Do you have a summer wish list? The first thing I want to do is literally go “jump in a lake.” Even if you don’t have a body of water near you, there are so many things to do this summer to keep the entire family both busy and happy. This list of things to do this summer will also help keep your kids from saying, “I’m bored!” 15 times a day.
10 Things to Do This Summer – What’s on your list?
Picnic at a public garden
My kids just LOVED visiting gardens when they were small. They would smell the roses and point out the different colors, plants a tress. It’s a beautiful setting for a family picnic.
Visit a museum
There are 2 great things about visiting museums when it’s hot outside. First, there are so many cool things to see. There are art museums, science centers, children’s museums, and more. Second, they have air conditioning. We chose museums as a respite from the heat many times.
Make your own popsicles
Here is something we have been doing for years. When those long, hot days start getting you down, it’s so easy to make your own popsicles. You may have to buy a mold, but you don’t need much else. Ingredients like fresh fruit, juice, and yogurt are just some of the ways to make your own delicious popsicles.
Have a movie night
If you have an outdoor space, use a white sheet or outdoor screen and projector. Indoors is fine too. Take a vote to select a movie, dresses in pajamas, and have snacks and drinks ready to go.
You might also like: 9 Movie Night Ideas Your Family Will Love
Play like a kid on the playground
Many days are spent watching your kids in playgrounds around town. Why not join them with the joy an abandon they show. Swing like you don’t have motion sickness. A goal of mine is to see if I can cross to the other side of the monkey bars without falling.
Go on a scavenger hunt
You can find tons of scavenger hunt ideas online or come up with your own idea. Recently we did an alphabet hunt where we needed to find signs with letters all around town. Set up some prizes, and spend an afternoon seeing whose hunting skills are the strongest.
Grab some postcards of your area if you can or make your own. If you are traveling, don’t forget to send postcards from your destination. No one does “snail mail” anymore so your friends and loved ones will really appriate the personal touch.
Go for a family bike ride
Find a family-friendly area to bike. See if your town or a town near you has a dedicated bike trail, especially if you are riding with little ones. Take a rest break for ice cream or a cold drink if you can. I love that this activity combines fitness and family time
Go for a hike
Taking a hike in the forest is a way to connect with the natural world. Especially if you live in a city, go for a walk in the woods. Head to national or state parks or find a local trail. Kids love turning over dead logs and rocks to see what they can find. Make a nature journal to write about what you found each time.
Create Cozy Outdoor Spaces
This time of year, I love making my outdoor spaces look beautiful. Set out the outdoor furniture with some pillows and plants. Make your outdoor spaces as comfortable as possible. Getting the fresh air will do you good.
DIY slip n’ slide
This is one of the best ways to channel that inner child. It’s easy to create your very own slip ‘n slide. Simply use a couple of tarps and stake down at the sides. Run your sprinkler over them for a fun-filled slippery ride.
Clean Out Your Closet
The change of season is a great time to purge clothes from your closet that you no longer wear. Donate items in good condition to local charities. If you have dress clothes you no longer use, consider charities like Dress for Success that help women get back into the workforce to become self-sufficient.
Make a Reading List
Another of my favorite things to do this summer is to take some time to read a few great books. Vacation time on the beach, or even home in a hammock provides quiet time to escape with a good book. A recent favorite of mine is The Girl on a Train.
Grow a Garden
Whether you love flowers or vegetables, plant a garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Dahlias, Black-Eyed Susans, Impatience, and marigolds are some great choices for the season’s color. I’m also growing fresh peppers and tomatoes.
Paddle or swim the day way
If you have one, take your kayak, canoe, or SUP out for a spin. If you don’t own any kind of watercraft, finding a local swimming hole or lazy river to go for a quick dip is equally as fun. See if there is a rafting or tubing company near you. Our family loves spending a few hours tubing down a local river.
Freshen Up Your Guest Room
Many people host out-of-town guests over the summer. Freshen up your guest room with some new pillows or wall art. Welcome guests with fresh flowers and new towels.
Nothing helps preserve memories like photographs. Have an out-of-date camera? Now is the time to get a new one. Consider making a picture book at the end of the season. It will be something you can cherish for years to come.
Take a Class
Step away from the TV, computer, or whatever is your “time waster.” Take that class you have always wanted to. I’m going to take taking a rock climbing class. My daughter is learning Hip Hop. What will you do?
Camp Under the Stars
It’s the perfect time for camping. Buy or borrow a tent for a fun summer night. Camp at a national park, a local campground, or even pitch the tent in your backyard to experience the fun of camping.
Take a day cruise
If you live near the water or are traveling to a city with water, taking a day cruise is a wonderful activity. Some cities combine land and sea with “duck boat” tours. These include Seattle, Boston and more!
Having BBQs is my favorite thing to do in Summer.
Help out with different items that will be added to the grill.
I like to stay in a read books or watch movies and then in the evening, have a cookout.
I love to have cookouts or picnics with friends and family.
We like to go to the beach
My favorite thing to do in the summer is sleep in.
Summer fun in the beach with my family
My favorite summertime fun is playing catch in the pool with my kids. They don’t realize that they are helping me to workout – just think it is a fun thing to do with mom.
I like going fun places with my family.
My favorite thing to do in the summer is soak in the swimming hole with my husband in our backyard relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of our naturalized yard.
I like to swim.
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I love going swimming in the summer! I also love to take a little vacation when I can.
While everyone else is bunched up at the beach, I love heading to the mountains.. Going camping, hiking, bbqin..
My favorite thing to do in the summer is go to the beach.
My favorite thing to do in the summer is go camping.
The warmer weather!
Grill ribeyes and eat corn on the cob
My favorite thing to do during the summer is to have an outdoor barbecue. I enjoy eating the yummy food.
Camping is our favorite summer activity! We go boating during the day & come back to our site to have dinner & a fun campfire!
Our favorite thing to do in the summer is to go to Hershey Park and 6 Flags.
My favorite thing is to stay inside and read.
My favorite thing to do during the summer would go to the beach much as possible. I love the beach.
Sitting in the balcony, drinking lemonade.
I like to get out and do my physical activities or swimming!
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We love to go swimming everyday its so much fun we just cant do it now so we do miss it.
I love taking my kids to local beach, having picnic and also just relaxing in our backyard
I like to head to the beach or the lake in the summer.
I love getting creative with all the wonderful fresh summer produce!
Normally we love going to our local waterpark several times during the summer. This year will be a little different. We probably will only will get to go once. Otherwise, we are going to less crowded areas to swim.
My favorite thing to do in the summer is take walks specially early in the morning.
I love eating festival food at summer festivals.
My favorite thing is spending the day at the beach!
Favorite thing is going to the beach.
I am definitely a beach bum at heart. Next to the ocean, a lake, creek, stream, water adjacent speaks to me. Thankfully my kids and hubby are on board with that, so lots of outdoor family play time for us. 🙂
I love working in my garden in the summer!
I love going to the beach.
Favorite thing to do is go to the beach or relax by the pool.
We recently moved to a restored farmhouse. We get to enjoy all the fun of living in the middle of five working farms and we have chosen chores, such as feeding the baby lambs, but we do not have the responsibility of owning the farm. This year, we are staying close to home with acres and acres to explore and that much room for our family and friends to enjoy too. I think our spare rooms will mostly be full all summer! Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.
My family loves to swim and grill out in the summer.
My very favorite thing to do in the summer is sit on my back porch and read for hours! I also watch the groundhogs in our yard while I read.
I like gardening and hiking.
We go to visit the Outer Banks every year as a family!!
I need to see a body of water large enough not to see the opposite shore at least once a year.
My favorite thing to do in the summer is to walk on the beach at night.
Tubing! Floating down the river all day with my husband and friends is the best!
My favourite thing to do in the summer is going to the beach or having a picnic at a park that is by the water.
My favorite is go to the beach but I haven’t been able to do that in years.
I love to just be outside with my kids watching them play.
I love to go in the pool! And fire pit nights.
My favorite thing to do in the Summer is to enjoy just being outside. Enjoying the sun!
Going to the beach is my favorite thing to do in the summer
I like to go swimming in the summer.
We enjoy playing badminton in the backyard and just relaxing on the deck.
I like setting up sprinkler runs for the kids – watching them play and the joy on their faces is the best!
I am a gardener and that is my favorite warm weather activity.
I love the warmth and clear blue skies of summer.
I love taking my grandson to the pool in the summer. Thanks for the giveaway!??
We love to go fishing in the summer.
My favorite thing to do in summer is take a trip to a zoo. Thank you for the chance to win!
Going to the beach is my favorite thing! *cries*
Unfortunately, we can’t do that right now cause of the pandemic so, we set up a swimming pool in the backyard & I love spending my days swimming or eating ice cream & reading by the pool! 🙂
My favourite thing to do in the summer is going camping!
I enjoy working in my flower and veggie gardens
I love being able to take the children out camping, We have such a wonderful time.
Well, when it comes to summer, I love to act like a kid and swim with my granddaughters! I love the water and I feel peaceful in it.
My favorite thing to do in the summer is go swimming. I do it for therapy but I also love in the summer just to float around.
We love spending time in the backyard!
Love to take a ride in the car to surrounding area and stop and get a bite to eat.
I love that my kids are home in the summer
gardening is my favorite thing to do in the summer
Favorite thing is to stay inside in air conditioning.
In the summer I enjoy going to the lake and fishing.
One of my favorite things to do in summer is to get a big cool drink and lay in the hammock with a good book.
I stay at home with my family
I miss swimming 3 times a week.. Staying home, staying safe. sad.
I enjoy strolls along the beach with family.
I love to be outside piddling around in my flower bed.
Walking the seashore which doesn’t happen very often since I live in Oklahoma.
I enjoy the lake with my family in the summer. Its so much fun to b on the water.
we like to go swimming at the pool
My favourite thing to do in the summer is spend time in my gardens.
I enjoy walking my dog in the Summer.
My favourite thing to do in the summer is to take local day trips!
I enjoy swimming in our neighborhood pool.
I enjoy swimming in our pool!
Not a huge fan of summer but I do like to go jogging at night.
In normal times I love to go to the beach in the summer. I don’t think we will get there much this year.
My favorite thing to do in the Summer is go swimming at the lake or pool with my family and have a fun picnic with fresh summer fruits!
I enjoy going to my sister’s lake house.
I’m saving up my Amazon gift cards for a pair of really nice shoes
I just love drinking lemonade to keep cool during the summer heat.
I love to go swimming!
We like to go swimming
My favorite thing to do in the summer is go camping.
During the summer, camping and swimming are my favorites.
I love to go camping and kayaking during the Summer.
My favorite thing to do in the summer is to go on pontoon boat rides and water ski with my family!
Summer means spending time at the beach. Whether at the lake or the ocean, we love the water. My wife an I like to kayak or sail.
My favorite thing to do in the summer is go to the river for day trips or camping.
My favourite thing to do in the summer is to go swimming in the pool with my two boys at my Dad’s house.
I like walking and also tending to my garden.
We like to take road trips in the summer to visit areas in our state that are new to us
We love pool time with our 2 grandsons!
I want to make Italian turkey muffins….Mmmmm
go to the beach and read a book
I like to sunbathe in the summer
We like to take walks around the lake after dinner.
One of my favorite things is to sit out in our backyard in the early evening listening, hearing and smelling all that mother nature has to offer. Summer is my favorite season
I love spending the day at the beach.
My favorite thing to do in summer is taking short road trips to beaches and parks to enjoy the weather.
I like to take walks in the evening when it is a little cooler.
I love to go tanning! 😀
go camping rather it be in my back yard or someplace else.
I enjoy going to the beach in the summer. I hope I can get there some time in the future.
I like nature walks.
I love going to the beach
I enjoy taking walks in the woods.
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I like to go walking.
I like swimming in warm weather.
Going to the beach for a picnic.
Go swimming if I get the chance. Read a lot of books. And maybe do a puzzle.
In the summer, I like to enjoy my morning coffee on the back porch before it gets too hot. Going for a swim or laps at the local community center is a great way to stay cool!
I have a little covered patio in the back yard, so I love sitting out there in the summer with a book.
I love to go out on the boat!
I like to go on family bike rides in the summer
I love to go to the lake during the summer.
Taking walks is my favorite thing to do in the summer.
Mine is going camping and to out door concerts.
We enjoy grilling food! Actually grilling today!
My favorite thing in Summer is hosting BBQ’s for friends and family. We have so much fun with games, good food and swimming. Things have been much different this year due to the quarantine. I sure do miss this as well as our beach vacation. I pray for us all and this gets better soon! Stay Safe!
I like to read outside.
Lounge around the pool!
We love to go camping at a lake near our house.
I love to go swimming!
I like to go swimming
summer is for boating and river swimming!
I love to go to the lake.
I like to camp and swim in summer most
This are wonderful activities for summer. Kids usually find very interesting, playing on outdoor trampolines. These activities will surely add more to make their summers fun!
I’d get my kids clothes if I won!
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my daughter wants an osmo coding game
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I would probably buy books.
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I’d buy a book
a gift for my Nieces Birthday in October .
I will get tapioca bubbles for bubble tea! My family loved them!
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I almost always use my Amazon gift cards on music.
I would probably buy more books.
some birthday gifts for my family
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I would use the Amazon gift card to get school supplies for those in need! Love to contribute to the hard working teachers who always have a needed supply list!
I would buy some detailing spray for our new truck!
I would probably use it to get some early Christmas shopping done.
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Likely, I’d just be adding it to my gift card stash and see what comes up
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I need new bath towels so hopefully!
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I always end up buying something for my dog or my guinea pigs lol
I actually have a huge Amazon wish list, so would put it towards something on that. One thing I want is a good set of earbuds for my daughter.
I would purchase something off of my daughters birthday wish list.
I’d get some cute stationery
I would put it towards Christmas.
Love the cute outdoor space!! We’re expecting baby 4 here in a few weeks, so this summer has been spent by the pool or in the AC as much as possible! I’d love this to purchase some books ! Thanks for the chance!
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I would use it towards some shoes for my daughter.
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I will be starting on my Christmas shopping! With my husband having a stroke last October and returning to school, I need all the help my meager salary can get! Thanks for thr chance to win!
I have a few items on my wish list I could get 🙂 or save for xmas
I’m looking for a fall coat for my son!
I think that most likely it would be used to purchase books for somebody in the family.
I would buy some gf foods for my son with celiacs disease.
I would buy school supplies.
I’d probably give it my hubby to buy some books! Thanks and God bless!
I would buy more books
I will probably buy my next book club selection and maybe some TrueLemon products.
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I might buy some books or CD’s if I win.
I would use it towards some more kids clothing. They are always growing.
Oh, probably a book or two…haha I’m always adding to my wish list.
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If I won, I’d use it towards school supplies!
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I’d love to PreOrder The Whisper Man!
I’d get a new pair of patterned leggings for myself. Thanks.
I would really like to get a nice picture book.
I would either get some coffee kcups or a new backpack for one of my daughters
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I have some makeup items in my Amazon cart that I would love to buy!
I would buy school supplies for my boys.
I am in need of a new bed comforter so it would go towards my purchase of that for sure.
I would purchase some school supplies
I would love to buy some books that are on my TBR list.
I’m saving for an exercise bike with laptop desk and will put it toward that if I win.
Ink for my printer
I’m saving up for an anniversary gift for the husband so I would put it towards that. Thank you!
I’d buy me some makeup!
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I want to get books
I’d buy books.
I have 2 books on my wish list right now.
I would buy supplies for my cats.
I have such wonderful dreams of buying things on Amazon, but in the end I always wind up buying pants for my daughter! She is the world champion at putting holes in her knees … especially the pants designed not to be able to do that … it’s amazing, really it is!
I would buy a nightstand lamp.
School shoes for my son
I would like some gardening items!
I would buy something for my two week old baby.
A christmas Book for my grandson
I might buy a surface cleaner.
I would get some winter shoes for my son
I will buy something for my kids.
I would get something for my granddaughter!!
I would buy a new halter for my mini horse
I would buy books or makeup
I would buy a pair of earbuds.
I would buy a pair of headphones.
I would put it toward holiday gifts for my nieces and nephews.
I will get a cell phone wristlet
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I might buy some stationary items.
I would buy a new shower curtain we are redoing our bathroom,
Books! That’s easy!
BOOKS I have many on my wish list by favorite authors
I’d probably buy a new book.
I would buy diapers.
I need some new earbuds or a phone case! It would be nice if I didn’t have to spend my money on it and could get it for free! Am I right? haha.
I would use this gift card towards Christmas presents for my boys. Legos are always at the top of their lists.
I would buy some books I’ve been wanting to read.
I would buy some household goods
I’d buy books!
I would buy some books.
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We’re going shopping for school supplies every week it seems; if I win, I’ll put this toward pens and notebooks.
I would put it towards shelves for my garage.
I’d buy some bathroom scales.
I will buy dog food.
Books! I have so many fantastic books on my wish list, I can’t wait to dive in to some of them 🙂
If I win I would buy school supplies for my grandchildren.
If I won, I would buy wireless earbuds
I’d buy books!
I will buy an organizing-related product.
My son saved a pair of sneakers to my wishlist. I would put this towards them if I won.
my sisters first baby is due next month so i would get something for the baby:)
Love some new books to read.
I’d buy some sheets
new mattress cover, for the bed.
I’d probably put it towards Christmas presents.
I’d probably buy some printer ink as it’s really expensive 🙂
I would purchase a candle or 2. We are almost out and love burning them!
I’d buy some art supplies.
I would put it towards a birthday present for my husband.
I would buy a book or two from my to read list.
I would buy some school supplies for my grand kids
i would probably just use it for school supplies!
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I would buy some extra school supplies.
I would buy some clothes for my son
Thanks for this chance 🙂 I would buy some back-to-school supplies for my 2 Grandkids.
If I win, I might buy some new outdoor seat cushions for the outdoor furniture.
Maybe save it for Christmas.
I might just buy myself a new wallet! Mine is so old and falling apart it’s held together with duct tape!
I am saving up to get new socks that I can have nice and comfortable feet while I’m out urban hiking.
I might buy printer ink
shop for new clothes.
I’d put it toward some books.
If I win, I’m going to buy a new bathrobe. I want a really fluffy one!
I would get school supplies.
I would get a Roku streaming kit.
I would buy coffee.
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I would buy some fall clothes with it!
I would buy stuff for my kids for school.
I might buy some new books to read.
I’d use this towards glue sticks and notebook paper for my grandsons this school year.
I would purchase school supplies
A new dress for my birthday. Thanks for the chance.
I would put it toward curriculum and school supplies needed for this year.
I’ll get groceries!
Thanks for the contest.
I would get a couple figures I have had my eye on.
I am going to buy myself some new comfy pajamas. Thanks for the fun giveaway!
I would probably buy a watch with this if I won.
Quite likely go towards preordering some books for me. 🙂
I would buy some ebooks
I’d buy my friend a Funko Pop or two for his birthday.
I could purchase a new book or a DVD.
I would buy birthday gifts.
I would buy some small household decorations for my new apartment.
I’d buy new dorm decor. I need sheets, pillow cases, a blanket, and some organizational stuff so one of those things.
I would buy headphones for running because I am training for a marathon.
I would buy school supplies.
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I would get something for my oldest son who is going back to college.
If I won, I would probably buy a book or CD.
I would buy school supplies for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
What I would buy depends on what is at the top of my wish list at the time. It changes from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute!
I would buy something from my TBR list.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I would probably get supplements.
I would get some new charging cables.
I would buy some school supplies.
I’d buy things my kids need for school
I would get some clothes
I would buy some new furnace filters
School supplies & books! 🙂
Would buy some aquarium supplies.
I would get a Kindle.
I might purchase some electronics repair tools.
I would buy school supplies!
I would buy a couple books.
A new laptop carrier would be nice! Or a new phone case, even.
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I will buy a Children’s Boo for my grandson
I have my eye on some mini dessert cups on amazon
I would get a new shower curtain.
I would buy books with my gift card.
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i would buy a book
I have a big wish list on Amazon. I would probably buy cleaning bundles.
Some last-minute school necessities!
I might buy school supplies like binders.
What I love most about the summer is the warm weather, going on summer vacations and getting outdoors to enjoy nature with my family! To get ready for summer, I’ve been working out at home and eating healthier and watching my caloric intake. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!
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I just bought new patio furniture and it should be in by next week, I can’t wait! Those weight watcher treats look delicious – I will have to try them.
I love making fun memories with my kids!
What I like most about summer is the warm weather. I started by planting my garden.
I usually love getting out and taking photographs – But being pregnant, I just can’t handle the Florida heat during the day time, for too long. I’ve been trying to walk at night, to help me get out more during the day.
My favorite thing to do is go vacation somewhere a little cooler.