Today we are going to look at the top 101 amazing summer activities for your wonderful kids. Therefore, without further ado, here’s our hand-picked list of summer activities for kids.
HaveSome (Educational) Fun With Science Projects!
These educationalactivities for kids will allow your child to have a blast whilelearning some awesome new things!
1.Make a Solar Oven
Teachyour kids the ins-and-outs of solar energy with thisfun,easy, and delicious project that uses the power of the sun to bakes’mores!
2.Create a Mentos Geyser in Your Backyard
Foran exciting chemistry lesson, take your budding scientists into theback yard and build a mentos geyser.
3.Learn About Density With Rainbow Jars
Educateyour kiddos on the concept of density by layering common householdliquids like dish soap, honey, corn syrup, and olive oil to createthese beautiful rainbow jars.
4.Erupt A Backyard Volcano
Whatbetter way to learn about the science of volcanoes than by creatingyour own!
5.Experiment With Rainbow Colored Flowers & Celery
Havesome fun with food coloring while teaching your children aboutflowers and plants with this experiment. All you need is whiteflowersorcelery stalks, food coloring, water, and a bit of patience.
6.Launch Alka-Seltzer Rockets
Introduce your kids to physics and space with the exciting outdoor experiment. To create these easy-to-make rockets you will only need a few supplies: a canister, alka seltzer, water, tape, and this adorable rocket template.
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7.Teach Your Kids About Weather With a Tornado in a Jar
Entertainand educate your kids with this five-minute science project that onlyrequires a tall jar, tap water, and dish soap. It doesn’t geteasier than this!
8.Discover How Clouds Make Rain
Thisindoor experiment requires minimal supplies and is an easy way toteach kids about the science behind rain clouds!
9.Delve Into Chemistry with This Rock Candy Project
Foran educational and delicious chemistry lesson, we love this rockcandy experiment! You will need a few basic baking ingredients andsome time to observe the formation of rock crystals.
10.Watch Water Walk
Learnabout the many properties of water and paper towels with thisfascinating experiment! Like many of the above projects, you willonly need basic household supplies including tap water, mason jars,food coloring, and paper towels.
GetCreative with Arts & Crafts
11.Create Leaf Rubbing Collages
Whynot incorporate the outdoors into your arts and crafts by making aleaf rubbing collage?
12.Paint Rainbows with Bubbles
Tocreate these bubble blower paintings, mix bubbles with food color ofchoice and then use bubble wands to blow the bubble mixture onto thepaper of your choice for creative and beautiful designs that willdelight your kids!
13.Get Messy With Some Splatter Painting
Fora cheap, easy, and fun outdoor art project, you cannot go wrong withsplatter painting!
14.Make Your Own Playdough
Yourchildren will first get to entertain themselves as they prepare theplaydough with thisrecipe.After making the playdough, they will have a fun craft to play withall afternoon.
15.Build DIY Paper Kites
Makingyour own DIY kitesandtaking them out to your favorite sunny spot on a breezy day is theperfect way to spend a summer day with your kids!
16.String Together Macaroni Rainbows
Thisis a great opportunity to let your kids explore their artistic sidewhile creating a beautiful decoration they can show off to friendsand family! You can learn all about creating these adorable macaronirainbows here.
17.Cool Off With Frozen Paint Cubes
Creatingbeautiful art with frozen paint cubesisa wonderful way for your children to keep cool while they discovertheir inner artist!
18.Enjoy The Outdoors With Balloon Splatter Painting
Toexperiment with balloon splatter painting, fill small-sized balloonswith brightly-colored (washable) paint and secure them to your canvaswith thumbtacks. Then, have your children take a screwdriver and popthe balloons.
19.Sculpt Sunshine Filled Memories with Sunshine Clay
Perfectfor the warm and sunny days of summer, this sunshine clay craftwillallow you to utilize the hours of sunlight for a fun art project withyour kids.
20.Get Beachy With A Sea Shell Sand Craft
Visitingthe beach this summer? Be sure to collect plenty of shells so yourkids can try out this fun seashell craftwhichuses colored sand to create beautiful mementos.
Want some more great crafts? Check out our 30 favorite summer crafts for kids, instructions included!
Nature can be full ofactivities for kids. These activities are low cost and allow yourchild to explore outside!
21.Host A Nature Scavenger Hunt
Keep your kids entertained for hours with a fun and educational outdoor scavenger hunt! Check out this free printable with ideas to help them explore and discover the world around them.
22.Make DIY Bird Feeders
Thisan easy way to help your children explore nature and learn about thebird populations in your area. All you need is a toilet paper roll,bird seed, peanut butter, and VOILA, you have bird feeders.
Welove this cloud identifier project! This interactive project willhelp your kids enjoy the fresh air while learning all about thedifferent types of cloud formations. Find a free cloud viewerprintable, here!
24.Create An Outdoor Fairy Garden
Letyour children explore nature and learn about gardening by building anadorable fairy gardeninyour backyard!
25.Find Your Inner Hippie With Nature Tie Dye Shirts
Yourkids will love this creative tie dye projectthatallows them to explore their artistic side in nature and create abeautiful shirt they can show off later.
26.Go On A Backyard Bug Hunt
Teachyour kids about the different types of bugs and get them out of thehouse with this easy checklist!
27.Preserve Nature Discoveries with A Collage
Haveyour children collect their favorite flowers and foliage from youryard to create a lovely nature craft collage. This activity is theperfect combination of nature exploration and art!
28.Have Some Fun With Playdough Nature Prints
Thisis another artistic way to explore nature with your children! Simplyhave them collect items as they explore nature and save thosememories by imprinting them in playdough!
29.Plant Grass Seed in Eggs for an Adorable Gardening Lesson
Helpyour kids discover their green thumb with this adorable gardeningproject. All you need is egg shells, dirt, and your seeds of choice!
30.Get Messy With Mud Paint
Welove this fun and messy mud paint recipethatwill keep your children entertained and out of the house allafternoon!
CoolOff with Outdoor Water Activities
Everything is more funwhen you add water! Make sure you have your bathing suit on, becausethese activities for kids are bound to get you wet!
31.Make Water Balloon Pinatas
Foran afternoon of fun, why not set up a clothesline with water balloonpinatasforyour kids and their friends! It doesn’t get easier than this.
32.Create a DIY Waterslide
Acheap alternative to a day at the waterparkawater slideinyour backyard! All you will need is a large tarp and a hose.
33.Start a Game of Water Jump Rope
Water jump rope is a super easy way to keep your kids entertained on a hot day!
34.Build a Pool Noodle Sprinkler
Feeling crafty? Try replicating this easy and affordable pool noodle sprinkler for hours of water fun on the cheap!
35.Make PVC Pipe Water Shooters
Ifyour kids love to build and create, they will love thisactivity!It does require a few more supplies than the other activities listedhere, but is a great interactive activity to keep your kiddosentertained.
36.Have a Water Balloon Toss
Repurposemilk jugsforan old-fashioned water balloon toss! This will keep your kids busyand cool even on the hottest summer days.
37.Create a DIY Dunk Bucket
Thisproject is guaranteed to keep your family laughing all day long! Forhours of memorable fun, learn how to build your own here.
38.Plan A Game of Water Balloon Baseball
Weare big fans of this twistonthe classic game! Get the whole neighborhood involved for anafternoon of water fun in the sun.
39.Get Creative With A Water Bottle Sprinkler
Thisinteractive activityisperfect for kids that love to build and create. Even better, they cancool off with the finished product!
40.Make Your Own Water Balloon Parachutes
Yourchildren will be amazed with these easy, yet magical, water balloonparachutes.
StayActive With These Indoor Activities for Kids on Rainy Days
There’s fun to behad even on rainy days. Check out these cool activities that willhelp keep your kids entertained while inside.
41.Set Up A DIY Laser Maze
Fansof action-packed films will love this DIY laser maze.
42.Plan A Game of Indoor Bowling
Whois up for a game of bowlingthatdoesn’t involve a trip out of the house? Have hours of rainy dayfun with this budget-friendly version.
43.Play Indoor Tape Games
Welove all of these indoor tape games from What Mom’s Love! Thepossibilities are endless for long days stuck indoors with boredkiddos.
44.Have an Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Whosays you have to be outdoors to have a fun scavenger hunt? Tryalego, puzzle piece or color chip hunt for hours of active fun on yournext rainy day.
45.Get Playful with Balloon Tennis
Justbecause it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t have a good game oftennis! We can’t wait to try out this indoor versionwithballoons and fly swatters!
46.Make Your Own Circus Ring Toss
Thisactivityisthe perfect combination of crafty and active! First have you kidscreate this brightly colored ring toss, and when it dries, they canengage in circus fun all day long!
47.Build Your Own Indoor Golf Course
Bringyour favorite game of mini golf indoors with this adorable DIY golfcourse. This is another game that provides double the entertainmentas your kids get to construct it before they play!
48.Get Your Kids Moving With Paper Plate Skating
Ifyou have an aspiring figure skater on your hands, they will love thissimple indoor activity. All you need is paper platesordryer sheets.
49.Start a Game of Laundry Basket Skee Ball
Bringthis arcade favorite into your home for free with this fun tutorial.All you need is laundry baskets, balls, cardboard, and a littlecreativity!
50.Try Your Hand At Juggling
For some circus fun, why not let your kids try juggling! This is a great way to keep them active while also working on development of motor skills.
IntroduceYour Kids to Cooking
51.Create Fruit Rainbow Pizzas
Thesecolorful pizzas are both fun for kids to create and delicious to eat!Find full directions, here.
52.Make Ice Cream in a Bag
Yourkids are going to be amazed by this easy and interactive ice cream ina bagrecipe!All you need is a few basic ingredients – no fancy equipmentrequired!
53.Practice Counting and Spelling with Pretzel Letters
Thisbaking project is both an educational and delicious way to entertainyour children with cooking! For a recipe and tips, check out thispost.
54.Learn Your Numbers with Cookie Dominoes
Hereis another educational cooking activity that we just can’t getenough of! Your kids will love learning how to count and bake withthis fun recipe for cookie dominoes.
55.Whip Up Some Bread in a Bag
Thisactivity serves up some pretty awesome bread alongside a lesson inchemistry! Learn how to set up the perfect bread in a bag activity,here.
56.Create One-of-a-Kind Pancake Art
Startthe day off right with this playful pancakeidea!Simply whip up some pancake batter, add food coloring, place themixture into bottles, and get ready for some crazy looking breakfastfood!
57.Try Your Hand at Bread Painting
Thecreator of this recipe describes it as “art you can eat.” Whatcould be better! Check out her recipe for edible paint here.
58.Test Out a No-Bake Recipe
Ifyou don’t trust your kids around a hot stove top, there are plentyof no bake recipesthatcan introduce them to cooking in a risk-free environment.
59.Create Adorable Fruit & Chocolate Lady Bugs
Youand your children are going to have a blast with this cute (andhealthy) recipe! The best part is… it only has three ingredients!
60.Make Butter in a Jar
Giveyour kids a taste of pioneer life by letting them make their very ownbutter in a jar! In addition to getting a batch of butter, you canuse this as an interactive history lesson.
ExploreFine Arts with Dance, Theater, Music, & Song!
61.Create Your Own Kazoos
Welove an activity that doubles as a craft, and this project does justthat! Learn how to create your own here.
62.Set Up A Puppet Theater
Incorporatetheater and song into your children’s play with this DIY puppettheater!
63.Do Some Drumming
Letyour kids make some noise and learn a thing or two about music withthese 20 activitiestolearn and play with drums.
64.Explore Creative Movement With Streamers
Thisis a great way to introduce your kids to the idea of dance andcreative movement. To get started, check out these six ideasthatwe love!
65.Make a Story Telling Jar
Astorytelling jarfilledwith prompts is a great way to get your kids to explore theirtheatrical interests. Ready to get started? Find a free printable,here!
66.Play with Water Xylophones
Teachyour kids about science and music with this super fun water xylophoneexperiment! This project only requires a few ingredients and willprovide your children with tons of entertainment.
67.Combine Dance & Art With Freeze Dance Painting
Forthis freeze dance paintingactivity,all you need is a large canvas, some paint, and a kid that loves todance.
68.Learn About Rhythm With Basketball
We love this activity for teaching kids about rhythm with Rhythm Basketball! Learn more about this unique approach to musical theory here.
69.Teach Your Kids About Percussion with DIY Rainsticks
Keepyour childrenbusyall day long with this DIY rainstick project! It only takes a fewsupplies and will result in an instrument your kids can play with forweeks.
This fun and easy classic is a great way to introduce your children to improve theater! For a fun list of ideas, check out this list at Moms & Munchkins.
GetOut of the House With These (Free) Field Trip Ideas
71.Plan a Family Hike
Planninga family hike will give you kids something to look forward to allweek long! To find fun trails near your city, check out this easysearch toolfromAll Trails.
72.Take Your Kids on a Factory Tour
Thisis a great way to teach your kids about where the things they usecome from! It is a great educational opportunity to open their eyesto the world around them.
73.Schedule a Fire Station Tour
Whatkid doesn’t want to meet a firefighter? In addition to being a funouting for your kiddos, this is also a great opportunity to educatethem about fire safety. Learn more about planning a fire stationfield trip here.
74.Volunteer in the Community
Helpingthe community as a family is an excellent way to teach your childrenabout the value of community service. We love this list of ideasfromParents Magazine.
75.Visit Your Public Library
Inaddition to providing your kids with educational and fun reading,many public libraries also offer free activities for children. Findyour local library here.
76.Pick Berries at a Local Farm
Visitinga local farm to pick berries, corn, or tomatoes is a wonderful way toteach your children about where their food comes from.
77.Plan a Trip to a Trash or Recycling Facility
Thisis another activity that will both entertain and educate yourchildren. You can find some educational materialsforyour recycling center field trip at PBS.
78.Tour Your Local Post Office
Contactyour local post office to see if they offer free tours! Your kidswill love learning about how the mail delivery system works.
79.Visit a Museum
Researchthe museums in your area to find out which ones offer freeadmissions! Many museums admit children below a certain age in forfree or have one day a week that is open to the public free ofcharge.
80.Plan a Picnic at Your Favorite Park
Haveyour kids help you plan and pack a picnic for you to enjoy in yourpark of choice! This is a free and easy way to get out of the houseand enjoy some fresh air.
QuietIndoor Activities for Kids to Wind Down
81.Make a Toddler Zen Tray
Thisisa wonderful sensory activity to help toddlers wind down before naptime. Make your own with a tray, rice, and paint brushes!
82.Build a DIY Tent to Read In
Haveyou kids put together a DIY tent to relax and read in. If you arelooking for tent ideas, we love this listforinspiration!
83.Try These Sponge Blocks
Theseeasy-to-make sponge blocksarea quiet alternative to traditional building blocks.
84.Put Together “Busy Bags”
Thisis a great way to keep your kids occupied while you sleep in on aweekend or get some work done in the afternoon. Check out these 10totally unique ideasfromPowerful Mothering.
85.Create Quiet Time Boxes
Similarly,these quiet time boxesfilledwith coloring supplies, toy animals, and other supplies, are anexcellent way to keep your toddler entertained when they just don’twant to take a nap!
86.Introduce Your Kids to Yoga
Thisis the perfect way to help your kids wind down after a long day offun in the sun. Not sure where to start? Check out these 30 easy yogaposesforchildren.
87.Do Some Old-Fashioned Coloring
Coloringis an easy way to help kids fit in some quiet time in the midst ofour always-on-the-go culture! For ideas, check out these freeprintable resourcessuggestedby Inner Child Fun.
88.Enjoy a Puzzles & Pajamas Picnic
Thisissuch a sweet way to help kids relax after a busy day! All you need issome puzzles, pajamas, and your kid’s favorite snacks.
89.Play the Quiet Game
Ifyou are in need of some much-deserved relaxation, set you kids upwith this fun twist on the quiet game! It will keep you kidsentertained while you regain some much-needed sanity.
90.Set up Your Very Own Drive-In Theater
Yourkids are going to love thisone-of-a-kindmovie viewing idea! The best part is, you can first focus on makingDIY cars out of cardboard box and then sit back and relax while yourchildren enjoy the fruits of their labor.
HaveFriends Over For Some Classic Summer Games
91.Play Capture the Flag
Rememberthis classic camp game from your youth? If you are rusty on therules, check out this convenient overview.
92.Host a Friendly Game of Dodgeball
Anotherclassic childhood game, dodgeball is certain to keep your childrenand their friends entertained and active for hours. You can reviewthe official ruleshere.
93.Cool Off With Water Balloon Volleyball
Atwist on one of our favorite games, water balloon volleyballfollowssimilar rules. All you will need is towels, water balloons, and anet!
94.Test Out Some Relay Races
Thereare endless possibilities for creative and entertaining relay races.Some of our favorites are on this list.
95.Set Up A Backyard Obstacle Course
Yourkids and their friends will love competing to see who can completethe obstacle course first! Need inspiration? Check out this guidefromSimple Kids.
96.Host a Backyard Olympics
Foran afternoon of epic summer fun, why not host a backyard competitionfor the neighborhood kids? We love these creative ideasforhosting your very own backyard Olympic games.
97.Introduce Your Kids to Classic Team Sports
Anafternoon of outdoor fun with your kids and their friends is theperfect opportunity to introduce them to classic sports likebaseball, volleyball, and soccer.
98.Teach Them Parachute Games
Rememberparachute games from your childhood? It’s time to invest in yourvery own parachute so you can teach your kids and their friends whatit’s all about. For ideas, check out these parachute games andactivitiesforkids.
99.Start a Game of Tag
Whodoesn’t love a good game of tag? For twists on the classic schoolyard game, check out this listfromUltimate Camp Resource.
100.Create A Mini Golf Course in Your Backyard
Insteadof taking your kids and their friends to the local mini golf course,wow them with thisadorablemini golf course!
101.Send Your Kid to Summer Camp!
According to the American Camp Association, there are many benefits of sending your kids to summer camp including the development of social skills, character building, and community living skills.
If you are located in Southern California, we’d LOVE to have your children join our Fitness by the Sea family for some fun this summer! We have both a Pacific Palisades and a Santa Monica kids camp. Nothing beats summer camp when it comes to fun activities for kids!