30 Ideas For Outdoor Summer Fun At Home

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Summer is in full swing now and if your kids are anything like mine you’ve either heard “I’m bored” at least a couple times already or they’ve spent a bit too much time on electronics. Either way, with the long weekend coming up, I wanted to share a bunch of tech-free ideas for things kids can do outside at home to enjoy the summer days and nights. Thanks to Bestway for sending us some of their outdoor water toys and inspiring this post!

Here are 30 ideas for outdoor summer fun at home:

1) Have a water gun fight

2) Play hopscotch

3) Have a tea party

4) Play tag

5) Run through the sprinkler

6) Make light sabers out of pool noodles

7) Have a race

8) Make a mud pie

9) Plant flowers or tend to a garden

10) Ride a bike

11) Kick a soccer ball

12) Play hide and seek

13) Draw with chalk

14) Build a fort

15) Have a water balloon fight

16) Go on a scavenger hunt

17) Have a lemonade stand (with help)

18) Make smores (with help of course)

19) Camp out in the backyard

20) Read a book in the shade

21) Have a picnic

22) Play cars on the sidewalk

23) Create an obstacle course

24) Paint with water

25) Catch fireflys

26) Play in the sandbox

27) Blow bubbles

28) Play “ghost in the graveyard”

29) Jump in a pool

30) Go on a slip n’ slide or play tether ball splash

Looking for some new things to ramp up the fun in your backyard? You’ll want to check out the line of H2OGO! outdoor water toys that Bestway came out with this summer!

H2OGO! Tether Ball Splash

H2OGO! Tether Ball Splash takes the classic fun of tetherball and infuses it with a new level of wet and wild excitement. Kids are able to battle each other in a heated game of schoolyard tetherball while staying cool as they swing and splash the spinning spray ball all the way to victory. Easy to assemble in minutes, the inflatable 6.5 foot Tether Ball Splash attaches to a garden hose and has a built-in water chamber at the base to keep the fun upright all summer long.

H2OGO! Color Wave Pool

The pool is not just for fun during the day. Kids can splash around all night long in a rainbow of colors as the H2OGO! Color Wave Pool’s built-in LED lights illuminate the walls of the pool in an array of five different neon colors. The pool is constructed with sturdy I-beam construction, extra-wide sidewalls, holds 147 gallons of water and is designed for easy assembly and take-down.

H2OGO! Doodle Glow Pool

Pushing the bounds of creativity, The H2OGO! Doodle Glow Pool takes the artwork off of the refrigerator and puts it on the bottom of the pool. Utilizing innovative technology, the Doodle Glow’s fluorescent floor doubles as a blank canvas for kids to create an underwater, glow-in-the dark art show. Using two patent-pending LED underwater flashlights and a stencil set, kids can let their imagination splash wildly as they create an underwater world of glow art.

H2OGO! Backyard Water slides

H2OGO! single, double and triple backyard waterslides are back after sweeping across the nation in a tidal wave of fun last summer. The H2OGO! water slide’s inflatable launch pad at the start of every slide reduces the impact of the landing. Without the ‘ouch’ of a belly-flop, riders are smoothly propelled down the 18-foot slide into the drench pool. Kids can either take turns sliding down the single slide or race each other on the double and triple slides.

What’s your child’s favorite thing to do outside in the summer?

Comments

  1. These are great ideas! I can’t wait to get my little guy outside to paint with water (just want him to sit up a little better first!) My daughter will love having a tea party outside- especially if it entails pouring water from cup to cup!

  2. Dawn Lopez says:

    I love the pool noodle lightsabers! This is such a fun list for the summer. We’ll have to try some of the things on this list we haven’t done yet.

  3. Maggie branch says:

    Making a mud pie is a CLASSIC summer fun pass time. This is a great list. The h20go products look so much fun for even the big kids (aka mom and dad)!

  4. Allie D. says:

    I’d love to get the backyard water slide for my daughter. I think that she would love it this summer!

  5. Sarah says:

    So many great ideas! With four kids at home I’m always trying to think of ways to keep everyone entertained. I’ll be trying some of these ideas.

  6. Laura says:

    Plenty of ways to have fun outside now that summer is here … love this post!

  7. Such great ideas. We used to have so much fun with sidewalk chalk!

  8. Allison says:

    I love the tether ball splash! I wish we had that as kids. I know my kid will love all these ideas for the summer. It’ll keep her busy for sure!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Ooooh fun! Summer is the best season in my opinion. I love to lounge at the pool with my doggies and my hubby. It’s a good time.

  10. Scott says:

    Our favorite is to buy those gigantic plastic construction barrier sheets and take them out to grandma’s. They have a hill and we make the world’s largest slip-n-slide!

  11. What an amazing list! It is so nice to see kids outside playing and not indoors in front of a tv. I am so glad my daughters enjoy the outdoors!

  12. These are great ideas! I love being able to make home the summer hangout place for my kids- no driving + lots of fun!

  13. Raymond Barr says:

    You put “Have a picnic” at both #9 & #21. But at least #30 had two things to do, so maybe split those up and put one at #21 instead. ;-)
    Thanks for the ideas.

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