Summer Activities for Kids (and Sun Fun for Moms and Dads)

Fun-in-the-sun days are getting closer so we’ve put together a list of summer activities for kids that’ll help keep them active and busy. Planning your summer events just got a little easier.

Are you organizing a summer birthday party or hosting a family reunion? Maybe you’re planning an end-of-year school celebration, a neighbourhood get-together or simply looking for ways to keep the kids busy outdoors this summer. No matter the occasion, we’ve handpicked summer activities for kids that’ll help keep them busy as you entertain.

Read on for fun summer outdoor activities kids of all ages (and adults, too!) can enjoy.

Summer Activities for Kids:

  • Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race
  • Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox
  • Hathaway Volleyball/Badminton Complete Combo Set
  • Zuru Bunch O Balloons Fill & Tie Self Sealing Water Balloons
  • 10 Washable Paint Jars
  • Bower Compact Selfie Bendi Pod with Remote
  • Triumph Ladder Toss Game
  • Nerf N-STRIKE Elite Splitstrike
  • HOP UP 55 – HOPPER
  • Crayola 48ct Sidewalk Chalk

I like to plan my children’s birthday parties around a main attraction. Last year, we rented an outdoor bouncy castle. The kids had a blast despite feeling hot and sticky but, because it was rented, we had nothing to show for it at the end of the day.

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race

This year, I’m psyched to try a water slide like this Rocky Mountain River Race by Little Tikes. The kids will stay cool as they play n’ splash, and the slide will be enjoyed summer after summer.

We’ve had a sandbox just like this one by Little Tikes for close to a decade. It’s been the object of my kids’ attention (all four of them!) summer after summer after summer. It’s withstood rain, wind and sun beating down on it.

Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox

Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox

The kids and their friends are growing fast, but they still love digging for treasures and playing with Tonka trucks and Hot Wheels cars in this sandy play area. This sandbox comes with a cute turtle shell cover to help keep the sand clean, dry, and weed-free.

Our living and dining room space feels a little cramped when we have company over, so we love entertaining in the backyard during the summer months. Space isn’t an issue when we’re outdoors, and the kids can run free—well, not totally free. It’s always good to have a few activities planned to keep the kids busy outdoors, so they don’t drive each other (or you) crazy.

Hathaway Volleyball/Badminton Complete Combo Set

Hathaway Volleyball/Badminton Complete Combo Set

This volleyball/badminton combo set by Hathaway can be enjoyed by family and friends of all ages. It’s designed for easy transport and set up for both volleyball or badminton. All of the equipment fits into a handy storage bag.

What better way to celebrate the end of school than with a water balloon fight?! Kids of all ages will get a thrill out of pelting each other with water-filled balloons. It’ll help keep them cool, too.

Zuru Bunch O Balloons Fill & Tie Self Sealing Water Balloons

Zuru Bunch O Balloons Fill & Tie Self Sealing Water Balloons

Fill one hundred Zuru water balloons—with one hose—in just 60 seconds! These self-sealing water balloons are biodegradable and recyclable.

Summer is a great time for the kids to take on painting projects—just lay out some paint colours in a shady spot, give the kids some paper or canvasses and let them go to town! If you’re planning an outdoor birthday party over the summer months, try setting up a paint station. The kids will have something special to take home—their very own masterpiece.

10 Washable Paint Jars

10 Washable Paint Jars

Let kids’ imaginations run wild in the great outdoors this summer as they explore their inner artist with this set of washable kids’ paint by Crayola. These colourful kid-friendly paints are designed to easily wash from skin and most children’s clothing.

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Let a selfie pod help you capture memories of all the outdoor fun the kids will have this summer. Or put the kids’ imaginations to the test and let them film an outdoor adventure!

Bower Compact Selfie Bendi Pod with Remote

Bower Compact Selfie Bendi Pod with Remote

The Smart Tripod by Bower has a mount for iOS and Android smartphones, and non-slip rubber feet for improved grip and stability. It even has a wireless Bluetooth remote control that allows users to focus and capture photos and videos.

How about a backyard game the whole family can enjoy? We bought this ladder toss game a few years ago. It gets used every time we host a BBQ. It’s so light and compact when stored in its carry case that we bring this game along on camping trips.

Triumph Ladder Toss Game

Triumph Ladder Toss Game

The ladder toss game by Triumph Sports is easy to set up and take down—and it won’t overtake your backyard if you feel crunched for yard space. It comes with a weighted base, three red bolas, three blue bolas and a handy carry bag.

My older kids love to storm into battle with their Nerf blasters. I have to remind them not to aim at eyes or face, and they can only play when my little one is napping—as with many toys, small parts may be a choking hazard. My kids tend to get noisy as they play, but at least I know they are happily burning off tons of energy as they race around the backyard trying to ward off a friendly foe.

Nerf N-STRIKE Elite Splitstrike

Nerf N-STRIKE Elite Splitstrike

Let the Nerf war games begin with the N-STRIKE Elite Splitstrike! This blaster duo set comes with two blasters for a double attack, or combine them to create one mega blaster. Includes eight darts with BattleCamo Series deco.

A friend of mine brings a few of these Hedstrom hoppers out to help keep the kids busy when we go over for summer play dates. She says she also uses the hoppers to organize a race at summer birthday parties.

HOP UP 55 - HOPPER

HOP UP 55 – HOPPER

Hedstrom’s Hop Up 55-inch colourful hopper is a great way to get kids moving. It features a grab ’n’ grip handle to help them hop safely. It can be used indoors or out and is also available in a 45-inch and 66-inch circumference.

My kids love using sidewalk chalk! They can get artsy with it by creating a fence mural to welcome guests to a backyard party. Use the colourful sidewalk chalk at a street art station (as one of the party events).

Crayola 48ct Sidewalk Chalk

Crayola 48ct Sidewalk Chalk

This pack of colourful Crayola sidewalk chalk comes with 48 vibrant colours. The anti-roll shape keeps sticks from rolling away. These washable chalk sticks will have kids creating artworks of all colours and sizes.

There are loads of summer activities for kids available at Walmart.ca. Whether you’re planning a summer birthday party, family reunion or simply need to keep kids busy this summer, our outdoor play ideas will help make summer fun.

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