50 Summer Fun Activities for Kids

June 21, 2018Autumn

Summer is finally here and we have tons planned already! It’s been a long winter in Brooklyn and we are more than ready to kick off the summer with lots of fun things to do both indoor and out so I’ve put together the ultimate bucket list of 50 Summer Fun Activities for Kids.

We live in NYC which means there are literally hundreds of things to do daily in the city and we have plans to try and do as much as we can with our time.

This is the first summer where I am not working a 9-5 since my daughter was 1.5 years old. Which means I am hyped up about not missing out on all the things we get to do together as a family.

Because I am working from home this year we decided to put our kids in camp for only 2 weeks of the summer (because hello I do need a break)! So this clearly means we will have lots of time together and I wanted to make sure I had a list ready of all the fun stuff to do and too keep ipads out their hands 24/7.

I am a crazy list queen and I’m also that mom who loves planning things to a tee. I’ve learned through the years that even if they don’t go as planned the list and the planning all help to make my chaotic life feel just a little bit easier to manage on a daily basis. I am also a lover of writing down my goals and I make them almost daily to help keep myself accountable. This summer fun list of 50 Summer Fun Activities for Kids is a mix of the two things I love – it’s a list of goals that I hope we get to check off little by little.

Many of these places we will also be reviewing in the A & B Review Series which gives you a Kids POV a Mommy POV, directions, and cool advice – be sure to follow us on Instagram to keep up with all the summer fun. If you will be ticking off items from this list I would love to see the photos so tag #shesawreck on IG or send me a message so we can celebrate summer together!

My kids are aged 4 and 7 so the list will have activities you can do for your school-aged children, if you have younger kids there will also be items here for them as well. Don’t feel obligated or overwhelmed this summer to do every single item on this list because I am sure we won’t, but it’s good to have options to choose from.

Many of the items on the list are free or costs very little to do and we are getting started right after our family vacation so join our journey and enjoy summer!

50 Summer Fun Activities for Kids

  1. Go Swimming at the Pool
  2. Movies in the Dark (Outdoor/ Drive-in Movies)
  3. Go to the Beach
  4. Go to the botanical gardens
  5. Visit the Zoo
  6. Take a trip to the aquarium
  7. Water balloon fight
  8. Visit the Museum of Natural History (or your local museum)
  9. Picnic in the Park
  10. BBQ
  11. Camping in the Backyard or Living Room (for us city folk)
  12. Ride Bikes by the river
  13. Boatride
  14. Canoeing
  15. RollerBlading
  16. Watergun Fight
  17. Fly Kites
  18. Farmers Market
  19. Carnival
  20. Go visit Family
  21. Roadtrip
  22. Amusement Park
    • Sesame Place
    • Six Flags
    • Hersey Park
    • Dorney Park
  23. Watch Fireworks
  24. Blow Bubbles In the Park
  25. Tag a sidewalk in chalk
  26. Go Fishing
  27. Catch Lightning Bugs
  28. Build a Fort indoors
  29. Family Game night
  30. Play Human Ring Toss
  31. MOMA (or your local Art Museum)
  32. Go to a food festival
  33. Street Fair/ or Block Party
  34. Go to the children’s theatre
  35. Visit a Water Park
  36. Kid Friendly free music festival
  37. Build a sand castle
  38. Minature Golf
  39. Take a day trip
  40. Visit a farm
  41. Go to the library
  42. Indoor arts & crafts
  43. Make Homemade pizza
  44. Create a scavenger hunt
  45. Make SMORES!!
  46. Go for Hike in the park
  47. Make an indoor obstacle course
  48. Have a coloring contest
  49. Indoor Glow in the dark bowling
    • Put glow sticks in water bottles
    • Turn off the lights
    • Line them up
    • Kock them down
  50. Go out for Ice Cream

What are some of your favorite Summer Fun Activites? Share them below we’d love to add them to the list of things to do!
Want to print this list to keep tabs? Snag this free printable version of the list here or click the image below, print it out and hang it on the fridge for easy tracking. 

Comments (8)

  • Angel

    June 21, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Love all these ideas. My daughter and I have done some these already!

  • cortney

    June 21, 2018 at 9:34 PM

    This is a great list. Today is only the first day of summer, but we already have a few checked off this list!!

  • Jackie

    June 22, 2018 at 9:23 PM

    Wonderful ideas! We are going to add some of these to our list!

  • Sierra

    July 4, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Such good and simple ideas!! My boys will love checking this off!

  • Bethaly Miro

    July 4, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    This is so helpful! I have 3 daughters home for the summer will definitely be doing some of these activities!

    1. Autumn

      July 5, 2018 at 3:15 PM

      My first summer in a long while with the two kiddos so I needed to gather ideas!

  • Hailey

    July 4, 2018 at 7:46 PM

    Thanks for the tips! I have 3 young nieces and I am always trying to think of fun things to do with them. 🙂

  • Suman Doogar

    July 5, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Fun things for kids, I am not a mother yet but I will be sharing some of these tips with my girlies who are mothers.

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