5 Fun Activities Your Kids Can Do This Summer

Summertime is adventure time. Kids are out of school (driving me INSANE) and the weather is just right. Time to get outside, get those kids active and out of your hair for a bit. Thanks to our friends at Lil Fishys for sponsoring today’s 5 fun activities your kids can do this summer post.

5 Fun Activities for Kids this Summer from This Mama Loves

What are some fun activities your kids can do this summer? Do you have any suggestions? I am always looking for suggestions because kids tend to get bored quickly…and I don’t know how many more batches of slime being made I can watch, not with the aftermath mess.

There are a few activities, though, that actually do keep my kids busy enough to give ME a much-needed break. I will share them with you, in hopes that you might get a break too 🙂


5 Fun Summer Activities Your Kids Can Do This Summer


1.Get a pool. A kiddie pool will work. Fill it to the brim with water and add a few Lil’ Fishys new emoji jelly fish. I am not kidding when I say, these are FUN. These emoji jellyfish light up and bob up and down and are totally adorable! I think we will end up buying all of them just because they are so fun! I only wish they had these when I was younger! (UPDATE: We have 3 left that we don’t own. We may be emoji-obsessed).

ANY pool will do. If you have a larger pool with a filter, etc. just make sure the Lil’ Fishys don’t end up in the filter!

Your emoji jellyfish will work in any water- the bathtub, 5 gallon bucket, sand pail, kiddie pool, hot tub, etc. The orca is tons of fun too because it spouts water while it swims!

lil fishys emoji jellyfish 1

2. Water Balloons. No matter how old you think you are (think tweens and teens, ugh!), you cannot pass up on a water balloon fight! To get your kids who don’t want to participate, in the mood, just throw a water balloon at their back and suddenly they are in the game! Works everytime 😉

We may or may not like to ambush my husband when he comes home from work in summertime.

3.Water Slide Fun. Another one that no one in my family can pass up. When I pull out the water slide and get it all hooked up, suddenly my kids show up. Sometimes I will even add a tiny amount (okay, a lot..) of oil and the slide then really becomes slippery and SO fun!

My friend Sarah did a really cool DIY “carwash” slide with some perforated PVC pipe and a whole lot of plastic sheeting. HOURS of fun for the kids. They have the biggest backyard ever, so that may be part of the awesomeness of their slide.

4.Make homemade ice treats! I try to get my kids in the kitchen when outside is not going to happen. I love creating new treats to share together. Recently, we made some ice treats and they turned out really good. We made lemonade and then added lemon pieces and strawberry pieces to it and then we froze it in popsicle molds. They turned out SO good that we decided to make more! It ended up being an afternoon of making and eating ice treats!

5.Create a homemade waterpark in your backyard. Yes, this will require YOU, the parent and it does require a bit of time to put it together, but when it is finished you can leave it up all summer long and use it on those really hot days! Get your pool out, water slide, sprinklers and other water toys and use your imagination! We did this last summer and the kids had so much fun on it they are already working on this years waterpark!

Look for emojis! Everyone loves emojis, so use them to your advantage! Want the kids to help make a meal? Challenge them to find a way to include emojis. Make up silly emoji themed games. Have emoji jellyfish races in the pool, play emoji beach ball volleyball.

It doesn’t have to be expensive or hard to get your kids outside for some summer fun. Before you know it, you will be school clothes shopping again and then the new school year will begin. All I have to do is say that to my son and he will be out the door to play SO fast it is hilarious! But, it is true and so make sure your kids (and you!) make the most of these beautiful summer days. Don’t waste them inside!



















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11 comments… add one
  • Oh my goodness! Those emoji jellyfish are adorable. My 4 year old will love them in her little pool.
  • I gotta say, the best trick is always pools. My kids are fish, I swear.
  • I love homemade ice treats, brings back many wonderful childhood memories. These are definitely lovely ideas.
  • MY daughter really enjoys swimming in the Summer. I think it may be her favorite activity.
  • I see the theme for most kids to have fun for summer is water play! I definitely think all kids deserve to go to the pool and enjoy I did that most summers as a kid!
  • These are fun things to do, not just for the kids, but for the whole family. I like the idea of making a homemade water park. The twins will flip out.
  • These activities are great! It's good to make sure we have activities prepared for the kids during the summer, it's nice to keep them active! Making homemade ice treats is a lot of fun!
  • This is a great post on what to do with kids during the summer months!! I am watching my niece next weekend so this post will come in handy for sure!!
  • Great post! Love those jellyfish - how fun! I agree that any size pool is fun!
  • Backyard water parks and splash pads are awesome! There are so many ways to make your own that are out there thanks to websites like Pinterest and You Tube. Any summer is a fun summer as long as there is water involved!
  • Pools! Pools > all during the summer. Nothing is more fun on a hot day that pool time and frozen treats. Heaven.

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