Kids Summer Activities

School’s Out! Fun Ideas for the Summer

Ah, the lazy days of summer. They are full of warmth, fun and leisure. Depending on where you are, your kids only have 1-2 months remaining in the school year. With summer vacation right around the corner, your kids will be home 100% of the time! What’s a parent to do? Don’t worry, here are a few Kids Summer Activities to keep them busy.

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I remember summers as a kid. You look forward to it all year long and the first few weeks are magic! We weren’t a family that could travel for summer vacation. The most we could do was a week of camping about 30 minutes away at the lake each year. I loved that.

It’s great if travel is on your list. If so, be sure to read the post on Road Trip Hacks. But what if you need some other options closer to home?

Local Events

If you aren’t sure where to look for ideas, look close to home. Finding ways to have fun in your area gives you more options on a regular basis. For so many reasons, Staycations are Better for Families and might be perfect for you.

If you’re trying to fill the time for a day or an afternoon, chances are you are already part of a group or organization that offers summertime entertainment solution for kids and families.

You don’t have to go far to find summer fun activities for the kids. Not only do many community centers offer summer camp options, they also host other activities for kids sand families throughout the summer. Like community centers, there YMCA facilities are found in many cities throughout the United States.

The summer months are peak business for some places. There are also entire towns that are only “open for business during the summer” because of tourism. If you don’t mind the traffic, visiting a place like that could be fun for the whole family.

With the nice weather, cities and towns across America come out to celebrate. You will easily find festivals for music, food, entertainment from coast to coast. Pack up the kids and spend a day celebrating pretty much anything that comes to mind. For example, in my area, there’s a garlic festival as well as some for the Armed Forces and so many more.

Don’t forget the county, state, city fair! The fair combines the thrill of rides, animals, rodeos, monster trucks and more food than you could imagine, all in the same place.

Businesses & Organizations

  • Community Center
  • YMCA
  • Church
  • City Parks Department
  • Military Groups
  • Non-Profit Kid/ Family Organizations
  • Community Pool

Summer Vacation Activities

So, now that you have an idea of where you can go for fun summer activity ideas, what kind of stuff can you do? You can do, so many things! In some places, the summer months offer the warmest, most favorable weather people will see all year!

If your kids have been itching to get outside and play, now’s the time to do it. Playing in the yard, or in the neighborhood with friends is always nice. But, there are other options to consider beyond your neighborhood.

Summer Camp

There’s a summer camp for everything. Literally. Depending on how much you want to spend how long and how far you want to go, there are several options available at home and abroad.

  • Vacation Bible School
  • Summer Camp for Artists
  • Camps for Musicians
  • Sports Camps (Basketball, Baseball, Football, Cheerleading)
  • STEM Camps (Computer, Robotics, Engineering)
  • Circus Camp
  • Wilderness Camp

Camp durations range from day camps to 1 week or more. For camps outside of your region, there may still be restrictions in place due to the pandemic, so keep that in mind when making your plans.

This could be an ideal solution for some families, because not only are the kids socializing and gaining new experiences, you may also be solving the child care challenges you’re facing.

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Outdoor Play

Again, the weather is great so why not enjoy?! I think it’s safe to say that the best part of summer, outside of no school, is being outdoors!

But, the mom in me has to talk about safety. Do yourself and your kids a favor and stay health risks if you don’t take precautions.

Water Sports

  • Swimming
  • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Water Skiing
  • Paddle Board
  • River Float (Innertubes)
  • Kiddie Pool (Fun for Kids & Pups)

In the Wild

  • Star Gazing
  • Camping (Campground, Park, Backyard)
  • Hiking
  • Geocaching
  • Day at the Beach

Around the Neighborhood

  • Sprinkler/ Water Slide
  • Foam Pit
  • Water Balloons/ Squirt Guns
  • Cycling
  • Riding a Scooter
  • Roller Skating/ Rollerblading
  • Outdoor Trampoline
  • BBQ/ Picnic
  • Fireworks
  • Zoo/ Animal Farm
  • Outdoor Movie (Backyard or Drive-in)

More Kids Summer Activity Ideas

Of course you want more ideas! Happy to share a few more…

  • Family Time: Summer break is a great opportunity to spend extended time with relatives near or far. Not only does it provide a time for relationship building, but can also serve as a childcare solution.
  • Play Dates: If your kids are far from their peers, arrange a couple of play dates throughout the summer. Parents can choose to host them, or meet at a park if you prefer.
  • Volunteer: Does your family volunteer? Clean up a park, run a race (5K), collect back-to-school donations (supplies, backpacks, etc.).
  • Storytime at the Library: A great year-round activity.
  • Outdoor Theater: Who says plays need to be indoors?
  • Lemonade Stand: Adding for nostalgia sake. This was common and no biggie when I was a kid, but now, the law could come down on you if you don’t have a permit. Crazy right?

It doesn’t have to be all fun and games. Fun is in the eye of the beholder.

For some kids, school the place where feel more confident and at home. That makes summer vacation a challenge for their well-being. Believe it or not, the summer months can offer an opportunity for academic advancement.

If you have a child excited for learning, they can take classes at the community college, or attend summer school offerings. There are even focused programs or internships in a particular area of interest.

Before you know it, the days will be winding down and it will be time to get ready for another school year. If they’ve enjoyed even a handful of the ideas shared here, your kids will be ready for the break.

Key Takeaways

Summertime is a time full of fun and magical memories for kids. The time spent during the summer stays with you throughout life.

Parents, you’ll like this. One of the best things about it, is that these fun ideas for the summer are budget friendly. Day camps through the community center are reasonably priced. And, adventures in your neighborhood are completely free! Even fireworks put on by the city are free and fun for the whole family!

You can even just open the door and usher the kids outside to create their own adventures!

Tell me, what do your children like to do? There are many kids summer activities to choose from. Sign-up for summer camp, head to the fair or simply take advantage of the great weather right in your own yard.

There’s just nothing like that feeling of freedom, adventure and relaxation. Whether they like chasing butterflies, rolling down a grassy hill, or gazing up at the sky looking for animals in the clouds, it’s great to be a kid during the summer.

These summer vacation activities should provide you with lots of options to keep your kids happy and busy.

What do you have planned with your kids this summer? Share your plans in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Kids Summer Activities”

  1. These are great ideas! I don’t have kids, but when I babysit or watch my niece/nephews I love to do fun activities with them. We usually find parks or local farms to explore and play in, but I love the variety in your list!

    1. I love the idea of going to a local farm. We have one that we go to that’s set-up as a petting zoo. It’s full of goats that just roam around freely and we love it. But, I never thought about taking her to an actual farm. Love it! Thanks for the idea! We will have to add that to our list of adventures this year.

      ~ Cassie

  2. I love how you’ve provided a list of ways to bring some summertime fun to our kids. Thinking back to all the summertime fun I had in my childhood brings back such great memories. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Jodie. Wasn’t summertime as a kid the best! I wish I could have the freedom and joy from childhood with the independence we enjoy as an adult. What a combo! Not that kids NEED to be told how to have fun, but it’s helpful to have some ideas on hand.

      ~ Cassie

  3. Fab suggestions! I don’t have any children myself but I still remember how much fun those long summers were as a kid. Beach days were very popular in my family! I’ve always wanted to do a slip n slide too haha, they always looked like so much fun. Thank you so much for sharing, I hope you and your family have the best summer x

    1. The great news is that you don’t need to have any children to enjoy the activities I shared! They’re pretty universal! Beach days will always be special to me. If you’re willing, try out the slip-n-slide. If I remember correctly, you have to hit the ground just right so you don’t hurt yourself. But, that would never stop kids anyway… they’re pretty resilient. Have a great summer, whatever fun things you plan to do!

      ~ Cassie

  4. These are fantastic points for summer break! I love planning ahead for thing we will do on the school holidays so your post is super helpful. We love getting out in nature so I think a lot of nature walks and camping is on the cards for us. I’s love to take my son to an outdoor cinema, got to check and see if there are any near me. Thank you for sharing.

    Jordanne ||

    1. You’re like me Jordanne. I like to have an idea of what I want to do. But, I’m also willing to just go with it if there’s a better option. Spending time in nature is so great in so many ways. I am in full support of camping. I love it! Even if you can’t find an outdoor cinema, a white sheet and projector in the backyard will do the trick and can be so much fun! Give it a try!

      ~ Cassie

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