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100 Screen-Free Summer Activities Your Kids Will Love

It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining and the kids are out of school. If you’re hoping to avoid hearing “I’m bored!” on repeat, then you are going to love this list of screen-free summer activities for kids. Inside you’ll find tons of great ideas to keep them busy that they will actually enjoy and ask to do again. (updated 2023)

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Summer has officially arrived! As a parent, you know that your kids would be totally content rotting their brains on YouTube and video games all day if you let them.

As a busy mom, I completely believe that a reasonable amount of screen time each day is perfectly fine. In fact, my own kids will be watching some of these clean Netflix shows and YouTube channels….but not ALL DAY LONG.

That’s why it’s crucial to have a wide array of Screen-Free Summer Activities your kids will actually enjoy and want to do instead of sitting on a phone or tablet.

Below, you’ll find an entire list of engaging (and inexpensive) options for you to keep your kids busy all summer long.

The list includes indoor activities that are perfect for those hot summer days as well as outdoor activities to get them moving and burning off all that extra energy.

These ideas can be used spontaneously or plugged into a Printable Summer Schedule if you like a little more structure and routine.

No matter what, I know you’ll appreciate these simple ideas for screen-free fun.

Screen free summer activities

Benefits of Screen-Free Activities 

You don’t have to be a child-development expert to figure out that it’s not good for kids to spend too much time sitting in front of screens. This is especially true for younger children.

Whether your family has established screen time rules or not, we all know that screen-free time is important so kids can take brain breaks to move their bodies, get creative and develop social skills.

We also love screen free summer activities because:

  • They’re Inexpensive
    As I’ve shared with you before, our children don’t have countless toys stuffed in every spare corner of our house. I’m a big fan of activities that utilize what you may already have in your home or that require very few extra supplies. 
  • They Encourage Curiosity 
    What I love most about many screen-free activities is that they are natural doorways for your child’s ever-present curiosity. Each simple activity could go in endless directions, all steered by their innate desire to know more about the world around them. 
  • They Nurture Creativity 
    Activities that draw your child’s attention away from the screen and into the world around them don’t have to be awe-inspiring or particularly ingenious. 

The best part about screen-free play is that the child becomes responsible for their own entertainment, which is always more fun than watching the same Wild Krattz episode for the 100th time.  

The Best Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids 

non screen summer activities

#1 Take a Dip in the Pool

If you’re lucky enough to live near the neighborhood pool, take advantage of that as much as possible during the summer. Swimming is excellent exercise, and if you have young children, you’ll be grateful for the restful night’s sleep that’s sure to follow. 

If you don’t have access to a community pool, have a pool party at home! A one-time investment in an inflatable or foldable kiddie pool can provide hours of entertainment for years to come. 

#2 Dust Off the Trampoline 

Sometimes we think that if we buy that big, expensive trampoline, our kids will automatically jump for hours and then stumble inside for a spectacular, two-hour nap. The truth is, they often need a little push in the right direction, and these trampoline games are sure to rekindle their love of jumping! 

#3 Learn New Clapping Games 

Clapping games for kids provide a host of cognitive benefits, and all you need are your hands! You really can’t get more minimalist than that, my friends. With practice, your child’s self-confidence will increase as they become more familiar with each game. Check out my previous post for a variety of tutorials and lyrics. 

#4 Visit Your Local Park

If you have one or two local parks in your area, take advantage of the open-air and playground equipment every chance you can get. Pack a few PB & J’s, some fruit snacks, and juice boxes, and have a picnic. Then, play a rousing game of Park Bingo to top it all off. 

#5 Get Creative With Sidewalk Chalk 

Fun example of sidewalk chalk.

Sidewalk chalk is cheap, portable, and easy to clean up (all good things for parents). The best part is, your kids can use sidewalk chalk to create all kinds of masterpieces and games. Before your next outing to the pavement, glance over these 30 Easy Sidewalk Chalk Ideas for inspiration. 

#6 Have a Squirt Gun Battle 

Any game involving water is an instant favorite during the hot and steamy summer months, and most kids will jump for joy at the suggestion of a squirt gun battle. If you have toddlers, I suggest these soaker squirt guns and a more super soaker for older children. 

#7) Make Snow Cones

DIY Rainbow shaved ice in white bowls - Screen-free summer activity for kids.

One of our daily summer traditions is making snow cones. My kids got this shaved ice machine from Santa last year and it’s been the gift that keeps on giving. The perfect way to beat the summer heat and enjoy a sweet treat.

#8 Create a Paper Bag Scrapbook

Help your children preserve their best summer memories with a few paper bags, rubber bands, and other household items. Then have them fill the pages with pictures from family trips, drawings, and their favorite stickers.

#9 Visit the Local Library 

If you want to add some variety to your kids’ schedule, check out your local library’s list of activities. They often have storytimes for a wide range of ages as well as weekly programs you can enroll in. The best part is, most–if not all–of them are free. 

#10 Make Ice Cream

If you’ve never tried making ice cream in a Ziploc bag, you’ll be amazed at how simple and fun it is for kids to make. You only need a handful of ingredients and this recipe for homemade ice cream from Mom of 6, and the result will be some delighted children! 

#11 Create Outdoor Squirt Gun Art 

Who knew that you could create an artistic masterpiece with squirt guns? This fun art project from Family Focus Blog will keep your kids engaged for hours, and you can even use old sheets instead of poster board to cut down on waste. Repurpose the sheet for another art project or as the perfect fort-building cover. 

#12) Complete a Lego Challenge

While Lego pieces can easily get lost under the couch or stepped on (I might have a few scars), they’re also brimming with endless creative opportunities. Lego challenges have become quite popular, so check out Disaster Island from Lego Librarian if your kids haven’t completed one yet. 

#13) Make a Fort 

My children love making forts, and this Inexpensive PVC Pipe Fort is the perfect solution to those cries of boredom on a rainy day. You can also easily break the PVC pipes down and store everything in a plastic tub, which is a plus in my book.  

#14) Set Up an Outdoor Obstacle Course

What could be more exciting for kids than a backyard obstacle course? Setting up an obstacle course for kids doesn’t have to be elaborate or costly. You can grab most of the materials you need at the local dollar store or in your garage, such as the materials for a DIY Pool Noodle Obstacle Course.   

#15) Go On a Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Backyard scavenger hunt - a screen free activity to get kids outside during the summer.

No matter your child’s age, they’ll love exploring their neighborhood with this Backyard Scavenger Hunt. I love that there are two versions of the printable–one for toddlers and one for older children who can read the items. 

#16) Construct a Cardboard Treehouse   

It’s always a good idea to keep sturdy cardboard boxes instead of throwing them out. Many moms know that a cardboard box is as good as gold when it comes to kids’ crafts, and this adorable cardboard tree house idea is the perfect example. Kids can decorate and paint them, and you can even create wooden peg people for them to play with. 

#17) Hold a Paper Airplane Contest

I always keep misprinted and scrap paper specifically for paper airplane contests, and my kids love to create different models and decorate them for the competition. Encourage your children to try out different designs and folding techniques to see which ones fly faster, farther, and do the best loop-the-loops. 

#18) Get Crafty With Crayons

Screen-free summer activity: Hot Rock Melted Crayon Craft

If your kids have never created melted crayon art, they’re in for quite the experience. You just need a scorching hot day (or a warm oven), some smooth rocks, and a box of crayons. The finished products make for treasured keepsakes and gifts for the grandparents, and each one is unique and beautiful in its own way.

#19) Play Simon Says

Everyone loves an old-fashioned game of Simon Says, and you can play it anywhere. However, it can quickly get difficult to think of more commands! If you’re searching for a list of creative Simon Says commands, snag this free printable list of Simon Says Commands

 #20) Take Bubble Blowing To the Next Level

Blowing bubbles has always been a favorite family pastime of ours. They’re inexpensive, and you can take them anywhere to fill extra time or add some variety to regular activities. 

If you want to try creating your own bubbles at home with some simple, on-hand ingredients, try your hand at these Unbreakable Bubbles from Two Pink Peonies. They outlast regular bubbles, and you can whip them up in about 5 minutes. 

#21) Play Truth or Dare 

Many kids thrive when challenged, and there’s nothing more challenging than being dared to peel a banana with your feet! Truth or Dare is a play-anywhere, completely adaptable activity that you can modify to suit almost any age group. If you’re looking for dares that are both giggle-inducing and appropriate, check out my post on 101 Dares for Kids

#22) Jump Rope

A group of young girls playing Chinese jump rope - no screen summer activity idea.

Nothing burns off extra energy like jumping rope. Plus it’s a great activity for individuals or groups of kids. They will have a blast learning all these fun jump rope rhymes and chants.

#23) Play a Board Game

Board games are a great way for the whole family to enjoy screen-free fun together. From Chutes and Ladders to Guess Who, there are so many fun board games that are perfect to play whether you have young kids or older kids. There are even some great board games for toddlers.

#24) Ride Bikes

Kids love riding bikes! If you can’t ride in your neighborhood, just load up the bikes in the car and find a local park with a trail. The fresh air will feel good and it will be great exercise too.

#25) Play in the Sprinklers

No pool? No problem! Grab an inexpensive sprinkler (or two) and let the kids run wild for hours. You’ll be amazed at how much fun a simple backyard sprinkler can be on a hot summer day – it’s the stuff childhood memories are made of.

More Non-Screen Activities for Kids

#26) Take a Hike

Hiking is an excellent way to get kids outside and exploring nature. It’s also great exercise! If you have little ones, look for trails that are flat and wide with interesting things to see along the way. 

#27) Make Some Music

Letting kids explore music is always lots of fun. Have them collect items from around the house – pots, pans, wooden spoons – and put together a drum set. Then challenge them to make up their own songs!

#29) Have a Backyard Picnic

Take advantage of warm sunny days by packing up some snacks and having an outdoor picnic lunch or dinner. Kids will enjoy being outside and it’s also a great way to bond as a family through a shared exprience.

#30) Play Card Games

Card games are an awesome way to pass the time when you’re stuck inside on a hot summer day. Kids of all ages will enjoy playing Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Old Maid and Uno – there’s something for everyone!

#31) Do Some Chores

Summer chore chart bundle of printables.

Yes, chores can be fun! Get kids involved in yard work and other age-appropriate tasks like washing the car or helping with laundry. They’ll learn valuable life skills while helping aound the house. Grab this printable summer chore chart to get started.

#32) Learn How to Draw

Drawing is a great way for kids to express themselves and explore their creative side. Get them started with some simple household items or have them try drawing from life by sketching what they see in the world around them.

#33) Write a Story

Encourage your kids to flex their writing muscles by coming up with a fun story. They can brainstorm some ideas and then write the story together as a family or let them go solo if they’re feeling brave. They can even write their own book and self publish it on Amazon!

#34) Make Homemade Playdough

With just a few pantry staples you already have on hand you can make homemade playdough. Kids love playing with it and it’s a great sensory activity for fine motor skills development.

#35) Visit a Nearby Farm

Visiting a nearby farm is the perfect way to get kids learning about where their food comes from. Many farms now offer educational activities like feeding goats or picking strawberries that kids will love. Plus it’s an excellent opportunity for fresh air and exercise.

#36) Have a Camping Night

Father and son doing a backyard campout for a screen free summertime activity.

Camping can be fun even if you don’t leave the backyard. Set up a tent and sleeping bags, roast marshmallows over the fire pit, tell campfire stories – all the fun of camping without having to go anywhere!

#37) Have a Water Balloon Fight

Water balloons are an inexpensive and fun way to beat the heat. Challenge kids to an epic water balloon fight in the backyard, or you can even set up a target practice game with plastic cups and buckets.

#38) Fly a Kite

Flying kites is both fun and challenging. Kids will have an absolute blast racing each other for the highest sky! No kite? No problem! Learn how to build your own from household supplies.

#39) Write a Letter

In this digital age, it can be difficult to get kids excited about writing letters. But it’s a great way for them to practice their writing skills and stay connected with family and friends. Plus they’ll love getting mail back in return! You can set them up with a pen pal for a fun and meaningful summertime activity.

#40) Play “I Spy”

“I Spy” is a classic play-anywhere game that kids of all ages can enjoy. It’s an excellent way to get kids looking closely at their environment and challenging their observational skills. Plus it’s portable – perfect for those long car rides or waiting rooms.

#41) Try Photography

Kids love taking pictures, so why not give them a camera or even just your phone and encourage them to take some snaps of their summer adventures! They might even surprise you with their creativity. For extra fun, allow them to print their pictures and frame them to create a gallery at home.

#42) Let Them Make Dinner

Cooking is a great way for kids to develop their independence and learn real-world skills. If they’re not quite ready to tackle dinner from scratch, start them with easy dinner ideas that you can help guide them through step by step. They’ll love the sense of accomplishment that comes with making dinner for the family!

#43) Make Their Own Breakfast

Young girl learning how to cook in the kitchen.

Lets face it, getting kids out of bed in the morning can be a challenge! Give them something to get excited about with breakfast by letting them make their own.

#44) Play Hangman

Hangman is a classic game to keep kids entertained without requiring screens or gadgets. It’s perfect for car rides, rainy days and even long waits at the doctor’s office – all you need is a bit of paper and something to write with. Plus it’s an excellent way for kids to work on spelling words!

#45) Set Family Goals

Take some time to sit down as a family and brainstorm about what you want to accomplish together this summer. It could be something simple like reading a certain number of books or going on an adventure every weekend. Have your kids help choose the goals and then encourage them to work towards achieving them together.

#46) Plan a Night Time Activity

Summer nights are perfect for activities that don’t involve screens. Consider taking a stroll around the neighborhood, having an outdoor movie night or even hosting a bonfire with s’mores. Kids will love it and you’ll be making memories to last a lifetime. This list is full of fun nighttime activities to do with kids.

#47) Do a Calming Activity

It’s nice to slow down and relax sometimes. Get kids into a calming practice with activities like yoga, coloring or even just taking some deep breaths. This is a great way to create balance during the summer months and teaches them valuable skills that they can carry into adulthood.

#48) Take an Afternoon Road Trip

 A family of four loaded up in the car, getting ready to go on a summer road trip.

Road trips are a great way to get out of the house and explore different places. Be sure to make plenty of stops along the way and give your kids opportunities to take in their new surroundings. You can even use this time to teach them about local history and culture. Be sure to pack some goodie bags to keep everyone happy along the way.

#49) Make Melted Crayon Rock Art

Melted crayon rock art is a fun way for kids to get creative. All you need are some crayons, rocks and the sun. Kids can come up with all sorts of cool designs to turn ordinary rocks into beautiful works of art.

#50) Make a Pipe Cleaner Craft

Pipe cleaners are a great craft supply for kids and can be used to make all sorts of things. Kids can get creative with animals, jewelry, ornaments and more. Plus they don’t require many supplies so it’s a perfect activity for when you’re on the go.

#51) Try a Family Fitness Challenge

Everyone in the family can get involved in a fitness challenge! You could do something simple like a step count competition or make it more complicated by adding strength and endurance exercises. Kids will love the extra challenge and you’ll all benefit from healthier habits.

#52) Make Friendship Bracelets

Girls wearing friendship bracelets. Making bracelets is a great activity to keep kids busy and off their devices.

Friendship bracelets are a fun and easy craft that kids love. All you need is some colored embroidery thread. You can even make them with recycled materials like old T-shirts. Kids will love creating their own friendship bracelets to share with friends or family members.

#53) Play Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is a timeless game that requires no supplies – perfect for when you’re in a pinch! Kids will love finding their way around the house or yard and it’s great for helping them explore different environments. Plus they’ll get plenty of exercise running around with friends.

#54) Set Up a Lemonade Stand

My kids are obsessed with making money during the summer months! Setting up a lemonade stand is a great way to get them excited about earning some extra cash. Plus, it’s an excellent way to teach kids about basic business concepts and customer service.

#55) Host a Bake Sale

If your kids love to bake as much as mine do, this is the perfect screen-free summer activity. Get them involved in the planning process by having them pick out recipes, design a menu, and write up signs. It’s also great for teaching kids about budgeting and managing money responsibly when they’re in charge of their own bake sale profits.

#56) Go Stargazing

Stargazing is an amazing activity that everyone should experience at least once. All you need is a dark sky and some patience to be rewarded with spectacular views of the night sky.

#57) Make a Collage

Got a lot of old magazines lying around and collecting dust? Put them to good use by creating a collage! All you need is some paper, glue and your imagination. Kids can make a collage about anything they want – their favorite movie, sports team or even summer vacation plans.

#58) Make a Vision Board

Screen-free summer guide - Young girl making a vision board.

Vision boards are a great way to get kids thinking about their goals and what’s possible in life. Have them find pictures, quotes and other items that represent what they want to achieve this summer or even create a plan for the future.

#59) Cloud Watching

Cloud watching is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. All you need is a clear sky and an eye for detail to be rewarded with some delightful sights! Kids will love finding shapes in the clouds – it’s like being on their own treasure hunt.

#60) Make Popsicles

Making popsicles is an easy and fun way to beat the heat. Kids can help plan what flavors to make, gather ingredients from the kitchen and create their own delicious treats that will cool them off in no time. Juice, pudding, soda and smoothies can all be turned into yummy popsicles at home.

#61 Complete a Summer Bucket List 

I’ve always found that kids can get behind a goal-oriented activity, which is why this summer bucket list from Lil’ Tigers is such a great idea. You can pick and choose which items work best and create some of your own. 

#62) Plant a Garden

Nothing beats the feeling of growing something with your own two hands. Gardening is a great way to get kids involved in nature and learn about plant life cycles. Plus, they can enjoy the fruits of their labor (literally) when it comes time for harvest!

#63) Take Nature Walks 

Take advantage of the long days and warm nights by going on nature walks. These are a fantastic way to explore different ecosystems, spot wildlife and appreciate the beauty of nature. Kids will love watching birds fly or spotting frogs in ponds as you explore together.

#64) Play Lawn Games

A wooden corn hole board with red and blue bean bags. Corn hole is a great screen-free activity to get kids outside during the summer.

 Lawn games are a great way to get everyone in the family outside and enjoying the summer months. Games like corn hole, lawn darts, bocce ball or horseshoes can all provide hours of fun for kids and adults alike.

#66) Attend Local Events & Festivals 

Summer brings all sorts of fun activities to our local communities! From outdoor concerts to farmers markets- there’s something for everyone. Check your local paper or online calendar for events near you and get out and enjoy the summer weather with your kids.

#67) Read Aloud as a Family 

Reading aloud is an excellent screen-free activity that helps kids develop reading skills, build vocabulary and encourages creativity. Choose books that are appropriate for all ages and take turns reading each night before bed– it’s a great way to connect as a family!

#68) Make Crafts From Recycled Materials 

There are so many creative ways to reuse everyday items that would otherwise end up in the trash. Encourage your kids to think about how they can turn old bottles, cardboard boxes, newspaper or even fabric scraps into something new. You’ll be surprised at what they come up with!

#69) Try a Don’t Laugh Challenge

This one is sure to bring lots of laughs! To set up a don’t laugh challenge, each person takes turns telling a silly joke or story. The other players must remain serious and not laugh, no matter how funny the jokes may be. The last person to keep a straight face wins!

#70) Go on an Urban Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are a great way to help kids explore their surroundings while learning new things along the way. Urban scavenger hunts can be tailored to any age group and location. You can even use this activity as an opportunity for kids learn about different landmarks in your city or town.  

#71) Visit a Local Museum

Museums are a great way to get kids interested in learning and exploring their world. Depending on the location, you can find museums dedicated to history, art, science and more! Plus, many museums have special events for kids that make learning even more fun.

#72) Do a Good Deed Challenge 

Encourage your kids to think outside themselves by completing a good deed challenge. Together, decide on five acts of kindness or ways to help out in the community that everyone can work towards completing before the end of summer. This could be anything from picking up trash at the park or writing letters of appreciation – it’s a great way for kids to give back!

#73) Show Love to the Elderly

A young girl reads to elderly adults.

Spend time volunteering at a local senior center or nursing home. Kids can help with activities such as baking cookies, playing board games or just chatting and listening to stories. This is an incredibly meaningful way for them to learn about giving back and showing love to the elderly.

#74) Make Summer Bags for the Homeless

Making summer bags for the homeless is a great way to teach kids about helping those in need. Have them decorate backpacks or bags with items such as sunscreen, bug spray, snacks and other items that will be useful during the hot summer months. It’s an easy way to make a big impact on someone’s life!

#75) Make Origami

Origami is a great screen-free activity for kids, and all you need is some paper! It’s not only a fun way to encourage creativity, but it can also help improve coordination and motor skills.  

#76) Create a Summer Memory Book

Creating a summer memory book is an easy way to document all of the fun activities and experiences that you have with your kids. Have them write stories, draw pictures or paste photos – it’s sure to be something that they will treasure for years to come!

#77) Visit Family

Have you been meaning to go see your great aunt for years? Summer is the perfect time to visit family members and friends who live far away. Kids will love getting together with their cousins, aunts and uncles and sharing stories from near and far. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity for them to experience different cultures and make memories that last a lifetime!

#78) Put on a Play

A family making shadow puppets against a wall at night in their backyard.

Put your kids’ creativity to the test by having them put on a play. Have them write the script, create costumes and practice their lines. Invite family and friends over or even set up a stage in the backyard!

#79) Build a Tree House

Building a tree house is a summer project that the whole family can enjoy! Have your kids help design and plan it out, then work together to build it. It’s sure to be something they will never forget!

#80) Start a Collection

This is the perfect activity for curious minds. Give them an allowance or some spending money and encourage them to start collecting items like coins, stamps, rocks or anything else they’re interested in.

#81) Build a Stock Tank Pool

Stock tank pools are a great way to provide kids with hours of outdoor fun. They’re easy to set up and you can find them at most home improvement stores. Kids will love cooling off in the pool while staying active!

#82) Learn to Crochet

Crocheting is a great way for kids to develop their fine motor skills. Plus, they can make all sorts of items such as hats, scarves and even stuffed animals. It’s an activity that they can even turn into a business or use to make gifts for others.

#83) Spa Day

Who doesn’t love a spa day? Set up an at-home spa in your bathroom or living room. Complete with facials, mani/pedis and massages – it’s sure to be an afternoon of relaxation that everyone will enjoy!

#84) Plan Family Dates

Planning family dates is a great way to spend quality time together. Have everyone pick a few activities or places they would like to do or visit as a family and make it happen! It’s an excellent opportunity for kids to experience different cultures, learn about the world and bond with you.

We have plenty of Mother-Son and Daddy-Daughter date ideas for you.

#85) Do a Puzzle

Puzzles are a great way to fuel creativity and strengthen problem-solving skills. Plus, they’re a fun way to pass the time without screens! Have your kids pick out puzzles of different difficulties so everyone can get in on the action. Plus many local libraries have puzzles that you can check out for free.

#86) Start a Free Little Library

What better way to encourage your kids to read than by starting a free little library in the neighborhood? You can even have them pick out some of their favorite books and add them to the collection. This is an excellent way for kids to get involved in the community and foster a life-long love of reading.

#87) Make a Bird Feeder

Making a bird feeder is an easy way to attract wildlife to your yard. All you need is some wood, nails and string – plus, it’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about different bird species while making something with their hands.

#88) Plant Wild Flowers

Planting wild flowers is an easy way to beautify your yard and encourage pollinators. Have your kids pick out some of their favorite colors and get to work! It’s a great way to teach them about nature and the importance of taking care of the environment. You can also harvest them throughout the summer to use yourself or give to friends and neighbors.

#89) Rearrange Your Bedroom

Rearranging the furniture or decor in their bedroom is a fun way for kids to express themselves and get creative. Have them take measurements, draw out a plan and then give them free rein to make it their own. It’s sure to be an afternoon of fun and self-expression! This is a frugal way to freshen up their space without spending any money.

#90) Train a Pet

If you have a pet at home, summer is the perfect time to teach them some new tricks. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn responsibility and build relationships with animals. Plus, it’s sure to be loads of fun! Make sure to pick activities that are appropriate for your pet. You can also look for blogs or tutorials online with helpful tips and instructions.

#91) Start a Business

If your kids are looking for a way to make some extra money, why not have them start their own business? This could be anything from walking the neighbor’s dog to mowing lawns or babysitting.’s an excellent opportunity for them to learn about responsibility and hard work – plus, it’s sure to help boost their self-confidence!

#92) Make a Time Capsule

Making a time capsule is a great way to capture the memories and experiences of summer. Have your kids pick out items that they want to include such as photos, drawings, tickets or letters – then bury it in the backyard! It’s sure to be something they will always remember.

#93) Host a Toy Swap

Do you have a lot of toys that are no longer being played with? Host a toy swap and invite your neighbors over! Kids can bring the toys they don’t play with anymore and trade them for new ones. It’s sure to be an afternoon of fun that everyone will enjoy!

#94) Go Fishing

Fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors. Plus, kids will love having the chance to catch their own dinner! Make sure to check with your local fishing regulations before heading out.

#95) Have a Yard Sale

This is a great way for kids to learn about business and pricing. Have them help you decide which items to sell, then work together to set up the yard sale. Plus, you’ll get to declutter the house in the process!

#96) Meditative Coloring

Meditative coloring is a great way for kids to relax and de-stress without screens. You can find beautiful books online or printable pages from websites like Pinterest. Encourage your kids to take their time and enjoy the process – it’s sure to be calming and enjoyable!

#97) Install a Tree Swing

Tree swings are an easy way to add some fun to your yard. Plus, they’re a great way for kids to get exercise while spending time outdoors. Make sure the swing is securely attached and use appropriate safety precautions.

#98) Have a Yard Olympics

Create your own backyard olympics by having competitions in things like jump rope, hula hooping and soccer. You can even create medals with craft supplies or even mini trophies from the dollar store – it’s sure to be an exciting day of friendly competition!

#99) Wash the Car

A young boy wearing a light blue shirt while washing his parent\'s car.

Skip the $15 car wash and have your kids wash the car! Not only is it an excellent opportunity for them to learn about responsibility and hard work, but they’ll also get to enjoy some fun in the sun. Honestly, washing the family cars was one of my favorite summertime boredom busters as a kid.

#100) Visit a Waterpark

I know they aren’t cheap, but the memories made after spending an entire day at the waterpark are priceless. Many parks even offer discounted prices if you go in the late afternoon, which is great because it’s often less crowded too.

#101) Go Bowling

Bowling can be a fun family activity that won’t break the bank. Plus, it’s great for all ages – even little ones can join in with bumpers or lighter balls. See if your local bowling alley has any deals that you can take advantage of, like kids eat free nights or discounted rates.

So there you have it – 101 screen-free summer activities to keep your kids entertained and engaged all season long! From puzzles and bird feeders to yard sales and waterparks, there are plenty of ways to make this summer one they’ll never forget.

Now that you’ve got this list of screen-free summer activities for kids, you’re sure to have a summer filled with fun! Whether it’s at home or out on the town, these ideas are sure to keep everyone entertained without screens or gadgets. So go ahead – take some time away from technology and enjoy the summer season with your kids!


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