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100 summer boredom busters for kids + free printable

Editor’s note: This post was updated on June 6, 2024.

It’s summer and the kids are out of school for 10(ish) weeks!

Wait. TEN weeks?

Summer is a wonderful time to be free of your sometimes chaotic schedules and to enjoy unstructured time with the kids. But it’s only natural that there might be times when you need an idea or two for how to spend a day. We’ve got a few of those.

Check out the list of activities below and put this handy printable on your fridge to help guide your family in active play throughout the summer:

Summer boredom busters printable

100 activities to keep your kids busy, active, and happy this summer:

  1. Break out the hula hoops and try various games
  2. Go geocaching
  3. Create and play a fun game of Sidewalk Chalk Twister
  4. Go for a bike ride with a fun destination 
  5. Have a water bucket relay at the beach
  6. Spend an afternoon on a DIY slip and slide
  7. Go for a hike and play some fun hiking games
  8. Go camping at a camp site or at home
  9. Try an Indigenous game
  10. Fly kites
  11. Plan an Olympics day
  12. Tackle an obstacle course in your own backyard
  13. Have a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood or your backyard
  14. Find a new playground
  15. Go plogging
  16. Go birdwatching 
  17. Make a super-long hopscotch maze with chalk
  18. Blow bubbles
  19. Play some active Lego games
  20. Have an egg and spoon race
  21. Go berry picking 
  22. Play ultimate Frisbee
  23. Go swimming 
  24. Collect rocks and make a stone sculpture 
  25. Play games in the sprinkler
  26. Jump rope
  27. Visit a splash pad
  28. Make paper airplanes and see how far they can be flown
  29. Write and perform a show
  30. Dig for worms
  31. Go puddle jumping 
  32. Learn to juggle
  33. Skip stones at a local pond or lake 
  34. Build a sandcastle in your own sandbox
  35. Splash up some fun with a water table
  36. Collect nature pieces and do rubbings
  37. Make your own stilts
  38. Pull out the sponges and have a car wash (with bikes, trikes, scooters)
  39. Paint the fence with water—use sponges, rollers, and brushes
  40. Make your own balance beam and walk forwards and back, or make and perform a routine 
  41. Use squirt guns to push beach balls
  42. Try some cheerleading moves and make up your own routines
  43. Play balloon tennis with fly swatters or pool noodles
  44. Get together with friends and learn a game from another country
  45. Pull out the tunes and have a dance party
  46. Make paper boats and float them in a kiddie pool, pond, creek, or lake
  47. Put together a parade 
  48. Paint large pieces of paper with fly swatters (use a swatter to flick the paint or rub it across the paper)
  49. Have a bike parade  
  50. Play charades 
  51. Visit a local farm
  52. Try some yoga moves
  53. Play tag with wet sponges
  54. Catapults!
  55. Make a piñata from an empty cereal box and fill it with fun pencils, toy cars, hair elastics, stickers, etc. 
  56. Practice some yo-yo tricks
  57. Create a mini-golf course or go mini-golfing at a local course
  58. Play croquet 
  59. Use sidewalk chalk to write inspirational messages around the neighbourhood 
  60. Play hide and seek with walkie-talkies
  61. Play pickleball
  62. Learn to Zumba with some online videos and create your own Zumba routine 
  63. Go skateboarding—it’s not just for teens!
  64. Go camping in your own backyard 
  65. Search out the perfect tree (or trees) and climb!
  66. Play tug of rope 
  67. Play Follow the Leader
  68. Chalk bodies! Lie on the ground and trace around each other’s bodies. Colour them in or label body parts
  69. Tag, you’re it! Play different twists on the classic game
  70. Bowling—find an alley or make your own 
  71. Use a soccer ball to play a bunch of games other than soccer
  72. Check out the latest Guinness Book of World Records and see if you can aim to beat one (can you balance more than 79 spoons on your body?)
  73. Build a racetrack for your toy cars and get racing! (Use pool noodles cut in half or pieces of cardboard, lean them against a porch or tree, and voilà! Instant racetrack)
  74. Make a bird feeder
  75. Have fun with a play parachute 
  76. How many items can you balance on your head as you walk from one point to another? Beanbags? Books?
  77. Bucket ball (can you bounce a tennis ball or playground ball and get it into a garbage can or a storage container?)
  78. Learn to dribble a basketball between your legs or spin a basketball on one finger. Are there other tricks you can do with a basketball?
  79. Create a ball pit with a kiddie pool and balls—jump in or hide small toys to dig through to find
  80. Wash your (or your neighbours’) dog
  81. Make a robot costume out of cardboard boxes
  82. Break out the hacky sacks
  83. Find a local museum or science centre. Many have options that blend movement and learning
  84. Make your own suncatchers and hang them around your yard 
  85. Bring out your inner leprechaun and search for four leaf clovers 
  86. Flashlight tag—inside a dark room or play outside in the dark!
  87. Download a plant and flower identification app, take it on walks, and keep a list of the vegetation you spot
  88. Roll down hills 
  89. Shadow games! Can your shadow… wave, jump up and down, fist bump with another shadow?
  90. Plant flowers
  91. Play Pooh Sticks (a game played by Winnie the Pooh) at a local stream or river
  92. Have your own fashion show 
  93. Draw a neighbourhood map—walk through your area and add features like schools, cool trees, friends’ houses
  94. Be archaeologists—hide a number of small toys in a sandbox and send your kids a-diggin’!
  95. Jump waves at a local beach 
  96. Have a colour themed day—wear clothes of that colour, eat foods of that colour, or go for a walk and find items of that colour
  97. Make your own toy parachutes and find different places to throw them from
  98. Play “mud restaurant” with meals prepared from sticks, mud and other items from a park or backyard
  99. Have a water gun fight
  100. Start a collection of pinecones, feathers, shells, etc. How many pinecones can you collect before heading back to school?

Ten weeks presents a number of opportunities for you and your children to make memories to last a lifetime! 

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