50 Ideas for Summer Family Fun + Free Printables

Summer Fun Activities for Kids

Summer, for me, always conjures up the image of sandy beaches, dark green foliage and brightly coloured umbrellas.

Here in South India, we’re already a month into summer and it has been a blazing hot one. I’ve tried to find ways to survive the sweltering heat and keep my son occupied during his holidays.

At the beginning of summer, I made a huge list of things I wanted to do with my son. Well, I haven’t crossed of a lot of activities on my list, but I did spend a lot of time with him, doing things that he actually liked to do.

When we approach summer with a fun mindset, it becomes much more enjoyable rather than just checking activities off our summer bucket list. The key is to make our kids feel like they had some good summer fun.

Well, here’s a list of 50 ideas for summer family fun. Feel free to add your own and have a great summer!

50 Summer Family Fun Activities with Free Printables

  1. Eat an ice-cream.
  2. Go to the beach.
  3. Make fresh fruit juice.
  4. Sail paper boats in a puddle.
  5. Go for a long evening walk.
  6. Get wet in the summer rain.
  7. Enroll in a VBS.
  8. Visit the local pool.
  9. Craft something together.
  10. Have an overnight getaway.
  11. Go for a movie.
  12. Lie down outside and watch the stars.
  13. Go out for a long evening drive.
  14. Blow bubbles.
  15. Have a barbecue night.
  16. Go on a picnic.
  17. Have a game night.
  18. Make chalk art on the sidewalk.
  19. Dabble with finger painting.
  20. Cycle around the neighborhood.
  21. Make homemade popsicles.
  22. Visit the mall.
  23. Swim in a lake.
  24. Sprinkle bread crumbs for the birds.
  25. Visit a botanical garden.
  26. Spend a day at the amusement park.
  27. Plant some flowering seeds.
  28. Reminisce with old photographs.
  29. Recreate your family tree.
  30. Build with Legos.
  31. Build an indoor fort.
  32. Skype with a family abroad.
  33. Write a letter to a long-distance friend.
  34. Make a card for someone special.
  35. Fly kites.
  36. Have a paper rocket competition.
  37. Plan an at-home treasure hunt.
  38. Sing loudly together.
  39. Climb a tree.
  40. Attend a summer class.
  41. Play jump rope.
  42. Dig in the garden.
  43. Get a hair cut.
  44. Have a slumber party.
  45. Have a water balloon fight.
  46. Play frisbee.
  47. Press some flowers.
  48. Dress up as a super-hero or princess.
  49. Learn a new sport.
  50. Sign up for an art, sewing or crafting class.

See how many of these you can actually do with your kids. Give them the freedom to also pursue the activities that they truly love. And above all… have fun!

I’ve created a free blank printable for you to jot down activities you’ve planned for the summer.

Free Printable - Summer Bucket List

Click here to download the free printables.

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Sunu Philip
Sunu Philip


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