23 Ideas on How to Take Full Advantage of Summer with Your Kids

Written by Sylvie Carbonneau on May 10, 2016

The temperature is rising, school is out, and you need to entertain the kids before they drive you completely insane. Take advantage of your summer by spending as much quality time with your family as possible. Here are some fun ideas for things you can do together.

See how many you can check off your to-do list this summer!

1. Invent a new game called “adult tag” and whoever is “it” has to clean the house, pay taxes, and make dinner.

Adult tag

2. Visit a fair and pay $50 to win a plush toy that you could’ve bought for $5.

Plush toy in car

3. Set up a lemonade stand and watch your kids have their first taste of work. Don’t forget to show them what taxes are by taking half their income at the end of the day.

Lemonade stand

4. Roast marshmallows over a fire and cuddle with your kids. Not because they want to, because they are stuck to you.

Stuck together with marshmallows

5. Eat corn on the cob and then have the kids play “Star Wars” with their new half-eaten lightsabers.

Child holding corn

6. Eat half a watermelon and have a seed spitting contest. Or if your kids are like mine, a seed swallowing contest.

Kid eating watermelon

7. Chase an ice cream truck and explain science to your kids as they see the soft serve become liquid serve.

Dropped ice cream

8. Swim at the local pool. It helps deal with the hot temperature. As a bonus, it builds your kids’ immune systems.

Crowded local pool

9. Have a water balloon war with your kids. Warn them that by doing so, they might get hit, and they might get wet. It seems obvious, but for some reason, it’s completely new information for them.

Kid about to get hit with water balloon

10.  Entertain the kids by burning off your eyebrows trying to light up the barbecue.


11.  Make mud pies. Then make mud laundry.

Mud pies

12.  Build a sandcastle at the beach and watch your kids lose their mind as the high tide comes in and destroys it.

Sandcastle at the beach

13.  Fly a kite, followed by untangle a kite from a tree.

Kite caught in a tree

14.  Nap in a hammock. Then get your daily exercise by getting out of said hammock.

Nap in a hammock

15.  Roll in the grass and repeat until all the dandelions are dead.

Kid covered in grass stains

16.  Plant a garden and watch things grow. It’s like Farmville, but your neighbors won’t water your crops.

Plant a garden

17.  Try paddle boating. Then try coming back to shore. Good luck with that!

Paddle boating

18.  Go fishing and wonder, between consoling a kid that is sad to see the worm being eaten and saving the other from jumping off the boat and drowning, why it’s so relaxing.


19.  Go camping. Because paying money to sleep on the ground is always worth it.


20.  Go for a hike. If you get lost, this can also double as camping in the wild.

Man hiking

21.  Run through the sprinkler with your kids. They’ll think it’s fun; you’ll think YEAH, no baths tonight.

Woman running through sprinklers

22.  Collect seashells and make ugly necklaces for the in laws you like the least.

Seashell necklace

23.  Catch up on your sleep by going to a baseball game.


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