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12 Best Summer Activities for the Kids

What to do in the summer time to keep those kiddos busy is always a dilemma.  Now that July is approaching the newness of summer has worn off and if you live in Texas it’s too hot to be outside.  Never fear mommies – blogger’s to the rescue!   I’ve got your back with some fabulous boredom buster ideas from other mothers.

Be sure to submit your own ideas as I’ll be featuring them all summer long.


1.  Chocolate On my Cranium’s summer advent calendar.
2.  Crazy Adventures in Parenting summer boredom busters using water.
3.  Carissa’s “Help! My kids are driving me crazy summer series.
4.  Frugal Catholic Mommy boredom busters; Part 1 and Part 2.


Summer Activities for Kids

5.  Drive in movie night – in your living room with cardboard cars.
6.  Build a Fairy House out fabric, nature, or paper.
7.  Learn how to sew a child’s tent over on Sew,Mama,Sew.
8.  Make paper castles from Scribbit.


Boredom Busters

9. Family Summer Center from Craftzine (Part 1, Part 2).
10.  How about Ice Cars from Duke’s & Duchessess.
11.  Make a newspaper hut like Paper Paints.
12.  These bubble wands would be fun to make with your kiddos.

I hope you all do something extra fun with your kiddos this week.  If you’d like more summer activity inspiration, check out these previous posts:

  1. Special Themed Day
  2. Don’t Eat Pete Game
  3. Fun Summer Activities
  4. More Summer Fun
  5. Daily Schedule
  6. Olympic Activities for Kids
  7. 12 Course Lunch
  8. Lots of ideas in the Family Fun Category


  1. Carissa

    Hey Hey Hey! LOVE all the suggestions! I’m off to check them out! Cuz it’s going to be a LOOOOONG summer here! 🙂

    You know I heart you.. thanks for the feature.. and all the ‘tips’!!

  2. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts

    I was trying to think of new ideas this week for the kids. Thanks for helping!

  3. Kelly @Childhood

    *high five to Carissa*

    Love the series!

  4. daddy bookins

    LOL the mrs. and I were just wondering what the heck we could do this summer with lil boo, sort of tough in 110+ degree heat. Thanks!

    ~daddy b

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  6. Lacie E

    these ideas are fantanstic! you always find the best stuff!!

  7. Chocolate on my Cranium

    So many fun ideas! There should be something here for every type of family. Thanks for linking to my Cool Summer Days. =)

  8. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting

    Hey Laurie, thank you for linking to my water boredom buster! Just created another one 🙂


  9. Amy @MommyMentor

    Laurie – Great ideas! I just gave you The Sunshine Award! 🙂 Thanks for always making me feel like I am doing great at handling it all in life…

  10. Scavenger hunt

    Very nice.. You shared a very nice summer activities ideas for kids during their summer vacation..

  11. Janice

    Here is a winning activity that kids of all ages love!
    Grow a pet TickleMe Plant from seeds and watch how the leaves fold together like magic when Tickled. The TickleMe Plant can be grown in a plant kit or in a party favor.
    See video and pass it on if you know anyone that loves nature. My daughter loves growing TickleMe Plants.


  12. Janice

    I love my pet tickleme plant too

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