75+ Ideas for Summer Fun at Home

Whether it’s day 1 or day 48 of summer break, there always comes a point where I run out of ideas for keeping the kids entertained during the summer. We’ve put together a list of ideas for summer fun at home, and most require little or no preparation. Because let’s be honest… mom wants a break too.

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  • Build a fort – Grab some old blankets and sheets and spend the afternoon creating a super cool hideout
  • Create a timed obstacle course out of cushions and furniture
  • Play indoor hide & seek. Play at night and turn off the lights and use flashlights.
  • Build with LegosLast summer we spent a day (or two) building every single Lego set we own. (I am a Lego lover at heart and am perfectly happy to sit and build them on my own, kids or no kids)
  • Have a No TV / No Electronics day
  • Have a dance partyGet wild and turn off the lights and add glowsticks, glow jewelry, or flashing/light-up toys to the mix.
  • Learn a new dance via YouTube
  • Play Board or Card Games – my kids are 6 & 8 and our current favorites include:
  • Teach your kids a new card game like Rummy, Solitaire, or Spoons
  • Work on a puzzle.  
  • Have a puzzle race – pick 100 piece or less puzzles and see who can finish each one first (Dollar Tree is a great place for these)
  • Play rock paper scissors
  • Play Simon Says or Red Light, Green Light
  • Play Charades
  • Let the kids play in the bathtub. Optional bath accessories include bubbles, shaving cream, glowsticks, or the animal sponge capsules you can get at Dollar Tree.
  • Have a “King/Queen for the Day” and let that child choose what to do
  • Let the kids do your hair (yes, I’m talking to you moms!)
  • Have a family slumber party complete with sleeping bags for mom and dad (or snag the couch)
  • Sign up for a Summer Reading Program through the local library or check out one of the online programs that allow kids to earn prizes and rewards!
  • Set aside some quiet time to read each day (mom included!)
  • Looking for new books to explore? Read our review of Epic! – an ebook subscription for kids with over 10,000 books to choose from. Kids can read anytime, anywhere on a laptop, tablet or mobile device.
  • Have kids listen to books read aloud – our Summer Reading List has lots of online resources
  • Read aloud to your kids
  • Take a NAP!
  • Stay in pajamas ALL DAY
  • Clean out closets and old toys and donate them
  • Movie Night – My boys LOVE to have movie night.  We get all the sleeping bags, blankets, & pillows in the whole house and get comfy on the floor, then pop popcorn (and add M&M’s), make chocolate milk or hot chocolate, and settle in to watch their movie of choice
  • Show the kids one of your childhood favorites. My kids already love Back to the Future, Goonies, Sandlot, and Big. (Note that PG ratings in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s were a little more lenient – if you haven’t seen the movie as a parent, visit Common Sense Media for details on anything that might be inappropriate.)
  • Rent a movie from Redbox.
    • Summer Movie Releases include:
      • Beauty and the Beast (June 9)
      • LEGO Batman Movie (June 20)
      • Power Rangers (June 27)
      • Smurfs: The Lost Village (July 11)
    • Kids Favorites already at Redbox: Moana, Trolls, Secret Life of Pets, Storks, Finding Dory, A Dog’s Purpose, Sing, and Monster Trucks.
  • Make cereal jewelry – perfect for a snack while reading or having movie night
  • Create sock puppets and put on a puppet show
  • Make paper airplaneshave a contest to see which one goes farthest
  • Color together – find online printable coloring sheets in your child’s favorite theme.
  • Get out the paint and paintbrushes. Pick up an inexpensive canvas at the store for a true masterpiece! Pull up a picture and try and recreate a famous paintingFinger paint. Paint on rocks or shells.
  • Create art projects using “found” objects, glue and a canvas. Add a unique twist by adding a coat of spray paint to the entire thing when you’re done.
  • Have kids write and illustrate their own book. If they can’t write yet, have them tell you a story to write down, and then hand it over to be illustrated.
  • Learn a new skill or do a science experiment (check out our Online Summer camp list list for some great ideas to get you started)
  • Play dress up with old Halloween costumes or make your own
  • Have a fashion show where everyone puts on the craziest outfit they can find
  • Have the kids create their own skit and perform it for the adults
  • Make miniature boats – sail them in the bathtub, sink, or plastic bin
  • Find a large cardboard box and create a car, castle or other playspace
  • Make musical instruments out of household objects or recycled bottles
  • Make homemade play doh (I LOVE this stuff – it doesn’t dry out like the stuff you buy at the store, AND you can easily make a huge batch!) I don’t remember which recipe we used, but this one is no-cook, just mix dry ingredients and add hot water.
  • Bake Cookies
  • Freeze your own popsicles
  • Eat dinner outside on the porch, in the treehouse, or in the backyard
  • Make homemade lemonade or limeade
  • Make Jello or pudding
  • Whip up some homemade ice cream
  • Make indoor s’mores in the oven
  • Eat breakfast for dinner
  • Pick up some icing and store bought cookies and have a cookie decorating contest
  • Play restaurant and let the kids make and serve lunch
  • Let the kids make a dinner plan and fix as much as they can do on their own
  • Eat ice cream or popsicles. Daily.
  • Play hide & seek
  • Go for a bike ride around the neighborhood
  • Have a picnic in the backyard, driveway, or in the garage (the garage is especially fun if it is raining)
  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood
  • Play I Spy
  • Camp out in the backyard
  • Scavenger hunt around the house or the neighborhood. Click here for our Google image search “neighborhood scavenger hunt” and find one that works for your neighborhood. Make it a competition by splitting into two teams and taking photos as you go! Meet back at home at a certain time and see what each team found.
  • Make art with sidewalk chalk
  • Play sports – baseball, basketball, soccer, football. For old school fun play a game of trash can football.
  • Make your own frisbee golf course with targets found around the yard.
  • Plant an herb garden, flowers, or other type of plant
  • Fly a kite on a windy day
  • Bubbles!
  • Play in the rain, splash in puddles, make mud pies (just not in a thunderstorm)
  • Have a super soaker squirt gun war in the yard
  • Set up a slip n slide
  • If you have a pool, create pool games – my kids love to do “themed” jumps and have me rank them. (Air guitar, fly like a bird, cannonball, hit a baseball, etc)
  • Wash the car
  • Have a water balloon fight. Check out these awesome self-sealing water balloons (can also be found at Target and WalMart). Yes, they are more expensive than a normal pack, but worth every penny to save my fingers from water balloon tying misery!

Whether you are looking for activities for weekdays, weeknights, or weekends, summer is a great time to slow down and enjoy time together as a family. We hope we’ve made it easy to find something to do from our HUGE list of ideas.

Have a favorite activity to do at home that’s not on our list?
Leave us a comment below – we’d love to add it!

Happy Summer y’all. Enjoy it!

2017-06-13T13:06:57+00:00 June 13, 2017|Indoor Fun, Summer Fun|

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