101 Activities Kids Can Do This Summer

Oh, the days of my childhood summers; no gaming systems, no pinterest wonder mom activities. Just plain, simple fun. Here it is: 101 activities your kids can do this summer without a lot of preplanning and can be done just about anytime. Let’s kick the days of summer boredom.


  1. Have a lemonade/Kool Aid stand.
  2. Have a sugar cookie/cake decorating contest.
  3. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
  4. Plant a garden, or a few pots to watch grow.
  5. Make a birdfeeder out of pine cones.
  6. Make paper bag puppets and put on a puppet show.
  7. Take up photography and build a summer scrapbook.
  8. Make homemade play dough http://atozlife.com/2015/01/childhood-magic/
  9. Tie a quilt.
  10. Order free DNA kits and make fingerprint ID cards.
  11. Catch rainwater in buckets.
  12. Bead necklaces.
  13. Learn how to make balloon animals.
  14. Create a graffiti wall in your home (cover your walls with paper to draw on).
  15. Decorate your bikes and scooters and have a neighborhood parade.
  16. Have a bake off or a cook off.
  17. Put a tent up in the backyard and have a campout.
  18. Have a three-legged race championship.
  19. Finger paint with pudding and peanut butter.
  20. Make an art gallery at home.
  21. Have a family or neighborhood lip-sync party.
  22. Make musical instruments and have a family band.
  23. Make an inside haunted house.
  24. Celebrate Christmas in July.
  25. Create your own holiday.
  26. Have a water balloon fight.
  27. Fly a kite.
  28. Go on a picnic.
  29. Create a sidewalk chalk mural.
  30. Visit a local fire department and tour it.
  31. Go to a pet store and see all the animals.
  32. Plan a play and invite people to come see you perform it.
  33. Create an alphabet book only using things in nature.
  34. Run through the sprinklers.
  35. Make dandelion chains or flower headbands.
  36. Skip rocks on a lake.
  37. Stargaze.
  38. Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool or stream.
  39. Pretend you’re pirates for a day.
  40. Bury treasure.
  41. Create a time capsule and bury it.
  42. Play cops and robbers.
  43. Collect bugs.
  44. Plan a fancy dinner or tea party.
  45. Make mud pies in the backyard.
  46. Play football.
  47. Have a blackout and spend the day with no power.
  48. Hold a neighborhood baseball playoff.
  49. Blow bubbles.
  50. Play hopscotch.
  51. Play tag.
  52. Have a movie marathon.
  53. Cloud watch.
  54. Have a watermelon seed-spitting contest.
  55. Build a fort.
  56. Start a secret club.
  57. Learn to hula-hoop.
  58. Have a bubblegum blowing contest.
  59. Set your kitchen up as a restaurant, pretend to be waiters and take orders
  60. Build a teepee and sleep in it.
  61. Go pick wild flowers.
  62. Make a piñata.
  63. Play hide and seek.
  64. Go tree climbing.
  65. Turn up the music and have a dance party.
  66. Jump rope.
  67. Read a novel together.
  68. Go park hopping to different neighborhood parks.
  69. Play board games.
  70. Find a swimming hole.
  71. Put up a tire swing.
  72. Pretend to be detectives and go sleuthing.
  73. Create obstacle courses and race through them.
  74. Wash the car with the hose.
  75. Have a day spa or girls pampering day.
  76. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows.
  77. Tye-dye shirts.
  78. Build a fairy garden.
  79. Make popsicles.
  80. Face paint each other.
  81. Take a hike.
  82. Declare a PJ day.
  83. Visit a farmer’s market.
  84. Play frisbee.
  85. Write a summer newsletter.
  86. Go to a cemetery and find the oldest grave.
  87. Play house.
  88. Tell ghost stories.
  89. Have a kickball tournament.
  90. Play four square.
  91. Have a pillow fight.
  92. Have a paper airplane flying contest.
  93. Make your own masks and have a masquerade.
  94. Start a journal to keep.
  95. Make a slingshot.
  96. Have a pie eating contest.
  97. Shoot marbles.
  98. Play jacks.
  99. Pretend to be super heros.
  100. Pull weeds for the neighbor.
  101. Create a family hobby or collection.kids at beach
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8 thoughts on “101 Activities Kids Can Do This Summer

  • May 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I am stealing some of these for my summer plans. Great list. All my favorites in one place! Thanks.

  • December 6, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Intiellgence and simplicity – easy to understand how you think.

  • February 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    What annotation features does MegaReader offer? If it has the ability to highlight and to add one’s own notes to a copy of a text, it would be particularly useful for teachers and students.

  • February 24, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Heru apa kabar?Baru dapet website ini dari trisno hari, waktu browsing ….eh kalaka aya Doni jadi aktor.well saya mau lanjutkan lihat foto2 heru dulu, D200 ….hmm mudah mudahan cepat bisa terbeli, hayang euy…. tapi sudah rada jarang motret.Iwan & winda


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