100 Things to Do This Summer with Kids

It's our last summer before my oldest heads off to kindergarten, so we're going to make the most of it. We made a list of 100 things we want to do together this summer, and we're off to a great start. The best part is most of the activities are free or inexpensive and take little- to no preparation. I made sure to include some indoor activities for the days it's just too hot and the pools are crowded. All of the food items I listed are cooking activities we can do together. I'm really excited to make cars out of boxes then have a pretend "drive-in movie." I still remember the red and orange box cars my dad made for my sister and me one year. My son is way into astronomy, so we're going to make sure to let him stay up late in August to watch the meteor showers.

100 Things To Do This Summer With Kids"The List" has taken center stage on our fridge. And my son so proudly places a checkmark or two on the list every day. I love it too, because it takes the pressure off of me to plan something exciting every day. What are your plans this summer?



Post by Christina Williams : justcallmechris.blogspot.com

  • Melissa

    I love this list…I just made a copy and put it on our refrigerator. My 4 year old son and I just went through and checked off the things we have done already and are planning our next adventure! We added a few things that he mentioned that weren’t on here such as Make a leaf rubbing; Scavenger hunt; aquarium and make ice cream sundaes. Thanks

  • holly

    Could I possibly get this in a downloadable form (file)? Yours looks so cute. Would love to do this! Thanks! I love it.

  • Meshele

    I also plan on doing every single one of these activities. Can’t wait to start.

  • http://ourplace-becky.blogspot.com/ becky

    I love how most of the ideas on the list are FREE. I don’t work in the summer so free ideas are good.

  • Jen

    Thanks for the great ideas! I love lists so this is right up my alley. :)

  • http://takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com Erin

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing the list and printable. :-)

  • http://lusine13.blogspot.com Lusine


    Enjoy Teaching English

  • Betsy

    What is a Peculiar P Party?

  • Katie @ Nod

    Hi Betsy,

    Here’s a post describing the Peculiar P Party!



  • http://www.jdaniel4smom.com JDaniel4’s Mom

    This is a really wonderful list! Thank you for all of the great ideas!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/d101590554130945804 Connie B

    Thank you for sharing this adorable list! I love the way you used color and the little boxes (so it was easy to checkoff and still see what was accomplished.) I am adding a few activities for my 9 year old daughter (book club, learn chess, random acts of kindness, clean out and donate some toys…) I’ll be framing the list so we can dry erase and reuse the list! I truly enjoy your blog!! ♥

  • http://www.twoshadesofpink.com Jessica @ TSOP

    What a great list! I just did one too but did about 50 things but I’m going to add a few if yours too. Totally love this. :)

  • http://www.tweetsandtreefrogs.lutegrad.com Christy Peterson

    This is wonderful; thank you for sharing. I love the “Peculiar P Party” as well. My two are older, but this is a great jump start for our summer. :)

  • Jenna

    This is exploding on pinterest! Such a wonderful list, I absolutely love it (: I’m sure you and your son had an amazing summer.

  • Susan N.

    Great List! I featured it on my blog.. http://blogittybbb.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the ideas!

  • Jennifer

    Thanks for sharing! I am a nanny during the summer and several of these were already on our “to do” list. But my kids were inspired by your ideas and have each marked off their top 10 choices for more summer fun!

  • http://www.leahsthoughts.com Leah

    I LOVE your summer list! Such great ideas. We just finished ours: http://leahsthoughts.com/2012/06/14/the-summer-list/

  • http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/ KEEN Recess Team

    Such great ideas! The checklist idea is a great way to keep the kids interested!
    The KEEN Recess Team is inspired by people like you who make getting outdoors a priority. We love hearing about parents and their children being able to find a recess outdoors in anyway! Looks like you hit the jackpot on this one!
    Thanks for your input and expertise!

    KEEN Recess Team

  • Maggie

    Love this list 25down….no sure if we will ge through the remaining 75 items but we will try :)

  • http://playscrabble.net/ Wendy

    origami is a great idea!
    now it the right time for it, it is raining outside

  • http://www.capital-office.co.uk/ Mail Forwarding

    h a wonderful list, I absolutely love it (: I’m sure you and your son had an amazing summer.

  • http://www.totalcreation.co.uk/ Cheap Website Design

    I made sure to include some indoor activities for the days it’s just too hot and the pools are crowded.

  • nan record

    Hi Ca this list be printed without the rest of the page? I saw no link to print the list

  • http://justcallmechris.blogspot.com Christina

    Here’s the link to the printable:

  • http://www.resetyourcrown.com LaKaye

    Thank you! I love this idea and I’ve printed out yours to put on my fridge. Next year when I’m more put-together, I’ll make our own list. Great inspiration!

  • Holly

    Would it be weird if a gang of 20-year-olds did this?