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50 Family Friendly Summer Activities

The dog days of summer can get long when all of the kids are home and complaints of boredom begin to spill from their lips. As parents you might find yourselves at your wits end trying to figure out what to do to keep them occupied.  In our home we limit screen time, but it can be tempting to let them veg out in front of the T.V. when they are getting antsy and there’s nothing else to do.  To help you out, I’ve compiled a bucket list of fifty family friendly summer activities!  Pick and choose which activities you think you and your children will enjoy and go have some fun!

Bowling summer fun

  1. Go berry picking
  2. Visit a farmers market then cook dinner with the food you bought
  3. Have an ice cream sundae party
  4. Go to a water park or theme park
  5. Go for a hike
  6. Swim in a lake
  7. Visit a town within an hour of where you live and explore
  8. Go to a drive in movie
  9. Collect items for a local family shelter
  10. Have a lemonade stand with earnings benefiting a local nonprofit
  11. Go canoeing
  12. Plant an herb garden
  13. Make your own sidewalk chalk
  14. Fly a kite
  15. Have a water balloon fight
  16. Go backyard camping
  17. Have a neighborhood talent show
  18. Set up a backyard obstacle course with household items
  19. Tour a historic home in your area
  20. Go to an outdoor concert or play
  21. Have a picnic at your favorite park
  22. Make your own popsicles
  23. Get away from the city lights and star gaze
  24. Go bowling on a hot day
  25. Go fishing
  26. Make s’mores over a campfire
  27. Volunteer as a family at your local food bank
  28. See the fireworks on the Fourth of July
  29. Act out your favorite children’s book
  30. Go roller skating at an old school roller rink
  31. Play hopscotch
  32. Learn how to swim without water wings
  33. Explore a cave
  34. Visit a taco stand
  35. Build a tree fort
  36. Visit a local farm and feed the goats
  37. Spend one night doing everything by candlelight/lantern light
  38. Go to a splash pad
  39. Raise butterflies and set them free
  40. Make your own ice cream
  41. Catch fireflies
  42. Make a birdhouse
  43. Take a family bike ride
  44. Splash in a creek
  45. Slip and Slide down a hill
  46. Wash the car…by hand
  47. Make paper flowers and send them to someone special
  48. Write a letter to a friend
  49. Make a sandcastle
  50. Play Marco Polo at night

Jen Southern InstituteWhen she moved from Chicago to attend college, Jenny could not have foretold a future that held marriage and raising three beautiful children in Nashville, Tennessee… yet here she is. She is now happy to call Nashville home and stays busy homeschooling, sewing, and writing, among the many other things that mothers and wives do each and every day. You might find her sitting with her daughter at a local coffee shop, sipping a yummy drink and pouring over schoolbooks, but rarely will you find her just sitting around. She blogs at The Southern Institute

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