them go at the end of the night)
70. Have an outdoor painting party using cardboard as canvases
71. Play mini-golf
72. Clean up trash at a park
73. Grill dinner outside
74. Go whitewater rafting
78. Have a movie night
76. Raise money for a local charity
78. Create three-dimensional buildings using toothpicks and mini marshmallows
79. Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn about animals
80. Search for minnows or tadpoles in a stream
81. Go to a play or other live performance
82. Go on a road trip to a nearby city or attraction
83. Learn how to make shadow puppets
84. Make your own jewelry
85. Join a summer reading club
86. Let the kids cook dinner
87. Jump rope
88. Blow bubbles
89. Fly a kite
90. Play in the rain
91. Hold a fancy tea party
92. Make a giant slip-n-slide with a painter’s tarp
93. Go fishing
94. Do a big puzzle together
95. Make smoothies
96. Learn a new card game
97. Go to a drive-in movie
98. Build a Lego castle
99. Walk the dogs
100. Write your own comic book and illustrate it
101. Skype/video call with family members who live far away

Have fun!