Looking for a way to get active with your kids this summer? Here is a list of 15 fun summer activities for active families.
Summer lasts for only a few short months. A great way to spend your summer is with your kids having fun and making memories. It’s also nice when that quality time with them also helps keep you active as well.
The items on this list are fun, inexpensive, and something the whole family can enjoy. They are also sure to get some exercise in for everyone.
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15 Fun Summer Activities for Active Families
Swimming at your local pool or lake
Swimming is a fun summer activity for the whole family. It’s a great way to burn off some energy for the kids as well as get a good workout in for mom and dad.
Squirt gun or water balloon fight
This a great way to enjoy spending time with your kids outdoors this summer. You would also be surprised at how much energy you and your kids will burn in a squirt gun or water balloon fight. These water balloons from Amazon are super easy to use. They hook up to the hose and you can fill up 100 balloons in 60 seconds.
Hiking is a great low-key activity for families. It’s a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature.
To find hiking trails near you go to TrailLink. Down at the bottom, it has an area where you can search for trails by your state.
You can also simply google “hiking trails near me” to get some local options.
If hiking feels like a bit much, you could also go for nature walks at your local park or neighborhood.
Bike riding is a great way to stay active as a family. It’s super easy to hop on your bikes and take a nice ride around your neighborhood. If you are looking for different scenery, you can search for local trails at TrailLink. Simply put in your zip code and search.
If you have kids who are too young to keep up with everyone else on their bikes you can always look into getting a tow behind bike trailer. We had one when my oldest was a toddler and she loved it!
Nature walks are another great family activity to do this summer. If you have younger kids you can simply take a walk around your neighborhood. If you have older kids, you can head to a local park or camping ground and see what you can find. To make things a little more fun, you can do this Color Scavenger Hunt from I Heart Crafty Things.
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Visit your local park
Visit your local park that has a big field, baseball diamond, or basketball courts and start up a friendly game of your favorite sport. You could play baseball/softball, basketball, soccer, football, or frisbee.
Create an obstacle course
Creating an obstacle course is a great way to get active and have some fun. This video shows a quick course a dad made for his kids with wooden skewers and pool noodles. You can be creative and use whatever toys or supplies you have on hand.
Have a dance party
This is one of my kid’s favorite ideas. They love to dance and have a good time. Especially when mom and dad join in. We tend to have impromptu dance parties a lot at our house.
Set up a Slip n Slide
If you haven’t tried a slip n slide as an adult, then you are definitely missing out! It’s so much fun and a surprising workout lol. This slip n slide is big enough for adults and looks like lots of fun. All you need is some open space and a hose you can hook up.
Tennis is a great family activity. Grab a couple of rackets and head to your local tennis courts. You can always modify the game for younger children as well.
Set up a slackline
Slacklines are so much fun to use for kids and adults. All you need is two trees a fair distance apart. This Slackline Kit has everything else you need to get it set up. It even comes with tree protectors which is great if you are setting this up at a park or a friend’s house.
Family races are a great way to get active with your family. Simply find some open space, pick a start and finish line, and then get creative. You can run, jump, hop, skip, frog jump, bear crawl, run backward, cartwheels, or whatever else your family can come up with.
Yoga is another nice way to get active with your kids. Pick some of your favorite yoga moves and teach them to your children. You can also try this Family Friendly Yoga Routine.
Roller skating is a great activity to do with your kids to stay active this summer. Lace up your skates and take a ride through your neighborhood or your local park. You can also go to a nearby roller rink. They have skates you can rent and usually some fun activities for younger kids as well.
So here is my list of 15 fun summer activities for active families. Leave a comment below and let me know what activities your family enjoys doing to stay active. You can also email me at email@example.com. For more fun family activities, follow me on Pinterest here.
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Candice is a mom of 3 who has been homeschooling since 2013. She has an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Studies and cares deeply about helping other parents get the information and resources they need to help them homeschool their children with confidence.