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Summer Fun with Kids – List of Ideas and Activities

The official first day of summer is just around the corner!  Summer time for our family means days are a bit more flexible and laid back.   YAY for that!  We have plans to swim, visit the beach, and spend time with family and friends among other things.  It’s going to be a great summer!

While some days and weeks will be planned with activities, others will look less structured with plenty of time to see where the wind takes us!

However your summer days may look, we compiled a list of fun ideas and activities for you to enjoy. Our summer list of ideas and activities can serve as a bit of inspiration or a reminder of what you have been wanting to do or try!  Some are classic suggestions such as playing a game of catch, or hide and seek. Activities like those can sometimes be forgotten – but sometimes, that’s exactly what the kids need!

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We’ve divided the list into general categories but you’ll see that many of the ideas and activities can go under more than one category.  Click below to enlarge both pages:

Summer Ideas for Outdoor Play, Indoor Play, and In the KitchenSummer Fun with Kids - List of Ideas and Activities Page 1

Summer Ideas for Field Trips, Education, and Water Play Summer Fun with Kids - List of Ideas and Activities Page 2

As mentioned on the list, keep your kids reading all summer with the Scholastic Summer Challenge and Barnes and Noble Summer Reading.

For more fun summer activities, visit our Summer Time Fun with Kids Pinterest Board. Here are a few of our favorite ideas from that collection:

Ice Chalk from Reading Confetti Ice Chalk


Sun Catcher Turtle from Pi’ikea StreetSun Catcher Turtle


Bubble Wands from Happy Whimsical Hearts

Whimsical Bubble Wands

Mini Ice Boats and Foil River from Reading ConfettiMini Ice Boats


Hope you enjoyed this post!  Leave us a comment and let us know what you have in stored for this summer!


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