20 Printable Summer Scavenger Hunts

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 really enjoy!

As with all of our Scavenger Hunts for Kids, we suggest having a sturdy 9 x 12" Clipboard to hold your hunt so you won't be running after the paper as it blows around. 

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

Nature Scavenger Hunt - Edventures with Kids

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!)

Playground Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids

Explore the Outdoors Hunt -- How to Nest for Less

Road Trip Scavenger Hunts -- Mom's Minivan

(plus these 40 FREE printable Road Trip Games are great too!)


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

Hiking Scavenger Hunt -- Make & Takes

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!


Happy Hunting!



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Guest - Kristine Reyes (website) on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:03

Thank you for your ideas and suggestions! Will surely try as many activities as we can.

Thank you for your ideas and suggestions! Will surely try as many activities as we can. :)
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