11 Ways to Have Fun This Summer!

Whether you love heading to the beach or kicking back with a great book, summer is the perfect time to enjoy it all!

kids playing in pool summer fun kids

photo credit: J. Rhatigan


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With longer days and warmer temps, there's every reason to want to have as much fun as possible when summer arrives!


Whether you're heading out or staying cool at home, we have plenty of inspiration to help you have an extra fun and fabulous summer!


Here are 11 Fabulous Ways to Have Fun This Summer!


1. Make A Summer Bucket List

Whether you love coming up with your own ideas, or need some inspiration, it's fun to write down your plans to help you have the best summer ever!


Our Summer Bucket List printables will help get you organized and give you plenty of inspiration too!

Summer Bucket List Free Printables


2. Read Some Great Books

Summer reading kid reading picture book in the grass

Being that kids have a break from the schoolbooks, summer is the best time to read just for the sake of enjoying a good book!


Visit these posts for fabulous books!

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15+ Best Picture & Easy Chapter Reads for Kids Who Love Ice Cream!

The Relatives Came + 5 Fun Activities

The Mermaid by Jan Brett + A Mermaid Craft

25 Great Books With Boys as Main Characters

10+ Fairy Tale Books and Series With a Twist


We have lots more books and book-inspired fun! Visit the blog and click 'Books' for great titles for kids, tweens and teens!


3. Start an Ice Cream Club

Visit our Ice Cream Club post for the full details and inspiration to go along with our Free Ice Cream Club printables!


An Ice Cream Club is a great way to have fun with friends, family and add to the sweet summertime memories!

Start your own Ice Cream Club Pinterest pin summer Free Printables


4. Get Creative!

Kids, teens and even adults enjoy creating and making something fun! Crafting is relaxing and a great way to spend time together!


If you have a mermaid fan, this simple craft requires only a few materials that you probably have around!

mermaid craft fun activity with The Mermaid book by Jan Brett

Our Stay Wavy Keepsake Box is a fun way to remember a special trip and a great way to use some of those fave photos!


Love Calico Critters or other miniatures? This DIY Matchbox Dresser is super cute! Be sure to also check out this Flower Wall tutorial and A-Doorable Altoid Tin!


It's perfect for transporting some miniatures when you're going on that road trip or an overnight to the grandparents'!

5. Head to the Beach or Pool!

Beach Day Packing List get kids organized travel to beach

Heading to the beach or enjoying a pool are a must-do for the summer bucket list! Get there faster and without forgetting anything with our Beach Day Packing List!

Want to make sure the kids are good and tired after the beach? This Beach Day Scavenger Hunt is super fun and great for a beach birthday party game too!


6. Make Some Frozen Dessert


Whether you go with dairy or not, there are so many great recipes for refreshing and delish frozen desserts!


Some of them are even great for breakfast, like our Quick and Easy Smoothie Bowl!


7. Celebrate the 4th of July

Holidays are the best and scavenger hunts are a great way to keep kids busy and a fabulous (and screen-free!) way to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Both our Happy July 4th Scavenger Hunt and Stars and Stripes Scavenger Hunt are FREE!

Free printable Stars and Stripes Scavenger Hunt July 4th party game

These Patriotic Parfaits are the perfect summer dessert! They're festive, easy to prepare, healthy and so yummy!


8. Take a Trip


Whether it's a day trip or weeklong vacation, venturing to someplace new is a terrific summertime event!


Visit our blog to get some great ideas for fun places to travel to!


9. Make S'mores

Whether you go traditional with grahams, marshmallows and chocolate or like to experiment, s'mores are a super fun summertime tradition!

s'mores illustration friends drawing kids fun activity

Visit here for our S'more post with great s'more inspiration!


And if you have any artists in the house, we have a 'How to Draw S'more Friends' tutorial that your kids will have a lot of fun making!


10. Go Camping or Star Gazing


Whether it's way out in nature or in your backyard, spending time and sleeping outdoors is a special way to make great summertime memories!


Visit here for a great activity to go along with your star gazing!


11. Go to a Drive-In Theater

Visit this site to find a Drive-in theater in every state!


Rather watch at home? There are so many great screens and projectors to DIY your own backyard movie fun!

Well, there you have it! 11 Fun Ways to enjoy summer!


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Enjoy your summer!




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