Summer is here and the kids are home from school. Keeping your kids busy this summer can be fun yet daunting!

Even though you probably are excited about spending some extra time with those little munchkins, summer can sometimes seem to stretch out and last forever. Eventually you’ll hear the dreaded, “I’m bored!” and this is usually followed by cranky and fighting children. You can help prevent your summer from being transformed into a parent’s nightmare by keeping your kids busy this summer.

Start with a List

During the summer, days can slip by before you accomplish any of your goals. To help keep your kids busy this summer with all of those fun activities you know they’ll love, try making a list. Your summer fun list should include different crafts, activities, and ideas of things you want to accomplish this summer. Each time you do something on the list, check it off and add something new. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have with this simple tip.

To help you get started, here are 50 fun things for kids to do outside.  Need more ideas? Here are 15 free activities for kids this summer.

Go Camping

Take a few days this summer to have some fun and get away from everyday life. Camping is the perfect way to do this. It keeps your kids busy and gives the entire family a chance to spend some quality time together. Be sure to have some camping fun by bringing ingredients for s’mores, fishing poles, and hiking gear.

Kids Busy during summe

Arrange Play Dates

If you have multiple children, you’re probably grateful that your kids can play with each other. Even though this is great for day-to-day playing, it can get a little boring for your kids. Keep your kids busy this summer by setting up different play dates. These play dates can be at your home or even the park or beach.

Try to have at least one play date a week so your kids have something to look forward to… unless you’re not a fan of arranged play dates!  Do you hate play dates or hate them?

Squeeze in Some Learning

This is probably something your kids don’t want to hear, but learning is a great way to keep your kids busy over the summer. The school year is filled with schedules and routines, which is a good thing because your kids know what to expect and when to expect it. The summer can get a little hectic since all of those normal routines are thrown out the door for a few weeks. This is why some areas have year round school.

Keep your kids following at least one routine by fitting in a short learning period each day. This can include anything from 30 minutes of reading to a short math game.


Finding entertaining and interesting things for your kids to do each week will help keep your summer fun and conflict-free. What are some ways you keep your kids busy over summer vacation?


KristinKristin is a work at home mom with a beautiful (and smart!) 4-year-old boy. She has a degree in elementary education, but loves the fact that she is has the opportunity to stay at home with her son and still make a living. Now she gets to live out her passion for writing about all things kids, especially when it comes to mixing fun and education.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.