School bells will ring one last time before summer officially starts pretty soon.

If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to figure out what you’re doing to keep your kiddos occupied and all without breaking the bank.

Thankfully, I’ve got your one stop shop for summer activities for kids to make summer fun, memorable, and easy on the pockets.

As a blogger, I get the opportunity to rub elbows with some amazing mommies and thankfully they’ve got all the goods on summer activities for kids. This elbow rubbing is usually happening in the Parenting Bloggers Tribe.

''Parent Bloggers Tribe is a place to connect with other parent bloggers, support one another and grow as bloggers and individuals. '' - Parenting Blogger Tribe Group Description

Be sure to check out their ideas and browse around their blogs. If you’re really diggin’ their style, you can subscribe to their sites and some even have some freebies for you if you sign up. ❤

Let the Summer Fun Begin

When I saw this idea, I fell in love. Actually it was the site of a shiny object…I mean, who doesn’t love glitter.

DIY Summer Bucket Lists

I’m loving the idea of summer bucket lists from MajorLeagueMommy . Grab a jar and some popsicle sticks and write activities that you and the fam can do over the weekend (or whenever) on your popsicle sticks. You can choose a stick every day or every weekend…it’s up to you!

Need some activity ideas for those popsicle sticks?


Muddy Boots and Diamonds reminds us that you can never go wrong with tie dye! Emma reminds us to ‘’embrace the messy’’ and just have a good time.

I love doing some tie dye with my kids, especially at parties. I always use this easy all in one kit from Amazon. There’s enough supplies in here for at least 36 projects and we go tie dye crazy. Hats, pocket books, SHOES, nothings off limits! You can get this kit for the same price out of most local Wal-Marts in the art and craft section or maybe fabrics. I use Amazon Prime for the free two-day shipping! Convenience rules all, ladies!



Budget Friendly Summer Fun

You’ve probably already seen our list of  10 Summer Boredom Busters on a Budget!

From free movies to free to free bowling, the sky is the limit!

Pair with a deeply discounted Groupon and you CANNOT go wrong!

You’ll need more than 10 ideas from me to make fill up those DIY Summer Bucket Lists.


I love #64.

Teach Your Kids To Swim – Take this summer to teach your kids to swim. It’s fun, challenging and can ultimately save your kids life at some point.

This is a fun activity but can also be a lifesaving skill. Check with your local YMCA or recreational department to see if they offer free or discounted classes, too!

Did you know?

‘’About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.’’ - CDC.GOV

Still looking for more activities. Look no more!

ForTheLoveOfMom.Org has 50 more fun ideas for the family!

Who doesn’t like a party?

#31 on this list is my fave because my family LOVES hosting get togethers.

What summer party is complete without some refreshing lemonade?

Make your own flavored lemonade from scratch with an easy 3 ingredient recipe from LoveMyBigHappyFamily.Org.

Educational Fun

Teachers work so hard to help our kiddos learn during the school year and we don’t want that to go to waste. Learning doesn’t have to be a chore or boring.

DiaryOfADeelexiaMom.Com suggest using a computer program as a summer learning supplement.

Two Websites I’m Loving for Su//mmer Learning reviews two pretty cool programs kids can use right from your home – Mindplay and HearBuilder.

Do you have any online learning supplements you’d recommend?

And we can’t forget the educational value of reading over the summer!

TheTripletFarm.Com has the perfect list of summer themed books.

What We’re Reading-Books About Summer gives us 11 ideas for summer reading.

Don’t forget to check your local libraries and book stores for reading incentives to spice up the reading experience. Sometimes, your child can earn prizes or freebies based off how many books they read.

If you have a school aged child ages 1-6, check out Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program!

You can really rack in the prizes by using Kindle Unlimited which gives you access to over one million titles, access to latest magazines and the best part is being able to do all of this from ANY DEVICE. Kids (and Mom) can discover new titles left and right!

Try Kindle Unlimited FREE for One Month Here!

These are my fave out the bunch but there are so many other blog mamas who are dishing out the tips to make this summer one to remember.

There are a few other summer related posts that are worth a click and a try!

If you plan on having a diverse, fun summer, you've got all the makings of one using any of the great ideas from above!

Let me know if you've got more summer fun ideas in the comments or take a picture of you doing some of the fun summer activities with your kids and post a pick on Facebook. Be sure to tag @TotallyMommedIt in your pic! ;)

27 thoughts on “Better Together – Summer Activities for Kids

  1. Perfect roundup! I’ll definitely be referring to this list, so we keep my little one entertained this summer! I’m always open for ideas and these sound super fun!

  2. I was just thinking this morning I want to tie-dye some onesies for my little one. It’s a cheap and fun DIY activity that doesn’t take much effort, lol. Thanks for posting!

  3. Soooo I don’t have kids, and I’m “officially” classified an adult by society’s standards, but a lot of these activities are things that I would enjoy doing with my friends! So I’m glad I came across this list 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. So many of these bring on so many memories of being a kid. I would say that means this is a great list because I had a wonderful childhood.

  5. These are all great ideas! I’ve started putting together a calendar for activities each day and am so excited to not have to hear “I’m bored! What are we doing today??”

  6. I feel like summer is the bane of every mother’s existence. Lol — Park day camp saved our lives. I totally agree with the swimming lessons, I told my oldest unless she learned how to swim she wouldn’t be at any water parks or pool parties. It’s a must!

    Leslie / @hautemommie /

  7. Between my boyfriend and I, we have 5 kids that range from 16 down to 5 and every year it feels like it’s so easy to run out of fun ideas so a resourceful post like this is so helpful! I’m also heading over to check out your budget friendly activities now but I think the summer bucket list will be in my household this season.

  8. Yay thank you so much for all of these resources. I’m not a Mom but I am helping with my 9 year old brother and 3 year old sister this summer and I want to make sure I have lots of summer activities for them.

  9. Those are some awesome ideas! Summertime can be fun or frustrating for kids, depending on how you help them expend all their energy! I’ll be implementing some of these for sure!

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