40 Ways to Kill Time With Your Kiddos This Summer

Long Summer days allow for endless opportunities while the kids are out of school, but those unfilled hours can also leave you with unplanned afternoons that turn into chaos, or worse, whiny kids. While you don't want to overschedule the warmer months, having a list of ideas is key to keeping the "boredom" at bay. Start by writing up a Summer bucket list with your little ones, and fill it with easy activities like outdoor water play, simple backyard games, messy crafts, and cool treats. Find inspiration ahead, and if you're still searching, check out even more ways to get your kids outside this Summer.

Run through sprinklers.
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Run through sprinklers.

Use boxes to build a fort.
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Use boxes to build a fort.

Try a bubble paint project.
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Try a bubble paint project.

Take a nature hike.
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Take a nature hike.

Go fountain jumping.
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Go fountain jumping.

Decorate cookies.
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Decorate cookies.

Play with sparklers (responsibly).
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Play with sparklers (responsibly).

Get into a book series.
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Get into a book series.

Find an ice cream truck.
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Find an ice cream truck.

Ride bikes around the neighborhood.
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Ride bikes around the neighborhood.

Tour your local university.
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Tour your local university.

Do some tie-dyeing.
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Do some tie-dyeing.

Plan a water balloon fight.
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Plan a water balloon fight.

Camp in the backyard.
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Camp in the backyard.

Set up a car wash.
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Set up a car wash.

Make wishes on dandelions.
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Make wishes on dandelions.

Feed the ducks.
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Feed the ducks.

Start a lemonade stand.
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Start a lemonade stand.

Play with sidewalk chalk.
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Play with sidewalk chalk.

Melt old crayons in the sun.
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Melt old crayons in the sun.

Host a water fight.
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Host a water fight.

Eat popsicles outside.
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Eat popsicles outside.

Plan a treasure hunt.
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Plan a treasure hunt.

Set up an obstacle course.
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Set up an obstacle course.

Have a hula hoop competition.
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Have a hula hoop competition.

Have a scavenger hunt.
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Have a scavenger hunt.

Swim at the local pool.
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Swim at the local pool.

Have an outdoor movie night.
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Have an outdoor movie night.

Make a mess with paint.
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Make a mess with paint.