Summer Fun Ideas

Pick your own…whatever

Find a farm with blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, flowers, etc., and get picking.






Play outside in the rain

Put on raincoats and goulashes and smell the rain on the pavement; splash in puddles; make mud pies.





Catch lightening bugs

Fill up your jar, and then watch them flicker away into the night.







Pack a picnic

Plop down to eat it just about anywhere, at the park, at a free concert, or in your own backyard.






Indulge (just once) at a carnival or county fair

Eat cotton candy, fried dough or something really bad once this summer. You (and the kids) will run it off later.






Go to a matinee

Find a bargain movie houses and pay less – and beat the heat!!







Visit a local farmers market

Introduce your kid to new flavors and shapes, and then feast on all the great fruits and veggies.







Create a treasure hunt

Do it on your own property or around town for older kids.  Hide items around the house and the yard, and create a treasure map for your little pirates to follow.










Bike Wash

Set up a “car wash” for bikes and other ride-on toys. Set out buckets with soapy water and sponges and hose them down, or create a “ride-through” following these instructions from Lowe’s






Indoor paddle ball

Make easy, homemade paddles by attaching over-sized popsicle sticks to paper plates and blow up a balloon to serve as the ball. Your kids will have fun batting it back and forth, without the risk of breaking everything in the house!







Edible jewelry

Pour Fruit Loops and other hole-y cereal in bowls. Have your child first separate them by color, then string them into necklaces and bracelets. (Do it in two steps to kill more time).






Camp in your Backyard

Pitch a tent in your backyard and camp overnight!