Thirty things to do with your kids this summer

Thirty things to do with your kids this summer

My kids have completed day one of summer.  There are many things I want to do with my kids this summer and I looked forward to the schedule-free days with my quickly growing little ones.

Now that there remains close to 20 days until family vacation and camp happens, I admit I’m getting slightly nervous of how we will occupy our time.  I created this list of thirty things to do with your kids this summer and hope it will help you too.

  1. Set grounds rules and responsibilities. My kids completed this list for the one day of summer so far. (Let’s hope it continues).
  2. Community pool = friends, exercise, vitamin D and tired kids.
  3. Scavenger hunt.  You can print these or make your own.
  4. Teach your kids to cook.  Start with boiling an egg and then let them decide what to make next. Give them space, don’t hover.
  5. Bike ride.
  6. Lots of ice cream.
  7. Weekly library trips (most libraries have summer reading challenges with prizes!)
  8. Play dates (or hang outs as the older kids call them).
  9. Tie dying white clothing of their choice.  (Good to do outside.)
  10. Miniature golf.
  11. A theater matinee.
  12. Train ride.
  13. Outdoor music concert.
  14. Carnival/Theme Park/Great America.
  15. Beach days.
  16. Spontaneous road trip.
  17. Picnics.
  18. Turn on the sprinkler and invite the neighborhood kids over.
  19. Write and illustrate a story together.
  20. A day to spread kindness (pass out food to homeless, help less fortunate, volunteer).
  21. Organize their closets; donate items that are too small.
  22. Let the kids’ plan and execute one day.
  23. Zoo day.
  24. Visit a farmer’s market.
  25. Binge watch an age appropriate series together.
  26. Water balloon fight.
  27. Plant a garden and water daily.
  28. Create an obstacle course.
  29. Go to a museum you have never been to.
  30. Watch a sporting event.


What would you add to the list?  I will be adding and checking off items.  

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