If your kids are already complaining about being bored, this list of 100+ fun summer activities for kids is for you!
Not in the mood to hear “I’m bored!” all summer long? Then take a peek at these 100+ fun summer activities for kids. They include outdoor activities, art tutorials, games, crafts, and tips for making the most of your time with your kids this summer. These activities are sure to keep them busy and entertained while leaving you with plenty of cash in your pocket.
100+ Fun Summer Activities for Kids
1. Make your own bubble solution and see who can blow the biggest bubble.
2. Break some glow sticks into the bubble solution and make some glowing bubbles.
3. Trace your outlines with sidewalk chalk and add funny faces.
4. Look up some old sidewalk games such as foursquare and hopscotch and give them a try.
5. Play a family fun game of dodgeball with foam balls.
6. Grab a broom and limbo!
7. Take leaves and paper and make leaf rubbings.
8. Get a scrapbook album and make a collection of the leaves you find.
9. Hang leaves from yarn and then the yarn from a hanger to make a mobile.
10. Run through the sprinkler to some fun music.
11. Create a bike wash.
12. Show the kids how to water the plants, letting them help.
13. Throw a hose over a tree branch and make an instant shower.
14. Have bike races.
15. Decorate your bikes and have a best in show contest.
16. Offer to wash the neighborhood dogs.
17. After they are clean have your own backyard dog show.
18. Have a mini neighborhood parade.
19. Enjoy sparklers on a warm night.
20. Chase fireflies and put them in a jar. Release them when done.
21. Make your own birdfeeders with a plastic bottle, some yarn, and seed.
22. Feed the ducks at the local duck pond.
23. Volunteer at the local animal shelter to play with the pets or feed them.
24. Start a dog walking service.
25. Create a neighborhood newsletter.
26. Buy a cheap canvas, some paint, and go find some landscape to inspire you.
27. Play free online games.
28. Print and enjoy free online coloring sheets.
29. Take advantage of free outdoor concerts and shows.
30. Attend the city parade and catch all of the candy you can!
31. Enjoy the local museums on free admission day.
32. Buy a disposable camera and let the kids click away.
33. Add water and food coloring to your ice cube tray and make colorful cubes.
34. Rent free movies from the library.
35. Enjoy the free workshops and read-alouds the library provides.
36. Grab some lunch bags and decorate them into puppets. Have a puppet show.
37. Get a library book on magic tricks and put on your own show.
38. Have a dance contest.
39. Enjoy some local bird watching. Learn some bird calls you can try.
40. Have a picnic at a local park. Help clean up litter while you are there.
41. Write a letter to someone you love.
42. Enjoy some board games as a family. Pop popcorn.
43. Make your own homemade pizzas. If you are gluten-free, here is a great gluten-free pizza crust recipe!
44. Gather some fruit and make your own smoothies.
45. Plant an herb garden together.
46. Take some of those herbs to a local neighbor to enjoy.
47. Grab a basketball and enjoy a game of HORSE.
48. Have a spelling bee with friends.
49. Make your own lemonade.
50. Grab a shoebox and fill it with things you find in nature.
51. Hit up the thrift store for costumes and have a fashion show.
52. Do makeovers with fun make up.
53. Use Kool-Aid to add colored streaks to your hair.
54. Have a mani/pedi party with your friends.
55. Swap plants and flowers with friends.
56. Do some baking. Make some colorful summer themed cupcakes.
57. Find a pair of flip-flops and decorate them with stickers.
58. Build a fort from backyard findings.
59. Give the old tin can and string phone trick a try!
60. Start a small book club.
61. Go for a swim at the local beach. Pack a picnic to take with you.
62. Enjoy local theme parks on discount admission days.
63. Rent video games from the library.
64. Enjoy free local story hours.
65. Hit up the dollar store for craft supplies and get crafty.
66. Plant a butterfly bush and see how many butterflies you can see.
67. Hang a hummingbird feeder and see how many come along.
68. Gather some rocks in the yard and paint them into pets.
69. Try making some new recipes.
70. Bake your own bread. Take some to friends.
71. Watch free work out videos online and get in shape!
72. Melt crayon bits in muffin cups to make fun, chunky, rainbow crayons.
73. Do a kind deed for a friend in need.
74. Have fun making shadow puppets.
75. Record your own video of you telling jokes.
76. Make your own popsicles.
77. Have fun browsing garage sales.
78. Have your own garage sale and get rid of old toys and clothing. Do a family fun activity with the money you make.
79. Try your hand at fishing.
80. Browse the local pet store and learn about the animals.
81. Grab an inexpensive tent and go camping.
82. Try making your own meal on an open fire, just like the pioneers use to.
83. Go roller skating on family night.
84. Browse old family photos together.
85. Make a salad with the produce you have grown in your garden.
86. Find an inexpensive kit and make your own garden stones.
87. Enter in a family fun run event.
88. Create a scavenger hunt.
89. Play a game of flash light tag.
90. Attend a local/free church bible camp.
91. Grow grass in a butter dish and tend to it daily.
92. Have a tea party with friends.
93. Have a fun and wet water balloon fight!
94. Go bowling on family night.
95. Try a game of Frisbee.
96. Fill spray bottles with water for a fun water fight.
97. Go star gazing. Look for constellations.
98. Try writing your own poems.
99. Tour a local bakery, fire station, etc.
100. Many movie theatres offer $1 movies in the summer months, see what your local theatre has to offer.
101. Make a boat from twigs and twine. Take it to a stream to try it out.
See how simple it can be to enjoy summer for LESS? Try some of these fun summer activities for kids and your children will never be bored.