Fun Things to do with My Children!!

  1. Go to the Burley library once a week.  Check out books, join story time, see if there is a reading club this summer that you can participate in.
  2. Go camping. Front yard, back yard, in the living room, or make it a weekend trip in another town.
  3. Go see what activities or classes the city of the College of Southern Idaho is offering!
  4. Go to the park.   Hello, that is hours of free entertainment.
  5. Going on a road trip? Check out these road trip free printables for little ones.
  6. Go on a worm hunt
  7. Go fishing.
  8. Go to a home supply store or craft store and see if they are offering any free children’s clinics this summer.
  9. Go to the lake-  swim or fish.
  10. Go to one of the local sno-cone stands.

summer activities


  1. Make your own kite. Here are 27 different kites you can make.
  2. Make things out of cardboard.   Check out this awesome idea- filled- post on  cardboard creativity 101. Then, hop over and check out Tip Junkie’s list of  32 things you can make with cardboard.
  3. Make your own slime using this recipe, which glows in the dark!
  4. Make homemade play dough.
  5. Make goop.
  6. Make S’Mores- go traditional or make these Owl S’Mores. So cute!
  7. Make homemade marshmallows.
  8. Make soap on a rope.
  9. Make these bird treats and hang them in a tree near a window so you can watch the birds enjoy.
  10. Make bathtub puff paint.
  11. Bake these Mommy Cookies together.
  12. Make this cherry cake recipe together.
  13. Make an obsticle course (or hold an olympics)  in your backyard. So fun! You can make first place, second place, third place ribbons using construction paper and yarn.
  14. Make a sensory tub. Great for toddlers and preschoolers.
  15. Make a time capsule.
  16. Make homemade ice cream. Here is a list of tips as well as five recipes you can make!
  17. Make a pet rock.
  18. Make homemade finger paint.
  19. Make your own felt play mat.
  20. Make a busy tray. Super smart and practical.
  21. Re-purpose broken crayons into your favorite mold shape and print some free color sheets.
  22. Make a lemonade stand.
  23. Make homemade pizza together. Here is a list of ways to make pizza un-boring.
  24. Make your own board game.
  25. Make sock puppets and have a sock puppet play.
  26. Make finger puppets. Here is a free download.
  27. Make your own stick horse.
  28. Make homemade popsicle. Here is a great list of popsicle recipes.
  29. Make something origami. Here is a site with a bunch of  kid friendly origami ideas.
  30. Make an assortment of muffins together. Here are 28 muffin recipes you can indulge in.
  31. For your little toddler guys who want to be crafty, make ice paint. Pretty cool.

summer activities


Play & Do:

  1. Skip rocks. Simple, free, fun, lost art.
  2. Have  a bike parade.
  3. Have a day of watching movies. Utilize services like NetFlix or Redbox. You can even check out the Summer Reading Program at the Burley library.
  4. Fly a kite.
  5. Have a family board game party or game night.
  6. Feed the ducks at Freedom Park. Kid's LOVE doing this!
  7. Shop garage sales. You can find board games, movies, etc for cheap, cheap!
  8. Have a picnic at the park, in your living room, or in your front yard.
  9. Go for a Sunday Drive any day of the week.
  10. Visit one of the Idaho Things-to-See.
  11. Have a yard sale. Have your children help and learn the value of a dollar.
  12. Have a bon fire and roast marshmallows.
  13. Play in the water (sprinkler, slip and slide, kiddy pool, water balloons)
  14. Play I Spy.
  15. Host your own summer camp. Here is an  e-book with practical ideas and suggestions for surviving the summer.
  16. Play frisbee.
  17. Volunteer some where as a family.
  18. Invent a new recipe together.
  19. Catch bugs together.
  20. Have a scavenger hunt.
  21. Play  Mad Libs and share your stories. So fun! If you do not have a Mad Libs book, here is an online knock-off.
  22. Play kickball.
  23. Play dodgeball.
  24. Play tug-of-war.
  25. Put a puzzle together as a family.
  26. Play hide and go seek in the dark.
  27. See if the Burley theaters are showing any summer kid movies
  28. Build a clubhouse or a fort.
  29. Plant something.
  30. Become pen pals with someone.
  31. Start reading a classic as a family read 20-30 minutes of it out loud a day. Huck Finn, Little Women, etc.
  32. Put on a magic show. Click the link for five easy and fun tricks your kids can do.
  33. Play dress up.