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Ultimate Guide for Summer Fun with Kids

In our house, summer comes in two phases:

Phase 1: The Honeymoon

A time when we all (parents & kids) are excited about no schedules, no school and long days together.  We have a hand-ful of activities planned and a great summer bucket list of things we can’t wait to do — life is looking good!

Then 12 days later, we enter —

Phase 2:  “What’s Next?!”

About two weeks into summer, we’ve already done more than half of the activities I had planned, the kids have read their entire stash of library books (that should have lasted them most of the summer) and we’ve made a huge dent in our bucket list. 

The dreaded question usually comes over lunch — “Mom, what are we doing next?”

It’s at this point that I realize the honeymoon is over and we need to get a few more ideas into our plans or I’ll start to hear the “I’m bored” or “but he/she’s bugging me again” type of comments that I would rather avoid over summer break.


Enter the Ultimate Guide for Summer Fun —

it’s a HUGE resource for activities, books, ideas and off-the-wall summer fun with the kids! 

We’ll help you keep them reading, exploring and enjoying those long summer days.  So bookmark this page and visit anytime Phase 2 hits at your house!


Get Out Around Town

Free & Low-cost Summer Workshops for Kids

20 Summer Scavenger Hunts {with free printables}

The ABC’s of Family Outings — Tips, Resources & 50 Ideas for Places to Visit

7 Great End-of-Summer Outings for Families

Play the License Plate Game in Your Hometown

8 Ways to Enjoy the National Parks


Tons of Summer Fun at Home

Summer Art Projects for Kids

34 Ways to Be a Cool Parent this Summer

DIY Nature Explorers Notebook {with 50+ free printables}

Our Get Outdoors Pinterest board — 500 ways to get the kids outside more

Amazing Ideas for Backyard Play

Ice & Water Fun for Hot Summer Days

Celebrate Christmas in July

30 Skills Kids can Master this Summer

End-of-Summer printable coupons for kids


Keep The Kids Reading

Summer Genre Reading Challenge {free printable}

Vintage Summer Books Kids will LOVE

Ocean Books & Activities

10 Books for the Beach

Great Books for a Camp-out

16 Fun Books about the Zoo

Fun Reads for the 4th of July

Map Activities for Kids & Summer Reading

Garden Books & Activities

Free Online Books for Kids


Road Trip Resources

Travel Bucket Craft – great for holding souvenirs

12 Ways Kids can Help with Travel Prep & Planning

The Ultimate Road Trip Guide for Families


Let the Summer fun begin!