Enjoy these Summer Scavenger Hunt Ideas while you're on vacation, exploring places around town or just relaxing in the backyard!
If there's one thing we love, it's a good scavenger hunt !
In fact, we've been known to 'divide and conquer' in a friendly family competition on more than one occasion.
In addition to just being fun, scavenger hunts are also great ways for kids to learn -- your kids will hone their observation skills, practice new words, explore new places and many hunts also intregrate a little science and math too.
Our goal -- one scavenger hunt each week for the whole summer!
20+ Summer Scavenger Hunts
Since I've been on the look-out for some cool hunts that we can do this summer, I thought I would share some of our finds -- more than 20 awesomely fun ideas for fun ways to get out & have an adventure!
I know summer is actually only 16 weeks long but I wanted to include some extra ideas so we'd have a nice variety to choose from (and in case we ended up needing a scavenger hunt that matched an attraction we are visiting).
Most of the hunts on our list include a free printable so you can easily keep them on hand for some quick summer fun. We've also included a few affiliate links for awesome scavenger hunt ideas & items that we've really enjoyed!
And if you'll have the hunt near water (like the beach), another great hack is to put the scavenger hunt in a ziploc bag and then use a Dry Erase Markers to check-off your finds.
If you're REALLY up for a challenge, try completing ALL the summer scavenger hunts before school begins!
Zoo Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Beach Day Scavenger Hunt -- The Bird Feed NYC
Hiking Scavenger Hunt -- Make & Takes
Scavenger Hunt for the movie "Frozen" -- My Sister's Suitcase
(should be great fun on a hot July day!)
Scavenger Hunt for Kids Tin (great for vacations!)
Nature Scavenger Hunt - Edventures with Kids
Explore the Outdoors Hunt -- How to Nest for Less
Playground Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Road Trip Scavenger Hunts -- Mom's Minivan
(these are great - there's 3 of them for the city, suburbs and country)
The Pocket Scavenger for Creative Kids!
License Plate Hunt -- Laura's Crafty Life
Family Reunion Hunt -- QuickHunts
Airport Scavenger Hunt -- Inspired by Familia
Camping Bingo that can also be used as a scavenger hunt -- 30 Handmade Days
Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Vintage TeddyBear Picnic Hunt -- B. Nute Productions
Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt -- PBS Kids
Farmer's Market Scavenger Hunt -- Kids Activities Blog
(not a printable but great list of questions!)
Nighttime Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Happy Camper Scavenger Hunt -- The Creative Homemaker
Bug Hunt -- Mrs. Bremer's Class
Library Scavenger Hunt -- What Do We Do All Day?
(every kid should attend the summer reading activities at their library!)
It's also fun to create your own scavenger hunt with Quick Hunts -- maybe one with a pirate or luau theme?! It's free and easy to do -- also a great activity for a family BBQ, birthday or get-together!
And be sure to see our 20 Printable Scavenger Hunts, Car Games & Summer Activities for Kids too!
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