102 Fun Things To Do This Summer

Whether you are looking to stay close to home this summer or venture out into the world, we’ve compiled a huge list of things for children of all ages to be able to use to have an amazing summer! With the abounding resources available on the internet, the warm, sunny days, and a little creativity, your kids will have a summer filled with fun memories.

The following list of fun things to do this summer will help your family take full advantage of summer learning fun and help spark your creativity to make the summer all that it should be!  Kids can choose any activity they are interested in and complete them in any order they like (most children enjoy checking them off as they complete them). Some items require parental permission (such as adopting a pet) but others are suitable for kids to complete on their own. Some can even be done with the entire family!

Take a moment to review the list, visit the websites, and see which activities best suit your family. With these 102 things on your summer bucket list, you may just escape the “I’m bored” doldrums this summer!

Indoor Summer Activities

These projects can all be done inside on rainy days or if the summer heat gets to be too much.

  • Make a “smash book” of everything you do this summer – Smash books are great for children to use to document creatively because there are no rules! Find inspiration for your summer smash book here!
  • Write a letter to a Pen Pal – This is almost a lost art, and many of our children may not even know what a Pen Pal is. Help your child find a Pen Pal this summer and get great tips on writing here!
  • Summer Learning Resource Guide – Looking for ideas to keep the learning going this summer? Check out our Summer Learning Resource Guide for some great ideas!
  • Write a poem – Unsure where to begin? Take the challenge and let these 30 poetry prompts get you started!
  • Cut up an old greeting card picture and make a puzzle – Do you have any old greeting cards lying around? Watch this short video that shows your child how to use them to make puzzles!
  • Learn a musical instrument – Have you or your child wanted to learn to play an instrument? Summer is the perfect time to pick one up and get to work! Check out this article to find amazing summertime options for virtual or in-person lessons!
  • Get creative – If you have an older child in your family, you’ve likely moved past the days of construction paper and markers, and the very words “art project” may be met with groans. Don’t despair! Here is an excellent list of more challenging art projects for the teen in your home!
  • Learn a foreign language – Whether you are planning for an amazing vacation, just wanting to expand your skill set, or something in between, here are 5 free foreign language tools to help you become bilingual!Summer Homeschool Ideas
  • Celebrate Christmas in July – What better way to beat the heat in the middle of the summer than to have a Christmas party?! Pull out those holiday pajamas and have a celebration your little ones will never forget! Draw some inspiration here!
  • Have a family game night – Spending an evening with the whole family together learning a new game are nights that can become happy childhood memories. Choose a game from this list for your next game night!
  • Make a collage from magazine words and pictures – Remember that big stack of magazines on a shelf you keep meaning to recycle? Pull some out on a rainy day and get creative! Get some collage inspiration here!
  • Fun and free stay-at-home activities for kids – Looking for a few ideas for slow, rainy days? Look no further than this list of 50 stay-at-home activities perfect for summertime!
  • Invent your own board game – If you have a child who loves board games and has a creative mind, check out this website which guides them through designing their own game!
  • Build a time capsule – Anytime is a good time to store our children’s memories for the future. Take an afternoon and use this guide to put together a time capsule!
  • Connect with grandparents – Whether you’re socially distancing or physically distanced by geography, use some of these activities to keep your children connected with their grandparents this summer!
  • Have a paper airplane contest – Paper isn’t just for writing! Get your family together and have a paper airplane contest! Read the rules here and have fun learning about aerodynamics!
  • 30 best movies on Netflix this summer – Looking for a new film for a family movie night? Check out this list of the best family-friendly movies on Netflix this summer and find a new favorite!
  • Turn TV time into learning time – Entertainment can also educate! Here are some great ideas to help make summer TV time work for your children!
  • Learn how to sew – Sewing is a skill that will serve your child all their life! Read here to teach them how to sew this summer!
  • Watch a ballet – A great way to introduce your children to the beautiful art of ballet dancing is by watching one of these 3 best classical ballets for children! Bonus: all 3 are available to rent or stream on Amazon Prime!
  • Re-decorate your room – Maybe your child is getting older and wants a more mature bedroom, or maybe they’re just looking to change things up. Either way, the summer is a great time to redecorate! Read here to get some summer bedroom design inspiration!
  • Learn to play chess – Want to work those brain muscles and learn a new skill? Put down the checkers and pick up chess! Learn how to play here!
  • Use CourseBridge this summer to review, remediate, or prep for your next class! Summer Learning Loss Fix

Outdoor Summer Activities

Summertime is an excellent time to be outside, soaking up some vitamin D, and making memories as a family. Here are some fun things to do in the great outdoors this summer!

Indoor or Outdoor Summer Activities

These activities can be done either inside or outside. You choose!

  • Teen summer reading challenge – Check out this list of different summer challenges to help your kid find their love for books! BONUS: Get an out-of-state library card and join other challenges as well!
  • Become a photographer – Photography has become such a popular hobby and is a skill that can even potentially be used to build a career. If this is something that may interest your child, check out these tips!
  • Invent a new dance – If dancing or choreography is something your child is interested in, check out the Elements of Dance for tips on creating their own summertime dance!
  • Make a scavenger hunt – The great thing about scavenger hunts is that they can be tailored to any age. Whether you have little ones or older children, this list has a hunt for everyone!
  • Read a story to someone – Sometimes our children don’t want to stop playing to read a story. When that happens, suggest one of these great summer locations for afternoon reading!
  • Create an art project using recycled materials Teach your children about the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and create some art using those recycled materials! Also, listen to this fun song by Jack Johnson about the 3 Rs!
  • Make a movie – Do you have a child who loves movies and dreams of Hollywood? Let this guide teach them how to make their own movies and start chasing their dreams!!
  • Create a terrarium – It’s one thing to hear about or read books on the water cycle, but building a terrarium is a great way for your children to see and experience it for themselves! Learn how to create one this summer here!
  • Make a fire safety plan – With all the fun activities of summer, don’t forget some necessary safety measures. Visit the Red Cross website for info on how to protect your home and family should the unthinkable occur.
  • Weekend ideas for family fun – Family weekend activities can be some of the best opportunities for creating cherished memories together. This list offers some great ideas for summertime weekend fun!
  • Act in a play – Do you have a budding thespian in your home? Here is some advice for arranging an evening at the theatre…at your home. No matter the age of your child, there is something here for them!Fun Summer Activities to do with Friends
  • Make a bird feeder – It’s always fun to watch different birds flitting about in the yard. Make a bird feeder with your children, and give the birds a reason to hang around!
  • Write a song – If you have a child who loves music and has a story to tell, encourage them to channel that into songwriting! If it seems too daunting a task, this video contains tips to help get your child started writing a song!
  • Tie-dye some t-shirts – If you’re looking for a fun, messy activity, try your hand at tie-dyeing! Your kids are sure to love making their shirts, and then proudly wearing their creations for all to see! Check out these summer tie-dye patterns with simple instructions!
  • Go without TV for a day (or longer!) – It’s hard to admit, but many of us spend more time than we should in front of a television screen. This can be especially true of our children. Try unplugging the TV for a day or two and see if it makes a difference in your family as it did in this family!
  • Make homemade ice cream – What is summer without homemade ice cream?! If your family doesn’t have an ice cream maker, fret not! Learn here how to make ice cream in a bag!
  • Paint or draw a portrait of your best friend – Looking for ways to flex those creative muscles? Let your children get a group of friends together to be an artist and their muse! Read these tips on creating a portrait!
  • Do some scientific experiments – Let your children unleash their inner mad scientist by doing some of these incredibly fun experiments!
  • Write a fairy tale – Once upon a time, your children loved listening to a great story. There’s something timeless about fairy tales that even adults can appreciate. Let your child’s creative mind run wild with this how-to guide for writing fairy tales, and may you all live happily ever after!
  • Arrange a bouquet – Arranging flowers is truly an art form, and it is one that even children can master. Read here to learn how to arrange a bouquet this summer!
  • Keep your brain going – Do your children love jokes and riddles? If so, they will love these 45 fun brain teasers for kids!
  • Paint and hide rocks – Join the Kindness Rock Project! Spend some time with your children painting rocks, then hide them around your community this summer for others to find! Read more about this project here!
  • Celebrate a crazy holiday – Apparently, every day now has some wacky holiday attached to it. Check out this list of crazy, weird holidays, and pick some to celebrate this summer!

    In the Kitchen Summer Activities

    People say that the Kitchen is the heart of the home for a reason. Gather your kids and have some fun!

    • Bake some cookies – Let your little ones help whip up some dessert with these cookie-baking tips!
    • Make dinner for your family – There may be extra mess involved, but letting your kids join you in the kitchen makes for some great childhood memories. If you have older children, this collection of recipes requires minimal parental involvementThings to Do Summer Nights so you can kick back and let them take the reins!
    • Make a new kind of sandwich – Here is another great way to get your kids in the kitchen for a memorable lunch! Grab some bread and ingredients, and invent a new sandwich! It may taste great…or it may not. Either way, it will be fun! Find some inspiration here!
    • Cook a new meal from another culture – Sometimes we get so bogged down in our lives, that we can forget how big the world is. A good way to learn about other cultures with your children is with food! Get some great ideas for kid-friendly international meals here!
    • Make some popsicles – What better summertime activity than making homemade popsicles to help cool down on a hot day? Choose your favorite flavor from these recipes (or try them all!) and get busy this summer!
    • Have a taste test – Discover how important our other senses become when eating. Do things still taste the same without using our senses of sight and smell? Watch this quick video and do your own taste test to find out!

    On the Road Summer Activities

    Want to get out of the house this summer? Here are some fun suggestions to do just that!

    • Join the Workforce – If you have a teenager looking to make a little extra money this summer, check out Teens 4 Hire!
    • Help an elderly person with house or yard work – Is there someone in your community who could use a helping hand? Could your children pitch in and help? Here are Great Reasons to Volunteer this summer!
    • Adopt a pet – Some of you are already shaking your heads no on this one, but the summertime is a great time to get a new pet! Your children have more free time to train and spend time with the new addition, and there are so many pets needing a home. This site will help you find the perfect pet in your area!
    • Use a compass or GPS to map your neighborhood – Because we rely so heavily on our smartphones these days, many children don’t know how to use a compass or understand latitude and longitude. A fun way to teach these skills would be to get out and make a map of your neighborhood. For tips on teaching these life skills, read more here!
    • Visit a farm – Visiting a working farm can be a wonderful, fun, and educational family activity. Visit this website to find a farm near you!
    • Go backpacking – Getting outside and wandering around in the mountains or the wilderness may sound amazing, but it may also sound daunting if you aren’t sureTake Homeschooling on the Road This Summer where to begin. Find out everything you need to know for a successful and safe summer trip here!
    • Go camping – Looking to hit the road this summer? Find some inspiration here for great ways to take learning with you!
    • Clean up a nature trail – Another place your family can volunteer is at a park! Speak to a park official and spend some time sprucing up a trail! Read more here!
    • Go to a concert – Everybody loves a great concert, but it’s difficult with little ones. Visit this website, add your state, and see all the family-friendly events in your area!
    • Go canoeing – Getting out on the lake can be an exciting experience for your family, but only if done safely. Read here to learn summertime tips for canoeing with children!
    • Visit a tourist spot near your home – Many of us tend to avoid tourist attractions in our area because of crowds, but they draw crowds for a reason! Visit this website to find local attractions in your area and plan a visit!
    • Build a sandcastle – Whether you’re on a beach or in a sandbox, learn tips for building a summer sandcastle to be proud of here!
    • Donate some of the toys and clothes you no longer use – If you find yourself with too much clutter and need to downsize, check out some of these places to donate toys, and clothes and shoes to children who need them!
    • Emergency First Aid Chart – Summer is a great time for the adults and teens in the home to refresh their memories on life-saving skills. Register for a class with the Red Cross or download an emergency first aid chart here!
    • Visit a National Park – There are few places in our land as beautiful as the untouched National Parks. Whether you’re looking to take a road trip or want to visit one close by, check out the National Parks website to find the perfect choice for your family and prepare for the experience of a lifetime!

    Virtual Summer Activities

    With the world at our fingertips, here are some very cool, fun, and educational (but you can keep that last one quiet) things to do online this summer!


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