50+ Summer Kids Activities

50+ Fun, inexpensive and easy kids activities to do this summer!

Most kids in my parts of the woods got out of school this week. You know what that means. Lazy days and fun-filled activities await. I’m not the kind of parent to spend all day entertaining my kids (I still have to work from home), but I do try to spend the morning helping with some fun activities for kids that I know they’ll enjoy. We recently sat down and put together a list of things we could do at home or things we could do for little money. We know there are the classic activities like the zoo and the pool, but we wanted to add some fun and creative ideas.

As you can see from the list below, there are lots of activities that involve getting in the kitchen. The kids love to bake, and I LOVE to teach them some easy recipes. Some of the activities even involve watching a movie and doing a craft with it for less stressful days, but altogether, I hope there are some ideas your own family will enjoy. Most of these are super simple and require very few materials. I hope they help make things even more fun this summer!

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Summer Kids Activities from Lil’ Luna:

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Make a Lemonade Stand and sell lemonade to donate to a charity.

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Dinosaur Ice Fossils

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DIY Sprinkler Relay - a fun, inexpensive and great way to provide hours of entertainment during the summer.

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Make Plant Pals

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Make Sun-Print Cards

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Make Fun Paper Animal Plates

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Make a Bottle Bank

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Watermelon Pie from Make and Takes

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Paper Towel Butterflies from Make It and Love It

Make Spaghetti Slime

  • Make Colored Pasta Beads and Make Jewelry from My Name is Snickerdoodle
  • Have a Kids Car Wash from Domestic Charm
  • Build a Fort, Pop Popcorn and watch a movie
  • Play Salon by doing hair and painting toe nails
  • Add water and bubbles to the trampoline and do Slip ‘n Slide

So many great ideas in one place!! Hopefully, this provides a little inspiration for some fun to have with the kids while they’re home for the summer. We ended up writing these all out on popsicle sticks so we could pick one each day to do, and the kids have been having a blast. 😀

For even more ideas, you can check out this Summer Fun Checklist:

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Do you have more ideas?? If so, leave a comment below and I will add it to the list!! Here’s to one fun-filled summer!

ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. All the 30 summer activities you have listed above are really fit to the kids. Definitely, kids will enjoy while doing some of the summer activities. Indeed, I can get a lot of tips here for that summer activities I am going to use for summer activities for kids that I am organizing.

  2. Some really good ideas here! I especially like the watermelon pie and paper towel butterflies. I’m always looking for something to entertain my nephews and nieces when they visit in the summer. Some of the messier stuff we can do outside on the patio table, which is nice. Thanks for the post!

  3. Grow a pet TickleMe Plant from seeds and watch how the leaves fold together and the branches fall down when Tickled.
    http://www.ticklemeplant.com You can grow it in a plant kit or party favor
    You won’t believe your eyes!
    ” All the kids in my school seem to be growing TickleMe Plants.”

  4. hi,
    i was looking for the activities in summer for the children, then I faced your site.
    i am really interested in the job.
    please send me any ideas which will help to entertainer the children.

    thanks a lot

  5. Thanks for these ideas. My kids are going to their dad’s house and there is nothing for them to do there. Making simple daily acitivity packs for them will make the days go by much easier.

  6. Do NOT add bubbles and water to a trampoline. This is soooo very dangerous. Water alone makes the trampoline surface slicker than ice; I can only imagine what the bubbles would do. I have a 20 year old grandson who has spent a lot of hours on a trampoline in his lifetime but he got on it when it was wet, slipped and about broke his neck. He was luck to not have a concussion from it. I repeat, DO NOT ADD BUBBLES OR WATER TO A TRAMPOLINE.

  7. I think these would be fun, age appropriate, and interesting crafts for my four grandchildren and nieces and nephews and many would be great to set up for craft stations at our Fourth of July party!

  8. I can’t seem to get the pop bottle sprinkler link to work. Just so you know!

    The Gak was a HUGE hit with all 3 of my kids – boy (10), girl (8), & girl (2 1/2)

  9. Wow, great post! Love the paper towel butterflies, I remember making those when I was a kid. The monster cookies are adorable too. Thanks for sharing!