125 Top Family Activities for Summer Fun

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125 Summer Activities for Families

If you’re looking for family-friendly summer activities, this list of 125 ideas will keep everyone entertained. From outdoor adventures to kitchen experiments, these unique activities will ensure a fun-filled summer for the whole family.

Outdoor Fun

  1. Play in the Sprinkler: Cool off in the summer heat by running through a lawn sprinkler or splash pad. Turn it into a game by trying to avoid the water.
  2. Host a Backyard Olympics: Create events like kickball, relay races, or a push-up competition. Award medals and trophies at the end.
  3. Make Chalk Art: Draw murals on the sidewalk or create the world’s longest hopscotch.
  4. DIY At-Home Popsicles: Use whatever you have in your fridge to make fun-flavored popsicles.
  5. Create a Scavenger Hunt: Leave clues around the house and yard for an exciting adventure.

Creative Projects

  1. Make a Music Video: Dress up, make instruments from household items, and record your performance.
  2. Set Up a Lemonade Stand: Make your own lemonade, create signs, and donate the profits to a local charity.
  3. Waterslide Kickball: Connect slip-and-slides or tarps for a slippery game of kickball.
  4. Make Ice Cream in a Bag: Combine half and half, sugar, and vanilla in a small bag. Place it in a larger bag with ice and salt, and shake for 15 minutes.

Nature Activities

  1. Go Stargazing: Lay out under the night sky with a constellation map. Spot the Big and Little Dipper or make up your own star patterns.
  2. Go Bird Watching: Visit a local park or bird sanctuary with binoculars and a bird field guide.
  3. Catch Fireflies: Gently catch fireflies and watch them glow before releasing them.
  4. Raise and Release Butterflies: Use a butterfly growing kit to watch caterpillars turn into butterflies.

Indoor Fun

  1. Paint Flower Pots: Paint terra cotta pots and plant herbs like mint and rosemary in them.
  2. Make S’mores: Broil graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate in the oven or roast marshmallows over a fire.
  3. Make At-Home Slime: Mix glue, baking soda, and saline solution to make slime. Lay out a mat to protect surfaces.
  4. Tell Ghost Stories: Share spooky and silly ghost stories around a fire pit with a flashlight for effect.

Family Adventures

  1. Go on a Family Hike: Pack water, snacks, and sunscreen for a day hike on a local trail or at a state park.
  2. Have a Picnic: Pack a blanket, snacks, and maybe a frisbee or football for a fun day at a local park or in your backyard.
  3. Outdoor Finger Painting: Mix shaving cream and finger paint for a sensory art project on a glass patio door or sidewalk.

These activities offer a variety of ways to enjoy the summer with your family, ensuring everyone has a memorable and fun-filled season.

Re-reported from the article originally published in Parade.

125 Top Family Activities for Summer Fun

Image credit: Parade

125 Summer Activities for Families

If you’re looking for family-friendly summer activities, this list of 125 ideas will keep everyone entertained. From outdoor adventures to kitchen experiments, these unique activities will ensure a fun-filled summer for the whole family.

Outdoor Fun

  1. Play in the Sprinkler: Cool off in the summer heat by running through a lawn sprinkler or splash pad. Turn it into a game by trying to avoid the water.
  2. Host a Backyard Olympics: Create events like kickball, relay races, or a push-up competition. Award medals and trophies at the end.
  3. Make Chalk Art: Draw murals on the sidewalk or create the world’s longest hopscotch.
  4. DIY At-Home Popsicles: Use whatever you have in your fridge to make fun-flavored popsicles.
  5. Create a Scavenger Hunt: Leave clues around the house and yard for an exciting adventure.

Creative Projects

  1. Make a Music Video: Dress up, make instruments from household items, and record your performance.
  2. Set Up a Lemonade Stand: Make your own lemonade, create signs, and donate the profits to a local charity.
  3. Waterslide Kickball: Connect slip-and-slides or tarps for a slippery game of kickball.
  4. Make Ice Cream in a Bag: Combine half and half, sugar, and vanilla in a small bag. Place it in a larger bag with ice and salt, and shake for 15 minutes.

Nature Activities

  1. Go Stargazing: Lay out under the night sky with a constellation map. Spot the Big and Little Dipper or make up your own star patterns.
  2. Go Bird Watching: Visit a local park or bird sanctuary with binoculars and a bird field guide.
  3. Catch Fireflies: Gently catch fireflies and watch them glow before releasing them.
  4. Raise and Release Butterflies: Use a butterfly growing kit to watch caterpillars turn into butterflies.

Indoor Fun

  1. Paint Flower Pots: Paint terra cotta pots and plant herbs like mint and rosemary in them.
  2. Make S’mores: Broil graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate in the oven or roast marshmallows over a fire.
  3. Make At-Home Slime: Mix glue, baking soda, and saline solution to make slime. Lay out a mat to protect surfaces.
  4. Tell Ghost Stories: Share spooky and silly ghost stories around a fire pit with a flashlight for effect.

Family Adventures

  1. Go on a Family Hike: Pack water, snacks, and sunscreen for a day hike on a local trail or at a state park.
  2. Have a Picnic: Pack a blanket, snacks, and maybe a frisbee or football for a fun day at a local park or in your backyard.
  3. Outdoor Finger Painting: Mix shaving cream and finger paint for a sensory art project on a glass patio door or sidewalk.

These activities offer a variety of ways to enjoy the summer with your family, ensuring everyone has a memorable and fun-filled season.

Re-reported from the article originally published in Parade.