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Summer Activities for Kids

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Summer is here moms!  That means that summer activities for kids are probably on your mind, right?  Don’t panic!  I’m here to help!  I made a list to keep my youngest kiddo busy this summer, so I thought I would share it with you.

After all, we moms have to stick together, right?

At the bottom of this post, you will find bright pink text to link to my summer activities for kids list printout.  If you have ideas that aren’t on my list, share them in the comments and I will add them! 

At the end of my summer activity ideas list, there’s an extra list of ideas for those of you who live in the Salt Lake City area!  If you have more ideas, share them in the comments!  I’d love to add them to my list!

Summer Activities for Kids

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I’ve been brainstorming a bit to come up with ideas to keep us busy this summer. Check out this great list of ideas for summer activities for kids!  No matter what your budget is, there are ideas here for you!

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Summer Activities on a Budget (free or inexpensive)

Go swimming at a public pool or in your backyard, if you have a pool
Go bowling (Did you know there are lots of places that kids can bowl for free.  Check out
Go to a movie
Go feed the ducks
Do a craft together-there are tons of ideas on Pinterest!
Play board games
Go to the park
Go roller skating
Spend the day at the beach
Go get snow cones
Go out to lunch
Make a treat together
Learn a foreign language together (check out the Duolingo app-it’s great!)
Read books together
Go for a bike ride
Draw on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk
Set up a play date with a friend
Go visit extended family
Plant a garden together
Have a picnic at the park or in your backyard!
Go look at animals at the pet store (careful, they will probably end up wanting one!)
Go fishing
Play dress up together
Go get shakes or ice cream cones
Go for a walk
Play with play-doh
Paint together
Lay on a hammock or sit on a lawn chair and look for shapes in the clouds
Go to a petting zoo
Go for a hike
Have a squirt gun fight
Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
Work on a scrapbook together
Color pictures together
Make ice cream sundaes together and eat them outside
Go camping

Make s’mores or a s’mores-inspired dessert!

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Paint your child’s fingernails
Go to a splash pad (They are often free and are so fun!  Just google “splash pad near me”)
Go ice skating
Have a water balloon fight
Go to a drive-in movie as a family
Join a summer reading program (most public libraries have one)
Go to a movie at the park (if your community has them)
Have a tea party with your child
Play mini golf
Check out a new park each week
Go to a concert (check on the internet-sometimes you can find these for free!)
Go to a bakery and get doughnuts for breakfast
Climb a tree together

Other Fun Summer Activities

Go to an amusement park
Go to the zoo
Go to an aviary
Go to an aquarium
Check out your local county fair or rodeo
Sign your child up for swim lessons, dance lessons, or summer sports
Go to a play
Take a road trip
Go to a trampoline park
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Summer Activities for Kids in Salt Lake Area

(If you happen to live in the same area as I do, here are more ideas!)

Take your kids to the Utah Capitol Building (they have a really interesting history/tour there & it’s free!)
Check out the Hogle Zoo
Go see the birds at Tracy Aviary
Visit Antelope Island
Go to Classic Fun Center
Visit the Natural History Museum
Check out Thanksgiving Point
Attend a Salt Lake Bees baseball game
Explore Timpanogos cave
Ride the carousel at South Towne mall
Go to High Jump or Wairhouse and jump on trampolines!
Visit Discovery Gateway
Go see the animals at Wheeler Farm
Enjoy seeing the Living Planet Aquarium (I love the shark exhibit!)
Go on the rides at Lagoon
Take your kids to see the Great Salt Lake
Visit the baby animals at This is the Place Heritage Park

For Even More Summer Activity Ideas…

Be sure to follow my Activities for Kids board on Pinterest for lots more fun activity ideas!
Happy Summer!  See you next time!
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