Summer is here and the kids are home from school, but what now? If you’re looking for ways to entertain your kiddos this summer while still having some fun yourself, we’ve got you covered. Here are 20 activities to do at home this summer with the kids.

  1. Have a picnic at home - gather your supplies and have a fun picnic in the backyard with all their favourite foods.
  2. Make ice cream - get out your ice cream maker and whip up some yummy homemade ice cream.
  3. Start learning a new language - kids can absorb language like crazy, try learning a new language with them.
  4. Draw on the sidewalk with chalk - decorate your sidewalk for all the neighbours to see with sidewalk chalk.
  5. Put on a puppet show - make or buy puppets and put on a puppet show with the kids.
  6. Make homemade popsicles - Gather your favourite fruit juices for yummy homemade popsicles!
  7. Camp in the backyard - Set up a tent and campout under the stars. Enjoy some s'mores!
  8. Make a scrapbook - make memories you can keep forever with a scrapbook.
  9. Have a themed dinner and teach them to cook - if your kids are old enough to learn how to cook, teach them with a fun themed dinner.
  10. Do a puzzle together - put your thinking caps on and try to complete a puzzle as a family.
  11. Have a movie night with homemade popcorn - whip out the popcorn maker, grab the candy and have an at home movie night.
  12. Do an arts and crafts project - painting, drawing and paper crafts are all fun ways to get the kids creative juices flowing.
  13. Make or buy a bird feeder and birdwatch - attract local birds with a bird feeder outside your window.
  14. Connect with a pen pal and write letters - ask a friend or family member to write your kiddo over the summer, or use an online pen pal service.
  15. Have a water balloon fight - embrace your inner child and have a water balloon fight in the yard.
  16. Redecorate their room - as kids get older, their style evolves. Redecorate their room with new bedding and decor or even by painting the walls a fresh new colour. Involve your kids in the process!
  17. Fly a kite - head outdoors on a windy day and find a large open area to fly a kite. You could even have a competition to see who can make it fly the highest!
  18. Play in the sprinklers - summer heat got you down? Turn on the sprinklers and have some fun while staying refreshed. Get creative with new games, like designing a race or agility course for instance!
  19. Plant a garden - get your kids involved with planting a garden or some flowers. No room outdoors? Try an indoor planter box.
  20. Paint rocks - get creative and paint some small rocks with pretty pictures and inspirational sayings. Then hide them around town for others to find.