Can you believe summer is right around the corner? I’m already looking for ways to keep my boys busy and happy throughout the summer months. While we love to travel, it’s not something that’s always feasible. Every summer we write down a few day trip ideas we’d like to do as a family. It’s a great way to explore new places and keep our summer exciting and fun.
Laser Tag – we haven’t done this yet, but I know my boys will love it! There’s a ton of laser tag facilities in pretty much every city.
Major League Sporting Event – While some of the major league tickets can get expensive, they usually have tickets that are pretty reasonable. Our stadium has pavilion deck tickets, which works out great since my boys don’t like to sit still for too long. Throw in a tailgating party (kid style) and it’s a great way to spend the day with family and friends!
Camp Out – You can either find a local campground or what about hosting a camp out in your backyard? We love doing this! Everyone chips in and brings food, drinks, and their gear so it makes it reasonable for everyone. Throw in a few activities for the kids and it’s a blast! Here’s a few essentials for hosting a backyard camp out.
Outside Movies – Our county puts on outside movies throughout the summer at the different parks in the area. We gather a bunch of friends together and spend a night at the park. Before the movie, the kids will run around playing football or soccer. There’s always music and dancing to keep the atmosphere upbeat and fun. Once it’s dark out, everyone is ready to settle down with some snacks to watch a movie under the stars. It’s really cool!
National Parks – National Parks are a hidden treasure and I realized how many are so close to us that we’ve never visited! Recently, National Geographic Kids sent us a National Parks Guide U.S.A. Centennial Edition and it was perfect timing.
My 4th grader is currently learning about National Parks. We went through this book and circled a few parks that we want to visit this year. The guide gives us check-lists on what to bring, must-do activities, park ranger tips, and more!
More day trip ideas:
- Boat cruise or tour – check your local beach or lake for boating activities.
- Tubing, kayaking or canoeing – Be sure to follow local boating regulations and take appropriate safety measures, like wearing your life jacket.
- Fishing trip – there are so many things you can teach your kids by fishing.
- Rock climbing – there’s lots of indoor places to check out. This is perfect for rainy or extremely hot days.
- Local festivals – there are so many different festivals throughout the spring and summer months. Pick a few to attend with the family.
- Hiking – here are 50 ways to explore nature with your kids.
- Amusement parks – before heading off for a day of fun, check out these helpful tips for navigating an amusement park with kids.
- Trip to the beach – try adding some fun activities like beach bowling, bring a metal detector or have a sand castle making contest. Here are 20 best beach activities for families.
- Geocaching – check out these 5 tips for geocaching with kids.
- Tour a factory – factory tours let kids witness the wonder of production. This site shares free factory tours listed by state – candy factories, toys, and more!
For more ideas check out:
- 60 Outside Summer Activities for Kids
- 7 Ways to Encourage Outdoor Play
- 5 Ways to Beat the Heat with Kids
- Resources for Summer Learning While Traveling
Disclosure: I’m a National Geographic Kids Insider and will be sharing tips, news, resources, and reviews over the next year. All opinions are my own. Read Life Without Pink’s full disclosure here. This post contains affiliate links.