50 Outdoor Summer Activities For Kids

I am seriously down to HOURS until my kids are done with school
and I am getting a little nervous . . .
the first few days are always fun, but then the “I’m Bored” whines and cries set in.
I rounded up some fun outdoor activities that would be perfect to chase the bored blues away and keep kids from turning into couch potatoes over the summer.
Most can be done for free or very inexpensively and you can help the kids get set-up with these activities and then let their imaginations run wild.
If you did one activity a day, it might get you through the middle of July.
After that, you are on your own! :)
1. Using an old sheet, make art on the lawn.
3. Have a read-a-thon outside (maybe in the shade if it’s really hot!).
5. Play a fun game of Drip Drip Splash! (Think Duck Duck Goose with water!)
8. Make your own Hula Hoops.
10. Play Sponge Bullseye.
12. Have a Clothesline Art Show– have the kids make the art, pass our invitations, and make it happen!
13. Make your own PVC Pipe Sprinkler.
14. Play the Firefly Flashlight Game (so fun once it gets dark!)
15. Make your own liquid sidewalk chalk.
16. Paint the sidewalks with water.
17. Play a game of Bossy Ball.
19. Make your own Thrifty Sandbox (with a lid!)
20. Go on a bug hunt.
21. Have a neighborhood parade. Dress up like princesses or firemen, decorate your bikes and wagons, even throw candy if you want! Invite all the neighbors to come and watch.
23. Buy some spray bottles at the dollar store and fill with water for a water fight or add some washable paint to the bottles and spray large poster boards to make awesome art!
24. Make your own Marble Launch with a fun noodle from the dollar store.
25. Wrap a piece of masking tape around each child’s wrist with the sticky side facing out. Go on a “Nature Walk” and collect items from nature (leaves, grass, small rocks, flowers, etc) and stick them on your masking tape “bracelet”. Come home and compare bracelets!
26. Take chalk to a new level by drawing Chalk Dress-Up Dolls!
27. Start a garden and let the kids do a planting, watering, and weeding.
30. Make a Lemonade Stand.
32. Make these Toy Parachutes and take them to the park. Drop them from the highest points on the slides and swings.
34. Play outdoor Scrabble.
35. Have a Backyard Car Wash (my kids love to wash their bikes and scooters).
37. Find a local Farmer’s Market. Come home and prepare a meal with the food purchased from the market.
38. Draw a racetrack on your driveway and race all the cars you can find!
39. Create your own outdoor movie theater (don’t forget the concessions stand!).
40. Set up your own outdoor Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling.
41. Make some Pet Rocks.
42. Make your own homemade sprinkler.
43. Make root beer floats.
44. Make your own simple wind chimes.
45. Make your own jump rope.
46. Go park hopping (make a goal to play at a new park each week).
47. Do some texture rubbings on leaves, grass, and other items you find outside.
48. Play “parachute” with a large sheet (like they do in elementary school!).
49. Have a banana split party- provide the bananas and ice cream and asks guests to bring their favorite topping to share with everyone else.
50. Make your own “stomp rocket”.Have a happy summer!!


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  1. Pat L. says

    Need ideas for a 10 year old girl’s birthday party. Got a tropical theme in mind, but don’t know what activities would keep them interested. What Games??? It’s an overnight sleep-over party.

  2. DJ Parry, Author "How to Start Your Own Lemonade Business" says

    I just stumbled across this website tonight and I think it is absolutely awesome!! So many great ideas!! Makes me want to be a kid again!!!!!!!!

  3. Primary Beginnings Raleigh says

    These are super ideas! I can’t wait to try some of them with my summer kids at the child care center! They could also be used when school starts back up in the Fall as well. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Brianna says

    I am happy that I have things to do with my friends and family these i am definitely going to use this summer:)♡♥♡♥♥♡♥:-);-):-Dthnx♡♥♥♥♥♥♧♣♣♧♣♣★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

  5. Jeannie Jenkins says

    Thanks for the ideas . I will try a few of these this summer . A fun thing for kids is ” kick the can” home made ice cream . Need a large metal coffee can …and a small metal coffee can with lids . Mix your ice cream recipe…pour into the small can. Place can inside the larger can ….pour ice cream salt around into the space iside of the large can . Have children sit across from each other and roll can back and forth untill ice cream is ready . You can also let them roll it back and forth with their feet while watching a movie or doing a craft . You may also add fruit to this …

  6. Emma says

    this was so much fun to do while baby sitting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Heather says

    I am a 12 year old girl soon to be 13 on July 11th. I was trying to make a Summer Bucket List for 2015 for my brother, sister, cousins and me of course. I could not think of anything but camping, swimming, fishing and planting flowers. I google searched Fun Summer Activities and found this website. Thank – You for all of your helpful ideas that are not very expensive and I got my Summer Bucket List for 2015 almost done. Thank – you so much again I will be showing this website to all of my friends and family so that they have lots of ideas for any summers they don’t have any ideas on what to do. – Heather Smith

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