80+ Fun Summer Activities for the Family

80+ Fun Summer Activities for the Family



Cover Photo of Bag by Brooke Lark on Unsplash  Greenhouse Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash Beach Photo by Syd Sujuaan on Unsplash Popcicle Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash


Happy May 1st! It’s almost time for summer! Who’s ready?

Have you started planning your big summer vacation? Or will you be spending your warm-weathered days at home?

Over the years two of our favorite things to do to prepare for summer are; plot out our vegetable garden and make a summer bucket list. The bucket list has gone from a variety of museums, zoos, and entertainment to a more simplistic version. We realize that out of the 12 weeks or so, more realistically we probably have 1 or 2 days each month to go out of town (for an all day event).

Plus not to mention, it’s hard to take smaller kids to more formal locations. Especially if you’re dealing with potty training and nap time or anything like that. So I split up my ideas into categories from ideal to more realistic.

So for our kids ages (almost 3) to 6, this is what we came up with so far:

  • T-ball (registered our oldest)
  • Swim lessons (for the older two)
  • Fishing
  • Drive-in movie
  • Camping
  • Visit the local ice-cream shop
  • Visit the local farmers market
  • Visit the beach (at our Lake)
  • Have a cookout with family
  • Go to the Fair
  • Visit the Deer Park
Photo by Luke Brugger on Unsplash


Here are more ideas that your family can consider adding to your own list:


  • Major/Minor League Baseball game
  • Zoo/Petting Zoo
  • Safari Tour
  • Aquarium
  • Legoland
  • Science center/museum
  • Old Car museum
  • Train museum
  • Take a scenic train ride
  • Visit a historical village
  • Watch glass blowing
  • Children’s museum (art/literature…)
  • Sky Zone/ Indoor Playground
  • Water Park
  • Amusement Park
  • Put-put
  • Go Karts
  • Batting Cages
  • Get an arcade pass
  • Bowling/ Glowbowling
  • Take cooking classes
  • See a movie
  • See a play/Disney on Ice
  • See an air show
  • Art Festival/ Craft Show
  • Air Balloon Festival
  • Music Festival
  • Rent a boat/book a boat tour

Photo by Jayakumar Ananthan on Unsplash


Create your own Fun:

  • Rent a cabin
  • Ride on a bike Trail
  • Hike in the woods
  • Explore natural formations near you
  • Explore waterfalls near you
  • See a butterfly house
  • Have a picnic at the park
  • Strawberry Picking
  • Visit your local nature center
  • See a botanical garden/arboretum
  • Free kid’s classes at your local county parks
  • Story hour at your library
  • Kid’s art classes at your craft store
  • Geocaching/scavenger hunt
  • Go for a scenic drive/road trip
  • Make/Try international food
  • Check out all of the top rated parks near you
  • Visit a splash pad

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Fun in your own backyard:

  • Bury treasure in your sandbox
  • Make a fairy garden
  • Grow some pretty flowers
  • Build a fort
  • Make your own natural playground
  • Collect bugs
  • Make mud pies
  • Have a squirt gun fight
  • Get a pool (we like the 10′ Intex Easy Set Above Ground Pool)
  • Get a Slip ‘n Slide or sprinkler
  • Build a bird house/bird feeder
  • Rock painting
  • Make natural wind chimes
  • Have a tea party
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Make your own popsicles
  • Make your own ice cream
  • Fly kites
  • Play a sport together (baseball/soccer/volleyball)
  • Have a race/make an obstacle course
  • See who can blow the biggest bubbles
  • Draw your family portrait with sidewalk chalk
  • Decorate a name (room) plaque with acrylic paint
  • Make window clings/stained glass pictures
  • Backyard camping
  • Have a bonfire & make smores
  • Have movie night outside with a projector
Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

I really wanted to create sub-lists for those of you who are able to and willing to enjoy a booked day, casual day, and a day where you don’t even have to leave home or get into the summer vacation budget.

Be sure to ask around on Facebook for friends’ recommendations. You can even stop in at your AAA or visitors bureau for more trip ideas.

Now that I probably encouraged you to make your list too big, which ones stick out to you the most? Which of your family favorites would you add to the list?

Free Printable Activities (For Early Learning)

Free Printable Activities (For Early Learning)

Are you looking for some free printable activities to teach your child the alphabet? Who doesn’t love a good freebie?

Sometimes, you just need a good sit-down activity for your tot. Maybe you aren’t able to invest in other learning resources. And I totally understand! As a stay-at-home mom, we often times have to get creative or find deals.

Recently, I wrote about preschool readiness. I’m not a teacher or professional, but I am a Mom of 3 boys. And in this article, Pro’s and Con’s of sending kids to school are listed, along with various activities to encourage your kids now and through the school year!

Is My Child Ready For Preschool? (With Free Printable)

Here are 6 free printable activities for you!


Letter A Printable

Letter B Printable

Letter C Printable



Letter D Printable

Letter E Printable

Letter F Printable


Practice one letter activity per day with your 3 or 4-year-old. This can be a great way to encourage your child to focus on following instructions. The younger, your child is, the more of your help he or she will need.

Last year (our now 4 year-old) showed very little interest in structured activity. Through a whole year, learning activities were optional at home. Now, he is so excited for preschool!

There are other ways to incorporate early learning without sitting down. Actually, small children learn quickly when music and dance are incorporated! So if this type of activity isn’t right for you, there is hope!


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Is My Child Ready For Preschool? (With Free Printable)

Is My Child Ready For Preschool? (With Free Printable)

Are you a parent of a 3 or 4-year-old who might be ready for preschool? Let’s see if it’s time to enroll!

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A good friend recently asked about PRO’s and CON’s of sending her daughter to early preschool. Our oldest son was enrolled in early preschool at the age of 3. So here’s why we did send our oldest to preschool early, and why we didn’t send our middle child at age 3:

PRO’s: (Reasons why to try early preschool)

  • Language was developed for the age
  • Able to follow simple instructions
  • Potty trained with almost no accidents
  • Excited to go to school (ran to class)
  • Loved to be read to and color
  • Wanted an outlet for making friends
  • Admired the teacher (probable teacher crush)
  • Had a newborn baby brother that kept us busy
  • Always came home with cute crafts and stories to tell
  • Cost was only $10/day for 3 days/week


Con’s: (Reasons why not to enroll yet)

  • Had a hard time sitting still and focusing on activities
  • Just started potty training that summer (deadline for registration was soon after)
  • Needed more one-on-one time to work with him various development areas
  • Wasn’t begging us to go to school like he is this year


So the point of the Pro’s and Con’s list is to show you that some kids are ready to go to early preschool. Some, just simply need time and a little more work with mom and dad.

And on top of that I’m hearing more and more from teachers saying that waiting another year is better on the kids. Schools even have beginner Kindergarten classes to transition kids into the appropriate grade.

Now, after opting not to send our middle child to early preschool, I don’t regret it. Why? He now can follow instructions better, loves to help with chores, he brings me books to read, he is learning how to spell his name, and he is begging me to go to preschool! And not to mention, I am glad I was able to have an extra year at home with him. Our middle child is beyond brilliant, he just needed some time!

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Here’s what you can do to prepare your child for preschool and help him/her through the year!


Read often:

  • Let your child pick out books at the library/store to bring home
  • Read 5-10 books/day or 20+ minutes/day
  • Read books about colors, shapes, counting, the alphabet, seasons, 12 months of the year, holidays, emotions, animals, manners, nursery rhymes, other rhyming books…


  • Ask about feelings or daily highlights to start the conversation
  • Show your attention when your child is speaking, ask for the same back
  • Use simple directions and explanations (sometimes sneak a big/new word in)
  • Teach your child not to interupt by following these steps: #1 Have her place her hand on your waist #2 Silently place your hand on her shoulder when you acknowledge her #3 Wrap up your conversation in a timely manner to answer her


  • Sing the ABC’s when when the kids are brushing teeth, going potty, or in the car
  • Have a various forms of the alphabet on hand (fridge magnets, wooden puzzle, foam mat, bath letters…)
  • Read alphabet books (We have Eric Carle’s “ABC”)

Name recognition:

  • Does he know his full proper name when called on?
  • Point out her name when you see it printed, typed, or written
  • Have him trace/spell first name

Strengthen pencil grip:

  • Practice threading large beads and cheerios
  • Make drawing a daily activity (animals, people, home…)
  • Get out the playdough and practice rolling snakes, balls, and flatening…


  • Count with M&M’s, gummy bears, or fruit snacks
  • Count steps, pennies, bubbles…
  • Read a cute counting book like “Ten Little Ladybugs”


  • Play “I Spy” colors
  • Also use those M&M’s for quizing on colors (it get’s their attention)
  • Quiz your kids at throughout the day- “What color is this ball?”


  • Point out visable shapes like a square block, or circular wheels
  • Draw simple shapes and quiz her
  • Have various wooden puzzles, Mega Blocks/Lego Duplos, and building sets available

Opposittes with senses:

  • Use visuals to describe a big elephant or a tiny bug
  • Use items in your house to compare touch and appearance (soft/hard, smooth/bumpy, dark/light, hot/cold…)
  • Also compare taste, smell, sound

Simple Instructions:

  • Try a basic craft or science experiment a couple times a week
  • Make a simple recipe together in the kitchen
  • Play “Simon Says” or other directions games/songs

Self Discipline/Emotions:

  • When your child is struggling with emotion, acknowledge his/her feelings, and help them to reason logically (“You must be frustrated. I will show you how to do it this time, and you can try again later.”)
  • Watch a movie/read a book and discuss the character’s emotions, why the character feels that way, and what was done to resolve it.
  • Try an awards sticker chart for dressing self, going potty, washing hands, sharing, helping with chores, and keeping hands to themselves.
  • Make sure to be emotionally available to your kids whenever they need you, forgive mistakes, and apologize in any wrongdoings. Be a good role-model above all else.





Now, lot’s of things on this list won’t be mastered right away. But these are some ways you can help your child prepare for preschool and through the school year.

By Kindergarten, there are over 70 things you child will need to know for screening. It’s tough stuff for 5 and 6 year-old’s, but starting off at home is so important.

I’m not a teacher, but as a Mom of Kindergartener, I know they do work hard! It is not their sole responsibility to help your child succeed. It’s thier job to work with us parents to help our kids. So let’s make the early learning experience fun!

So do you think your child ready for preschool? Or do you need to give more time and work with them on the basics? 


Here is your free Letter “A” printable with instructions. More printables are coming soon!


Letter A Printable (Click Here)