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50 fun things to do with your family this Summer

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Are you ready for 50 fun things to do with your family this Summer? If you’ve been a reader for a while you know I love a seasonal bucket list and this Summer bucket list is no except. This list includes fun and unique things to do with your family this Summer.

Summer vacation goes so quick and your kids are only going to be this age once. Why not make the most of the days you have together with these fun and unique things to do with your family this Summer.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think of things for your kids to do all Summer long if camp isn’t an option. That’s one of the main reasons I created this list – hoping it can help you prepare for the Summer with ease! One thing I always do is print out my seasonal bucket lists and hang them on the fridge. This helps the kids get involved which makes it even more fun!

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1.Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a great way to burn off some of that extra energy kids have in the Summer. If you have multiple kids you could start a jump rope competition. Here’s a great jump rope to get you started

2. Meet a new person

Maybe a new kid just moved into your area or there are kid events that are local to you. Try taking your kids to new places so they can meet new people.

3. Go to the Library

Going to the library is cheap, fun and a perfect place to cool off during on those hot Summer days. Most libraries host free events all Summer long!

4. Overcome a fear

Having extra time in the Summer allows me to talk to my children about things that are bothering them. We use this time to work on getting over our fears

5. Play Frisbee

Get outside and play frisbee! Frisbee is a great way to have fun as a family. Here are some great frisbee options.

6. Go on date with Mom or Dad

Try setting up special days to take your kids on a date. They get to feel extra special and you get one on one time with your kids. Its a win/win for everyone.

7. Read at least 10 books

Summer is the best time to catch up on reading. My kids normally have a Summer homework packet to complete but in addition, we always make a special trip to grab a couple of new books to read over Summer break.

8. Have a water gun/balloon fight

Summer is the time to get wet! Water balloon fights or water gun wars are the ulitmate way to have some family fun. Here is our favorite water gun that we love to use in our water battles.

9. Run through a sprinkler

As I mentioned, Summer is the best time to cool off with some water fun! One great way to cool down is with a sprinkler. This adorable sprinkler is on its way to me now and we can’t wait to use it!

10. Bake cupcakes

Before it gets too hot my family loves to bake together. It’s tradition that on the last da of school we make a cake to celebrate. Do you have any last day of school traditions?

11. Do a fun summer craft

Summer is the perfect time to tackle some fun craft projects. My kids love the Alex craft kits that are fun and easy to use. Here are some of our favorite Alex kits. 

12. Go to the beach/lake

Summer vacation is not complete without a beach or lake trip. Do you prefer the beach or the lake? Let me know in the comments!

13. Have a sleepover

Both of my kids look forward to Summer sleepovers. Summer is the perfect time to catch up with family you might not be able to see during the year.

14. Camp indoors

To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of camping but my kids really wanted to experience sleeping in a tent. We found common ground by camping indoors. It’s fun for everyone. We make s’mores on the stove and set up our tents in the living room. It’s one of our favorite nights of the year.

15. Blow bubbles

Kid of all ages loves bubbles. These days you can get flavored bubbles, shaped bubbles or all sorts of cool things. These are some of our favorite bubbles. 

16. Go to the movies

It’s the season of blockbusters! Each year the major movie studios release their biggest blockbusters for the year during the Summer. Mix in the heat of Summer and it makes for the perfect escape!

17. Skip rocks

If you are taking a trip down to the water skipping rocks makes for a fun way to spend the day.

18. Scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun for the whole family. You can make it simple and include things and clues about your house or make it more complicated. The choice is yours. Have fun with it.

19. Collect seashells

One way to preserve the memories of a trip to the beach is by collecting seashells. You could even paint them as a fun Summer craft when you get home.

20. Play catch

Let’s play ball! A good ‘ole fashioned game of catch is a perfect way to spend a Summer day!

21. Have pajama day

A fun tradition my family loves is pajama day! We stay in our pajamas all day in the a/c watching movies. It’s one of our favorite days!

22. Paint rocks

Painting rocks is still a huge craze. Summer is a fun time to decorate rocks together.

23. Ride a carousel

While the sun is shining it’s time to head to your local fair or amusement park to take a ride on the carousel.

24. Go swimming

Summer and swimming go together like peanut butter and jelly. At home swimming pools have come a long way. Look at this fun pool set!

25.Family game night

The long summer nights are perfect for family game nights. This is one game we can’t wait to play this year. 

26. Go on a hike

Hiking is a great way to spend quality time as a family

27. Picnic in the park

Eating alfresco is so much fun. Pack a picnic and head to your favorite park. This is the picnic basket I asked for this Mother’s Day

28.Visit Mom or Dad at work

If your company allows, Summer break is the perfect time for your kids to visit you at work.

29. Make popsicles

In the summer, popsicles become a food group, right? My family loves making up different popsicle recipes and using funky molds. How adorable are these dinosaur molds?

30.Climb a tree

Being outside is a right of passage for kids and that means finding a tree to climb!

31.Watch fireworks

Fireworks aren’t just for the 4th of July. We live a short drive from Coney Island and they have a firework show every Friday night. It’s something we look forward to every Summer. Local firework shows are a great way to spend a warm summer night.

32. Go to a farmer’s market

Head on over to your local farmer’s market to get delicious produce to get you through the week. Many farmer’s markets have fun events for kids throughout the summer.

33. Build a sand castle

Building a sand castle is so much fun. You can really get creative. My kids love this castle building kit.

34. Watch a sunrise/sunset

The longer days make it the perfect time to catch a sunrise or sunset. Does your town have an overlook? If so, plan a trip to see a sunset one night – it’s a memory that will last a lifetime.

35. Listen to a thunderstorm

With the summer comes a summer storm and if your kids aren’t afraid its ton of fun to listen to the storm.

36. Drink a Slurpee

The perfect cold beverage for a hot day

37. Go to an amusement or water park

Summer is all about having fun! Plan a fun-filled day at your local amusement or water park.

38. Watch a movie outdoors

One of my favorite things about living in NYC is the abundance of outdoor movies in the summer. Does your town over outdoor movies? I saw a Texas town does a Jaws screen on the lake in inner tubes – ummm, no thanks!

39. Go bowling

One great way to beat the heat is at your local bowling alley.

40. Start a journal

Journaling is a great way to teach your kids a new way to express themselves and summer is a perfect time to start!

41. Make lemonade

Lemonade is the unofficial drink of summer. A perfect mix of acidity and sweet. Make a delicious pitcher for your family to enjoy.

42. Make a fruit salad

Fruit salad is the perfect treat on a hot Summer day.

43. Jump on a trampoline

Summer is the time to be outside and jumping up and down for joy!

44. Family Bike Ride

Make time this Summer for your family to go on a bike ride together.

44. Draw with sidewalk chalk

Get creative with fun new sidewalk chalk designs

45. Go to the park

When the humidity breaks its time to head to the park for a day of fun

46. See a magic show

Summer is a great time to try new things – why not go see a magic show

47. Visit a petting zoo

It’s finally warm enough for the animals to come out of hiding – head to your local zoo and pet your favorites!

48. Fly a kite

On a day with a nice breeze get out there and fly a kit

49. Catch a lightning bug

To me Summer doesn’t officially start until a lightning bug

50.  Play mini golf

A favorite of my family! We love mini golf do you?


Whatever you decide to do this Summer I hope you enjoy it. If there’s something you think I missed on this list I would love it if you let me know if the comments. Happy Summer!

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