So- you're thinking about ditching the high price of summer camp for your kids, and doing your own DIY summer camp? Awesome! Here are 50 fun activities, craft projects, backyard games, and field trips for you to plan your summer camp at home!
Summer Camp at Home Backyard Activities
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|
Summer Camp at Home Indoor Activities
You'll want to have some indoor activities planned 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|
|Indoor Ping Pong Ball Games||X||X|
|Energy-Busting Indoor Games||X|
Summer Camp at Home 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 Mazes||X|
|Tie Dye T-Shirts||X||X||X|
|Origami for Kids||X||X|
|Jeans Pockets Notebooks||X||X|
Summer Camp at Home 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?
- Why We Hold Our Own Kids Summer Camp at Home
- 10 Ideas to Make This Your Family's Best Summer EVER!
- Free Printable Family Summer Bucket List
- Free Printable Summer Schedule
- 10 Ideas to Celebrate the Last Day of School and the Start of Summer
- 12 Tips on How to Grow a Vegetable Garden with Kids!
- 10 Awesome Backyard Games for Tweens!