11 Summer Activities for Kids

summer activities for kids fun outdoor learning experimenting

who is ready for summer?
ready for your kids to tell you every 5 seconds
‘moooooooooom i’m booooored.’?!…. cause you KNOW its coming!

 i’m gearing up for summer now by signing my kids up for Galileo Camp and hunting down clever and fun summer activities for kids that will have them using their bodies and their brains. this round up of ideas gets your kids thinking, gets them using their creativity, gets them outside and enjoying all that summer has to offer!

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Magnetic Me | magentic doll using your OWN picture! full tutorial

11 great summer activities for kids fun

I’m Bored Jar | full tutorial and printables included

fun entertaining summer activities for kids fun outside

Bean Bag Toss |  great to practice math and easy fun activity

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Solar S’mores | teaches the greenhouse effect (included with full tutorial!)

summer fun activities for kids entertainment water activities Sponge Ball Tutorial | great tutorial!!

eleven summer activities for kids entertaining learning science experiments

Human Bubble | bubble pool recipe and tutorial

fun summer activities for kids keep company and entertained hot day science fun

Water Blob Tutorial | i have seen this idea floating around and am TOTALY doing this. plus there is a science experiment with it- teaches kids about the power of the sun by adding food coloring

fun summer entertainment activities for kids to keep busy and learning

Yard Scrabble Game | this was done for a family barbecue but would be great to help kids learn to spell and use their spelling knowledge through the summer!

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Ice Chalk Tutorial |  art & science all in one! (complete tutorial included)

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Frozen Fun |  educational and sensory applications (ideas included in link)

fun summer activities for kids fun and entertainment learning experimenting

Soap Boats | full tutorial included

kids summer activities for learning and experimenting entertaining fun

Soap Box Balloon Cars | Great way to teach air pressure and other concepts!


i think most of you know this by now, but i used to be a high school science teacher! i love introducing my kids to scientific concepts in a fun way. most of these activities have a scientific application and that is what i love about this round up of ideas!
summer is the perfect time to get creative, get messy, and get into science!

i am also considering sending my kids to Galileo camps this summer – they have camps from pre-k to 8th grade – my kids would be in Camp Galileo (5th-8th graders are in Summer Quest).  i am a big fan of how they incorporate fun, science, art,  and outdoor experiences for all the budding little scientists! each week will have a theme and all the activities are focused on creating a rich experience through this theme. the themes are created together with Galileo’s fabulous curriculum partners at Klutz, The de Young Museum, The Tech Museum of Innovation and The Chabot Space & Science Center! this year’s themes are:

• Adventures Down Under: Art & Science of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
• Galileo Road Trip: Art & Engineering along Route 66
• The Incredible Human Body: Art & Science of Being Human
• Leonardo’s Apprentice: Inventions & Art of the Renaissance

check out their site and see which location is closest to you

use the code 2014INNOVATION to receive $30 off (limit one per camper, Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest) Expires: May 31, 2014. enter the code at sign up by clicking on the purple “sign up” button on the right-hand side of the page.

also, sign up for the Galileo newsletter and be entered to win a free week of camp. you can sign up by scrolling to the bottom of the page and entering your email information and zip code.

this article is sponsored by Galileo but all opinions are my own


  1. Brenda says:

    I am bookmarking this one! GREAT ideas!!!

  2. I see a game of giant Scrabble in our yard happening this summer!!

  3. Awesome round up! Love the giant bubbles!

  4. What an awesome round up! I can’t wait for it to warm up so the kids can play with water and ice outside. Thanks!

  5. Wow…every one of these ideas sound like a blast! Wish my kids were still young. Definitely sharing this with my friends! Thank you!

  6. I think my Grandson would really enjoy the soapbox ( balloon ) cars, but when I click on the words it sends me to a Disney site that has nothing to do with the cars. Can you fix that and/or send me the right address ? Thank you for the ideas, kat

    • Kat – I just realized that the link is not direct & I’m sorry! I know it is from that site but I couldn’t find the link anymore!


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