Fun summer activities for kids are great, but they can get expensive fast. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do that won’t break the bank. Print this free summer activities checklist and summer planner to help you get started!
Summer’s here and that means warm weather, sun, and a lot of time to enjoy the great outdoors! Whether you love taking on adventurous activities, relaxing by the water, or just want to find something for your kids to do during those long summer days, we’ve got some ideas for you!
While it isn’t as expensive as traveling, summer staycations can become quickly expensive. If you are looking for some low-cost summer activities for the kids, it’s important to plan. Spending just an hour at the beginning of summer can change the entire outcome. A summer planner can not only give the kids something to look forward to, it can keep your expenses in check and help budget for more costly kids’ activities.
How can I make summer fun at home?
To create summer fun at home, have a list of summer activities you and the kids will look forward to. Staying home doesn’t have to be boring but staying organized will allows you to enjoy the lazier days and hope for the more exciting days that are planned. Our free printable summer calendar is an excellent tool for seeing what’s ahead.
If you need ideas for how to make summer fun while staying home, involve the kids. After all what are fun summer activities for kids if the kids are not the ones involved in the planner. Sit down at the end of the school year. A family dinner is a perfect time to brainstorm. You can use this free printable summer checklist. Use the ideas listed or review them as a spring board for some of your own family bucket list ideas.
Kids Summer Activities
Are your kids a fan of the great outdoors? If so, there are plenty of great activities that you can take on to keep yourself busy and entertained during the long summer months. Hiking, camping, kayaking and other awesome outdoor adventures await! If you’re not so much into roughing it, there are still a ton of fun activities for kids (and adults) to enjoy outside in the sunshine.
Is staying inside the confided space of walls, doors and air condition more your jam? If so, plan some unique summer activities for at home. Hosting a bake off, plan a day where you make different cuisines, or work through a family game night bucket list.
Take a look at some of our favorite super fun summer activities for kids:
- Visit your local farmers market and pick out some fresh fruits and veggies for a healthy snack
- Head to the park for a game of frisbee or catch
- Go swimming at your local pool or beach
- Take a nature walk and see how many different types of birds or animals you can spot
- Collect some pretty flowers and make a bouquet
- Fly a kite on a breezy day
- Go on a photo scavenger hunt
- Have a picnic in your backyard or at the park
- Set up a tent in the backyard and have a sleepover
- Make s’mores in ice cream cones
- Catch fireflies and craft lightning bug plastic eggs
- Collect rocks for rock painting and lay them on a trail
- Play tag, hopscotch, or any other classic summer games
- Have a water balloon fight!
- Take a nature walk and see how many different types of bugs, birds, and animals you can find
- Set up a sprinkler and have fun
- Visit a water park
- Create a solar oven and bake cookies
- Buy a challenging puzzle and work on it throughout the summer
- Go for a bike ride around your neighborhood
- Have refreshing cold treats like ice cream and popsicles
- Have a car wash day with family cars and kids bikes and riding toys
- Make homemade pizzas with fresh ingredients from the farmers market
- Paint with water
- Draw with sidewalk chalk on the driveway
- Plant a garden with your favorite flowers or vegetables
- Craft cardboard boxes into cars for a drive-in backyard movie night
- Visit all the playgrounds in your city
Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer! These are just a few boredom buster ideas for kids of all ages. Get creative and come up with some fun summer activities of your own.
Summer Checklist & Planner Printable
To kick off the fun, we’ve put together a free summer checklist of so many fun activities to make the most of your summer days. With this free list of summer activities for kids, you’ll never run out of fun things to make this the best summer ever! We’ve also included a summer planner page to fill in with all your summer schedule activities.
What included in your Frugal Summer Fun printable set:
- Low-Cost Summer Activities Bucket List
- Summer Activity Schedule Calendar & Planner
So what are you waiting for? Grab your free summer checklist and start making the most of the best season of the year!
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More Summer Fun For Kids
There are so many fun summer activities to explore! Whether you want to stay busy or just relax, there’s plenty of excitement waiting. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine! Looking for more ways to make summer the best season ever? Check out these summer resources today!
If games and parties add the most excitement to your summer plans, you will want to add these must have kids games to your summer checklist. Use for picnics, holidays, family nights, neighborhood gatherings or even birthday parties!
Backyard Games: Play in in a park or in your own yard, these outdoor games are fun for the family, neighbors, or a birthday party. They even can be used at a backyard graduation, picnic or even family reunion.
Minute to Win it Games with Water: Ready to get wet? Take these wet n wild games to the backyard, park or even to the beach. These games include water guns, water balloons, buckets of water and more. Best of all, the games move fast requiring over one minute each. Guaranteed fun ahead!
Outdoor Minute to Win it Games: Have 60 seconds? These outdoor minute to win it games are timed and perfect for keeping a party moving along. They include non-water games as well as a few water games. If you love a fast pace, these are really great quick and easy games. They are getting the kids outside in the fresh air.
Pool Games: Ready to host a pool party? Stop asking what you can do and start doing. Print these pool party games that are perfect for a small group or large gathering. The set includes new, classic and retro pool party games. Make sure to laminate the game set for easy reference of directions and supplies when you are around the swimming pool.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Take the fun outdoors with this backyard scavenger hunt for kids. These 20 rhyming riddles will lead kids on an outdoor scavenger hunt. Have a fun prize at the end or small treasure to collect as you go. They include common supplies found at home.
Camping Games: Sleeping under the stars or just enjoying a twinkling fire pit? These camping games bring instant fun under the stars. Use in the backyard or bring on your next camping trip. They bring great fun to little campers.
Glow in the Dark Party Games: Make it an epic event when you add some neon and glow in the dark party fun! Add glow party games, fun foods, party décor and more. It’s a great start or end to your summer plans.
Photo Scavenger Hunt for Teens: This teen scavenger hunt is great for a birthday party or youth group event. It includes a public scavenger hunt checklist where groups split into teams to declared the winner!
Family Reunion Ideas: After a long time apart, what activities will you use to fill your family reunion. These family reunion ideas, activities and games will keep the fun going.
Beach Games: Head to the ocean with a large group or just the family and bring these beach games. This outdoor games include many common items like beach towel, bucket, beach ball and, of course, sand!
Do you have a favorite summer activity that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments below or share with us your summer activities on Pinterest!
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