50 Fun Family Activities to Finish Off the Summer

The dog days of summer are coming to a steady close as August marks its return, and kids begin to gear up for the school year. In the remaining weeks, little and big ones begin to get restless and keeping them occupied is the only way you’ll survive as a parent.

So we’ve compiled a list of 50 fun family activities that are sure to keep everyone busy and happy until the upcoming school year. 

  1. Hike a new trail/explore a new park.
  2. Create a nature scavenger hunt
  3. Have a water fight in the backyard
  4. Go to a drive-in movie
  5. Create a healthy & homemade lemonade stand
  6. Have a picnic – kids help prepare the food
  7. Go fishing
  8. Visit a local museum
  9. Have a dance party in your living room
  10. Go to a baseball game
  11. Learn a new sport
  12. Make homemade ice cream
  13. Play with sidewalk chalk
  14. Create sock puppets and put on a show
  15. Go to the zoo
  16. Visit a retirement or nursing home and create crafts together
  17. Go to a lake or river
  18. Learn new card or board games
  19. Have a backyard campout
  20. Take a nap and enjoy some relaxation
  21. Fly a kite at the beach
  22. Build a pillow fort
  23. Climb trees
  24. Let the kids plan and cook dinner (or assist if they’re little)
  25. Learn how to crochet or knit
  26. Learn to walk a slackline
  27. Try rock climbing
  28. Visit a farmer’s market
  29. Plant an herb garden
  30. Clean up trash at your local park or beach
  31. Pretend to be pirates for a day — dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt, and talk like pirates
  32. Visit an aquarium
  33. Go horseback riding
  34. Stage your own Summer Olympics
  35. Go to a flea market
  36. Paint canvas sneakers with fabric paint pens or acrylic paint
  37. Have a fancy tea party
  38. Play capture the flag
  39. Go to an amusement park
  40. Go fossil hunting
  41. Read classics
  42. Visit the beach and collect shells
  43. Learn how to surf
  44. Have a craft party
  45. Learn magic tricks
  46. Volunteer at a local animal shelter
  47. Spend more time with your extended family
  48. Make a new friend
  49. Create a dream travel list
  50. Write down goals for the new school year

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