25 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy During the Summer

Summer is hard for kids.

Yeah, you heard me. Even though they’re out of school for the season, it’s hard. They’re always looking for things to do, and often there isn’t enough to keep those active little bodies and minds busy. And, when they’re not busy, they get in trouble. And, that’s no fun.

As a mom who works fulltime, outside the home (with a spouse that does as well), it’s super hard for me to find things for the kid to do, that fit into our work schedules.

25 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy During the Summer

Since summer is in full swing, I’ve been knee deep in “find things to keep the kid busy” research. Here’s a list of 25 ideas I’ve come up with so far.

  1. Story Writing
  2. Field Trips (Zoo, Museum, etc.)
  3. Bike Rides
  4. Puzzles
  5. Roller Skating/Blading
  6. Bowling
  7. Library
  8. Hide and Seek
  9. Reading
  10. Painting
  11. Drawing
  12. Coloring
  13. Swimming
  14. Make a Fort
  15. Build a Tent
  16. Have a Water Gun Fight
  17. Have a Nerf Gun War
  18. Play Dress Up
  19. Play Computer Games
  20. Have a Scavenger Hunt
  21. Make Paper Bag and/or Sock Puppets
  22. Put on a Puppet Show
  23. Water Balloon Fight
  24. Architect (LEGO® bricks, Blocks, etc.)
  25. Board Games

So, there you go. There’s my list of ideas to keep kids busy, during the summer (or anytime, really). Feel free to add to this list, in the comments section below.

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