Summer Fun List 2013

by Wendy Copley on June 6, 2013

Summer Fun List 2013

I’m continuing my preparations for summer vacation this week by updating our yearly Summer Fun List. There are lots of repeats on here from last year (and the year before) but that’s because they’re summer standards — and because they were fun last time! There are also a few things we didn’t get to in years past, but I’ve added a bunch of new stuff too. This year I’m also trying to focus a lot on things that the kids can do independently (more on that in a post next week).

One thing I’ve learned from the past is that it’s essential to do some preparation up front. Invariably, the kids would look at the list and ask to do something and I would have to say “no” because we didn’t have the supplies on hand or I had to dig around for the instructions. This year I have already started printing instructions for certain items so we can hit the ground running and I’m putting them into a binder. I’ve also started gathering supplies from around the house and I’m putting together a shopping list so I can pick up the few items we don’t already have on hand.

Alrighty then! Here’s the list:



  • Alphabet treasure hunt
  • Build something cool out of cardboard boxes
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Go on a bug hunt
  • Have a water balloon battle
  • Hold a garage sale
  • Play in the pool and/or the sprinkler
  • Play with squirt guns
  • Ride bikes or scooters
  • Set up a treasure hunt for friends or siblings
  • Set up an obstacle course and race with friends or time yourself
  • Slip ‘n’ slide
  • Wash the car


  • Make homemade butter with a mixer or by shaking cream in a jar
  • Make homemade lemonade
  • Make popsicles
  • Plan and make dinner for the family
  • Root beer floats
  • Try a recipe from The Little House Cookbook



  • Adventure playground
  • Baseball game
  • Beach
  • Camping (not in the back yard)
  • Drink Slurpees and eat chips sitting on the curb in front of 7-11
  • Fill out our East Bay Regional Parks passport
  • Find the labyrinth at Sibley park
  • Fruit picking
  • Go bowling
  • Go for a hike
  • Go letterboxing/geocaching
  • Go out for ice cream
  • Lake Anza
  • Picnic in the park (or the back yard)
  • Preschool picnic
  • See Epic
  • See Monsters, University
  • Sign up for the library reading program
  • Six Flags
  • Splash park
  • Swim at the Cull Canyon Lagoon
  • Swimming lessons
  • Visit the swimming pool
  • Take a walk after dark
  • Try a new playground
  • Try a trampoline jumper place
  • Visit Dad in Washington, D.C or Grandma and Grandpa in Iowa
  • Visit Santa Cruz for a day/weekend

What are you planning for the summer? Do you have a big list like this too?

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