Two words parents do not want to hear over the summer are “I’m bored!” The best way to tackle this head on is to have super fun summer activities ready to go! We’ve compiled our list of 101 Things into a 2018 version we know you’re going to love!
Ideas for Summer Activities
- Visit a drive-in theater. Movies are exciting for kids to do with their families but sometimes, Redbox gets old and the theaters are too expensive. Instead, visit your local drive-in theater and enjoy a new experience for moviegoing.
2. Make a water blob! All you’ll need is plastic sheeting, some duct tape, and a water hose. These look like so much fun, you’ll probably retire the backyard sprinkler!
- Eat a whole lobster with your hands. A perfect idea if you live near water! Look for places nearby that offer fresh seafood.
4. Attend an outdoor concert. Bring a blanket to lay on and enjoy yourself. If you can find an all-day concert, even better!
5. Ask your parents if they’ll take you on a spontaneous road trip. It doesn’t have to be far but try to pick somewhere you’ve never visited. Look for the small, local restaurants you might find along the way.
6. Play in a summer rainstorm! Enjoy the feeling of rain – especially if it’s heavy – pouring down on your skin and soak up the smells.
Take a trip to your local fair and win yourself a prize. Or, win a prize for a loved one!
8. Create squirtable chalk. You can even add a twist to it by creating color-changing squirty chalk.
9. Spend some time learning about ocean animals and then create your own mason jar aquariums. What a perfect complement to a beach trip!
10. Make unique art by doing squirt gun paintings. This may remind you of paintball but without the mess on you! Simply fill squirt guns with paint and have a blast – literally!
11. With your parent’s permission, redecorate and rearrange your bedroom. You can purchase Oops paint for as little as a dollar a gallon at your local paint/hardware store.
12. In conjunction with #11, make summer themed bandana pillows.
13. Spend one afternoon of quality time with each individual in your family. Have a tea party with your little sister, play cards with your brother, and hang out with your dad. Enjoy spending time with those who love you.
14. Go camping–even if it’s in your backyard! If you happen to have a trampoline, they make great sleeping surfaces.
15. Turn into an expert. Pick a topic you’re interested in and research it online. Better yet, pick one subject per week. You’ll be impressed with all you’ve learned by the end of the summer.
16. Make homemade ice cream…try a flavor you’ve never had before!
17. Learn a new talent. What do you really wish you could do? Talk to your parents about it. They can help you find ways to achieve your goals.
18. Get up at dawn and appreciate the coolness and peaceful feeling of the early morning. Compare it to the sweltering afternoon.
19. With your family, float down a slow river on an inflatable tube. Or maybe, a not so slow river–tubing is a blast!
20. Play badminton. It’s a fun game. Compare it to ping pong and tennis. Just because you’re good at one doesn’t mean you’re good at the others. Why is that?
21. Learn about bats, why they are important and why they are beneficial. Did you know that a bat can eat as many as 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour? Try building a bat house.
22. Have a pinata party. But first, make your own pinata. Or for a wet twist, make a water balloon pinata!
23. Interview your grandparents. They’re interesting people! Find out what games they played when they were young, what their parents were like (your great-grandparents), what kind of clothes they wore, etc. If you can, record the interview. You’ll be glad you did.
24. Attend your sibling’s game and REALLY root for him/her.
25. Bake a cake and then decorate it. There are a number of cake decorating shows on television–watch a few and then see what you can do. Have fun with it.
26. Learn about compound interest and start a savings account. Check out what happens when you double a penny every day for 30 Days.
27. Do something especially nice for Father’s Day. Show your dad how much he means to you. Write him a letter expressing your love. It’s a gift he’ll keep forever.
28. Improve your vocabulary. Play Word Dynamo and then look up and learn two new words from the dictionary every day. At the end of the summer, try Word Dynamo again and see how you’ve improved!
29. Learn how to do the butterfly stroke. It’s the most difficult swimming stroke. You’ll certainly get a work out!
30. Roast marshmallows and make S’mores. If you can’t roast the marshmallows over a fire, try broiler S’mores. Even the eye of a gas stove will do!
31. Decorate your flip flops.
32. Watch live animal cams from your local zoo–or from any zoo!
Spoil your pet for a day. Give your dog a bath, play ball with him, and take him for a walk. Likewise, cuddle your cat, pet your hamster, talk to your bird, etc. Spoil your pet several times over the summer. Turn it into a habit.
34. Lounge on a hammock. Better yet, make a hammock first!
35. Have a neighborhood outdoor game day. Revisit 4-square; Red Rover, Red Rover; Duck, Duck, Goose; and Mother May I.
36. Start a blog. First, look at some free blog templates and tutorials to decide how you want yours to look.
37. Tour a college campus. There are pros and cons to touring college campuses during the summer months.
38. Choose a day–or two–and perform random acts of kindness. See how others respond. It’s very rewarding. Browse Kindness Ideas, and share your story as well.
39. Talk to your parents about what you’d like to learn next year in your homeschool program. Chances are, your parents are looking at curriculum now. So, now is the time to speak up!
40. Make FUN snacks with your siblings. Some fun ideas include easy homemade applesauce, celebration flags, and homemade ice cream sandwiches.
41. On a really hot day, go to the dollar movie theatre and enjoy the air conditioning!
42. Learn about cotton candy. There’s not nearly as much sugar in cotton candy as you might think.
43. Make a work of art in your driveway using multi-color chalk. Get permission first. Did you know you can draw with make wet chalk drawings? Professional artists have done some amazing chalk art!
44. Learn how to take a good photograph. There’s more to it than pointing and clicking.
45. Have an old fashioned weenie roast, and make your own mustard. There are over 100 recipes for mustard available!
46. Make an easy DIY birdbath. The birds will really appreciate it!
47. Learn jump rope tricks. Find jump rope videos on the internet to give you inspiration. It’s AMAZING what people can do with a jump rope!
48. Do some crazy, fun science experiments (explosions, etc.) with your parent’s permission of course.
49. Learn how to skip rocks.
50. Blow bubble gum bubbles–gigantic, wonderful, pink bubbles. Have blowing contests with your siblings. You can even learn how to blow a double bubble!
51. Swing on a tire swing or a rope swing. Don’t have one? That’s an easy fix!
52. Make friendship bracelets for all of your friends–and your siblings too!
53. Jump on a trampoline. It can be a backyard trampoline or you can jump at a trampoline fun center. Trampoline fun centers seem to be a new craze and are popping up all over the country.
Run through the sprinklers–this never gets old! Or participate in the fun celebration of Slip-n-Slide! To make a large Slip-n-Slide, use plastic tarp and to go super fast, use dish soap.
55. Make “custom” Kool-Aid by mixing flavors.
56. Make your own beach/summer outing bag. Then fill with summer necessities–lip balm, bottled water, sunscreen, a small first aid kit, etc. Parental assistance may be necessary.
57. Check out your local paper to discover any free-admission activities. Lots will be going on in your community and you don’t want to miss a thing.
58. Slide down a hill on a piece of cardboard! Or, you can go ice blocking. With both, let your parents know what you’re doing.
59. Make a new friend. Reach out to someone who has just moved into your neighborhood or to someone that doesn’t have a lot of friends. They might end up becoming your best buddy.
60. Give your grandparents a big hug for no reason!
61. Fly a kite! You can buy one already made or create a fun DIY kite.
62. Learn the physics of skateboarding.
63. Go somewhere fun with the family. A family reunion perhaps?
64. Think about career options and find out what type of education is required. Go online and determine the demand for the field and the starting salary. Some adults do what they love regardless of the compensation, others go into a field because of the pay.
65. Learn all about physical fitness.
65. Have a Cannon Ball competition with your friends.
67. Engage in an old-fashioned sack or wheelbarrow race.
69. Surprise your parents by cleaning your room without being told to do so!
70. Learn the history of where you live. The library will be a good place to start.
71. Play hide-and-go-seek in the DARK! Turn off all the lights in the house… and play for hours. Warning–this can get a bit raucous. Parental permission required.
72. Try a food you’ve never tasted before. Go on… take a bite!
73. Find a mentor. Want to learn a specific skill or obtain certain knowledge? See if someone in the community can be your mentor. This can be a family member, family friend, or someone you don’t even know yet.
74. BE a mentor.
75. Learn how to do a roundoff.
76. Go to the beach and build an amazing sandcastle!
77. Turn up the music and DANCE!
78. Understand the science behind fireworks. http://www.howstuffworks.com/fireworks.htm
79. Learn how to hula hoop and master some fun tricks!
80. Visit an educational and fun farm. Can’t make it to a farm? Visit a virtual farm.
81. Recycle bottles and donate the money to a local charity.
82. Make up bubble solution–because we don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy bubbles! Learn the best conditions for optimal bubble making.
83. Summer is the perfect time to learn! Summer should be fun and with Time4Learning, it can be!
84. If you’re a girl, bring back the Topsy-Tail! You might have to ask your mom what one is!
85. Make paper airplanes–there are a variety available, including printable paper airplanes.
86. Learn how to whistle with two fingers; it takes a lot of talent!
87. Understand roller coaster physics. They aren’t as dangerous as they seem!
88. Make up with someone. Go ahead – apologize and end the feud!
89. Learn the science behind rainbows.
90. Read Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene and watch the video starring Kristi McNichol and Bruce Davidson.
91. Learn about frogs.
92. If you’re old enough and your parents approve, get a job. Real life experience is extremely educational!
93. Find out how hot air balloons work. Depending on where you live, you might be able to go on one or at least watch them take off. Did you know they make a bit of noise?
94. Learn to play chess. There are a number of free sites on the Internet that will help you learn.
95. Build a bonfire. You can make one in your backyard or at the beach if you’re headed there.
96. Plant a fall vegetable garden. Don’t forget to add pumpkins!
97. Make pink lemonade bars.
98. Do something… anything you choose… to make you a better you.
99. Barter your services. Want to ride a horse? Offer to clean out stalls in return for riding time. Want to take guitar lessons? Offer to mow the instructor’s lawn in return for lessons. Get your parent’s permission and then make sure you follow through on your end.
100. Read the book The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. If you can, watch the 1958 feature film adaptation produced by Walt Disney Productions and then compare the two.
101. Last but not least… get ready for school to resume. Clean out your desk and your homeschool area. Summer is GREAT but so is the fall!