Fun Activities for Kids this Summer

Published Jul 10, 2017 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

Summer is here and you’re dreaming of those lazy days, filled with sunshine, trips to the beach, relaxing by the pool and adventures at the park…

But about a week or two into summer vacation, reality starts to set in. The temperatures spike and going anywhere without air conditioning is next to impossible. And what parent can relax by the pool when there are kids involved?

Your dreams of a relaxing summer can go by the wayside, but they don’t have to! Plan ahead and have some great, engaging activities that will keep the kiddos entertained and allow you to bond with them. Here are some fun ideas that will make this summer this best one yet!

Puddle Jumping

What kid doesn’t love jumping in puddles and getting all messy? Normally, life is so hectic that when your kids see an enticing puddle, you do anything you can to deter them from it. However, when there’s no place to go, why not create some puddles and invite your kids to jump in and get muddy!

Use a garden hose to create puddles in your driveway or lawn, or take a walk on a rainy day and go searching for some puddles. Encourage your kids to splash, kick, jump in those glorious shallow pools of water! You can even join in on the fun and run through the puddles, too! Not only is this a fun way to pass the time, but it’s a great way to stay cool, and you and your kids will make memories to last a lifetime.

Candy Fun

Kids and candy go together like peanut butter and jelly. While you might not be keen on letting your kids have candy all the time, you can certainly bend the rules – especially during the summer.

Invite your kids into the kitchen and make some fun candy recipes together! From chocolate-dipped cookies to candy sushi, there are so many (and tasty) sweet treats that you and your little ones can make together. Everyone will have fun playing chef and creating mouthwatering goodies together.

Water Fun

When the mercury spikes, a water battle is the perfect way to keep cool and have fun at the same time.

Fill up buckets with water balloons and have a water balloon fight. Hand out water pistols, set up obstacles to hide behind in the yard (tables, chairs, etc) and have a water pistol fight. Turn on the sprinklers and water more than just your grass! Have a water relay race. Roll toy cars through the mud and let the kids have their own car wash. The opportunities for water play are limitless! With a little creativity, just add water and you and your children will have a blast (and stay cool!)

Beach Scavenger Hunt

Head to the beach and have a scavenger hunt. Draw up a list of items that you want your kids to find; seashells, different colored and shapes rocks, beach glass, etc. Hand out the list and some buckets and let your kiddos try to find everything on the list.

Of course, while they’re hunting, don’t forget to let them take a dip in the water to cool off. Once they find all of their treasures take them home and make a collage out of them to preserve the memories you made.

Don’t let the summer doldrums get you and your children down; with activities like these, you’ll have a blast all season long. 

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