Fun, outdoor summer adventures and activities for kids

By Eleanor Stanesby

School is out, and summer is here, so as temperatures warm up, it's no wonder that kids want to spend their free time outdoors, whether in the backyard or on a fun-packed day trip. Making sure your kids are entertained for the whole summer can be a daunting task for any parent, but rest assured, as we've complied a list of summer activities and adventures that will supply hours of endless fun.

Read on to find some awesome activities and adventures that will create summer memories your kids will never forget!

Backyard-based fun

1. DIY slip 'n' slide

Cool the kids down (and tire them out!) with this frugal, DIY slip 'n' slide. Visit the hardware store and invest in a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet or a camping tarp. Place the material on a slope, add flowing water from a garden hose and a bit of baby shampoo, and watch the hours of entertainment unfold for the kids, no matter what their age.

2. Outdoor arts and crafts

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Kids love to get creative. When you supply them with paints, pens, and paper, though, things are sure to get messy. An outdoor arts and crafts station allows them to spend time outside on a sunny day and will hinder your worry of them spilling paint on the floors, walls, and everything in between. Combine bubble mix and food coloring, and watch the kids create a masterpiece while simultaneously in complete awe of this cool craft.

3. Obstacle course

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A backyard obstacle course can help kids use up the endless amount of innate energy they all seem to have. Create a mini competition for the older kids and offer a small prize, which is bound to make things more interesting. You could even include the aforementioned slip 'n' slide for even more enjoyment!

Using pool noodles is a great way to create your own obstacles while also being safety conscious and preventing injuries. Be sure to check out these other awesome backyard games just using pool noodles, too—who knew they were so versatile?

4. Scavenger hunt

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A backyard scavenger hunt is a great way for kids to use there curiosity and discover new things. Hours of determined exploration to find these items—and the inevitable excitement on their faces when they do—will be a joyous afternoon for both you and them. Check out this free, printable scavenger hunt checklist to make your job even easier!

Day trip adventures

5. Visit a local fair or theme park

It's no surprise that visiting a fairground or theme park during summer holidays is a popular adventure. Kids love the epic rides, fairground games, and food and sweets that are likely to pair with this kind of day trip. With rides and activities catered to all ages, this is sure to be a hit no matter the age.

5. Explore a national park

Share the serene beauty of a national park with your kids, and prepare for a look of wonder to spread over their faces all day long, thanks to the views, lakes, and wildlife spotting sure to ensue. Many national parks have events, trails, and activities catered towards children, which is super helpful to know before choosing which one to head to.

The U.S National Park Service has a page where you can check out what park is best suited to your children's ages and what ongoing events there are to participate in. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, for example, is perfect for visiting with kids, as there are many smaller hikes and free activities available, as well as some adrenaline-pumping activities for eager teens.

Quick tips:

  • Bring the basics, including SPF and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Create games using the surrounding nature.
  • Be prepared for spontaneous exploration.
  • Don't forget to take snacks with you!

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