50 Summer Fun Ideas for Kids with a Free Printable List

Summer is here! I've always loved Summer but now that I have kids it's even better. I love nothing more than hanging out by the pool, enjoying the backyard, and generally being a kid again myself for a couple of months out of the year. And I'm planning to make this the best summer ever with a mix of laid back days and fun adventures. Want to join in on the fun? Check out these 50 easy and classic summer fun ideas for kids and families to enjoy together, download the free printable, and start checking things off of your list today!

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50 Summer Fun Ideas for Kids

1. Paint Rocks
See how a classic children's book inspired us to get creative with rocks here.

2. Catch Fireflies in a Jar

3. Have a Water Balloon Fight
Fill a bunch of balloons in seconds with this handy hack.

4. Visit a Zoo or Farm
Be sure to take our printable Zoo Alphabet Scavenger Hunt along with you!

5. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

6. Have a Family Pillow Fight

7. Build a Fort
Make it a Flashlight Fort - see ours here.

8. Make an Ice Cream Sundae Bar
I love these adorable bowls and spoons for the perfect sundae treat.

9. Play Miniature Golf

10. Have a Lemonade Stand
Set up shop in minutes with this super cute table cover.

11. Go Star Gazing
Don't forget your telescope.

12. Build and Paint a Bird House

13. Watch a Movie Under the Stars
Set up a portable projector and a sheet, or splurge on an outdoor screen.

14. Watch the Sunrise

15. Go on a Picnic
Grab your picnic basket and eat outside!

16. Fly a Kite

17. Go to a Farmer’s Market

18. Go Bowling

19. Play in the Rain

20. Have a Cookie Decorating Party

21. Make S’mores over a Fire Pit
I had a make your own S'mores bar at my wedding. Seriously.

22. Play Tic-Tac-Toe on your Lawn
Use temporary marking chalk to make a giant tic tac toe board!

23. Play Tennis with Balloons

24. Make an Obstacle Course

25. Go on a Nature Walk

26. Play Twister

27. Read a New Book 
Check out our Kid's Books section for great recommendations.

28. Go Camping
Backyard Camping counts too. See some awesome backyard camping ideas here.

29. Draw on the Sidewalk
Or the driveway, or the patio in our case. Sidewalk chalk is the best!

30. Start a Scrapbook

31. Go on a Train Ride

32. Make a Comic Book

33. Blow Bubbles
These bubble wands are hands down the best ones we've tried.

34. Visit the Beach

35. Play Frisbee
This is the favorite activity of at least one of our family members.

36. Write & Perform a Play 

37. Plant a Garden
We do this every year - see how we make ours easy and fun for the kids here.

38. Take a Road Trip
Grab my printable travel planner before you head out!

39. Have a Family Pizza Night 
We love pizza night! Make it special with printable tickets and a marquee - get them here.

40. Play Hide & Seek in the Dark
Grab your flashlights and head outside for a super fun twist on a classic game. This was one of my favorite things to do as a kid!

41. Invent a New Game 
And teach it to your family for family game night fun.

42. Design a Costume
Don't sew? No problem - try this hack for an easy super hero cape.

43. Have a Breakfast Picnic
Need inspiration? Check out these breakfast recipe ideas. 

44. Play in the Sprinkler

45. Go to an Outdoor Concert
You can find so many great options for outdoor concerts, plays, and entertainment in the summer, and they're often free!

46. Pick Fresh Berries

47. Learn Origami

48. Play Hopscotch

49. Take a Tour of a Fire Station
Or your local police station. My boys are really excited to do this!

50. Learn to Make Jewelry
I love these fun jewelry kits for kids.

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