Pool parties, water parks, barbecues and lazy days on the beach are all here! But you don’t have to break the bank this summer to enjoy tons of family fun.
Check out over 50 of my all-time favorite summer activities and ideas and see how many you can check off your summer “to do” list! 🙂
1. Run through a sprinkler
Nothing says “old school” summer fun like setting up the garden hose and a sprinkler in the yard.
2. Catch fireflies
Save some glass jars and don’t forget to poke holes in the lids, decorate with your kids names, and send them out to collect fireflies.
3. Make ice cream sundaes
Invite some friends over and have an ice cream sundae night with all of your favorite toppings.
4. Build sand castles
If you don’t live near a beach, bring the beach to your backyard. Buy some sand from your local hardware store and set up a sand castle making area in your yard.
5. Play baseball
It’s as simple as some baseball mitts, a ball, and a bat. Find a local ball field and get the whole family involved.
6. Make homemade lemonade or popsicles
Get a bag of lemons and squeeze away and make a big pitcher of the good stuff. Kids will also love helping and it could inspire a lemonade stand.
7. Collect seashells at the beach
If you can get away to the beach, go ahead and start a beautiful collection of unusual seashells. What a way to create summer memories.
8. Hit up the local gym
Mom and Dad need some time too, so hit up your local gyms in the area for their introductory free week offers. Most gyms have kids programs too.
9. Plant a small garden
Just pick a spot in the yard or in a planter and start with some seedlings. Your kids will love watching their flowers or veggies growing.
10. Play on a Slip-n-Slide
Another way to stay cool is to play slip-n-slide right in your backyard. Think of the photo opportunities here!
11. Make s’mores
On a cool, summer, night, get all the ingredients to make s’mores around your fire pit or make one in your yard. Yum!
12. Play with sidewalk chalk
Buy a big box of chalk from your dollar store and send the kids to the sidewalk to get creative. Turn it into an art show and have a winner with a prize too.