100 Fun Summer Activities for KIDS

You know we're on top of all the fun, cheap or free things to do with kids in summer. We want to help you defeat Summer boredom and enjoy all the fun summer activities there are to do so we've got tips for how to do it all!

Tons of Activities for Kids from Fun Cheap or Free

Summer is in full-swing around here, and if your house is anything like mine, a bit of affordable (or free!) entertainment is in order! To help bust summer boredom, I'm bringing you a list of some of our favorite Fun, Cheap, and even FREE summer activities for kids!

It's important to keep the kiddos moving all summer long!! Am I right? And don't worry, we even have it in a free printable for you so you can make it an official Summer checklist!

Side note, if you don't follow me on Pinterest, you probably should! I have a board dedicated to summer fun, kids activities, and parenting life savers. It's full of goodies that you don't want to miss. But before you sneak away to get lost in pinterest-land, let's check out this list and tips for making the most of summer without the stress!

How to Plan Summer Activities for the Whole Family

Having fun this summer doesn't have to break the bank. There are so many family-friendly activities that are 100% free. If you plan it right, you can have your vacation and enjoy the rest of you break, too.

Plan Summer Fun for the Family from Fun Cheap or Free

Here's the summer dream! We want to…

  • Enjoy the BIG and more costly activities – ya know, the highlights of the summer that kids like to report on when they go back to school
  • Have an intentional summer with quick and affordable ready-to-go ideas so we don't have to listen to kids complaining of their never-ending boredom
  • Spend time together having fun and making memories

So here's how you do it! Just before summer break sit down as a family and come up with one big thing each person would like to do. These are things like theme or water parks, weekend trips, more expensive museums, family fun centers, etc.

They are higher in price and take a good amount of advance planning. Once those have been decided, everyone must think of as many fun and affordable ideas to fill up the rest of the summer list. We love this part because we smile and laugh thinking back on past summers and remembering fun things we did like building forts or roasting s'mores over the campfire.

Now its time to Soak Up the Sun with your Summer Lists

How to Plan Summer Activities for the Whole Family from Fun Cheap or Free

With our lists in hand we are ready for summer! Pencil some of the bigger activities into your calendar so your kids know what they have to look forward to.

If you need help thinking of some fun things to add to your list, we've got you covered. Here are 100 Summer Activities for kids that are Fun Cheap or Free that will have you wishing days had more hours and summer lasted just a little bit longer. Plus there's some extra fun that the kids can enjoy on their own. You're welcome, mama!

Summer Activities for Kids that are Fun, Cheap or Free

If you're looking for something “out-of-the-box” to do to entertain your kids… this list is for you!

Summer Activities for Kids that are Fun Cheap or Free
  1. Go for a Nature Walk
  2. Set up an Obstacle Course
  3. Visit the Fire Station
  4. Make Stovetop S'mores
  5. Make a Painters Tape Race Track
  6. Visit the Library
  7. Scavenger Hunt
  8. Visit an Aquarium
  9. Pool Day
  10. Visit a Local Farm
  11. Go Hiking
  12. Fly a Kite
  13. A DIY Craft
  14. Finger Paint with Pudding (or I have a fingerpaint recipe if that's more your style!)

Fun Summer Activities Kids Can Do On Their Own

We all want to have a list of summer activities in our arsenal that we can just say “go …” and know that the kids can handle it with zero supervision. This is that list!

Fun Summer Activities Kids Can Do On Their Own from Fun Cheap or Free
  1. Build with Legos
  2. Make Marshmallow and Toothpick Houses
  3. Play Hide and Seek
  4. Make Paper Airplanes and have a contest to see who's flies the farthest
  5. Jump on the Trampoline – Here is a list of 50 ideas to do on a trampoline this summer!
  6. Write a Story
  7. Stack Cups Game
  8. Watch Learn to Draw Videos
  9. Play Simon Says
  10. Have a Staring Contest
  11. Play Would You Rather
  12. Hula Hoop
  13. Play Hopscotch
  14. Blow Bubbles (Set up a bubble refill station for hours of fun – with less mess!)
  15. Put on a Fashion Show
  16. DIY Tic-Tac-Toe

Things Kids Can Do When They're Bored

This is an awesome list of ideas that you can give to kids when they're complaining about who knows what… if none of these summer activities float their boat, you can always hand them a broom, mop, or vacuum and set them to work.

Things Kids Can Do When They're Bored from Fun Cheap or Free
  1. Walk a Neighbor's Dog
  2. Make a Blanket Fort
  3. Do a Puzzle (Here's a few ways to make puzzles more fun for kids!)
  4. Make Paper Bag Puppets
  5. Get creative with Duct Tape Arts and Crafts
  6. Watch a How-To YouTube Video
  7. Visit a Friend
  8. Sidewalk Chalk Art (try my 3 ingredient homemade chalk recipe!)
  9. Water Play in the Backyard
  10. Play a Card Game
  11. YouTube Karaoke
  12. Write Letters to Family
  13. Jump Rope Games
  14. Dance Party
  15. Play an Instrument
  16. Make Fruity Popsicles (Pinterest has oodles of ideas!) 

Fun Activities for Kids

Some of these fun summer activities might need a little more parent involvement, but the kids will still love every minute of these once you get them set up!

Fun Activities for Kids from Fun Cheap or Free
  1. Go Mini Golfing
  2. Ride a Train
  3. Go on a Bike Ride
  4. Make Homemade Ice Cream
  5. Freeze Toys in Water
  6. Build a Cardboard Box Castle
  7. Head to the Park
  8. Put on a Skit
  9. Water Balloon Fight (You MUST try the DIY Water Balloon Station!)
  10. Have a Picnic (Packing frozen PB&J's is my favorite picnic hack!)
  11. Pillow Fight
  12. Play Charades
  13. Homemade Playdough (Is it just me… or does this sound like delicious play dough?! Yes, I just said that!) 
  14. Shaving Cream Table Art
  15. Paint Rocks
  16. Create Sock Puppets

Summer Activities for the Family

If you're looking for ideas that you can schedule on the calendar and plan out in advance, these are some of our favorite summer activities that everyone in the family can enjoy together.

Summer Activities for Kids from Fun Cheap or Free
  1. Go to the Dollar Theatre
  2. Try out Geocaching
  3. Enjoy a Beach or Lake Day
  4. Plan a Day Trip
  5. Visit the Zoo
  6. Go Fishing or Camping
  7. Check out a State or County Fair
  8. Have a Family Movie Night
  9. Host a BBQ
  10. Play some Minute to Win It Games (These prizes would make an awesome ending to your games!)
  11. Volunteer in the Community
  12. Go to a Sports Event
  13. Host a Talent Show
  14. Bake Cookies (May I suggest the $400 Cookies recipe?) 

Fun Summer Activities for All Ages

Big or small – this is such a fun list of activities that all ages will enjoy! Some more independently than others.

Fun Summer Activities for All Ages from Fun Cheap or Free
  1. Make a Lemonade Stand
  2. Practice Origami (Need a few ideas? Check here!)
  3. Take apart an old appliance to see how it works
  4. Go Stargazing
  5. Plant a Flower or Vegetable Garden
  6. Hit the park to play a little Frisbee Golf
  7. Serve Someone
  8. Window shopping at the mall
  9. Visit Mom or Dad at work
  10. Flag football at night
  11. Water Sports (Do giant slip and slides count?)
  12. Wash the Car
  13. Check out a Free Museum
  14. Nickel Arcade
  15. Go Bowling
  16. Eat Snow Cones (We have a machine… and it gets LOTS of love!)

Consider this your Fun Cheap or Free summer bucket list, with endless ideas for affordable summer fun. Print it out, put it on the fridge, and start making memories! Get the free printable version of this list here.

100 Fun Summer Activities for Kids from Fun Cheap or Free

Now that was an amazing list of fun… your kids will LOVE you for it!

What summer activities do you have planned? How do you keep your kids busy throughout the summer? Share with me in the comments below!

Happy Summertime!

Comments

  1. AvatarDiane says

    I created a list of challenges in 7 different categories for my kids (mostly my olde boys, age 10 and 8). The categories are: spiritual, reading, service, cooking, earning money, art, and physical. They can earn a certain amount of tickets (our family economy system involves them earning a certain amount of tickets for chores completed each week and they can either redeem them for money or put them toward a date night with either me or my husband) for each challenge completed. Some examples of the challenges I gave them are: run a mile without stopping, read at least 5 chapters of a book you think you won’t like (my kids love to read but don’t like trying new books), make breakfast by yourself, have a bake sale (they earned $75 doing this along with selling lemonade and they did almost all the work themselves), do three secret acts of service for someone in our family, make a mosaic that fills a whole page, read your scriptures at least 4 times, etc. It’s been fun to see their motivation! They haven’t been motivated on everything but they’ve done quite a few of the challenges and they love earning the extra tickets!

  2. AvatarStacey pyle says

    Love this! And the summer/winter bucket list idea. We often spend money we don’t really have on days out because we’re just bored. Love this list!

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