Whether you live in a house or an apartment, like the outdoors or prefer to stay inside, have heaps of cash in your bank account or live on a strict budget, there are HEAPS of ways to have fun when it’s hot outside, and this list of 100 summer activities for kids has something for everyone!
I originally put this list together a couple of years ago when my daughter was still too young to appreciate most of the ideas I’d collected, and while we’ve tried quite a few since then, this will be the first summer we live in a house with a backyard, and we are beyond excited.
It’s going to be so much fun!
I’ve continued to edit this list over time, and before I share my current top 100 summer activities for kids, I wanted to share 3 fabulous kids activities books I recently stumbled across that will provide you (and me!) with even more ways to have fun at home while your kids are climbing the walls this summer. These books are available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, and I’ve included an Amazon affiliate link to each in case you’re lazy like me and prefer to make your purchases online!
101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller
The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Holly Homer, Rachel Miller, and Jamie Harrington
150 Screen-Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro
And now, for my list of 100 awesome summer activities for kids!
1. Start a water balloon fight!
3. Have fun in the dark with this DIY glow in the dark ringtoss!
4. Make your own sandbox so you can build sandcastles right in your backyard!
8. Three words: water balloon pinatas!
9. Have a firework display in your backyard after the sun goes down.
11. Hit the pool and play a round of swimming pool scrabble.
12. Go for ice cream.
15. Roast marshmallows.
16. Make these toilet roll binoculars and go for a nature walk!
17. Put the kids in their PJs and take them to see a movie at the drive-in.
18. Build sand castles.
19. Make your own kites and then take them to the park to test them out!
20. Have a skip-rope contest.
21. Organize some old fashioned backyard games.
22. Go strawberry picking and then make homemade strawberry jam.
23. Go for a bike ride.
25. Make a lemonade stand.
26. Play hopscotch.
28. Have a picnic lunch with your favorite foods!
29. Make a laser maze!
30. Get out the sidewalk chalk.
31. Enjoy a nice, fattening, cold ice cream from the back of an ice cream truck.
32. Make a bird feeder.
33. Jump into the pool and try out these awesome pool games!
34. If it’s raining outside, put on your rain boots and splash around in the puddles.
35. Spend the day at your local splash pad.
36. Make Dandelion Soup!
37. Create this AWESOME alphabet sounds fishing and matching game!
38. Make giant bubbles.
39. Make a bonfire in the backyard and tell scary stories.
41. Visit an amusement park or a local fair.
42. Make a pool noddle race track!
43. If it’s too hot or rainy, build a fort.
45. Make busy bags.
46. Collect rocks and paint them.
47. Go to the movies!
48. Paint with water.
49. Visit local tourist attractions in your city.
50. Have a family water gun fight!
51. Make popsicles!
55. Let your kids go wild and decorate their own bikes!
57. Have a hula-hooping contest to see who can keep their hoop going the longest!
60. Grab your gardening gloves and watering cans and try some of these gardening activities for kids!
61. Play dress-up.
62. Teach your kids how to knit with their fingers. It’s so easy – even I can do it!
63. Get out the spray paint and have fun with this DIY lawn twister game!
64. Make your own toy boats for hours of fun water play.
66. Spend the afternoon painting with edible paint.
67. Let your kids go wild with some of these fun (and messy!) activities for kids to play in the dirt.
70. Enroll your kids in swimming lessons.
71. Make s’mores pops!
72. Put together an alphabet scavenger hunt in your backyard.
75. Delight your kids with these exploding paint bombs!
76. Go on a bug hunt and store what you find in one of these cute DIY lightning bug jars.
77. Spend the day at the zoo.
78. Paint with salt.
79. Crank the tunes and DANCE!
80. Play sponge bullseye on your driveway.
81. Make toy parachutes.
82. Paint a tree (with washable paint)!
83. Wash the car!
85. Do some spray bottle painting!
86. Make one of these fun waterfalls!
87. Lie in the backyard after the sun goes down and count all of the constellations you can see.
88. Go to your local pet store and learn about the different animals.
89. Make these adorable labels for your vegetable garden!
90. Go to 7-eleven for a slurpee.
91. Get your kids excited about chemistry with this fizzing good tea party.
93. Organize an overnight “camping trip” in your backyard or living room.
95. Feed the ducks at your local pond.
96. Make sand slime!
97. Let your kids get creative and paint your windows. Don’t worry – it washes off!
98. Play a good ‘ole game of tag.
99. Roll down a hill. I’d forgotten how much fun this is!
100. Take all of these ideas and create a summer activity bucket!
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