Are you thinking about ditching the high price of summer camp for your kids and doing your own DIY summer camp at home? Awesome! Here are 50 fun summer activities- including craft projects, backyard games, and field trips for you to make your summer fantastic!
Fun Summer Activities- For the Backyard!
The basis for your summer camp at home should be fun things that you can do in your own backyard. And ideally- you set them up with your kids at the beginning of the summer, and then you can let them head outside to play on their own- with their siblings or friends!
|Grow a Vegetable Garden||X||X||X|
|Ride Bikes and Scooters||X|
|Driveway Basketball Games||X||X||X|
|Outdoor Water Play||X||X|
|Obstacle Course / Ninja Course||X||X||X|
|Driveway Games with Sidewalk Chalk||X|
|Make Your Own Slip & Slide||X|
Fun Summer Activities- That Can Be Enjoyed Indoors!
You'll want to have some fun summer activities planned for indoors as well- not only in the event of rainy days, but some afternoons it's just too hot to be outside all day- and you'll want to cool off inside while still having fun!
|Bring a “Friend” to Dinner||X|
|Virtual Roller Coaster Ride||X||X||X|
|Card Games for Kids / Poker Game||X||X||X|
|Karaoke and Just Dance “Parties”||X||X||X|
|Escape Room Games||X||X|
|Minute to Win It Games||X||X|
|Kids Cooking Class||X||X|
|Learn a New Hobby Online||X||X|
|The 12 Best Board Games for Tweens!||X|
|Energy-Busting Indoor Games||X|
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Fun Summer Crafts
One of my favorite things to do with my kids in the summer is crafting. I love to dig out all of the craft kits that they received as birthday gifts, but we never had the chance to make. And I especially love finding cool new ideas online and making them together!
|Teach Your Kids to Draw||X||X||X|
|Make Your Own Lava Lamp||X|
|Create CD Case Mazes||X|
|Tie Dye T-Shirts||X||X||X|
|Origami for Kids||X||X|
|Jeans Pockets Notebooks||X||X|
Fun Local Field Trips
I like to plan outings that I think of as “local field trips” once a twice a week during the summer. These are places that are either free or don't cost a lot of money (especially if you purchase a family membership), and easy to visit for a couple of hours.
Local Field Trips
|Classic Family Movies||X||X||X|
|Zoos and Aquariums||X||X|
|Science Centers and Museums||X||X|
|Strawberry / Apple Picking||X||X||X|
Summer Camp at Home Big Adventures
And no summer camp at home plans would be complete without some big adventures! Whether you save these to do on weekends with your spouse or join up with another family doing their own summer camp at home thing- these are the kinds of outings that will create lasting memories of a great summer together!
|Minor League Baseball Game||X||X||X|
|Show Your Kids Where You Grew Up||X||X||X|
Looking for some great ideas for your DIY Summer Camp?
Please check out my DIY Summer Camp page for lots of ideas on how to host your own kids summer camp at home!
Here are some more great summer ideas for you:
- Why We Hold Our Own Kids Summer Camp at Home
- Free Family Summer Bucket List Printable
- Free Printable Summer Schedule