Are you ready for summer? Do you have all your summer plans in place for your family? Perhaps you’re still looking for fun summer activities to fill your time. If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place. By the end of this article, you should have more fun and creative ideas.

Summer Ideas For Kids

Every person has something on their bucket list. Why not have a bucket list of fun summer ideas to do with your kids? Here are some fun summer ideas to get your creative juices going. Not to mention, a summer bucket list will give you something to focus on when boredom arises.

Go Fishing

Fishing can be fun but it’s not for everyone. As we all know it requires patience and quiet. You may not catch anything worth keeping. For kids, often catch and release is more fun anyway. Who’d have thought that catching many sunfish off the end of the dock would be so entertaining, saving them in a bucket, and releasing them at the end of the day, only to start over again tomorrow.

Go Rock Painting And Hunting

Rock painting and hunting isn’t just popular with kids. Many adults enjoy painting rocks and hiding them throughout parks and neighborhoods for kids to find.

Go On A Nature Walk

Enjoying the beauty of the nature around us is a great distraction and can be an adventure. Take advantage of the nice summer weather and get outside!

Go To The Beach

Kids at the beach

Everyone loves the beach. The sand between your toes, the salty air, and the sound of the waves are all calling your name. Who doesn’t love building sand castles and burying your friend in the sand? If you live in a warm climate, swimming in the ocean is a fun activity.

Watch A Thunderstorm

Watching Thunderstorms

It wouldn’t be summertime without a good thunderstorm. Enjoy the rain and see if you can count how far away the lightning is from the thunder.

Go Swimming

kids swimming

Swimming is a must in the summertime. Whether you’re in a pool, the ocean, or a lake, just enjoy the coolness and the exercise you get while having fun.

Run Through The Sprinklers

Kids running through the sprinklers

Sprinklers are another way to enjoy water in the summer. Oftentimes we have to conserve water, so maybe run your sprinklers at a time your kids (and you) could play in so as not to totally waste water or over water your lawn.

Water Balloon Fight

Kids water balloon fight

Water balloon fights are another entertaining way to enjoy water. Have fun, but be sure to pick up the leftover balloon pieces to keep the birds and other critters safe.

Play On A Slip ‘n Slide

Kids slip n' slide time

Slip ‘n Slide is a classic summer activity. It’s always fun to create your own slip ‘n slide. Perhaps you have the best yard in the neighborhood or the best hill; inviting the neighborhood kids or your friends makes it a blast. Let’s be honest, even parents love a good slip ‘n slide.

Make Homemade Ice Cream

Kids making homemade ice cream

There are all sorts of homemade ice cream options. From gluten free to dairy free and everything in between, it’s easy to find the perfect recipe on Pinterest.

Roast Marshmallows And Make S’mores

Kids roasting smores

Roasting marshmallows doesn’t have to happen on a camping trip around the campfire, there are many other creative ways to satisfy the yummy taste. Here are a couple ideas to get you started.

  • Have a slumber party in the living room and roast marshmallows by the fireplace.
  • Make and bake ‘s’mores bars (there are recipes all over Pinterest).

Make Root Beer Floats

Root beer float

Root beer floats are another summer classic. Make your ice cream and add it to your float. Even adults enjoy a good root beer float. Another way to mimic a root beer float is to add heavy whipping cream to root beer. It makes a great substitute.

Visit The Ice Cream Truck

Visit the ice cream truck

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. In the summertime when you hear “The Entertainer ” or “It’s a Small World,” what do you think of? If it’s the ice cream truck, you’d be correct!

Make Homemade Pizza

Kids making their own pizza

Homemade pizza is a great summer food. Next time you’re at the store, pick up all your favorite pizza toppings, have fun making your pizza, and enjoy eating it with your family and friends!

Summer Games And Activities

Get the neighborhood together and play games like capture the flag, hide and seek, or kick the can.

Kid Party Ideas

Every party needs a theme! Here are some popular themed party ideas for kids.

Encanto Theme

The party theme of the year is an Encanto birthday party. You can order all the Encanto themed supplies you need on Amazon, including banners and cupcake toppers. Add a few colorful balloons, serve an array of Colombian foods and have a sing-along!

Space-Themed Party

This year is the perfect year for an out-of-this world party! Grab your best space-themed décor, plan activities, cosmic cake, and go crazy!

Outdoor Movie Night

Outdoor movie night party can be enjoyed by all ages! Find an old white sheet, a projector, and your favorite movie. To add to the ambiance, make some popcorn, and get your favorite movie snacks.

Minecraft Themed Party

This is a popular theme for older kids who enjoy playing the game. You can DIY it with cool ideas online or buy supplies from Walmart or Amazon.

Active Parties

Booking time at a ropes course or rock-climbing is a new party trend this year. Whether it’s indoors during cooler months or at an outdoor adventure park, kids are ready to burn off some of that pent-up steam from the last two years of constant restrictions and uncertainty. Most places also have a party room or space to rent, like Wintrust Sports Complex.

These are just some fun summer ideas. I’m sure as you read this, many other creative ideas came to your mind. What summer activities will you come up with to do with others? Be creative, get outside, and have a blast this summer!

Dan Wiener
Hey there! I'm Dan, the founder behind Kids Love WHAT. I started this blog as a way to document all of the things that my 4 kids love: crafting, science experiments, good food, fun games and of course lots of toys! When I'm not busy chasing them all around, you can find me scouring the web to find the next best thing to keep them busy and out of my hair!