1300+ of the Best of Summer Fun Ideas for Kids

Jennifer Buttner


July 8, 2015

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The long Summer school holidays, with lazy lie-ins and no school lunches, are great for a while, but it’s not long before you have run out of things to do with the kids, and the holidays can then seem never-ending! Be prepared and arm yourself with activities – here’s over 1300 of the Best of Summer Fun Ideas for Kids  to ensure you all have the summer to remember, for all the right reasons!

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Make a Bucket List

First things, first! Every kid should make a bucket list for their summer holidays – their list of fun activities that they would really like to do over their long vacation. Encourage a mix of day trips, and home activities, and perhaps a little learning (like a reading challenge).

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If you are stuck for ideas, here are 100 of the sparkliest bucket list ideas for kids.

Get Outdoors

The most amazing perk of the season is being able to open your doors (most of the time, anyhow) and shoo the kids outside for some much-needed fresh air, vitamin D and fun in the great outdoors. From childhood games to water fun, there’s plenty here to keep them busy outside the whole summer long!

7 Fun Outdoor Games for Summer

And a mix of indoors and outdoors

Be Crafty

Had a trip to beach, and gathered some cool shells and stones? The great thing about summertime art and crafts is the chance to move all the art and craft mess outdoors! From cardboard box ideas, to shell and garden crafts, we have got heaps of fun summer craft ideas, to while away some time.

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Indoor Fun

Sometime even summer weather can be challenging, and whether it’s too hot or too wet outside, you may just have to retreat indoors. From ingenious games to subtle ways to stop the summer slide, here are some fun indoor activities that don’t involve screen-time (or barely any!)

Things to do with kids on a rainy day

Screen-Time Ideas

Much and all as we would like to switch off mobile devices, wifi routers and screens for the duration of the summer holidays, and boot our kids outdoors for adventures, it’s not always possible, and there is a time and place for screens over the long summer holidays.

So whether you would like to try out some new apps, sneak in a bit of learning with our educational apps, or watch a movie together, read on.

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Let them Loose in the Kitchen

Cooking with the kids is a great way to spend some time together, and an ideal learning experience for kids, from reading recipes, to weighing and watching cooking times. We have some fun recipes that the kids will enjoy making this summer.


You may also like our Cooking with Kids Infographic & Cooking Games for Kids Online

Bored Teen?

Bored teen hanging about the house. Looking for some ideas that will get them to disengage from their screens, and rejoin the real world?!

Get them reading again, or if they turn their nose up at that, we have some cool craft ideas that even teens will enjoy. Or they could give their bedroom a makeover – the perfect summer holiday activity.


Go Places

It’s nice to make day trips during the summer holidays, and even perhaps tick off some of the items on your kid’s bucket list. Or why not pack up the tent and head off to make some family camping memories?

camping with kids

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And For Yourselves..

Here are some Brilliant Book Club Picks & if you’d prefer something more creative, here are the Best Colouring Books. And if you find the season all a bit much to handle, here are some tips on how to cope with stress in the summer.

How to Cope with Stress

Happy Holidays!

Over you you! Anything else you would add? Let us know in the comments below.




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