40 Fun Summertime Activities For Kids

Updated: Jul 23

I promised our son, Jaya, that this would be the best summer ever.

I promised him this because this year has been so difficult with the covid-19 lockdown and then the extremely heart wrenching murder of George Floyd. There has been so much uncertainty and sadness thus far, I just had to do something to make this summer a positive one.


I know that I cannot control what is happening in the world but I can control how I handle it and how I move forward in this new world. I want to move forward with much love in my heart and with much hope that things will get better. 

So, I sat down and thought about what summertime fun meant to me and how I could give that to my son. I remember summers, as a little girl, were always really special. They consisted of endless pool parties, water balloon fights, long bike rides, kickball, trading garbage pail kids (wait, am I aging myself here?), watching summer blockbuster movies with friends, playing hide and seek in the neighborhood, eating lots of yummy food and exploring every corner we found ourselves in. Summer meant freedom and although Jaya is only 4 and isn’t allowed to independently do most of the things on that list, I did come up with a list that will guarantee he has his best summer yet!

Here are 40 things we plan to do to make this summer GREAT:



  1. Paint rocks with positive messages and hide them throughout the neighborhood for people to find. 

  2. Play softball with friends

  3. Plan a mommy and me sleepover party

  4. Make a campfire in the backyard

  5. Tie dye t-shirts

  6. Have a lemonade stand

  7. Have a picnic

  8. Project movie onto the side of the house and invite friends over to watch

  9. Camp out in the backyard

  10. Do something nice for a neighbor

  11. Take pictures of nature: flowers, trees, bugs, clouds

  12. Gardening day

  13. Cooking day

  14. Escape room for kids

  15. Play dodgeball

  16. Backyard obstacle course

  17. Make a bird feeder

  18. Learn to sew 

  19. Plan and host a toy/book exchange

  20. Play hopscotch 

  21. Make a time capsule 

  22. Interview and video record a relative 

  23. Make a pressed flower sun catcher

  24. Create a slip and slide

  25. Go fishing

  26. Draw on the sidewalk with chalk

  27. Fly a kite

  28. Stargaze with a telescope

  29. Have a board game night

  30. Make ice cream

  31. Climb a tree

  32. Make a mud kitchen

  33. Bake cookies from scratch

  34. Make bookmarks 

  35. Have a dance party

  36. Paint planters

  37. Make a bird feeder

  38. Have a water balloon fight

  39. Go on a scavenger hunt

  40. Learn about garbage pail kids



How do you plan to make this your child’s best summer yet?

Let us know in the comments below!


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