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Outdoor Summer Activities for Children

Outdoor Summer Activities for Children

The weather is beautiful, and you may have heard the dreaded words “I’m bored” come out your kids mouth.

Here are some summer outdoor activities that you can do with them to get them outdoors, active, and away from the TV this warm summer season!

  • Balloon Volleyball – use a jump rope as the divider!
  • Obstacle Course – use items you already own like hula hoops, jump ropes, boxes and have your kids create their own course
  • Glow in the Dark Bowling – put glow sticks in water bottles and use them as bowling pins at night.
  • Build a Birdhouse – use Popsicle sticks, paint, and hang!
  • Camp out in the Backyard
  • Plant a garden – this is a great way to teach children about growing their own food. Teaching them to water and weed will keep them occupied all summer!
  • Picnic at a Park – take them to a National Park to teach them the importance of preserving the environment. Spend some time on the trails and pack a nutritious picnic to enjoy afterwards.
  • Slip ‘n Slide – your kids could have some cool, fun in the sun while getting some physical activity too!
  • Water War – turn on the sprinkler, fill up a bunch of water guns and balloons. Perfect for a hot day without a pool!
  • Farmer’s Market Visit – take them to a local market and show them where their food comes from! A little nutrition education is always a great way to get children interested in healthy foods. Let them pick out something new!
  • Rock Art – collect rocks from around the community and have them paint them for garden decoration, pet rocks, paperweights, or returning them to community.
  • Plan a Treasure Hunt – kids love a good adventure! Create a homemade map with scorched edges. Have some fun summer prizes at the end too!
  • Blow Gigantic Bubbles – all you need is an oversized wand, bubble mix, and a sheet pan. See who can make the biggest bubble!
  • Try geocaching – if you haven’t heard of it, check this out! Geocaching is “real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”


Recent studies have shown the benefits – even necessity – of being outdoors, for kids and adults. It promotes creativity, imagination, builds confidence, teaches responsibility, provides different stimulation, gets children active, and makes them think outside the box.