Summer break is here at last. It won’t be long before you start hearing those dreaded words “Mom, I’m bored.” Fortunately, there are a lot of fun things do over summer break that won’t break the bank.
Here are our top 25 fun things to do over summer break.
1. Play in the sprinklers.
2. Go to the beach or a local park. Print this fun scavenger hunt checklist and take it along.
3. Make your own kite or oven baked beads.
4. Make a Summer scrap book or memory book. Here’s a fun summer travel journal you can make.
5. Put on a play for the other neighborhood kids.
6. Spread smiles by visiting a nursing home.
7. Take the dog for a walk.
8. Make homemade ice pops.
9. Go camping in your backyard.
10. Lay outside on a blanket and stargaze. Here’s a fun moon phases activity.
11. Pull out some board games you haven’t played in a while.
12. Go for a hike or a walk in the woods and take nature pictures. Check out these nature photography tips.
13. Attend free concerts, festivals, and movies in your home town.
14. Pack a picnic lunch. These Italian inspired ciabatta sandwiches are perfect.
15. Have fun with homemade bubbles, wands and blowers.
16. Set up a lemonade stand.
17. Make these 10 fun paper plate crafts.
18. Participate in a Summer reading program at the library.
19. Start a family movie club.
20. Give your time to service projects such as community clean up projects.
21. Go on a treasure hunt. You’ll need hidden treasures and a treasure map. Better yet, go geocaching!
22. Catch bugs then make this fun paper plate lady bug craft.
23. Learn some funny new jokes.
24. Visit the local farmer’s market. Print this free fruit and vegetable scavenger hunt to take along.
25. Learn some magic tricks and put on a magic show.
You might also enjoy making your own backyard miniature golf course or this DIY bowling game.
What are your favorite things to do over Summer break?
Hannah Avery says
this past week, my husband and I have been playing tennis, our little 20 month old son runs around, Another mom and I took our kids to the park this week, they played on the playground, and we had a picnic, I went to help a friend with her garden, and our two toddlers played together while we did that, and yesterday evening, my husband and I played catch with a ball and gloves in the yard, and our son played some too with his daddy when we two were done, also, my husband and I borrowed a friend’s 4-wheeler and went 4-wheeling one evening this week. This was basically our first week of summer break, and we had fun this week. My husband is still working though, so we mostly do stuff in the evenings.
Sounds like a fantastic way to kick off Summer!
How about spending some time in a city near your town and do some of the tourist stuff.
I really like that idea! There are probably a lot of touristy things we could do in the city we live near!
Sandra Beeman says
I love these suggestions for summer because they do not include TV or the video game themes!
nikki m says
Thank you for posting all of these outdoor activities. I think we will be playing with our water table a lot. My daughter usually takes her ponies out and pretends they are going to the salon where she washes and styles them and lets them dry in the sunlight. I would also like to try to teach her some more outdoor physically challenging activities like riding a bike or using a scooter. The little guy is a bit to small for most of these yet, but a baby pool would be fun for him.
There are so many things to do during the summer time, the longest vacation period of the year. We have planned to go on a mountain trek for two days, stay overnight at the peak’s resort hotel or inn and go round about from the starting point to view the other side. We haven’t decided on where (specific), got any ideas?
Thanks for all of the great ideas!
Gina Brickell says
It’s difficult to keep a child occupied over the summer break. I always have a hard time because I have a son who is an only child and he is forever bored!! I find something for him to do, he does it maybe for 5 minutes tops and he’s done!! Then on to something else. It’s always nice to get ideas from other people..
Love all of the ideas! A variety of suggestions. I especially like the clean up one. A good one to remind the kids about helping others in your community.
Holly Trudeau says
All great ideas! It gets hard to find new free things to do in the summer, gets expensive going to water parks every day! Thanks for sharing!
It’s winter here now, but it can’t stay cold forever! These are great ideas- I especially like “catch bugs” 🙂