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40 Boredom Busting Summer Ideas and Activities for Families

Everyone loves summertime! The sunshine, the late mornings, the later nights, being outside… All the experiences that are exclusively reserved for this time of year make summer a season like no other. The only trouble with summer is that it’s over before you know it. So, in an effort to make the most of each day and help parents answer the question every kid is asking (What are we going to do today?) I am listing 40 boredom squashing summer ideas and activities to keep everyone busy enjoying the moments . You might want to bookmark it. I have.

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40 Fun summer activities for kids and families to prevent boredom and make the most of the season.

Forty Boredom Busting Summer Ideas and Activities

  • Go on a picnic.
  • Take a nature walk.
  • Make a summer reading list.
  • Make a summer playlist.
  • Make a time capsule. (Learn how to make a family time capsule here)
  • Explore at a creek.
  • Visit the library.
  • Visit a state park.
  • Visit a drive-in.
  • Visit a historical site.
  • Visit the zoo.
  • Tour a cave.
  • Visit a planetarium.
  • Play mini-golf.
  • Visit the aquarium.
  • Visit a botanical garden.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Play frisbee.
  • Swim.
  • Go birding.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Stargaze.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Visit a farmers market.
  • Create some art with sidewalk chalk.
  • Make fairy houses out of things you find in nature.
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Paint rocks.
  • Press flowers.
  • Go berry picking.
  • Set up camp in the backyard or build a fort in your living room.
  • Play hide-n-seek.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt. (Print your nature scavenger hunt here.)
  • Play board games.
  • Make strawberry shortcake.
  • Go for ice cream.
  • Fix banana splits.
  • Make popsicles.
  • Grill Out.
  • Make S’mores. (Get creative with these fun s’more combinations!)
  • Make lemonade. (Here is our favorite homemade strawberry lemonade recipe.)

We hope these ideas have inspired you! If you have a great idea that didn’t make the list, please share in the comments section below. We love to hear from you!

Before you head off check out our Summer Activity Packet! It’s the perfect way to make the most of the summer with your family. The packet includes all of the ideas above ready to be turned into a Summer Fun Jar, or cast onto a weekly summer fun calendar, as well as a scavenger hunt, writing prompts, and more!

Summer Activity Packet

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