75 things to do this summer with kids!

75 Things to do this summer with kids

Sumner days are in full swing. Kids already telling you they are bored? Never fear, here are 75 things to do this summer with kids! Do you have any to add?

  1. Build and fly kites
  2. Swing on swings
  3. Plant a veggie garden.
  4. Go swimming
  5. Go bird watching – even in your back yard
  6. Blow bubbles -make your own bubble mix
  7. Pick up and recycle trash
  8. Eat dinner outside together as a family -have a picnic
  9. Look under big rocks to see how many bugs you can find
  10. Get to know your neighbors
  11. Go on a scavenger hunt
  12. Go play at the park
  13. Splash in puddles (made from rain or your hose)
  14. Dig in the dirt
  15. Build sandcastles
  16. Create sidewalk chalk murals and cities
  17. Ride bikes, skateboards, roller skates on your driveway. Don’t forget bike helmets!
  18. Go to the beach or a public pool or park
  19. Pick up sticks, flowers, leaves and other outside stuff and make a collage
  20. Build a fort inside on a rainy day
  21. Find a caterpillar and keep in a jar  (with airholes) to watch it transform to a butterfly!
  22. Build a fairy garden
  23. Plant flowers in the ground or in pots
  24. Pull weeds (for your neighbor too!)
  25. Play tag
  26. Make boats out of milk cartons and sail them in a wading pool
  27. Wave at cars and people walking by (stay out of the road)
  28. Catch lightening bugs (I miss this! None here in the PNW)
  29. Hang a sheet for a curtain and put on a talent show.  Invite the neighbors!
  30. Play catch
  31. Go hiking
  32. Run through a sprinkler or a garden hose
  33. Jump rope
  34. Read books in a hammock
  35. Watch a sunrise or a sunset
  36. Have a lemonade stand
  37. Make mud-pies (but don’t eat them!)
  38. Lay in the grass and watch the clouds
  39. Watch the night sky for shooting stars. Look for constellations
  40. Take pictures of nature  and make an album
  41. Have a tea party or teddy bear picnic
  42. Use a magnifying glass to play outdoor detective and check out things up close
  43. Use a projector & a sheet for a family movie night. — Don’t forget the popcorn!
  44. Go to a local farmer’s market and buy some fresh fruits and veggies
  45. Go fishing and eat your catch!
  46. Skip rocks on water
  47. Make artwork from found objects
  48. Plant a tree and measure it while it grows
  49. Enjoy a campfire or fire pit and make smores
  50. Make a birdbath or a bird feeder
  51. Get books about plants, flowers, animals and trees at the library and then try to find them outside.
  52. Play frisbee
  53. Help an elderly neighbor
  54. Wash the car or bikes
  55. Have a water fight (balloons optional!)
  56. Use tissue paper and unwrapped crayons to make rubbings of leaves and tree bark
  57. Play hide and go seek
  58. Go camping or sleep outside in a tent
  59.  Climb a tree
  60.  On a rainy day, play outside in your swimming suits
  61.  Do an alphabet walk where you look for different items starting with different letters
  62.  Play hopscotch.
  63.  Practice walking like other animals. Slither like a snake, hop like a rabbit, etc.
  64. Create an obstacle course.
  65. On rainy days, print out coloring pages or other projects and get crafty
  66.  Play in a wading or infant pool.
  67.  Show your kids how to use a compass to find directions
  68.  Visit a stream, pond, ocean or lake and investigate the different creatures and nature you find. Get a book from the library to help.
  69.  Teach your kids games from your childhood like ring-around-the-rosie, red rover, simon says & more
  70.  Coordinate a field day with sack races, wheel barrow races, 3 legged races etc
  71. Go to free days at local zoos, national parks, festivals etc.
  72. Paint  large rocks and place them as stepping stones in your yard
  73.  Tie-dye t-shirts or other clothing
  74. Make musical instruments with pots, pans, boxes and more!   Have a parade!
  75.  But really,  go outside and play!


About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. I love this list – it reminds me of when I was 11 or 12 and wrote in notebooks “Things to Do” on boring summer days. Today is my son’s last day of kindergarten and this is perfect for ideas to keep my kids busy! Thanks

  2. I can’t wait to get outside more with the kids this summer. Thanks for the fun list!

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