10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Summer Activities

by ChristinaPilkington on May 30, 2012 · 11 comments

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Summer is almost here!

We have exactly three weeks left until the first official day of summer.  I’m sure you have a lot of great summer fun already planned. You probably have things like swimming, hanging at friends’ houses, parks and beaches on your list.

If you’re looking for a few more ideas…. 

Here are 10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Summer Activities for your family to enjoy!

1. Ride bikes around the perimeter of your town. This may be difficult if you live in a really large city, but you could do it in small chunks, marking off on a map where you left off. A really easy way to find out the exact borders of your town or city is to type its name in Google Maps. That site gives you a really nice outline of the border.

2. If you have teens, let them plan out and put on a summer day camp for younger kids. They can put on a general type of camp, or have them set up a themed camp based on their interests and talents – a music camp, cooking camp, sports camp or crafting camp.

3. Let your sidewalk, deck or other outside space became your child’s art area. A few years ago, the kids painted almost the entire deck with washable paint. Bring out the side walk chalk. Check out these amazing images at Extreme Sidewalk Chalk for some inspiration.

4. If you have them in your area, visit a Farmer’s Market and buy 5 new fruits or vegetables you’ve never tasted before.

5. Make a Fall Wish List. Summer is a great time for dreaming. Sit down with your kids and a big pad of paper and dream together about some activities, trips, or projects that sound fun and interesting that you could do in the fall.

6. Attend some local concerts in your area. Many areas of the country have wonderful free concerts through park districts, village halls, and colleges. It’s a great chance to check out some music you don’t normally listen to. After all, it’s free. You can always leave!

7. Sign up to receive a weekly summer science activities e-mail from the Museum of Science and Industry. Just today I registered for the Museum of Science and Industry Summer Brain Games. Starting June 18th, the museum will send you a weekly e-mail with fun science activities to try that week. Each week will feature a new summer science theme. You’ll also receive one free voucher to visit the museum, too.

8. Let your kids plan and cook a summer BBQ for friends and family. This might be a little tricky if your kids are young, but for older kids, let them plan out a summer dinner. Give them money and let them go shopping by themselves. Let them invite whoever they want to come to the meal.  They can also set up and clean up after the meal, too.

9. Watch some great summer-themed movies with the family. Here are some suggestions: The Sandlot, Parent Trap, The Babysitters Club, Space Camp, Flipper,  and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown.

10. Check out some great summer activity books with your kids, lie down on a blanket outside together, and make a list of some things that sound fun. Here are some books to get you started: Summer Fun! 60 Activities for a Kid-Perfect Summer.  Carschooling has fun activities for the car if you’ll be taking some long trips.


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What are your family’s favorite summer activities?


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  • http://thegettys.blogspot.com Susan

    This is a great list! I read it the other day, and shared it on Google+/Twitter, but I didn’t stop over to comment yet. Hope your weekend is going well :)

    • christinapilkington

      Thanks so much for sharing this post! We’ve been out doing so much that I’m trying hard to catch up on comments and e-mails :)

  • http://momto3feistykids.com/ Steph

    What a fun list! And yes, it’s definitely time to break out the sidewalk chalk.

    • christinapilkington

      It’s funny because I was giddy when we brought out the sidewalk chalk and I don’t even draw well! But we found an Usborne book about how to draw animals and I had so much fun drawing them on the driveway.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kacagle Karen Terry Cagle

    Oh and they filmed Space Camp here! In Huntsville. :)

    • christinapilkington

      So cool! Did you get to see it? Keilee would have loved to watch a movie being filmed I bet :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/kacagle Karen Terry Cagle

    Another great LIST!! Love all of these. Those movies you listed are some of our favorites. Adding them to Netflix now! Thanks for this. :)

    • christinapilkington

      You’re very, very welcome :)

  • Olson Family

    My 6 year old loves to break out the squeegee and do the windows =D Happy Summer!

    • christinapilkington

      Ah! Now that’s a great summer activity. I think I might have to steal that one :)

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