Kids Summer Activities – Ways To Keep The Kids Entertained

This post was most recently updated on April 29th, 2018

Oh No! School’s out and you don’t know what to do with your kids! Where are you going to go? You need kids summer activities!

Every summer I stress out about how I will keep the kids busy and productive. I’d like to avoid video games and too much screen time. Ideally they will play outside in the nice weather. If you live in Utah area, please check out my list of Utah summer camps which I update every year.

no video games

To help me and you, we pulled together a list of several different

Kids Summer Activities 

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Fireworks Craft

We all know the 4th of July is coming up and kids love fireworks. If your kids love to make crafts, here is a great craft to make for fireworks from Learning4Kids.

Fireworks craft for kids


Squirt Gun Paintings

We all know that kids love squirt guns. Why not incorporate squirt guns with paint while making a fun diy painting from Fireflies and Mudpies.

Squirt gun painting craft for kids


DIY Summer Camp

If art is not your child’s thing, what about Kids Summer Camps? You don’t necessarily have to send your kids away but you could have your own DIY Kids Summer Camp!! Your kids could put on their own for a summer job (for the neighborhood kids) or you can just host one for your family and/or friends. It’s a low cost way to be creative and keep the kids active.

diy summer camp

We just love this idea and the resources from Power of Moms! They empower moms to get organized and feel happy and productive, so be sure to visit their site to get even more great ideas.

DIY summer camp



Balloon Races

Nothing beats a good game of a Balloon Race! The kids and the adults would have a fun time racing with water-filled balloons especially on a hot, summer day! Check out the race as well as other fun filled games for Kids Summer Activities! Click the photo to get this idea and 24 more outdoor games from Messes to Memories.

I must add that filling water balloons is not my favorite activity and it can take forever. I always have these water balloons that fill 148 in a minute on hand – I found the best price on Amazon. If you have Prime it ships the next day. I usually have at least three packages for impromptu water fights. It’s the fastest way to get my daughter outside. You should bring a bucket or laundry basket to hold the balloons. They fall off into the bucket when they are full. It really is easy and fun!

balloon race



Nature Bingo

No one wants their kids cooped up all day in the house so why not get them outside and into Nature? They can try out Nature Bingo from Bitz n Giggles and add it to your list of great Kids Summer Activities!

You can make up Bingo games for just about any theme (with animals and bugs for example), so hopefully this inspires you.

Nature bingo


Ice Cream in a Bag

Everytime you go by the ice cream aisle, or when you hear the ice cream truck coming, your kids always holler for ice cream! Instead of buying it from the store, why not make your own? You will save money and you will keep your kids entertained at the same time!! Growing a Jeweled Rose shows you how to make ice cream in a bag. You could even make an ice cream bar with sprinkles, nuts, chocolate sauce, cut up candy bars and gummy bears. This would be fun and unique to do at a birthday party – make your own ice cream and sundae!


                                                                 ice cream in a bag


Summer Fun Ideas for the Whole Family

The Crafting Chicks (one lives in the neighborhood) has free printables that you can use to come up and plan even more great activities for your Kids Fun Summer!! There is always something your kids can do to have fun! This one is geared towards your whole family too, not just the kids. It’s sure to inspire you.

summer fun ideas for the whole family


Have a great Summer with your Kids!!!

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