Oh, hello summer. Which, if you have kids, basically means chasing a half-naked human around with a bottle of sunscreen for three months straight. But before you start rolling your eyes too hard, consider these 50 creative, easy and (dare we say?) delightful activities to do with your clan. Summer bucket list: Ready, set, go!
50 Awesome Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer
Build a fort
Then don't be offended when it's no grown-ups allowed.
Cook dinner together
Might we recommend one of these kid-friendly recipes?
Chill in a kiddie pool
Juice boxes for the kiddos, sangria for the over-21 set.
Dig for worms
Hardly the grossest thing you've touched since having children.
Make your own play dough
This five-ingredient play dough recipe shows you how.
Run barefoot through freshly cut grass
This is why you don't have white carpeting.
Teach them to make friendship bracelets
Are arm parties still a thing?
Go for a hike
Come up with an appropriate name for each dog you pass. What’s up, Sprinkles?
Make your own popsicles
Again, this is why you don't have white carpeting.
Bedtimes are overrated.
Rent a paddleboat
Secretly make your children do all the work.
Make homemade slime
Whip up something ooey, gooey and chemical-free with this DIY slime tutorial.
Assemble shish kebabs
Remember: Children love being put to work.
Attend an outdoor concert
Sit on the porch through a summer thunderstorm
Count the seconds between lightning and thunder.
Have a campfire
Ghost stories optional.
Extra chocolate mandatory.
Insert requisite What About Bob? joke.
Do a cannonball
Or at the very least, goad your kids until they do one.
No stepping on the line!
You'll win that oversize gorilla if it kills you...
Start a lemonade stand
Frozen from concentrate? We won't judge.
Tie-dye a T-shirt
Hello, summer uniform.
Go to the zoo
Pro tip: The monkey house is air-conditioned.
Go to a baseball game
Fine if you only make it through three innings.
Make paper fans
I do declare.
Play a hand-clapping game
Down, down, baby, down by the roller coaster.
Don't be a wuss!
Wash the car
Children love being put to work, part two.
Let them bury you in the sand
Just remember the SPF 50.
Climb a tree
OK, fine. Stand at the bottom and bark at them to be careful.
Let them jump in the pool instead of taking a bath
Chlorine > soap.
Pull them in a wagon
Have a watermelon seed-spitting contest
Winner gets...more watermelon?
Play a round of mini golf
Win a free game. Repeat.
Go to a carnival
If it doesn't feel a little trashy, you're not doing it right.
Dress them in red, white and blue
Take a million pictures.
Watch The Sandlot
My Girl or The Parent Trap are also acceptable family-friendly flicks for summer.
Have a water fight
As long as mom's not wearing silk, anything's fair game.
Make a necklace.
Go berry picking
It doesn't matter if it's strawberries, blueberries or blackberries—they're all good in a pie.
Go to a drive-in movie
Bet there's one closer than you think.
Organize a scavenger hunt
Then send the kids scrambling to find something "slimy."
Take them to a water park
Feel smug when they conk out at 7:15.
Drive with the windows down
Just long enough for everybody's hair to get good and tangled.
Have a Beach Boys dance party
"Everybody's gone suuuuuuurfing..."
Have a garage sale
Donate proceeds to a worthy cause.
Peanut-butter-chocolate or bust.
Argue with your S.O. about whether they're called fireflies or lightning bugs.
In their car seats. In their sheets. In their hair. It's summer, y'all.