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150 Summer Activities for Kids: Printable Bucket Lists Included!

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Finally, school’s out, and summer’s here! Our little ones are always looking forward to this time of the year when they get to enjoy a break from their studies and dive into exciting summer activities for kids. What’s more, they can now have some fun under the sun.

Of course, we parents want to make our kids’ summers memorable and enjoyable. However, there are just too many options out there, so it’s hard to choose which to include in our bucket list.

We know the struggle, so we’ve come up with the ultimate summer activities for kids that will surely keep them entertained all season long. And to make it even easier, we’ve also included a printable bucket lists for you to download and print out at home! So pin, save, or share this image below and start planning your kids’ best summer yet.

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25 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is the perfect time to get our kids outdoors and let them enjoy some fresh air. There are plenty of outdoor activities that both parents and kids can enjoy together, such as:

  1. Have a picnic in the park
  2. Enjoy backyard camping and stargazing
  3. Have a water balloon fight
  4. Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt
  5. Go on a nature walk
  6. Start a barbeque for a family cookout
  7. Play mini-golf or frisbee 
  8. Host a lemonade stand
  9. Visit a local farmer’s market
  10. Ride a bike around the neighborhood
  11. Ride a bike around a nearby trail
  12. Build a DIY obstacle course
  13. Go on a bug hunt
  14. Make bubbles with soap and water
  15. Fly a kite
  16. Start a small garden
  17. Go bird-watching
  18. Go fishing at a local lake or pond
  19. Try a kid-friendly yoga
  20. Have a water gunfight
  21. Have a water balloon fight
  22. Visit an outdoor zoo
  23. Play mini-soccer or basketball in the backyard
  24. Create art with sidewalk chalk
  25. Have a bonfire and make s’mores
A summer bucket list for kids: outdoor activities.

25 Indoor Activities

Summers can get too hot. And if you live in an area with extreme heat like me, staying indoors may be the best option for some days. That’s why it’s always good to have some indoor activities lined up. Here are some fun ideas to try with the tots:

  1. Have a movie marathon
  2. Bake and decorate cupcakes
  3. Create DIY sensory bins with beans
  4. Make homemade ice cream
  5. Try origami or paper crafting
  6. Build a fort with blankets and pillows
  7. Play an indoor scavenger hunt
  8. Have a family game night
  9. Do some science experiments
  10. Have a dance party
  11. Make homemade playdough
  12. Create an indoor obstacle course
  13. Enjoy a fashion show
  14. Perform on a talent show
  15. Have a karaoke session
  16. Write and act out a play
  17. Have an indoor picnic
  18. Paint or draw with watercolors
  19. Make paper airplanes and have a flying contest
  20. Create puppets and put on a puppet show
  21. Play board games or cards
  22. Host a tea party or cooking class
  23. Play this or that questions
  24. Organize your cabinet
  25. Have a spa day
A summer bucket list for kids: indoor activities.

35 Creative + Arts & Crafts Activities

Creative juices flow during summertime. Therefore, summertime is the perfect opportunity to let their imagination soar. Let them try these creative activities to enhance their artistic side:

  1. Create a scrapbook or photo album
  2. Make a time capsule
  3. Build a birdhouse or feeder
  4. Design and paint rocks for the garden
  5. Have a fashion design challenge with old clothes
  6. Try different types of painting techniques
  7. Make a scrapbook of summer memories
  8. Write and illustrate a storybook
  9. Craft origami animals or flowers
  10. Make friendship bracelets
  11. Create a family tree
  12. Decorate mason jars
  13. Design a t-shirt or tote bag
  14. Make paper flowers for decoration
  15. Do some outdoor chalk art
  16. Have fun with face paint
  17. Make paper mache crafts
  18. Create a comic book
  19. Craft a dream catcher
  20. Make homemade soap or candles
  21. Create personalized bookmarks
  22. Make your musical instruments
  23. Write poems
  24. Compose a song
  25. Learn a viral dance
  26. Learn a viral song
  27. Record and edit a vlog
  28. Illustrate your own comic strip
  29. Learn hand lettering
  30. Practice calligraphy
  31. Paint shells
  32. Make a tie-dye shirt
  33. Photograph nature
  34. Finish a coloring book
  35. Make a collage art

15 Educational and Learning Activities

Don’t worry, moms and dads! These educational and learning summer activities won’t make your kids feel like they are still in school. Instead, they’re engaging, fun, and  will help your child learn new things:

  1. Visit a museum or zoo
  2. Visit an art gallery or exhibit
  3. Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  4. Conduct science experiments
  5. Create a mini herb garden
  6. Learn how to cook a new dish
  7. Take up a new language
  8. Practice basic coding skills
  9. Do some DIY electronics projects
  10. Attend a summer camp
  11. Read a book
  12. Watch a documentary
  13. Answer Math or Trivia quizzes
  14. Teach a younger sibling or friend a new hobby
  15. Visit historical landmarks
A summer bucket list for kids: educational activities.

15 Sports and Physical Activities

Kids have lots (even endless)  of energy to burn, and summer is the perfect time for them to do so. These sports and physical activities will keep your youngsters in shape:

  1. Swim at the pool or beach
  2. Play mini golf
  3. Have a water balloon fight
  4. Fly a kite
  5. Go hiking or camping
  6. Play outdoor hide-and-seek
  7. Enroll at a sports camp
  8. Join a local sports league
  9. Go rollerblading
  10. Go skateboarding
  11. Play backyard games like tag, capture the flag, or hopscotch
  12. Learn a new sport
  13. Dance to your favorite songs
  14. Practice yoga or meditation
  15. Join a dance or fitness class
A summer bucket list for kids: sports activities.

15 Cooking and Baking Activities

Foodies or not, these cooking and baking summer activities will make your kids love being in the kitchen:

  1. Create your a smoothie recipe
  2. Make homemade ice cream
  3. Decorate cakes or cupcakes
  4. Bake a pizza
  5. Make an iced candy
  6. Arrange a cheese platter
  7. Make your own salsa
  8. Cook an egg
  9. Make a hot chocolate
  10. Bake a simple pie
  11. Make granola bars
  12. Create a sandwich with different ingredients
  13. Prepare a fruit salad
  14. Bake cookies from scratch
  15. Make homemade popsicles
A summer bucket list for kids: cooking and baking activities.

10 Animal and Wildlife Activities

Youngsters and animal lovers will surely love these animal and wildlife summer activities. Just ensure the safety of your kids and the animals involved. Moreover, always follow the rules and regulations set by the local authorities:

  1. Feed ducks at the park or pond
  2. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  3. Go horseback riding
  4. Build a birdhouse
  5. Build a feeder
  6. Visit a petting zoo
  7. Go bird watching
  8. Visit an aquarium
  9. Visit a farm or ranch
  10. Set up water for wild birds in your backyard
A summer bucket list for kids: animal and wildlife activities.

10 Community and Volunteer Activities

As the saying goes, “Teach them young.” Children’s hearts are pure, and it is the perfect time to instill in them the value of giving back to their community. Try these community and volunteer summer activities for kids:

  1. Join a beach or park clean-up
  2. Help organize a book drive
  3. Volunteer at a food bank
  4. Visit the elderly at nursing homes
  5. Create care packages for the homeless
  6. Plant trees or flowers
  7. Pick up trash at a local park or beach
  8. Donate clothes and toys to a charity organization
  9. Send letters to hospitalized children
  10. Write letters to soldiers
A summer bucket list for kids: community and volunteer activities.

Tips for Safe and Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Keep safe while crossing off your summer bucket list with these tips for safe and fun summer activities:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activities
  • Seek shade or stay indoors to avoid heat exhaustion
  • Be aware of dangers like insects, poison ivy, and open bodies of water
  • Always have a first-aid kit
  • Always have adult supervision
  • Always follow safety rules for physical activities
  • Bring insect repellent for outdoor activities
  • Stay away from poisonous plants and avoid touching wild animals
  • Know weather conditions

Conclusion

Summer activities for kids will keep them entertained and busy. Moreover, they’ll also help them learn new skills, build character, and make a positive impact in their community. Print the summer bucket lists above and start planning your child’s fun-filled summer!

Which of the activities listed above are you most excited to try with your munchkin? Share it with us in the comments below. Happy summer!

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