Relive Your Youth with 100 Ideas For Simple Summer Fun

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Article by Wendy McCance

It’s summer and the perfect time to relive that feeling of being a kid again. If you miss those idyllic moments of simple fun, read on for a list to revive that feeling from so long ago.

  1. Stretch out in a hammock with a blanket and read a good book.
  2. Paint rocks.
  3. Make homemade Popsicles.
  4. Run through a sprinkler if you dare.
  5. Pack a small picnic and take off on an adventure by bike.
  6. Put up a tent in your backyard.
  7. Make S’mores.
  8. Work on a puzzle on the porch.
  9. Make freshly squeezed lemonade.
  10. Lay out a blanket and do some stargazing.
  11. Go swimming at the lake.
  12. Light some sparklers.
  13. Go to a drive-in movie.
  14. Visit a water park.
  15. Swim in the pool with a ton of floats.
  16. Make homemade ice cream.
  17. Take a trip to the zoo.
  18. Throw a backyard BBQ.
  19. Go rollerblading.
  20. Put up a tarp and have an outdoor movie night.
  21. Grab some ice cream from the neighborhood ice cream truck.
  22. Make a sandcastle at the beach.
  23. Do some fishing.
  24. Blow bubbles.
  25. Play sand volleyball.
  26. Throw water balloons.
  27. Put together a scavenger hunt.
  28. Go for a walk on a nature trail.
  29. Visit the park. Dare to swing on the swing set.
  30. Take a canoe or kayak out on the lake.
  31. Visit the aquarium.
  32. Make a summer scrapbook.
  33. Play Frisbee.
  34. Play with a yoyo.
  35. Visit the farmers market.
  36. Make a bird feeder out of popsicle sticks. Eat the Popsicles first.
  37. Plant a small garden.
  38. Get a canvas and paint outdoors.
  39. Do nothing more than kick back and listen to music all day.
  40. Create a grown-up version of a slip and slide.
  41. Visit the pet store just to play with the cats and dogs.
  42. Create a backyard carnival with games, snow cones, popcorn and so on…
  43. Lay out and get a tan.
  44. Buy a bunch of magazines and junk food at the corner store and lounge around for the day.
  45. Make a childhood favorite meal.
  46. Grab some friends and play hide and seek with squirt guns.
  47. Have a tea party.
  48. Play tether ball.
  49. Roast some hot dogs over an open fire.
  50. Go strawberry picking.
  51. Tie-dye a t’shirt or a beach towel.
  52. Play games with chalk.
  53. Go to a concert.
  54. Stay up all night watching movies. Make sure there are plenty of blankets, pillows and snacks.
  55. Catch fireflies.
  56. Make a tropical drink and watch the sun set.
  57. Have friends over for brunch.
  58. Eat a slice of watermelon then have a watermelon seed spitting contest.
  59. Wash a car the old-fashioned way.
  60. Go to the amusement park.
  61. Play with a hula hoop.
  62. Jump rope.
  63. Play jacks.
  64. Play a game of marbles.
  65. Play Mad Libs.
  66. Melt a bunch of crayons and make a candle.
  67. Make some fruit kabobs.
  68. Feed the ducks at a local pond.
  69. Go on a road trip.
  70. Make rootbeer floats.
  71. Walk barefoot in the grass.
  72. Make a homemade pizza.
  73. Watch the sunrise from your porch with a cup of tea.
  74. Have a bonfire.
  75. Make a foil dinner.
  76. Roast marshmallows.
  77. Make ants on a log.
  78. Drink Kool-Aid.
  79. Put out twinkle lights on your porch or deck.
  80. Play a game of Badminton.
  81. Play a game of garden Croquet.
  82. Have breakfast for dinner.
  83. Go play miniature golf.
  84. Play a game of Twister.
  85. Go to a flea market.
  86. Do a craft project.
  87. Write a letter using stationary.
  88. Start a journal.
  89. Build with Legos.
  90. Play with Play-Doh.
  91. Ride a go-cart.
  92. Have a yard sale.
  93. Decorate cupcakes.
  94. Go to a parade.
  95. Go to a summer festival.
  96. Sleep in late.
  97. Have a pillow fight.
  98. Take a bubble bath.
  99. Fly a kite.
  100. Turn off all electronics. Doesn’t it feel just like the good old days?

Hope you are having a great summer! How many of these activities have you done this summer? What have I forgotten to mention?


Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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