Staycation Summer Activity List Ideas for Kids Stuck at Home

Check out this amazing staycation summer activity list for kids! I promise you’ll find several ideas that your kids will love! 

It’s hard to know what to do in the summer when you have a range of ages of kids at your house, especially when you’re all home together!

After twelve summers as a mom, I know that the best place to get awesome summer ideas is from the experts- my kids.

My kids and I pulled together a list of many of our favorite activities we’ve done over the past several summers. We also gathered ideas from some of our favorite friends. There are activities for outdoors and activities for those days when it’s too hot to go outside and you need to stay IN!  

These summer activities are ones we’ve used with kids ages 2-12! 

RELATED: Check out our popular Toddler Summer series. It is perfect for those with toddlers. 

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There are a lot of reasons you might be sticking closer to home this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! 

Print out this list of 40+ summer activity ideas and stick it on your fridge for when your kids need a fun idea to try this summer! If we find some others we love, we’ll add them here as well!

These activities are a mix of super easy to prep ideas along with a few special classic summer camp activities that might need some extra supplies (like tie dye). It’s ok to mix it up!  

Pick what works for you! Click on the links below for details.

40+ Staycation Summer Activity Ideas

1. Play with LEGO all day (or try some LEGO challenges)

2. Make a box arcade inspired by Cain’s arcade

3. Host an outdoor movie night – Hello, Wonderful

4. Go on a hike (bring spray bottles to spray nature)

5. Create a family Nerf play zone

6. Play water balloon gamesLove Play Learn

7. Make frozen chalk paintGrowing a Jeweled Rose

8. Paint with water balloons

9. Make homemade popsicles

10. Host a family stop motion film festival (this intro Stop Motion camp is available for free right now, read the details on Instagram to see how you can get it for free)

11. Make a grass head hair salon

12. Play with water beads – Happy Toddler Playtime

13. Host a family talent show 

14. Go play in a creek

15. Build houses out of boxes

16. Make a stuffed animal or toy hunt

17. Go get big swirl ice cream cones

18. Make homemade ice cream in a bagBusy Toddler

19. Have a family cooking class (these are some favorite Camp Mom cooking ideas)

20. Make something with paper mache – Red Ted Art

21. Host a beach dayFlying with Four

22. Create origami – Red Ted Art

23. Build bird feeders with craft sticks

24. Do an art activity inspired by a famous artists

25. Go on a nature or bug scavenger hunt

26. Make a toy car wash

27. Go on a bike or scooter ride (these Micro mini scooters are the best!)

28. Play in a baby pool (you could even have a baby pool treasure hunt!)

29. Have a family jogging club (end it by running through the sprinklers)

30. Play with Oobleck

31. Do a science experiment

32. Camp in your backyard (or family room)

33. Make tie dye t-shirts

34. Splash the Alphabet– Days with Grey

35. Design a box roadBusy Toddler

36. Make bubble snakes

37. Host a family Olympics (or a small backyard Olympics)

38. Race ice boats

39. Paint with bubblesHello, Wonderful

40. Host a drive-thru cookie and lemonade/soda stand for friends

41. Make a chalk obstacle courseHands On As We Grow

42. Paint some iceDays with Grey

43. Read outside in camping chairs (or on a picnic blanket)

44. Make some nature soupHappily Ever Mom

45. Try some spray art

46. Download our Activity Calendars for even more awesome ideas!

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