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13 Fun Summer Activities For Kids

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The summer is finally upon us!

That means longer days, warmer temperatures and bored kids. It can be tough at times to think of ways to keep them busy during the summer, so I’ve come up with 13 fun activities that I think will do just the trick.


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1) Visit Your Local Pool Or Splash Pad

Now that most kids are out of school for the summer, community pools and splash pads are open for business. What better way to beat the heat than an afternoon spent playing in the water?


2) Make Homemade Popsicles

There are so many awesome recipes out there and they’re so easy to make! The other day my kids and I made these Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles from Well Plated and OMG! They were amazing! They are the perfect summer treat.  The kids had so much fun making them and I was happy because they were made with healthy ingredients, unlike those store bought popsicles that are packed with sugar.  We like to use these popsicle molds as well as these BPA free silicone ice pop molds. Please go make these right now! I’m telling you, you need these popsicles in your life.




3) Go To The Movies

On those super hot summer days, why not take the kids to a nice air conditioned movie theatre. Many local theatres have cheap days or classic movies at a special rate.


4) Go On An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Pack up the kids and take them to the local park for a fun colour scavenger hunt. My kids love scavenger hunts and it’s a great way to get them out there in nature this summer. We love this Colour Scavenger Hunt from I Heart Crafty Things. The kids had so much fun trying to find items that matched all of the colours in the rainbow.



5) Blow Bubbles

What kid doesn’t love making gigantic bubbles? We love this Big Bubbles Wand and Mix. It make the biggest bubbles ever! We also love this No Spill Bubble Bucket. My kids are constantly picking up the bucket and moving it around which causes the solution to spill all over the place. It’s great for keeping the mess inside the bucket and not all over them.


6) Go To The Drive-In

There is nothing I love more than going to the drive-in on hot summer nights. I have some of the best memories of going with my family as a kid. We’d all get in our pj’s and pack the car with blankets, pillows and snacks. It was always so much fun.


7) Star Gaze In Your Back Yard

Let the kids stay up late this summer and go out to the backyard to gaze at the stars. Get out the inflatable kiddie pool and fill it with blankets and pillows just like Michelle from Crafty Morning did. What a great way to get some extra bonding time with your kids! We like this inflatable pool. It’s the perfect size for the whole family.



8) Go For A Picnic 

Pack a yummy lunch and take the kids to a local park for a picnic. Spend the afternoon eating, playing at the play ground and reading some of your favourite books. Better yet, bring some fun outdoor activities and make a whole day out of it. My kids love when we bring this outdoor play set on our picnics. We also use this picnic basket and this blanket.


9) Make S’mores

S’mores have always been my favourite summer time treat. They’re warm, They’re gooey and they’re chocolatey. What’s not to love?! I especially love when there made over a camp fire. If you don’t have access to a campfire, you can try making them in the oven or on the BBQ using this S’mores Maker.




10) Sidewalk Chalk

My kids love sidewalk chalk! We find that Crayola makes the best chalk and has the most vibrant colours. The kids love to colour picture, play hopscotch and draw with stencils. It’s great because afterwards, you can just hose down the driveway and voila, the mess is gone! We also just recently tried out the Crayola Chalk Paint, which was really fun too. It’s a bit messier, but hey, you can always hose down the kids too!


11) Squirt Gun Painting

The kids absolutely loved this activity!  It’s so easy to setup with minimal cleanup too. All you need is a couple of cheap squirt guns, paint and paper and you have yourself a few hours of ‘me time’. Check out this post from Fireflies and Mud Pies to find out how to set it up.




12) Have A Water Balloon Fight

Stay cool this summer and keep the kids outside with a good old fashion water balloon fight. What better way to add a little bit of fun and excitement to your days. Join in and you’ll be feeling like a kid in no time (while getting some exercise in there too). Save some time by blowing up those balloons using this water balloon filler. Also, try using this 3 person sling shot for some extra fun!


13) Start a Garden

Whether it be in your garden in the backyard or just a little pot on your back porch, kids love gardening. Last summer, we grew strawberries and cucumbers and the kids loved having something to be responsible for. Everyday they would ask to go outside and water their plants. They loved to see how big the plants were getting daily and they absolutely loved the fact that they were able to eat what they grew themselves. We also did a few experiments from this book, which were so much fun. They loved using these kids gardening tools, which can be used as sand toys.


Check out this post for ways to keep little kids busy.


What are some fun summer activities you like to do with your family? Leave me a comment below. I’d love some more ideas!


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  • Reply Mica

    These are awesome ideas! I might wait until it’s a little warmer to do the squirt gun painting, that’s my favourite idea, but I think we could do the colour coded scavenger hunt now – will give it a try this weekend! Thank you! 🙂

    June 27, 2017 at 4:19 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Mica!

      June 28, 2017 at 12:59 am
  • Reply Jamie

    Definitely going to do a scavenger hunt with my kids!! Fun and easy ideas, thanks so much!

    June 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Jenna D.

    Great Ideas!

    June 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Kayla

    I love these! That color coded scavenger hunt is absolutely brilliant!

    June 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Kayla! You definitely need to try it! My kids loved it and it takes very little prep!

      June 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Elaine

    Oh how I love this list. I see some popsicles and star gazing in our near future-we have already been talking about a late night to let the kids see all the fire flies by our house…I love the idea of the bed in the pool-we have one just like the photo. Thanks for sharing. And I’m sure our kids will also be thankful 😉

    June 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Elaine. I love your idea about staying up late to watch fireflies! Those are the little things that your kids will remember about their childhood when they get older 🙂

      June 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply April@LoveOurRealLife

    These are great ideas! I just had a simple picnic with my kids yesterday in our yard and we all loved it. Sometimes the little things are the best.

    June 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Amber @ humbledmom

    These are all fun ideas Jessie! My kids and I made a summer bucket list a couple of weeks ago and have most of these on there 🙂

    June 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Amber!

      June 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Karen

    i love this list! such a great list. we need to keep these kiddos entertained ALOT

    June 28, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Karen!

      June 29, 2017 at 1:00 am
  • Reply Eryn

    I love these! So many new ideas I hadn’t thought of! I love the squirt gun and the pool for star gazing. They are all great ideas and I’ll be using them this summer for sure! Thanks!

    June 29, 2017 at 12:01 am
  • Reply Kayley

    Love this. Brings back some childhood memories and omg I love that star gazing bed idea. 😍

    June 29, 2017 at 2:15 am
  • Reply Nina

    You’ve got some great ideas on here! Those homemade popsicles look delicious and I love the idea of a color scavenger hunt.

    June 29, 2017 at 11:35 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Nina!

      June 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Darlene Berkel

    Is summer here already? Hard to believe. Great tips on summer activities for kids. Love the outdoor scavenger hunt idea! Since I live in the Caribbean, going to the beach is a MUST! The kids love beach combing and walking along the shore collecting shells. I make it a competition for the most beautiful shells. 🙂

    June 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Great idea Darlene! Sounds like fun 🙂

      June 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Drama

    I liked how none of these options were video games or cell phones!

    June 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Lili

    Definitivly on my to do list! Especially the Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. I never heard about that before. Can’t wait for my baby boy to grow up just a little more to make all those activities 🙂

    By the way, if you need some cool & easy recipes for you blog, I can help you for sure 🙂

    Kind regards from Switzerland!

    June 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Lili

      June 30, 2017 at 1:55 am
  • Reply Heather

    Very fun list!! I love Summer and can’t wait to make some s’mores and popsicles, the kids love the sidewalk chalk and water balloons the most for sure though!

    June 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Aimee

    Love the homemade popsicles and squirt gun painting idea! My girls would love it!

    June 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I used to make homemade popsicles with my mom when I was a kid what a great memory! Love the star gazing too!

    June 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Jillynn

    We have done all but star gaze and the squirt gun paintings! GENIUS!!!! Such a great list and encouragement to get out there and enjoy the summer! I think we will do more sidewalk chalk today;-)

    June 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Victoria with One Sharp Mama

    We are making homemade popsicles this weekend and loveeee our fire pit for s’more making. Great ideas

    June 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Rachael M

    Love the scavenger hunt idea! Great way to promote learning colors. We will definitely be making popsicles for the Fourth of July, I think my 2 year old will love that!

    June 29, 2017 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply RM

    I think my son would have so much fun with the squirt gun painting!

    June 30, 2017 at 5:18 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Ramsey

    Hi Jessie! Those are amazing ideas! I don’t even have kids but still want to do at least half the things on your list. What a lucky family you have!

    June 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Elizabeth!

      July 1, 2017 at 1:05 am
  • Reply Amy

    Great ideas! The yogurt berry parfait yogurt popsicles look amazing!

    July 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    I love the star gazing idea. Might be a fun little date night for the hubby and I. My oldest would love the popsicles. and little Miss would really enjoy the squirt gun painting because messes the bigger the better are her thing. Thanks!

    July 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      That would make a great date! I had never thought of that. Thanks 🙂

      July 2, 2017 at 2:27 am
  • Reply Paula | The Value of a Moment

    I just LOVE the star gazing idea, and my son is going to go nuts for squirt gun painting! Thanks for great ideas!

    July 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Nicole | The Professional Mom Project

    Love these ideas. We’ll have to give the scavenger hunt and art a try!

    July 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Kori

    Oh my gosh! SO MANY great ideas! Totally going to do the squirt gun painting!!! I already know exactly where I am going to hang them!! 🙂

    July 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Matthew Huseby

    These are great ideas! Thank you.

    July 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Ying-NavigatingAdulthood

    These activities are so creative- and I love that they’re inexpensive too!

    July 4, 2017 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I love this list! And those popsicles seriously look AMAZING. Thanks for sharing!

    July 4, 2017 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Bobbi

    Great ideas!! The popsicles look really good!!

    July 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Great post! Shared to give inspiration to other parents!

    July 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Janelle Monaco

    you had me at the first two (our summer favorites this year!!) such a wonderful list!! planning to pin and have a great summer

    July 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah Hooker

    These all look so fun to do with my neices and nephews!

    July 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Cherie

    Thanks so much for the tips, thos is great for me because it has been raining where I live almost everyday 🙁

    July 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Karin

    Adorable. Your kids are young. I have an almost 11yo. My last post (about summer activities) was a little “different” from this. But I do remember those days well!

    July 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Elisabet M. Rinne

    Just pinned this because this is so helpful, thank you! 🙂

    Elisabet |

    July 8, 2017 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Nakeya

    Those homemade popsicles look so refreshing… We may have to check out the drive through since we now have a newborn .

    July 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Trish

    These are great ideas, I love the Popsicles, and the star gazing. I used to be a day camp counselor and playdough and sensory bins were always really popular.

    July 9, 2017 at 2:09 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Trish! Sensory bins are a great idea.

      July 9, 2017 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Emilie Bailey

    Love these ideas! My kids would go crazy over the squirt gun painting! We will have to try!

    July 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply A Infinite Step

    Awsome ideas that’s such fun to do! Would definitely try!

    July 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    love this!!!

    July 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply April Kitchens

    The color scavenger hunt looks fun. These are great ideas!

    July 13, 2017 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Brooks

    These are awesome ideas and those popsicles look SO GOOD. My son is only 6 months old so I’m pinning this for future reference. But heck, I wanna try the squirt gun painting myself!! Such a cute idea!!! Yay, thank you! Also, might I suggest, water balloon dodgeball! Super fun!

    July 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Water balloon dodgeball sounds like fun! We’ll have to try that for sure. Thanks Brooks!

      July 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply devajani

    Beautiful pics and informative post!

    July 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Bola

    Very interesting activities. My girl’s love to ride their bikes.

    July 15, 2017 at 5:22 pm
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