Parents, we know it can be a challenge to keep your children entertained over summer. So if you’re looking for inspiration, why not print off this list and see how many activities you can complete. Don’t forget to let us know how you do!
1. Set up a net and play badminton and volleyball in the garden or a park.
2. Visit an amusement park or water park.
3. Wade through a stream and search for tadpoles.
4. Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or pet rocks.
5. Go roller-skating.
6. Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn about animals.
7. Set up a bike wash and raise money for a local charity.
8. Assemble a family cookbook with all your favorite recipes.
9. Stage your own Summer Olympics with races, hurdles and relays.
10. Attend an outdoor festival or concert.
11. Pick a nearby town to visit for the day.
12. Make your own bubbles with 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of washing up liquid.
13. Create three-dimensional buildings using toothpicks and mini marshmallows.
14. Have a fancy tea party.
15. Set up a tent in the garden to use as a summer playhouse.
16. Have a game night with charades, Pictionary and bingo.
17. Take a boring brown paper bag and have kids brainstorm creative things to do with it—you’ll be surprised at how many things you can come up with.
18. Volunteer at a nature center.
19. Make a photo journal or a family yearbook.
20. Visit the beach and collect shells.
21. Make a fort out of cardboard boxes.
22. Visit a farmer’s market.
23. Stage an A to Z scavenger hunt, where you have to find something that starts with every letter.
24. Pick berries.
25. Have a picnic in the park.
26. Go canoeing at a local lake.
27. Build a sandcastle.
28. Write and illustrate your own book and have it published.
29. Make homemade pizza.
30. Go for a walk and then make a collage from nature objects you find along the way.
31. Feed the ducks at a local lake.
32. Set up a lemonade stand.
33. Have a water balloon fight.
34. Practice your origami skills and make objects to hang from the ceiling.
35. Go biking on a trail
36. Interview an older relative about what life was like when they were young.
37. Plan a picnic at a local park—or in your backyard.
38. Print out a list of books you’d like to read. Visit the local library throughout the summer and try to read as many as you can.
39. Practice making interesting shadow puppets and then put on a show with your characters.
40. Plant a garden of herbs and veggies.
41. Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvases or cardboard.
42. Plant some flowers in the garden.
43. Pretend to be pirates for a day—dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate.
44. Turn the garden into a carnival—set up a face painting area and games like ring toss.
45. Visit a museum you’ve never been to.
46. Make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on the lawn or driveway (with chalk).
47. String beads into jewelry.
48. Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool using straws to propel them.
49. Play mini-golf—or set up a course in your driveway by laying different size containers on their sides.
50. Go on a zip-line!