101 Things To Do This Summer

101 Fun Things to Do This Summer

The upcoming summer may not look like summers of the past but with the abounding resources available on the internet, the sunny days of summer, and with a little creativity your kids will have a summer filled with fun memories. 

The following list of summer activities 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! With Covid-19 still a concerning issue, the availability of some of these activities will depend on your individual state.

Take a moment to review the list, visit the websites, and see which activities best suit your family. With these 101 things for your summer bucket list, you may just escape the “I’m bored” doldrums this summer!

1 Make a “smash book” of everything you do this summer
Find inspiration here!
https://www.pinterest.com/time4writing/smash-book-ideas/
2 Have a picnic
24 picnic ideas kids will love
https://lifeasmama.com/24-picnic-ideas-kid-will-love/
3 Write a letter to a pen pal
What To Write To Your Pen Pal
https://www.thereadingresidence.com/write-pen-pal/
 

 

5 Summer Learning Resource Guide
“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” Dr. Seuss
https://www.homeschool.com/article/summer-learning-resource-guide 
6 Get a job (parent permission)
Teens 4 Hire
www.teens4hire.org/ 
7 Become a photographer
Photography for kids
https://a2zhomeschooling.com/explore/fine_arts_kids/art/photography_kids/ 
8 Make dinner for your family
Recipes for kids to cook

https://a2zhomeschooling.com/explore/health_fitness_kids/recipes_kids_cook/
9 Teen summer reading and movie challenge
Combine your love for books with your love for movies

https://www.homeschoolliterature.com/books-by-grade/grades-6-8/teen-summer-book-movie-challenge 
10 Write a poem
30 Poems in 30 Days Challenge!
https://www.pspoets.com/blog/30daypoetrychallenge 
11 Learn about fireworks
How Stuff Works: Fireworks
people.howstuffworks.com/fireworks.htm 
12 Bake some cookies
Kid friendly baking by age
https://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/baking-tips/baking-cookies-with-kids
13 Take a boat ride
Boat Safe Kids!
https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/boating
14 Sketch a picture of your house from the outside
Perspective Drawing
www.artyfactory.com/perspective_drawing/perspective_1.htm 
15 Go to camp
Virtual Summer Camp
https://www.popsugar.com/family/virtual-summer-camp-ideas-47451720 
16 Visit a farm
Visiting a working farm can be a wonderful family activity
https://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/visiting.html
17 Take a walk and record the sounds
Listening to Nature
www.museumca.org/naturalsounds/ 
18 Make your own soccer camp
Soccer Drills, Skills, Rules, and Tips
www.soccerhelp.com/ 
19 Visit another country…online
Lonely Planet Destination Guides
www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/ 
20 Cut up an old greeting card picture and make a puzzle
Have fun creating a greeting card puzzle.
https://youtu.be/qFWeNI-h8Zo 
21 Learn a musical instrument
Music is a wonderful outlet for children and adults alike
https://www.homeschool.com/articles/how-to-homeschool-music/ 
22 Make a new kind of sandwich
Who Cooked That Up? – The Sandwich
https://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-sandwich/ 
23 Social distancing activities for kids of all ages
Despite the current limitations on social activities like sports, outdoor games, and playgrounds, we all still need to stay active and connected to others.
https://a2zhomeschooling.com/concerns_homeschooling/social-distancing-activities-for-kids/ 
24 Go backpacking
The Beginning Backpacker
www.backpacking.net/beginner.html 
25 Go outside and find 10 different kinds of flowers
The best apps for plant identification
https://theplantguide.net/2017/08/23/best-plant-identification-apps/ 
26 Create a web site
Lissa Explains HTML for Kids
www.lissaexplains.com/
 
27 Go camping
Inspiration for families learning while traveling
https://www.pinterest.com/time4learning/roadschooling/
28 Invent a new dance
Elements of Dance

https://www.elementsofdance.org/
29 Help an elderly person with house or yard work
(parent permission)

20 Great Reasons to Volunteer
www.volunteermatch.org/volunteers/resources/tipstricks.jsp
 
30 Get creative
Learn a new craft
https://www.homeschool.com/blog/homeschool-art-projects-for-teens
31 Learn a foreign language
5 foreign language resources to use now
www.word2word.com/coursead.html
 
32 Make an obstacle course in your back yard
American Ninja Warrior style
https://frugalfun4boys.com/american-ninja-warrior-backyard-obstacle-course/
33 Make a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunt ideas for kids of all ages
https://handsonaswegrow.com/32-ways-kids-can-go-on-scavenger-hunts/
34 Read a story to someone
Great read-aloud locations
https://www.homeschoolliterature.com/read-alouds/great-read-aloud-locations
35 How about Christmas in July?
Why not celebrate Christmas this summer? 
https://www.thisvivaciouslife.com/christmas-in-july-ideas/
 
36 Recycle bottles and donate the money to a local charity
Learn the basics of recycling and help others!
https://www.reusethisbag.com/articles/kids-guide-to-recycling/
  
37 Clean up a nature trail
Trail/Campground Maintenance

https://www.tomsofmaine.com/good-matters/helping-hands/be-a-park-cleanup-volunteer-with-your-whole-family
38 Build a tree house
The Tree House Guide
www.thetreehouseguide.com/
 
39 Summer Learning Resource Guide
Learning fun in the summer
https://www.homeschool.com/article/summer-learning-resource-guide
40 Set up a lemonade stand for your family
Lemonade Stand Game
www.coolmath-games.com/lemonade/
 
41 Learn or teach a new sport with someone
Sports Illustrated for Kids
www.sikids.com 
42 Watch a concert ONLINE
Here’s a list of online concerts
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown
43 Have a family game night
What Game Should We Play?
https://www.moneycrashers.com/family-game-night-ideas-board-games/
44 Make a movie
Kids guide to making movies
https://seatup.com/blog/kids-guide-to-making-movies/
45 Make a collage from magazine words and pictures
Get creative with collage
https://wonderfuldiy.com/magazine-collage-ideas/
46 Create a terrarium
How to Make a Terrarium
https://kidsgardening.org/garden-activities-building-a-terrarium/
47 Go canoeing
Paddle down the river!
https://www.freerangercanoe.com/canoeing-with-children/
48 Discover a new favorite author or book series
Children’s Literature Web Guide
www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/
 
49 Go to a virtual museum
Museums on the Web
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en&tab=pop
50 Make a fire plan
Home Fire Safety
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness.html
51 Make up bubble solution and have a contest
Casey Carle’s “Secret” Bubble Solutions
www.bubblemania.com/faq/solution.html
 
52 Fun and free stay at home activities for kidsThe Ultimate List of Home Activities for Kids During Self-Quarantine
https://www.homeschool.com/blog/2020/04/50-fun-and-free-stay-at-home-activities-for-kids/
53 Plant something
Gardens for Beginners
https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/gardening-with-children/
54 Visit a tourist spot near your home
Tourist Information Directory
www.touristinformationdirectory.com/
 
55 Weekend ideas for family fun
Family weekend activities can be some of the best opportunities for creating cherished memories together.
https://www.homeschool.com/blog/2020/04/10-weekend-ideas-for-family-fun/
56 Build a sandcastle
Sandcastle Tools
www.sandcastlecentral.com/toolpages/
 
57 Donate some of the toys and clothes you no longer use
How To Donate Toys
www.ehow.com/how_10124_donate-toys-children.html
 
58 Research your family tree
Learn more about your “roots”
https://www.familytreemagazine.com/premium/7-genealogy-activities-for-kids/
59 Fly a kite
Professor Kite and the Secret of Kites
http://www.gombergkites.com/how.html
60 Invent your own board game
Design Your Own Board Game
https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-your-Own-Board-Game/
61 Use a compass or GPS to map your neighborhood
Mapping your Neighborhood
https://www.edutopia.org/naturemapping-lesson-maps-directions-coordinates
62 Build a time capsule
Making Time Capsules
https://www.personalcreations.com/blog/time-capsule-ideas
63 Act in a play
So You Want to Put On a Play?
www.writewords.org.uk/articles/theatre1.asp
 
64 Cook a new meal from another culture
Learn about new foods!
https://www.globetrottinkids.com/introducing-cultures-through-international-cuisines/
65 Make a bird feeder
Feed the birds in your neighborhood 
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/bird-feeders-for-kids-to-make-2764688
66 Social distancing ideas for kids 
Fun ideas for all ages
https://a2zhomeschooling.com/concerns_homeschooling/social-distancing-activities-for-kids/
67 Connect with grandparents
Stay in touch even while far away
https://www.bayareaparent.com/Article/Keeping-Grandparents-and-Grandkids-Connected/
68 Emergency First Aid Chart (PDF)
http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/courses/
69 Dig for fossils
Dinosaur Dig
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/interactive/super-fossil-finder/
70 Write a song
Notes on Songwriting
www.robinfrederick.com/write.html
 
71 Tie-dye some t-shirts
How to Tie-Dye
https://www.parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/tie-dye-with-kids/
72 Take a dog for a walk
Tips for a Better Walk with Your Dog
https://www.dog-training-excellence.com/dog-walking-tips.html
73 Have a paper airplane contest
Paper Airplane Contest Rules

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/hold-paper-airplane-contest/
74 Go without TV for a day (or longer!)
Turn it off
https://www.abackyardhiker.com/how-living-without-tv-changed-my-life-for-the-better/
75 Sign up for a Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading and Learning
https://truemoneysaver.com/freebies/summer-reading-programs/
76 Learn some new outdoor games
Games Kids Play
www.gameskidsplay.net/ 
77 Make something from recyclables
Crafts from Recycled Products
https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/04/recycled-art-project-for-kids-2.html
78 30 best movies on Netflix this summer
Which one is your favorite?
https://www.vulture.com/article/best-movies-for-kids-netflix.html
79 Make homemade ice cream
Ice cream in a bag!

https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/ice-cream-in-a-bag/
80 Jump on a trampoline
Trampoline Safety Rules
https://www.amomstake.com/5-essential-safe-trampoline-rules/
81 Get a magazine subscription (parent permission)
Magazine Listing
https://www.weareteachers.com/best-magazines-for-kids/
82 Turn TV time into learning time
Help make learning fun
https://www.secularhomeschool.com/content/1853-turn-tv-time-into-learning-time/
83 Go swimming
Swim safety for kids
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/swim-safety.html
84 Paint a portrait of your best friend
Draw Your Friend
https://www.art-is-fun.com/portrait-painting
85 Start a collection
How to Start a Collection
https://www.melissaanddoug.com/blogpost/?postId=how-to-start-collecting-cool-collection-ideas-for-kids
86 Write a fairy tale
Fractured Fairy Tales and Fables
teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/fractured_fairy.htm
 
87 Travel in time
Odyssey Online
carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/MidElem_Home.html 
88 Stargaze and track the moon phases
Astronomy for Kids
www.dustbunny.com/afk/index.html 
89 Learn how to sew
Teaching kids to sew
https://makeit-loveit.com/teaching-kids-to-hand-sew
90 Visit a National Park
National Park Service Guide
www.nps.gov/parks.html 
91 Rent a video of a ballet
Easy to Read Profiles of the Histories of Ballets
classicalmusic.about.com/od/historyofballet/ 
92 Roast marshmallows
How to make the perfect s’more
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-quest-perfect-smore-180969620/  
93 Watch the birds
Tips on Getting Started with Bird Watching
www.birdwatching.com/tips/kids_birding.html 
94 Arrange a bouquet of flowers
Learn how to make a bouquet
https://www.flowershopnetwork.com/blog/children-flower-arranging/
95 Learn to blog (parents permission)
How Blogs Work
https://mashable.com/2010/10/03/help-children-blog/
96 Re-decorate your room
Decorating Gallery
https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/kids-bedroom-ideas-257291
97 Learn to play chess
Chess is Fun
https://www.chess.com/learn-how-to-play-chess
98 Adopt a pet (parent permission)
http://www.petfinder.com/
99 Keep your brain going
Brain Teasers
https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/brain-teasers-for-kids/
100 Teach someone to use email
Email etiquette for kids

https://applesandbananaseducation.com/email-etiquette-kids/
101 Create your own holiday
A Month With No Holidays? Make Up Your Own!
www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson018.shtml