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25 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids, Tweens & Teens

Enjoy these fabulous outdoor activities for kids this summer!

Let’s face it, no matter how much we’d LOVE for our kids to spend more time outside, sometimes it’s an uphill battle — especially if you don’t have just the ‘right‘ outdoor activities kids will love.

“But Moooom, it’s too hot.” (can you hear the whine in that — oh yeah!)

“There’s nothing to do outside.”

“But I’d rather do {insert any indoor activity that can’t be taken outside} — except for their chores 😉

And I get it — sometimes it is too hot or too boring — but not anymore! 

Share some of these awesomely creative ideas with them and your kids will be BEGGING you to spend more time outside!


Easy outdoor summer activities for kids - fun things to do in the backyard!

25 Awesome Outdoor Activities for Summer

Most of these activities are easy to set up and do in your own backyard and will keep kids entertained for hours — you’ll find creative & easy ideas for kids, tweens and teenagers on the list! 

Plus there are a lot of options for families to enjoy together too.

Because why should kids have all the fun, right? 😉

And we’ve included affiliate links for a few items we love to have on hand along with some fun & FREE printables that will get kids excited to hit the great outdoors right now 🙂


Catch Fireflies at Night — Edventures with Kids

Let the Kids Create an Obstacle Course — Kitchen Floor Crafts

Go on a Nighttime Scavenger hunt (free printable!)

Let them go crazy with a Giant Inflatable Bowling game

Make your own Sprinkler — Fantastic Fun & Learning

Float Ice Boats down a Tin Foil River — Reading Confetti

Make a super Outdoor Tent area — Darling Fig


Shoot off Water Rockets — Edventures with Kids

Paint a Walking Stick (and then take a hike with it!) — The DIY Dreamer

Grab a camera for a Photo Scavenger Hunt (free printable!)

Introduce kids to the game of Lawn Darts

Blow up an Outdoor Volcano — The Measured Mom

Set up a Wrecking Ball activity — Adventures at Home with Mum

Create your own Family Name Sign using twigs, acorns & more

 Burn off a TON of energy with this Blast Pad Missile Launcher!


Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt (free printable!)

Make a Pendulum Painting — Housing a Forest

Hang a Water Balloon Pinata — Paging Fun Mums

Let kids climb a tree (they may not want to come back downfor a while)

Have a Lightsaber Popsicle duel — Joy of Boys

Try one of these 20 Outdoor Science Experiments! — Edventures with Kids


Make your own Sun-print T-shirt — Edventures with Kids

Set up an Outdoor Reading Nook — Growing Book by Book

Start a Mini-Nature Collection — Edventures with Kids

Make a Mud Kitchen — Learn with Play at Home

Play Flashlight Games at night — Kids Activities Blog

and if all else fails….

tell them that popsicles can only be eaten outdoors!  🙂


~ Jacquie


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