Inside: Need budget-friendly family fun ideas to keep busy this summer? Here you’ll find a list of 25 boredom-busting activities.
Summer gives you ample opportunity to play with the kids since they are out of school. Or maybe you just want the kids to stay busy and away from the screens all day.
I’ve already done a list of 13 fun and frugal activities, but here is a list of 25 more things you and your kids can do this summer. You can never have too many ideas to choose from. Many of the activities are ones older kids can do on their own or with minimal supervision.
25 Fun Activities for Kids and Families
1. Bake cookies Older kids can do this on their own and little ones love to help. Best of all, everyone loves to taste test!
2. Mad Libs Doing these with kids is totally fun, especially when mom or dad give, um, very odd adjectives or body parts. Uvula, anyone?
3. Go to yard sales Kids love to spend their money and this is a way to let them spend it on something that isn’t junk food. It also is a great way to get out and walk around for a bit.
4. Put on a performance My kids used to love scheming together to put on a mini-concert or dance performance. They’d work on it together for hours. Much to their chagrin, we even have video evidence of this. Give your kids some odd clothes, costume bits or instruments and let them go wild preparing a special performance for the family. Be sure to record it for
future blackmail posterity.
5. Go to a U-Pick Farm Enjoy the day and find a local u-pick farm and stock up on fresh berries, veggies, other fruits, or flowers.
6. Make pizza Make some pizza dough, then divide it so each person can make a personal pizza. Set out a selection of toppings and see how creative you can get.
7. Build a fort Need another way to keep the kids busy? Have them build a fort. Bring out chairs, blankets, and cushions and they’ll keep busy for quite a while. You might even allow them to sleep in the fort for a night as a bit of an indoor campout.
8. Decorate with chalk Play outside and see what the kids can come up with for chalk art. Somewhat older kids may especially enjoy the 3D chalk .
9. Go for a swim Take the family to the local swimming pool to cool off.
10. Make popsicles Who doesn’t like a cool treat in the summer?
11. See an air show It can be fun to watch all the stunts and explore the displays.
12. Go to a tractor pull For a change of pace, go to a truck and tractor pull. Bring ear protection!
13. Go to the beach Enjoy the water and sand at the lake or ocean beach. How about a family sand castle contest?
14. Drive-in theater Ever been to a drive-in movie? There are still some around. Check this list to see if there is one near you.
15. Make floats The ever-classic root beer float is a summer treat the kids enjoy making and drinking.
16. Make stomp rockets This was a project we came across while camping one year and the kids loved it. Gather a few supplies, make a paper rocket, and you are set.
17. Play bocce This is an easy game to play casually in the yard or at a park.
18. Have a movie marathon Rainy days can be a summer bummer. Set up a movie marathon to keep people entertained. Get out the popcorn and a few favorite movies.
19. Go to the arcade Have a nickel or quarter arcade nearby? Have fun playing games and winning cheesy prizes.
20. Go to the fair Remember going to the fair as a kid? Go see the animals, exhibits and, of course, the rides. Be sure to eat various fried foods to complete the experience.
21. Build houses Mini-houses, that is. Build or decorate a birdhouse or make a fairy house. The kids will love watching for birds and evidence of garden fairies.
22. Fly a kite Grab a kite and go to the yard, park, or school playground for breezy summer fun.
23. Learn jump rope tricks Jumping rope is great exercise and the kids can have fun with rhymes or learning tricks.
24. Learn origami Making little origami animals is fun for kids and adults. Smaller ones can help put together a mobile of origami animals you make.
25. Redecorate bedrooms Summer is the perfect time for growing kids to give their bedrooms a refresh. It might just be purging old toys and schoolwork, rearranging furniture, or you can even go as far as paint and new bedding.
If you are stuck for ideas as to what to do this summer, this list should help!