30 Fun Things to Do with Kids Before Summer Ends

Try these activities with your children at home or in your neighborhood before schools starts back up.

Are you sick of hearing your kids saying that they’re bored this summer? Well, we’ve got your covered. We have compiled a list of things for you and your kids to do before the summer ends.

Check out these places to go or fun things to do to keep you and your family entertained.

  1. Go on a road trip with the kids
  2. Make chalk art
  3. Go on a nature walk
  4. Paint rocks and leave them around town
  5. Take a trip to the zoo
  6. Find delicious produce at a local farmer’s market
  7. Pack a lunch and go on a picnic
  8. Make waves at a local waterpark
  9. Embrace nature by going camping
  10. Roast marshmallows over an open fire
  11. Go to the library and get a new book to read
  12. Tie-dye shirts, pillowcases or another garment of your choice
  13. Play mini golf
  14. Go to the beach
  15. Start a book club
  16. Go to a baseball game
  17. See a fireworks show
  18. Visit a carnival and ride the biggest ride there
  19. Make pizza at home
  20. See a movie in the park
  21. Visit a museum to learn something new
  22. Paint landscapes outdoors
  23. Build a sandcastle
  24. Try a new dish at a restaurant you’ve never been to before
  25. Make popsicles
  26. Play on the slide at a new park
  27. Catch fireflies in a jar (then let them go)
  28. Fly a kite
  29. Go fishing (you’ll need a permit!)
  30. Check out our summer fun family guide

Do you have other suggestions for other things to do before summer ends? Share them with us below.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.

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