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Summer Activities to Entertain Your Kids

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“I’m bored!”

It’s the dreaded phrase every parent hates to hear. Vacations and summer break are supposed to be a time of relaxation and a slower pace for everyone, but try telling that to your “bored” child.

If it’s only the second day of school break and your child is already complaining (and you’re ready to rip out your hair in frustration), it’s the perfect time to check out this summer bucket list of kids’ activities to keep your kids busy and add to your Summer Routine Ideas.

summer bucket list and activities for kids
  1. Go to a local museum
  2. Tour local parks to find your favorite
  3. Visit relatives
  4. Have a picnic
  5. Eat popsicles (bonus points if you make homemade popsicles)
  6. Explore a science center
  7. Invite a friend over
  8. Swim in a lake
  9. Make breakfast for dinner
  10. Sleep (or read a book) in a tent
  11. Roast marshmallows or make a camper pie
  12. Look at the constellations (try downloading an app on your phone to show you where to find each constellation)
  13. Catch a lightning bug
  14. Jump in a puddle (send the kids outside on a rainy day – just make sure there’s no lightning!)
  15. Have a water balloon fight (these balloons are so easy to fill)
  16. Read a book
  17. Build an indoor fort
  18. Blow bubbles
  19. Play with sidewalk chalk
  20. Create a rock collection
  21. Have a building contest with Play-Doh
  22. Put on a show
  23. Paint a picture
  24. Write a letter (mail it to a long-distance relative or even send it to a nursing home to cheer someone up)
  25. Go to a library (many libraries have summer activities, so check the website or call ahead to find out if there are any exciting activities)
  26. Bake a dessert
  27. Watch a movie (share your favorite childhood movie with your kids)
  28. Play putt-putt golf
  29. Go for a bike ride
  30. Swim in a pool
  31. Run through a sprinkler
  32. Study a bug
  33. Make a sandcastle
  34. Visit a farm
  35. Go bowling (this is a perfect rainy day activity)
  36. Climb a tree
  37. Pick a bouquet of flowers
  38. Make s’mores
  39. Watch a baseball game
  40. Make homemade ice cream
  41. Get an international cookbook and try some new foods
  42. Visit a state park
  43. Attend an outdoor concert
  44. Visit a local farmer’s market and challenge the whole family to try a new fruit or vegetable
  45. Go to a water park and go down the tallest water slide
  46. Have a hula hoop contest
  47. Visit a wildlife sanctuary
  48. Go on a boat ride
  49. Make up hip hop dances to your favorite songs
  50. Create a summer playlist
  51. Take a day trip to an amusement park
  52. Attend some college summer programs: Does your local community college offer fun courses for young children in the summer? This is a great opportunity for local experts to teach a cooking class or other courses during the summer season.
  53. Fly paper airplanes across the great outdoors
  54. Ride a ferris wheel
  55. Make a time capsule
  56. Try a new sport
  57. Go on a local wildlife tour
  58. Join a book club
  59. Attend a music festival
  60. Go on a scavenger hunt
  61. Make some new friends
  62. Go on a road trip with your family
  63. Make root beer floats
  64. Have an outdoor movie night
  65. Participate in random acts of kindness
  66. Go on a treasure hunt
  67. Have a beach day
  68. Visit local businesses and find a hidden treasure
  69. Invite your friends to share their favorite snacks
  70. Host a game night
  71. Create your own summer bucket list

This has awesome summer bucket list ideas to banish boredom and get your kids to think of creative activities. Don’t forget to print a copy and add some of your own ideas to the bottom!

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