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Summer Outdoor Checklist

In order to keep summer fun budget-friendly and keep kids active, check out this checklist of outdoor activities that families can do together, or kids can do with a sitter or even by themselves.Summer is upon us! To keep our kids from going stir crazy (and just plain driving me crazy), my husband and I considered enrolling them in a number of structured programs like camps, clinics, and parks. But that can quickly become expensive. Even fun trips throughout the summer to the zoo, water park, or the movies can quickly add up. In fact, the New York Times recently wrote that parents reported they spend an average of $958 per child on summer expenses! And if I’m being honest, with my daughter in kindergarten this past school year, we’ve rather enjoyed not having any childcare costs! I also wanted to avoid them spending too much time in front of the television or with other electronics.

So in order to keep summer fun budget-friendly and keep my kids active, we put together a checklist of outdoor activities that families can do together, or kids can do with a sitter or even by themselves. None of these activities are exactly groundbreaking or terribly original, but on the days I find myself thinking, What are they going to do today?!, having a quick go-to list of activities within reach will be a lifesaver!

  • Make a map and stage a treasure hunt.
  • Collect rocks and paint them for a pet rock collection!
  • Design an obstacle course.
  • Collect pinecones and make a peanut butter and birdseed birdfeeder.
  • Make a sandcastle in the backyard.
  • Go on a nature walk.
  • Make mudpies – bonus points for most creative ingredients!
  • Play Frisbee.
  • Have a water gun fight.
  • Sleep in a tent in the backyard.
  • Play with bubbles.
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk.
  • Play hopscotch.
  • Catch lightning bugs.
  • Run through a sprinkler.
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Walk to the park.
  • Eat ice cream outside.
  • Gaze at the stars.
  • Have boat races in a creek or lake.
  • Practice riding your bike.
  • Play tag.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Eat sno cones.
  • Make s’mores.
  • Have a BBQ with friends.
  • Pick flowers.
  • Go fishing.
  • Dance in the rain.
  • Identify birds in the backyard.
  • Jump rope.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Climb a tree.
  • Play flashlight tag.
  • Walk through the zoo.
  • Read a book outside.
  • Have an outside movie night.
  • Go play miniature golf.
  • Play outdoor hide and seek.

So the next time your children say they’re bored and have nothing to do, grab this list and give them a few fun ideas!

For more ideas, check out our Summer Time Fun Pinterest board!

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